Emerald Legacy Core Team

Project Manager: Ben Wolf

Profile picture of Ben Wolf, slightly smiling into the camera

Ben (Discord: Hida Amoro) found his way to L5R at university when met his best friend. His friend showed him L5R (Diamond Edition) and Ben immediately fell in love with the game, especially with Mantis. He never played competitively, just with friends, for fun. After a while, he discovered Crab and swore fealty to that clan forever.

He stopped playing after university, when he moved to a new city because of work. However, as soon as he heard that the game was relaunched by FFG, he absorbed every bit of news, bought every pack (and promos), and went to local tournaments—even to Koteis. He reached his ultimate goal when he became Hatamoto in Clan Wars 2021.

Ben loves the L5R community, is always eager to meet new people, and tries to keep the local (and not so local) communities alive. Being part of Emerald Legacy is a dream come true.

Project Initiator & General Team Member: Finbarr Goode Begley

Finnbar (Discord: Steelfur) got into L5R when he was 12-13, at the start of Gold Edition, his brother got a starter (Crane) and he picked up one of the only clans left (Dragon). Being from a small town in Ireland, he was hooked by tales of far off places, and the landscapes, magic, monks and warriors that it contained. 

He stopped playing the CCG in 2007/2008, when he went to University, as the CCG model really didn’t fit with the costs of being a student in Dublin. Unsurprisingly when the LCG was announced Finnbar bought in straight away and helped build a good scene in the London Legion.
He’s loved the L5R community, playing both locally and travelling for events, and even done his own parts to keep the game alive during Covid with the LLO tournament series.

You might know his YouTube videos (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjEByzWVSjIfIJV5Hi2ijkA) where he talks about L5R and other card games and does match commentary and strategy.

Story Lead: Jeanne Kalvar

Jeanne (Discord: Kakita Kaori) has been involved in the L5R community since 1997, hanging around the Crane Forums, writing Fan Fiction, and participating in community events like Gencon and Challenge Booth fundraisers while the L5R was run by AEG. She’s played through and run multiple campaigns in the World, including the unofficial Winter Court 5.

She’s been a reader for The Table is Yours podcast, and she hosts the Court Games RPG podcast, as well as creating many resources for the RPG and writing a few more stories in the world and trying to help out the community where she can.  She is looking forward to the challenge of trying to create an interesting and fun story for Emerald Legacy players to explore.

When she is not doing Legend of the Five Rings things, she is a software designer and a mother of three teenagers, with a background as a geologist. Do not ask her how she feels about Rokugan’s topography.  

Graphic Design Lead / Art Director: Julius Vinnemann

Julius (Discord: Fenrirson)

Rules Lead: Martin Schröder

Martin (Discord: WorkerBee) picked up the LCG when it was released in 2017 and got hooked by the theme, complexity and artwork of the game straight away. He joined the Dragon Clan and has been a clan loyalist ever since then, competing in various European tournaments where he ended up 4-2 (and missing top cut) most of the time. He’s known for playing his own decks, mostly focused around Duelists or Bushi.

At the end of 2018, he took over FiveRingsDB together with one of his co-workers and he maintains the site ever since, providing the community easy access to card rulings and a non-PDF version of the Rules Reference Guide and Imperial Law and providing Jigoku with the data and images for new cards. With the game officially completed, he is currently working on EmeraldDB, the successor of FiveRingsDB, to create a central site for everything rules related for the Emerald Legacy.

While Martin loves the complexity of the game and the depth it provides, he tries to be pragmatic when it comes to changing parts of the rules framework to provide a smoother playing experience. His ultimate goal is ironing out the rules enough to reduce mental load and making the game more accessible for new players without sacrificing the core aspects of the game he fell in love with in 2017.

In the time he doesn’t invest in L5R Martin works as a software developer in Germany. His other hobbies are still on halt for the moment due to the pandemic. He’d usually meet up with some of his co-workers every two weeks for band practice where he plays bass and sings. He also loves going to festivals and concerts, but since all of that is off the menu for now… more time for L5R!

Design: John Carico

John (Discord: Nomadic) is the lead designer for the Emerald Legacy project. He is currently residing on the west coast of Canada, and is known within the L5R community as the current Unicorn Magistrate for the community Discord, his unprecedented love for the Seeker of Water role, with which he claimed both an Elemental Championship win, and a Hatamoto title, and an all-around pleasant individual.

His interest in gaming and design is long winded and terribly droll. Not wishing to bore you with the minutiae, he would rather focus on L5R specifics, unless further pressed. From what he has said, the elements that attracted him to L5R, as opposed to the many other games available, was threefold. The tactile nature of the components, rewarding skillful play, and the unique deckbuilding requirements.

These things all set his mind awhirl with possibilities for the game. His goal with the Emerald Legacy is to fulfill these possibilities that he saw from when he first learned the game.

John’s free time currently, when not contemplating the project’s ramifications, is split between reading, cooking, and chatting with friends over a cup of coffee.

Design: Chris Faulkenberry

Chris (Discord: fiddlerjones aka Ide Kirik) is Designer for Emerald Legacy and liaison between Design and other teams in Emerald Legacy.

He played the old L5R CCG since the Celestial edition and was happy to continue playing the new L5R LCG. He’s been playing Unicorn since he started playing L5R. He’s always liked their openness and emphasis on compassion, as well as the mobility and flexibility of the Unicorn play style. He’s not too bad at playing the game either, as he was Hatamoto in 2018.

Chris lives in North Carolina, USA and is a violin teacher.
Games are a huge passion for Chris. He has worked in game design since 2013. He created Battle for Biternia and its expansion, Pixelvania.

Apart from L5R, he really likes games such as Twilight Imperium, War of the Ring, Star Wars: Rebellion and Netrunner.

Balance and Play Testing Lead: Cory Fitzsimmons

Discord: KCOOREY

Organised Play: Robert Almgren

Robert (Discord: Rob) is known to many across the EU as part of a team that has successfully run EU OP for FFG and AEG before them for years. His first contact with the game was actually just around the year 2000, when he stepped in with some friends in Gold edition, and then never looked back. Since then, as a traveler at heart, he has traveled the world playing L5r, first the old game and then into the new one. He has played the game on four continents, and has a dream to someday play any of the iterations, old or new, on all. Including Antarctica.

He likes martial arts, motorcycling, and live music, as well as the occasional Viking reenactment to keep all those presumptions about him alive…

Rob has been discovering online play now, as he used to be the guy who insisted that cards are played with cards and a sense of bluff and so on that is much harder in the online game. But for the good of a living community, even old grumpy holdouts like Rob need to invent their views. And he even became a Clan War captain to prove that point.

Most will know him for his long commitment to the Dragon clan, the blood of Togashi. What is not to love with tattooed heavy metal shaolin monks and reclusive masters, right? A Viking fits right in!

Jigoku Liaison: Marc Soiferman

Marc Soiferman (Discord: Zarzuckett) has been playing L5R since 2017 when his friends brought home some Core Sets from Gencon. He’s mostly known for playing Noble Sacrifice, and as a result can commonly be seen playing Crane and Scorpion.

A professional Software Engineer, Marc is best known for being the current Lead Developer for Jigoku, helping to ensure that players have quick access to the newest cards, and is excited to help bring the player base the changes the Emerald Legacy has in store.

He hopes to use his experience doing project management for Software projects to help set the direction for the Emerald Legacy and to ensure that exciting development can be made.

Community Management: Dan Solo Austin

Solo (Discord: Solo) is a dedicated Unicorn janklord and has been since he first picked up the game in 2017. He quickly fell in love with the intricacy of the gameplay and the possibilities present in creative deckbuilding. There’s nothing he enjoys more than taking a bad card (or clan) and making something effective and interesting out of it.

In the real world, Solo is a 30-year-old high school math teacher, musician, and twitch streamer. He enjoys cooking, audio books, and (of course) board games of all kinds.

Solo is thrilled to be joining the team as a community manager. Above all, he’s hoping that his love for the L5R community really shines through in this role and that he can help to bring the fans of this remarkable game together.

Ethics, Diversity and Inclusion Lead: Emma-Leigh Ford

Emma-Leigh (Discord: Dr. Adjective)

Other Volunteers (current)

The Emerald Legacy project is a 100% fan-run volunteer project. The core team are volunteers and they are supported by a large group of other volunteers. Emerald Legacy would not be possible without their effort, time and energy.
We are very grateful for the contributions of:

TariqAli, Chris (Chris Garvey), Khagdar (Dimitris Roumeliotis), Gman391 (Glen Goerwell), Scubaverse (Emilio Ortiz), Suburbaknght (Alex Jacobs), Jarn (A.M. Rodriguez), Utaku Yamada

Naurel (Naurel Wood, checkout his Pinterest), Thulsa Doom, Choupi, Korvar (Michael Cugley), Kakita Ren, Lerida (Jérémie Morán, checkout his Instagram and his ArtStation), LaetiSansFin (Laétitia Rouvier, checkout her website), Mariko (check out her Instagram), Taborlin

volunteers have yet to give permission to be named here

Play Testing:
Jester4198 (Jeremiah Stockdale), lancerusso (Iestyn Irfon Jones), Shadow77113, JeremiahBlitz (Aytan Hilmi, owner of OffMetaMusings), Togashi Komhl (Gunnar Traustason)

EDI advice:
Nodtrio (Chaiwon Leem), Fred

Gambit (Nikolaos Tsiavos)

DirtyDeeds, jmart

Former Volunteers

We have previously also been blessed with the contributions of:

Poogin (Zack Lowe), Ambiance, PaddyOlly, KarolinaV, Doji Arami, Kakita Onimaru (Trevor Kuba), Medalliah (Dario Perri), Otomo Evan (Evan Strite), Courteous (Geoffrey Lebrun), Phe, Zonaro (Nicholas A. Kempin)