Rob Hobart

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Heroes of Rokugan I

Heroes of Rokugan II

L5R Homebrew

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Submitted by Alex Jacobs, this was one of the cleanest and most complete module submissions I got in the entire campaign – editing took only a couple of days and changes to the “core” of the module were minimal. Most of the modifications I made were to the module’s framing set-up – locating it in Mura Sabishii Toshi during the Setsuban festival, and adding various NPCs to the cast. (The most notable addition was Toritaka Tenkei, who was added both to affirm that he survived Doom of the Crab and to provide a way of tying the module into the larger events happening in the Empire.) Also, I did change the title, since I felt that “Iron Crane Chef” was just a bit too goofy to be the primary title.

Aside from that, there’s really not a lot for me to say here! Alex did a very thorough job of considering all the ways the PCs could approach the various challenges in the module. I always approved of opportunities for PCs to make use of unusual Skills or School abilities to solve problems, and this was a module that put that theme right at the center of things.

Although the largest part of the mod’s story and text is dedicated to the challenge of collecting rare ingredients and turning them into exotic, memorable dishes, my own favorite part of Masterpiece was the scenes with the NPC Seppun Takashi, where the PCs must find ways to “manage” this hideously demanding, grotesquely abusive Imperial bureaucrat. I always loved putting PCs into such situations and thus really appreciated that Alex made that into a meaningful part of the overall scenario.