L5R, at its core, is an interactive, story based game. For the past 19 years, you – the player – have determined the fates of the heroes that have inhabited the world of Rokugan. In that time, great battles have been fought, villains slain, factions decimated, and Clans have triumphed. Yet, there remains so much story to be told. We, on the L5R Team, recognize that our Community is one of the most creative and engaged of any game in the history of the world. Now, we want to harness that energy and take it to the next level.
Telling a story in three thousand or eight thousand words can limit what is being told. However, a full length novel lets our Story Team do so much more. That’s right, it’s time for a new L5R novel!
This won’t be any novel however. Tentatively titled “To Do What We Must,” and Written by Robert “Spooky” Denton, this will be one of the most unique opportunities ever for players of any game. While a frame work of the book has been created, you and your friends, players of L5R products, will have direct influence in the happenings of this story. We’re not just talking about deciding which turn a character takes. No, we’re talking about decisions that can and will have lasting impacts on those involved for years to come – both in game and in real life in the form of future products.
A project like this takes planning. What you may not have realized is that the planning and decisions have already begun! In his role as Community Organizer, Seth Anthony has already been collating information and data about what the fans have been discussing and playing. Yes, the Community of L5R has already made decisions about the novel without even knowing it (special thanks go out to the Facebook users who interact and engage in conversation and give feedback on our page). This trend will continue, when even the most innocuous question or observation could lead to a change in the story. In the coming months, Seth will be spearheading the effort to weave the Community’s feedback and choices into the Spooky’s stirring prose.
Over the next year, we are going to continually offer you the chance to make decisions and have your voice heard by interacting with your favorite game in new and exciting ways. At the end of the process, you will hold in your hands a book containing the triumphs and tragedies of the Empire, which specifically detail how the story has been influenced by our fans.
This is your chance to participate in L5R in way that has been longed for by many. Plan your strategy, determine your allegiance, and prepare to participate in a fictional world like you never have before.
You are the hero, the choice is yours!
Updates About the L5R Novel
- To Do What We Must: The Empire is Watching (12/9/14)
- To Do What We Must: A New Alliance (11/11/14)
- To Do What We Must: Decisions, Decisions (10/24/14)
- To Do What We Must: A World View (9/9/14)
- To Do What We Must: A Novel Update (8/27/14)
- To Do What We Must: Mysterious Motivations Indeed (7/21/14)
- To Do What We Must: Mysterious Motiviations (7/8/14)
- To Do What We Must: A Duel Well Fought (6/24/14)
- To Do What We Must: A Fateful Duel (6/2/14)
- To Do What We Must: Playing for Keeps (5/19/14)