Tale of Ronin

A stylized black painting of a Japanese woman resembling a fox, with ears and a tail. This is concept art of a kitsune made for the Tale of Ronin game.

Kitsune: Japan’s Tradition of Spirit Foxes

Foxes are considered to be magical creatures in many different cultures. Across European, Scandinavian, and Celtic folklore, the fox is often depicted as a cunning trickster who may possess supernatural powers. East Asia has historically viewed the fox with similar traits. The Japanese kitsune has become notorious as an otherworldly trickster spirit. Powerful, flighty, and …

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Tale of Ronin: Sekai System

Tale of Ronin tells the story of the ronin as a group. Rather than focus on a single character, it looks at how an entire class of people might have lived. One way the game seeks to do this is by letting players take on the role of multiple different ronin trying to survive in …

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Camping System

An important part of wandering is knowing when to settle down for the night. When playing as a ronin, you can decide to stop and set up camp for a while at any moment. While in the camp, you can choose from a list of different activities to gain various results. The most important activity …

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Storytelling in Tale of Ronin

Tale of Ronin will immerse gamers in the world of a ronin in 1637 Japan. The Edo period has just begun and the great battles of the Warring States period are still in living memory. The Tokugawa regime is propping up specific sects of Buddhism as a political power play. Christianity is persecuted as harshly …

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The Battle of Sekigahara: How Japan’s Greatest Battle Added to the Ronin Problem

The Battle of Sekigahara was the greatest battle in Japanese history. It took place in the village of Sekigahara, which was located in a mountain valley. There, two coalition forces led by two great daimyo, Ishida Mitsunari and Tokugawa Ieyasu, clashed violently over who would have the right to rule a unified Japan. Ieyasu and …

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Haiku and Samurai Death Poems

The haiku is one of the most recognizable poetry forms in the world. It consists of seventeen syllables arranged in three lines: five syllables, seven syllables, and five syllables again. Many people, poetry enthusiasts and laypersons alike, know that haiku is a Japanese form of poetry. However, the history and cultural legacy of haiku are …

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Ashigaru: the Backbone of the Army

When thinking of warfare in medieval Japan, the image of the samurai quickly comes to mind. However, the role of the common foot soldier, known as the ashigaru, should not be understated. Ashigaru began as conscripted farmers and rose through the ranks to become the backbone of daimyo lords’ armies in the Warring States period. …

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