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War of Honor is a Legend of the Five Rings game of strategies and tactics for 2-4 players. It allows players to follow their own path to victory through political, honorable, military and spiritual deeds. The game brings a whole new dimension and dynamic to multiplayer Legend of the Five Rings and is suitable for play with cards from the existing arc or older card collections.

The game is played using L5R CCG cards, but a collection of cards is not required to play the game. It comes with four pre-built decks, ready to go right out of the box! Featuring tiles that determine alliances and wars, including strategies for placement of tiles, War of Honor incorporates boardgame sensibilities into the L5R CCG, making it a great way for those somewhat wary of a CCG to try this dynamic and proven game.

The Lion Clan marshals its forces at the Plains of Thunder, determined to exact revenge against the scheming Scorpion Clan. The Dragon Clan attempts to reconcile the two armies, even as it refuses to reveal evidence that might exonerate the Lion, and incriminate the Scorpion. And the Phoenix Clan races to intervene before the situation becomes a War of Honor to turn the Empire against itself.
In this exciting new multiplayer format for the Legend of the Five Rings collectible card game, you will form and dissolve alliances, engage in political maneuverings, and wage mighty battles to determine which Clan will triumph.

· Features a deck for each of the four following Clans: Dragon, Lion, Phoenix, and Scorpion.
· Includes a scoring board, markers, and movable tiles that give a different game play experience every time.
· Also included: tiles for each of the other five Great Clans, making War of Honor fully expandable with your existing Legend of the Five Rings cards.
· The basic game is for 2-4 players, but can be played with more if customized using your own L5R cards.

Releases June 2011.

- Publisher blurb

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War of Honor is played using a modified version of the Legend of the Five Rings CCG rules. Legend of the Five Rings is now in its 15th year of publication, making it the third longest running CCG of all time. The game comes with four completely built decks, ready to play: Lion, Scorpion, Phoenix, and Dragon.

In Legend of the Five Rings, players build two separate decks to make up their "deck". One is the Dynasty Deck, which contains characters, gold holdings, events, and regions. These enter play via four provinces in front of the player, which hold one card each until it is purchased (or resolves, in the case of an event). The Fate Deck is made up of tactics, equipment, followers, and spells, and is drawn into a hand of five cards which the player can use at any appropriate time (including playing tactics or attaching equipment, spells, and followers to your characters for later use).

Throughout play, players will use their samurai, shugenja (priests akin to magic-users), courtiers, ninja, monks, and more to win via one of four victory conditions. These are:

• Military: Attack with your personalities and destroy the opponents' four provinces.
• Honor: Through various means (politics, winning battles, duels, art), gain up to 40 points of honor.
• Dishonor: Through various means, drag your opponent down to -20 honor and have him driven from the Empire like the honorless dog he is.
• Enlightenment: Put all five of the elemental rings into play at the same time. Much harder than it sounds, but if you can complete this legendary victory condition, you are declared an elemental master and win.

All the Clans in War of Honor can attempt these four, though each is more attuned to one than the others (Lion - Military, Phoenix - Honor, Scorpion - Dishonor, Dragon - Enlightenment). When you use extra cards from L5R, you can play any of the Clans in War of Honor, even the ones not included such as Crab, Crane, Mantis, etc. and you can change the decks so that the Lion deck focuses on honor, the Scorpion on enlightenment, or whatever you wish! Best of all, War of Honor will support open events, where ANY L5R card is usable, so even those you've had in your closet for years are back or those you find in the bargain bin at the local store!

NOTE: Emperor Edition releasing in fall 2011 features FULLY CONSTRUCTED decks for every Clan, so this will be a perfect release for those who want ready-made decks for all the Clans without having to buy boosters.


Part of the wider Legend of the Five Rings family of games.

Related Microbadges

mb Legend of the Five Rings Fan

mb L5R - Honor is Stronger than Steel

mb L5R Crab Clan
mb L5R Crane Clan
mb L5R Dragon Clan
mb L5R Lion Clan
mb L5R Mantis Clan
mb L5R Phoenix Clan
mb L5R Scorpion Clan
mb L5R Spider Clan
mb L5R Unicorn Clan

mb L5R Crab Clan Fan
mb L5R Dragon Clan Fan
mb L5R Phoenix Clan Fan
mb L5R Scorpion Clan Fan

mb L5R Fan - Earth
mb L5R Fan - Fire
mb L5R Fan - Water
mb L5R Fan - Air
mb L5R Fan - Void

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War of Honor
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Publisher: Alderac Entertainment Group
Artist: Edwin David
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1 War of Honor Deckboxes
I used Strange Eons (Arkham Horror component creator) to make a deckbox for each of the decks included in War of Honor. I printed on cardstock and reinfroced with packing tape.
2 War of Honor – 中文快速流程
War of Honor – Quick play guide. 中文快速流程
7 War of Honor Fortress Tile Ability Cards
I used Magic Set Editor to make card-sized reminders of abilities for each clan. These have been very helpful reminders for my playgroup.
17 War of Honor Set-up and Turn Summary
I had a couple people request a summary. I've tried to make this a simple as possible, but also include things people often skip. You cannot play the game with this alone!
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