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BigDeck is a Legend of the Five Rings variant created to encourage casual gameplay. It is a way to play L5R without the stress of Kotei playtesting or the brokeness that can accompany Legacy games. In addition to the guidelines in the Rules section, feel free to also visit our forum for more information and discussions on BigDeck.


Brief History:
BigDeck was based on another casual format created by local Philadelphia area players for Magic: the Gathering. The Magic version required 200 cards per deck and had stricter deck construction guidelines. Magic BigDeck died out after a short period of time (the strict deck construction guidelines led to everyone building almost the exact same deck), but a few of us L5R players decided to try to modify the format for L5R. Unfortunately, as we were getting started with this new format, our L5R group slowly fell apart (one player moved to the west coast, others started to quit the game for various reasons).

Now, after finding a new family of L5R players, I have been attempting to revitalize this idea. The positive response and interest I received was followed by the creation of this website and my taking a more active role in establishing the format. I'm uncomfortable calling BigDeck "my format" (the original concept was not just my idea AND perhaps there are similiar formats out there), but I'm looking to carry it and spread the word as much as I can. Hopefully in the end, this will be another way for you to enjoy the game we all love.

- June 1, 2010


Website created by Tony Calderon.
Last updated on July 6, 2012.