L5R prides itself on multiple levels of interaction with the story. One can have a meaningful impact through his proficiency at the game but also for being part of the vibrant community of the game and even being a first time customer!
Interact as a Customer
All customers may submit their card ideas to L5R’s Design Team. Each submission will be reviewed in a timely manner. Though not all submissions will make it into card form, some will. You can fill out this form, found at The Game > Card Interaction > Card Submissions, to submit your card directly to the Design Team. Here are a few cards from L5R’s past and present that were submitted by players and made it into card form. Will yours be next?
Interact as a Member of a Community
Purchasing L5R makes you more than a customer. It makes you part of a community, one that has time and time again reached out to assist those in dire need.
By being involved in the L5R community (mainly through the Imperial Assembly), you will get multiple chances to affect the game as a whole. In L5R, dedication comes in many forms, one of which is obviously the proficiency at playing cards. But that is not all: craftsmanship (for costumes), local community building (through the Stronghold Store program) or even simple knowledge of Rokugan are all avenues through which you can have a say in the future of the Emerald Empire.
In L5R, tournaments are a means to meet other persons who share a common interest in the game and while card play is rewarded, so is non card play in the form of contests (costumes, banners, quiz) all of which lets the winner alter the world of Rokugan in some way. Sometimes, attendees of special events even get the opportunity to decide the overall direction their respective Clan will be taking (for instance by declaring war onto another Clan), as opposed to altering the fate of one specific character.
Interact as a Competitive Player
Finally, you can change destinies and turn basic personalities into heroes thanks to your adept play of the game as L5R revolves around Storyline Events.
All year long, and around the world, special tournaments are being run at stores or during special events. The prize of those tournaments –besides product – is the opportunity to change the fate of a personality from the Clan you played at the tournament. You can make him become a general for your clan, a hero of a war or even the Emperor if such a prize is offered!
Tournaments are tiered based on their importance throughout the year and the more important the tournament is, the better the prize will be – and it even can include naming a personality and having your name written on the side of the card (see below), forever making you part of the game.