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.
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