Orders placed between November 23 and November 29 will be delayed in shipping until November 30. Sorry for any inconvenience this causes. We will resume normal shipping on November 30. Thank you for your patience and continued patronage, and have an excellent Winter Court season!
The latest Legend of the Five Rings expansion Gates of Chaos is shipping now! Grab some singles at our new, low price. Very few ares are more than $4, with no uncommon or common at more than $.50. It’s just our way of helping everyone get ready for Winter Court. See you at the gaming table!
Want foils? Check out our Ebay store for Gates of Chaos foil rares and occasional overstock auctions.
The latest set for Legend of the Five Rings, Coils of Madness is now available for pre-order. From now until May 27, L5R players can pre-order a Complete Playset Collector’s Tins of Coils of Madness.
Don’t wait for slow shipping – we ship all our products on release day, so they get to you as fast as possible.
Get free shipping on any order of $50 or more with code FREESHIPPING, good through May 31. This will apply on your Coils of Madness tin, an item that would normally cost $10-$20 to ship!
About Coils of Madness
With the threat to the Colonies finally revealed, the honorable samurai of that region must struggle against a growing wave of insanity, even as the magistrates of Rokugan desperately search for an answer that will end the threat once and for all. Will the Empire’s honor prove strong enough when the world is caught in ever-tightening coils of madness?
Coils of Madness is the latest expansion for the fan favorite Legend of the Five Rings Collectible Card Game from AEG. It is the first expansion legal for the current arc – Emperor Edition but also for the entire arc to come – Ivory Edition. The mad dragon P’an Ku has finally revealed himself as the driving force behind the rift created between the Empire and the Colonies. As madness spreads like a wildfire across the Empire, will the shield of honor be enough for the samurai to triumph?
- Special packaging which features:
- a Limited Edition tin box containing a playset (3 of non-unique, 1 of unique) of all the cards in the expansion, a fully illustrated story book and a serialized certificate of authenticity.
- 150 new cards legal for both the Emperor Edition and the Ivory Edition Arc!
- Fantastic art from acclaimed artists in the industry that brings the characters and the shifting environment they evolve in to life.
- P’an Ku has struck. Who will wilt under his maddening presence and who will fight back?
This set also features the return to the game of iconic personalities such as (but not limited to) Hida O-Ushi, Doji Hoturi, Togashi Mitsu, Tsuruchi and Bayushi Kachiko! Also in this set, cultists of Fudo and cultists of P’an Ku take up arms and vie for theological supremacy over the Colonies offering players around the world two new legal Strongholds to create decks around for the remainder of the arc, as well as alternate Rings!
We’ll admit it, we weren’t sure about this “Star Wars Living Card Game” – after all, we’ve been burned before. Jar-Jar Binks anyone? But it’s a card game, and after one of our friends told us it was a bit like Legend of the Five Rings, we were in!
First off, this game is extremely well balanced. Hero units like Darth Vader appear to be unbeatable at first, but their strength is offset by the Edge Battle mechanic that determines not just who goes first, but sometimes who lives and dies.
The Edge Battles are fought like duels in L5R. Cards are played face down from hand, and the highest force value gets to go first and trigger some crazy effects. Needless to say, we loved this part of the game! It makes every battle count, and it’s hard to say “it’s over, I scoop” when the next edge battle could decimate your opponent’s forces!
We were also really excited about the impact of Edge Battles on resource management – much like a dueling deck in L5R, virtually every card has two uses. Cards can be played for their effects, or “focused” during an edge battle to win initiative. This really creates a balanced play experience, where having more units doesn’t necessarily ensure victory, but where managing your resources carefully is critically important.
Speaking of resources, the mechanics here aren’t terribly complex, but they fit the game well. Resources are produced primarily by Objective cards kept in a separate deck (which your opponent also attacks to win the game). Objectives like “Take them Prisoner” both create resources and draw fixing, which in turn makes “bad draws” matter less. In addition to your Objective deck (similar to A Game of Thrones “Plot” deck), you can also play some resources from your main deck like Lands in Magic: the Gathering, or Holdings in Legend of the Five Rings. Unlike Magic and L5R though, playing fewer of these resources from your hand may actually benefit you, as you will then have a stronger hand for Edge Battles.
A point worth mentioning, as it may be a big deal for some players, is the deck building. The Objective cards you select dictate the cards in your Command deck. This mechanic forces you to play cards that you might not want, or are less than ideal, in order to get the cards you really dig (Luke Skywalker, anyone?). Little buggers like Rebel Troopers aren’t your favorite draw, to be sure, but you’ve got to put them in there if you want to play the Rebel Alliance. Not only does this compliment the theme of the game, but it makes this a very beginner-friendly deck builder. No memorizing 14,000 cards to build a deck, just grab Objectives in a faction you like, pick the Command deck cards associated with those Objectives, and boom! You’re ready to shuffle and go.
So despite our deep skepticism, we’re deeply in love with this game. It’s skill-intensive, the theme is fun (there is no Jar-Jar card), and crushing those rebel scum is crazy-satisfying. If you’re into Star Wars, or you want to dip your feet into the deck-building arena, this is the game to try.
Reviews by Matthew Vercant, copyright SomeGuysCards.com
Legend of the Five Rings Kotei 2013 singles are in stock now! War of Honor players will probably get a kick out of both Diplomacy Talks and Peace Treaty (our personal favorite!), while tournament hopefuls may find a home for cards like Sanctuary of the Waves.
Whether you’re playing in a Kotei this year, participating in one of our sponsored Egg of P’an Ku Tournaments, or just having a great time playing War of Honor with friends, we wish you the best of luck – may you bring honor to your clan. Utz!