Vox Republica 085: Going Inside L5R Card Design

Episode 085

The Legend of the Five Rings CCG has long been known for including player input in its game development, tying its community together in a unique way. This week we go behind the scenes to see what that design process entails.

Length: 42:50

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We post new episodes every Thursday, with each episode being about 20 – 30 minutes long.

DESCRIPTION: Ryan and Erin talk briefly about Erin’s experience with a ‘mega game’ and other recent games before Ryan and Dave sit down with L5R player-turned-designer Chris Medico to chat about what goes into designing a card game with a 20-year history.

GUEST: Chris Medico and Dave Gordon


  • Watch The Skies
  • Sentinels of the Multiverse
  • Cash N’ Guns
  • Inkognito
  • Cthulhu Gloom


  • What is a ‘mega game’?


  • Designing cards for Legend of the Five Rings CCG
    • Chris’s history with L5R as a player before joining the design team
      • How did that happen, and how long has he been at it?
    • What goes into the process of designing a card
      • Some personal favorite cards or mechanics?
    • How L5R balances story with mechanics and overall card development
    • How exactly does the game incorporate player input into game design
    • The impact and influence of a game being 20 years old
    • Current and upcoming information of L5R sets and events


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Audio Credits: Intro music track is “Swing!” by Bargo!, used under Creative Commons license.