Fantasy Flight Games is offering fans of the Legend of the Five Rings another way to engage with the setting with the Battle for Rokugan board game releasing in Q1 2018.

Created by Tom Jolly (Wiz-War, Drakon) and Molly Glover, Battle for Rokugan presents the on-going struggles between the great clans of the Emerald Empire: Crab, Crane, Dragon, Phoenix, Lion, Scorpion, and UnicornAs the daimyo of a clan, each player tries to expand their territory, earning honor for their clan as well as resources to execute their plans.  After five rounds of competition, the clan with the most honor can claim the favor of the Emperor and control of the empire.

During each round, the players place tokens that reflect their efforts for the round.  Tokens can be used to plan military raids and attacks, defensive preparations to protect territories, or diplomatic efforts.  Scouts, spies, and magic-wielding shugenja can uncover opposing efforts, while special abilities granted for control of territories can influence the outcome.  Players can even lay claim to the mysterious Shadowlands, trading their morality for more power.

Battle for Rokugan is intended for 2 to 5 players, ages 14 and up, and takes an hour or more to play.  MSRP is $39.95.

Fantasy Flight premiered Legend of the Five Rings at Gen Con to a very favorable response, and has announced the first expansion for the Living Card Game (see “First ‘Legend of the Five Rings’ Dynasty Pack Revealed”).