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This game is 18+

‘Shogun’ is a weekend-long freeform, for approximately 72 players, loosely set in the late 16th century in Japan. However, the game is not an historical re-enactment:

  • The society and culture that underpin the game are a fusion of concepts from Japan, China and the Legend of the Five Rings fantasy game setting, which have been selected for their dramatic roleplaying potential and transplanted into the game setting.
  • We have expanded the roles of female characters beyond typical historical stereotypes to support more active roles in society and greater political power and license.
  • The game incorporates elements from novels, cinema and roleplaying games to take advantage the more dynamic approach present in the fantasy action genre.
  • Liberties have been taken with the timing of certain events, principally the dates of the introduction of firearms into Japan and the arrival of Spanish, Portuguese, English and Dutch missionaries and traders, in order to enhance the capacity for conflict amongst the principal factions vying for power.
  • Elements of the supernatural and/or magic have been gently incorporated into the game, subject to maintaining an appropriate game balance.

Character Gender

  • In the broad historical setting that the game is set in, the concepts of non cis-binary gender identities were not really recognized by society.
  • It is the intention of the writers that players are free to express the characters internal sense of gender identity in whatever way they choose to. The assigned gender of a character is simply the perception of that character by society at large.


Books Manga Films/TV
Shogun by James Clavell
The novels of Robert van Gulik about Judge Dee
The novels of Laurah Joh Rowland about Sano Ichiro
The novels of Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler about Samurai
Samurai William by Giles Milton
Nathaniel's Nutmeg by Giles Milton
Servant of the Empire by Janny Wurts / Raymond E Feist

Lone Wolf and Cub
Samurai Executioner
Path of the Assassin
Lady Snowblood
Shogun mini-series (1975)
Hidden Fortress
The Seven Samurai
Throne of Blood
Hong Kong Shuffle
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
13 Assassins
The Hidden Blade
House of Flying Daggers
If you're only going to read or watch one thing, we would recommend that you either read the Shogun novel by James Clavell, or watch the TV mini series of the book. Whilst the plots in the game are drawn from a wide variety of sources, reading the book or watching the series is the best way to grasp the time and culture we are attempting to portray.


The following are sources for ideas on costuming (note these are for information purposes only and have not been vetted per se):


If you know of any good resources, please send them to us and we will add them here.



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