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
- 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
appropriate game balance.
- 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
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
Path of the Assassin
Shogun mini-series (1975)
The Seven Samurai
Throne of Blood
Hong Kong Shuffle
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
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.