It is with a somewhat heavy heart that I learned the news today (thanks Darryl-T) that AEG sold the Legend of the Five Rings Intellectual Property to FFG. See the full details in the official announcement.
You should know by now that I have less than zero interest in anything card-game related. As far as I am concerned, watching paint dry is more interesting than playing a card game. I hate cards. With a burning passion. So whatever happens to that game, I cannot find myself to be roused.
However, I really loved the RPG. Through it, we created a band of merry men back in Dublin that met twice a week and that gathered misfits from so many countries: Ireland, Northern Ireland/UK, Australian, Italy, Sweden, France, Canada, New Zealand, and after I left, the trend continued... I value the friendship of those I met through that game to this day: Oliver, Kristian, Darryl, Mary, Tammy, Christophe. But that's a personal thing and most of you do not have the attachment...
Now I welcome this news with a very wary eye. Barely one year since I got back into the game playing the Heroes of Rokugan campaign, and now it leaves its home at AEG for FFG. I have tried their new RPGs: Star Wars was "okay", and the 3rd edition of Warhammer, I simply decided not to get involved after the dice system and the lack of tactical acumen really turned me off it.
New dice system means I'm done and out. I always liked L5R's system, and destroying it as FFG has a habit of doing does not fill my with confidence that I will be playing Rokugan in the near future.
So now they get their hands on L5R, why do I not feel warm and fuzzy? Why do I feel like some waves of not-so-awesome is about to crash on Rokugan? I keep thinking about the following: