Hi folks. Was surfing the Fantasy Flight website looking for news as is my habit, and I stumbled across Battle for Rokugan. See excerpt shared from Fantasy Flight below, and follow link to source to read the entire article. All images on this article were sourced from Fantasy Flight Website.
The wind whipped across the banners that formed a row of color stretching the length of the field. The line represented the full measure of her province’s strength. Would it be enough to hold the castle?
It would have to be. Her honor depended on it.
Rokugan is a land filled with spirits, beauty, and strife. Seven great clans inhabit this diverse realm, ever loyal to the Emperor, but ever fighting for dominance among themselves. As they battle for supremacy, the daimyōs who lead their people must use all their cunning and skill to gather information, anticipate their opponent’s actions, and lay battle plans that will lead them to victory. Only one can prove themselves worthy enough to become the true voice of this land and usher Rokugan into an age of prosperity. Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce the upcoming release of Battle for Rokugan, a new strategic board game based in the Legend of the Five Rings universe!
Make Your Claim
Battle for Rokugan puts two to five players in the roles of Rokugani daimyō fighting for territory in the early days of the Emerald Empire. The beautifully illustrated game board transports players to this new world that is ripe for the taking. The land of Rokugan is divided into territories that belong to each of the seven honorable clans: Crab, Crane, Dragon, Phoenix, Lion, Scorpion, and Unicorn, that have been battling for dominance since their foundation by the Kami. Past the safety of these provinces’ walls lay several unclaimed territories, including the mysterious Shadowlands that beckon to those who desire power no matter the cost. The players’ ultimate goal is to conquer as many of Rokugan’s provinces as possible to gain honor for their clan and prove that their people are truly superior, and the only clan fit to guide the Empire.
Each territory contains provinces that serve as battlegrounds for the daimyō. With each province claimed in the name of their clan, the daimyō gain honor that will be weighed against that of their rivals at the end of five rounds of play. Should these leaders claim all the provinces within a territory, they also gain special abilities that can be used to either bolster their clan’s strength or sabotage their enemies’ plans. By taking control of these territories, the clan leaders of Rokugan hope to prove their clan’s superiority and bring the Emperor’s favor to their people.
This game sounds quite fun, though there appear to be similarities between it and Rising Sun, a game by Cool Mini or Not that I backed on Kickstarter earlier this year. Truth be told, since it hasn’t arrived and this is just a preview, I really couldn’t say for certain. Either way, Battle for Rokugan looks like an interesting territory control game with just a bit of a different feel compared to your normal fantasy battle type of game, and therefore is one worth watching. No doubt if I don’t eventually buy it, I’ll probably end up watching it on Youtube to enjoy vicariously.
Anyway, that’s all from me for just now. All the best to you!