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Samurai – Ep88

The Crane... grace, beauty and perfection.
The Crane… grace, beauty and perfection.

What is a Samurai, and why the hell would anyone play one? That is the question we asked ourselves, at least some of us did, when confronted with the opportunity to play a game that focused on these enigmatic warriors.


Is it important to steep ourselves in the legends and lore of the culture, or can you play a samurai game casually? We still ask ourselves this before we play any game based on Eastern culture.


If you have some input on this, leave a comment here, via email or on our Facebook page.


Cast – Eric, Mike, Dan, Mark, Jayson, Shannon, Greg and Shawn


Intro: Shannon

Outro: Shannon

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Podcasts Mentioned in the Outro:

Action Nerds: Go!

Dragon Fisters Podcast

Walking Eye Podcast  


Items Mentioned:

Legend of the Five Rings, Dungeons & Dragons, Oriental Adventures, Bushido, Land of the Rising Sun, Chivalry & Sorcery, The Blossoms are Falling, Burning Wheel, Blood & Honor, John Wick, John Woo, Heroes of Rokugan, Rounders, Shadowrun, Ghost Dog, William Gibson, Star Wars


  1. Robert Sullivan
    Robert Sullivan December 20, 2012

    The Tom Cruise “Last Samurai” flick was pretty good, mostly because of Ken Watanabe.

    And “Samurai with an Axe” does indeed sound like a manga title.

    Samurai are like Western Knights in so far as; they had a supposed code of ethics (Bushido or Christianity), were warriors bound by oaths of loyalty to a lord and have been vastly over Romanticized when they are no longer real and around to an fact of life. Their (knights and samurai) purpose shifted over time, but the tendency of player use use violence as as a first and only solution to any problem is sadly supported by historical fact. People are usually total douche bags if they can get away with it.

  2. Scott Walker
    Scott Walker July 10, 2014

    Not sure if I misheard the remark about the Templars, but their membership was considerably higher then 7. I believe they were around 15,000–20,000 members at peak, 10% of whom were knights. They had chapter houses all over Europe and in the Holy Land. It was this infrastructure that allowed them to basically create the concept of international banking.

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