Legend of the Five Rings Role Playing Game: The Clans of Rokugan

Centuries ago, the Sun and Moon had 9 children together. Lord Moon feared the power these children would gain, but they eventually escaped him and fell to earth. 1 was separated, and trapped in the darkness of an abyss. The other children took the land of Rokugan for their own. They held a challenge duel, for the right to rule, and the duel was won by Lord Hantei. The other 7 children of the Sun and Moon went out into the world, and gathered around them human families to aid and serve them. They became the lords and ladies of the land, under Emperor Hantei.

The Clans of Rokugan

The seven sibling’s of Emperor Hantei were the founders of seven great clans. Players in L5R choose one clan for their character to belong to, or choose to be ronin, belonging to no clan.

  1. Crab – founded by Lord Hida, the Crab hold the border of Rokugan against the invasion of a supernatural army of oni and other creatures of darkness from the south. They are looked down upon by many of the other clans for favoring honesty over courtesy, and having no interest in any activity other then warfare.
  2. Crane – artists and artisans, the clan founded by Lady Doji specializes in beauty. And there is little they love more than a beautiful political maneuver. They have a great deal of influence in Rokugan because every Emperor since the original Hantei has married a Crane.
  3. Dragon – Lord Togashi was known for his gift of foresight – he chose not to take part in the duel for the throne, because he foresaw the outcome (his brother Hida thought him a coward). The clan that follows him lives in the mountains and seeks answers to questions unknown. They are not the greatest fighters, or greatest mages, but somehow they are able to perform feats no other clan can understand.
  4. Lion – Lord Torturi lost the duel with Emperor Hantei when he lost control of his temper. His descendants are the masters of military strategy and tactics. They do not have the Crane’s skill in politics, and have lost much over the years because of it.
  5. Phoenix – the children of Lord Shiba are masters of magic. They are the most powerful and respected mages in Rokugan. They are also mocked for their peace loving nature. The Phoenix are the only clan ruled not by a Daimyo descended from one of the children of Sun and Moon, but by a council of Shugenja (mages).
  6. Scorpion – every court has its secrets, every door has its key. Lord Bayushi understood the power of secrets, and of shadows. His descendants know everything there is to know of the courts and clans of Rokugan. They pull strings, entrap and strike from the shadows. In spite of their (well earned) reputation, the Scorpions do have the good of the Empire at heart . . . but someone needs to be willing to get their hands dirty.
  7. Unicorn – Emperor Hantei asked his sister, Lady Shoji, to investigate the lands to the north, beyond Rokugan. After 800 years, her children returned. 200 years later, they do not understand the society of Rokugan, the rules of the court, or ‘civilized’ behavior. They are looked on alternately as children, or barbarians. They brought back to Rokugan with them horses like the Empire had never seen before.

These are the seven Major Clans.

There are also a host of minor clans, including:

  • Mantis- sea farers
  • Dragonfly- seers
  • Fox- masters of the far north and the allies of the kitsune
  • and many others

Importance of Clan in Legend of the Five Rings

What clan a person belongs to determines how they are seen by everyone they meet, whether or not they are anything like the stereotype of their clan.

Also, a character’s starting skills and equipment are largely determined by his clan, who over sees his training.

Loyalty to the clan, and the clan’s Daimyo is the most important virtue of the Rokugani. A person who has no clan has nothing.

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Rainbow Magic Fairy Free Online Games for Girls: Printable Activities and Fairy Games With the Daisy Meadows Fairies

Parents of elementary school aged girls probably hear the name “Rainbow Magic” a lot in their households. These free printable activities for girls and online fairy games are perfect for the girl who just can’t get enough of the Daisy Meadows fairies.

Free Fairy Online Games for Girls

The book series’ official website, Rainbow Magic Online, has almost a dozen animated web-based games with music. All the games are simple point-and-click games geared toward elementary school girls that help improve hand-eye coordination and dexterity while having fun!

One of the most popular games is “Create a Fairy,” where girls can mix and match their favorite hairstyles, accessories, clothes, wings, and wands from a drop-down menu to make their own fairy. When they’re done, they can give her a name and write a brief story about the fairy they’ve created.

Other online games include Fairyland Rescue (tag the goblins with a magical wand,) Hide and Seek (find the jewel fairies’ jewels while avoiding Jack Frost,) and Magical Flight (help the rainbow fairies get the magic snow globe while catching stars to charge the wand.)

Online Fairy Activities for Girls

A variety of printable activities is also available at the Rainbow Magic site, including printable coloring sheets that feature one of the Daisy Meadows fairies with her name. Girls will love coloring their favorite characters from the books.

Rainbow Magic fairies stationery, picture frame, crossword, word find, connect-the-dot, and other activities are also free to download and print on a home computer to keep fairy-loving girls busy for an afternoon.

About Daisy Meadows Books and Rainbow Magic

Daisy Meadows is actually a pseudonym for a collaboration of writers that has been creating the Rainbow Magic fairy series for 6 to 9-year-old girls since 2003. Each book follows a similar format, featuring a new fairy who depends on two human girls, Rachel and Kirsty, to help her get her stolen magic back from Jack Frost the goblin.

Each book also belongs to a broader group: for example, Bethany the Ballet Fairy is part of the dance fairies series while Crystal the Snow Fairy belongs to the weather fairies. The Rainbow Magic website features a complete title list that also allows parents to read a first chapter excerpt of most books.

The fairies by Daisy Meadows are fast, fun books for young elementary school girls to read. The books are age-appropriate, introduce new vocabulary words, and feature some of the ideas that little girls like best. Use online games and activities to complement a girl’s love for the Rainbow Magic books.

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The Best Pirate MMORPGs: Most of Them are Free to Play, too

Talk Like a Pirate Day tells us that people at least want to pretend to be a pirate one day a year. The determined pirate fan can also dress up like a pirate on Halloween. People who are truly a pirate in their heart may need the release that only role playing games, online or otherwise can give.

The best thing is that many online pirate games are free to play, including Disney’s recent addition, Pirates of the Caribbean Online. A few good Pirate games are: Sword of the New World, Pirates of the Caribbean Online, Pirates of the Burning Sea, and Dogs of the Sea. Each has its own advantages and player base.

Sword of the New World

Although this is not technically a pirate mmorpg, Sword of the New World takes place in an age of high seas exploration. The game opens with the discovery of a new continent and settlers pouring into the New World to make their fame and fortune. The game play has improved slightly with the recent patch and expansion, but the games charm lies mostly in the music and the broken English. Characters can fight pirate or the natives who have been displaced from their lands.

Pirates of the Caribbean Online

Capitalizing on the popularity of Jack Sparrow, Disney decided to release their own free pirate mmorpg orffering and tap into a segment of gamers who wanted a slightly higher technological setting than what dominates the standard high, heroic fantasy settiings. Game play for Pirates of the Carribean Online is simple and the controls need a little work, but the system requirements for Disney’s pirate mmorpg make it accessible to many players.

Pirates of the Burning Seas

This pirate mmorpg has been in development for a few years, and it includes both a sea and land game for the full experience. The sea battles focus mostly on player versus player combat, while the land game can increase their skills with the sword and pistol. While not having true multiple character control, players do gain a crew that has motivations and skills on their own.

To further capture the spirit of intrigue that is essential to the swashbuckling genre, this pirate mmorpg makes it likely that the crew members cannot always be trusted and may be working for someone else behind the player character’s back. This game, unlike the others, requires the player to pay a monthly subscription fee, and no free trials are available as of yet.

Dogs of the Seas

This pirate mmorpg is not technically an mmorpg, but rather a graphical trading strategy game. Players of Dogs of the Seas can take on trading missions or privateer missions to build up their resources. They can do this either by doing the actual work of finding resources or taking the needed resources from other players on the high seas. Dogs of the Seas is oriented more toward player versus player combat than are the other. The best part about Dogs of the Sea is that it is free and can be played in a browser.

Have Fun Or Walk the Plank!

There are other pirate mmorpgs in existence, but these are the ones that have the most players or in the case of Dogs of the Sea, can be run entirely from a browser. Few of these pirate mmos have the depth of larger games like Everquest or World of Warcraft. For a person who has been wanting to roleplay a pirate in a virtual world, these games are the best way to do live out the life of a pirate.

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Warhammer Online Pre Order Bonus Items: Recieve Special In-Game Items and Play Online Game’s Open Beta

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning is one of this fall’s most eagerly-anticipated MMORPGs. The potential WoW killer is being developed by Mythic Entertainment, the company behind the incredibly-popular Dark Age of Camelot.

Recently, Mythic announced that Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning will be released on September 18. Since the announcement, pre-orders for the game have increased dramatically. Players who pre-order the game will not only guarantee themselves a copy of the game on release date, but they will also receive several exclusive pre order bonuses, according to the official Mythic website.

Open Beta Access

Pre order customers will receive a code that will allow them to register for and play in Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning’s open beta test. These gamers will receive a sneak peak at the game with the ability to play weeks before launch. Players will be able to try out all of the game’s 20 careers, but will be unable to advance past rank 20. Players will also be able to explore tiers one and two of each army’s homeland.

Live Game Head Start

A Warhammer Online pre order will also guarantee access to the live servers before those who buy the game on day one. Pre order customers will be able to get a jump on leveling and a jump start on securing character names before the initial deluge of retail customers.

Bonus In-Game Items

Pre order customers will also receive several in-game bonus items. All pre order customers will receive the item “Rittenbach’s Portable Camp” enabling characters to rest and heal between battles.

Additionally, customers who pre order Warhammer Online from EB Games or Gamestop will receive “Sentinel’s Amber Band.” This item enhances character stats and casts “Touch of Earth,” a spell that increases corporeal damage.

Gamers who pre order from Amazon.com, GoGamer.com, Game Crazy or EAStore.com will receive “Guardian’s Iolite Band.” This item increases character stats and casts “Touch of Spirit,” a spell that increases spiritual damage.

Best Buy pre-order customers will receive “Champion’s Sapphire Band.” This item boosts character stats and casts “Touch of Frost,” a spell adds a chance to do additional elemental damage with each hit.

A special open beta package is also available at Target stores for $.99. The package contains a code for open beta access along with one of the bonus in-game items.

Registration

Players should receive a special Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning pre order code in-store or via email after they order the game. The code should be entered on the Mythic Entertainment Account Management Website.

Players will be asked to log into their Mythic account or create a new one then enter the pre order code when prompted. Open beta files will be available for download on August 18. The Warhammer Online open beta starts September 7. Players with registered pre order codes will also be invited to take place in a Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning preview weekend August 22-25.

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Abbreviations and Slang from Online Gaming and World of Warcraft

It happens to many who venture into the world of online gaming for the first time. Surrounded by hundreds of people who have played for months or years, they are typing sentences that apparently make sense to everyone else. At the risk of pointing out the newbie in the world, questions don’t get asked until something happens that is informative about what it means. This is a small guide to several popularly used abbreviations in online gaming and internet social networks.

General Abbreviations Used in Common Chat

These and many others are often seen in Instant Messaging and online chat throughout games or other social venues. Here are some basic abbreviations to know to help get started.

  • LOL = laugh out loud.
  • ROFL = rolling on floor laughing.
  • TTYL = talk to you later.
  • TTFN = ta’ ta’ for now.
  • FTW = for the win.
  • GJ = Good job.
  • GTG = got to go or good to go. Depends on context.
  • KK= okay, k.
  • BBL = be back later.
  • BRB = be right back.
  • AFK= away from keyboard
  • WTH = what the heck.
  • BIO = take a break, get a drink, use the bathroom.
  • Peeps = people.
  • CYA = goodbye.
  • DC(DC’D) = disconnected. Internet connection interrupted.
  • <3 = the image of a heart.
  • OMG = Oh My Gosh!
  • NBD = No big deal.
  • NP = No problem.

The World of Online Gaming Slang and Abbreviations

Online Gaming is so widespread that millions of people have adapted to what seems like a new language. This is the language of the online gaming realm. With having to type most communication, abbreviations become second nature to hasten the typing and lessen the amount that has to be typed.

  • LFM or LFG = Looking for More/Group.
  • LF1M or LF#M = Looking for that many more
  • GRP = Group.
  • PST = Whisper, a personal chat only one other can view.
  • OOM = Out of mana.
  • R or Y = Ready or yes.
  • BP = Breast plate.
  • Spam = Describing unwanted communication.
  • Hacked = Used to describe when an unauthorized person has found a way to log in on the account and steal items.
  • Loot = Items won by questing or with groups.
  • Ninja = Someone in a group who needs on loot just to win the item.
  • DPS = Damage per second.
  • MDPS or RDPS = Melee or Ranged dsp.
  • Vent = Ventrillo – A way to communicate through a microphone and speakers with other online players.
  • Ding = The word used when a character levels.
  • Woot = Congratulations, hurray.
  • Grats = Congratulations.
  • UI = User Interface.
  • AddOns = Files put in the game folder that can, generally, improve interaction and play.
  • PWN = Slang for Own; to dominate an opponent.
  • Fail = Not meeting intended income. Used to describe a situation or used in sarcasm.
  • Epic = Really, Very, Awesome.
  • Tank = The character in an online game to control aggro.

World of Warcraft Specific Abbreviations, Slang and Common Terms

Many of the common terms used in WoW are to shorten or combine terms making chat easier to type and communicate. This is done with terms about people, the characters, places and the game itself. For most of these, it is easy to look this all up on www.wowwiki.com. This site will provide further definitions and more in depth description pertaining to its relative nature in the WoW.

The World of Warcraft Game Packs

  1. Vanilla = Term used in referring to the original WoW ever released.
  2. BC = Abbreviation for Burning Crusade, the second expansion released.
  3. WotLK = Abbreviation for Wrath of the Lich King, the third expansion.
  4. Cata = Abbreviation for Cataclysm, the fourth expansion.

Characters or Toons in the World of Warcraft Online Game

  • Protadin = A paladin spec’d Protection.
  • Holadin = A paladin spec’d Holy.
  • Bear, tree, cat, drood = Terms referring to the class Druid and the forms they take on.
  • DK = Death Knight
  • Squishy = A character who can only wear cloth items.
  • Noob = A person new to something, still learning or someone who plays poorly; used in joking as rudeness.
  • Caster, Ranged = A class that does damage from afar.
  • Melee = A class that has to be at the target to deal damage.

World of Warcraft Professions

  • BS = Blacksmithing.
  • Prof = Profession
  • LW = Leatherworking.
  • JC = Jewel Crafter.
  • Maxed = Reaching the highest obtainable level in a profession.
  • Mats = Materials; items needed in professions.

Common Terms for Cities, Dungeons and Raids for World of Warcraft

  • SW = Stormwind
  • IF = Ironforge
  • Darn = Darnassus
  • EX = Exodar
  • Dal = Dalaran
  • Shat = Shattrath
  • NR = Northrend
  • WG = Wintergrasp;
  • pvp area
  • AV = Alterac Valley; pvp area
  • AB = Arathi Basin;
  • pvp area
  • RS = Ruby Sanctum
  • ICC = Icecrown Citadel
  • VC/DM = Van Cliff or Deadmines; VC is Pre- Cata term.
  • DM = Dire Maul
  • Gnomer = Gnomeregan
  • WC = Wailing Caverns
  • SFK = Shadow Fang Keep
  • RFD = Razor Fin Downs
  • ST = Sunken Temple
  • ZF = Zul Farrak

Miscellaneous Terms Used for Online Gaming

  • PvP = Player vs. Player.
  • PvE = Player vs. Environment.
  • Duel = Combat between another.
  • Raid = A group comprising of 10 or 25 people.
  • Instance/Dungeon = A group of five people.
  • Portal = Ability from a mage to transport other players.
  • Tip = A monetary tip using online gaming money.
  • AH = Auction House
  • GS = Gearscore; used to determine average of item level gear.
  • GB = Guild Bank.
  • GM = Guild Master or Game Master (one who responds to tickets for WoW).
  • MOTD = Message of the Day; relates to Guilds.
  • Rep = Reputation.
  • JP = Justice Points; used to purchase gear.
  • HP = Honor Points; PvP points used to purchase gear.
  • VP = Valor Points; used to purchase gear.

Popular Acronyms, Abbreviations and Slang Phrases

While this list is meant to help, it by no means contains all of the abbreviations or slang used. These are a few of the popularized terms and acronyms used for the current age of internet social networking and popular online gaming. If there are those terms missed, yet essential, feel free to add. However, foul language or reference to foul language is not permissible.

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