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About rules.l5r.com

This site is maintained by Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) to provide information about rules, cards, and play formats for its Legend of the Five Rings (L5R) collectible card game.

The site is a living document and changes are incorporated regularly, usually on a Monday to provide maximum exposure before weekend tournaments. Although edit links are visible, only Rules Team members and other AEG officials are able to edit or add comments to the site.

Linked below are the sections of rules.l5r.com.



  • The rulebook for A Matter of Honor (pdf, 23 MB) teaches basic principles using a simplified version of the Ivory Edition game.
  • The Ivory Edition Basic Rulebook (pdf, 6.6 MB) and Ivory Edition Advanced Rulebook (pdf,3.8 MB) are good resources for learning the full game in stages.
  • The [1] for Twenty Festivals are the complete rules document for the two-player standard L5R game. They are formatted as a single WordPress page for easy search and reference. A linked Table of Contents is available by clicking the "Contents" button at the top of the rules listing.
  • Alternate Format Rules (including War of Honor multiplayer game, Legacy, Ivory Edition draft, sealed deck)
  • Ivory Edition Floor Rules (pdf, 596 KB, version of 16 Sep 2014) covering the conduct of organized events; and Code of Bushido (pdf, 345 KB, version of 18 April 2014) covering enforcement of floor rules