Saturday, October 08, 2011

Samurai Shenanigans

I'm quite pleased with how things are going with the conversions, but I'm now looking at the Samurai and sighing at the wonderfully involved but very campaign specific property and followers they gain. "At 7th level the samurai is offered jito (stewardship) over one of the properties of his daimyo" - that's awesome, but kind of a bind, when the rest of the party will be still wilderness exploring before hitting Name level (usually 9th). I'm really very tempted to condense it down, and offer the samurai stuff at 9th level. Anyway, blah blah blah, here are the Samurai Pizza Cats!


  1. That's the problem with samurai - their title literally means 'one who serves'. Samurai seem like a cool addition to a campaign until you realize they are even more bound to their lord than clerics to their church. Ronin are freer but lack any kind of social support or standing. I don't think rolling back their responsibilities is a solution - samurai players should be aware of these restrictions as the price paid for their powers. That is not to say a samurai can't keep adventuring, just that the agenda of their master comes before the avarice or goals of their fellow adventurers.

  2. I was reading through that just the other day and it seemed to me like it was pretty much the DM's choice whether this was a semi-retirement for a Samurai character or just a regular paycheck, it can go either way the way it's worded in the class description.

  3. I suppose you have a point, grumble grumble... it just feels a bit weird at 6th Level, but if I look at it as a 'power' i.e. the samurai gains resources at the cost of responsibility, that kind of makes it alright. :D