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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I contribute to the Imperial Assembly and Imperial Herald?

By writing articles for us! If you'd like to write for the Imperial Herald, here are our submission guidelines: 1. Articles must be about some aspect of The Legend of the Five Rings (L5R) series of games. This includes the Collectible Card Game (CCG) and Roleplaying Game (RPG), as well as any other games that use the L5R setting, such as "War of Honor" or "Ninja", or any new games that may be developed using the L5R setting. We also encourage articles about aspects of L5R that you might not traditionally consider "games" or "gaming", such as Live Action Roleplaying (LARP), costuming, or application of relevant, real-world subject to the setting (for example, the historical development and evolution of Japanese armor and weaponry and how it could be applied to RPG campaigns). Your article, at our discretion, may appear as Free Content on the Imperial Assembly website, or it may be posted as subscriber-only content on the Imperial Herald portion of the site. 2. Articles can be about game strategies, discussions of mechanics, ways of playing better, aspects of the setting itself—essentially, anything you can imagine that would be of interest to fans of the L5R games and setting. 3. However, articles you submit may NOT include proposals for new cards, rules or game mechanics, nor should it include artwork. Such articles will be immediately rejected and deleted. There are avenues available for submission of, for example, artwork and proposals for new cards for the CCG and these, and not the Imperial Herald, remain the sole and correct way of making such submissions. 4. In general, we'd prefer that you not submit diagrams, graphs, tables and so on, unless these are fundamental to the presentation of your article. If they are, then you must use Microsoft Word .doc or .docx file formats only, and they should be embedded directly in the document. We may have additional requirements for such objects and will determine, at our discretion, what impact they have on word-count. 5. Articles must be submitted by email to heraldeditor@alderac.com. You must put [IH Submission] in the subject line (including the square brackets), followed by the title of the article and your name, so it looks like this: [IH Submission] How to Always Win the L5R CCG – John Doe Failing to do so might cause your article submission to be overlooked , eaten by spam filters, etc. We assume no responsibility for "lost" submissions if you don't conform to this requirement! 6. Ensure you include your name, full mailing address and contact email in the body of the email. If you wish to use a by-line name in the article that isn't your real name (such as "Bayushi John" instead of "John Doe") you may do so, but you still must provide your real name in the body of the email. You must also include the Submission Boilerplate (see below), by pasting it verbatim into the body of the email. The article itself must be attached as a file in Microsoft Word .doc or .docx format, or .rtf format. 7. Articles must be a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 1500 words. We reserve the right to solicit longer or shorter articles at our discretion, but these are the default maximum and minimum word counts. 8. Articles must written in a non-proportional font such as Times New Roman, with a 12 point font size, double-spaced, with 1" margins all around. The article must begin with a title, centered on the page, with your by-line (that is, "By Your Name") centered beneath that. The first line of each paragraph must be indented. 9. Please send us your best work. In addition to being well-written and something that will interest fans of L5R, we expect submitted articles to incorporate correct spelling and grammar. We understand that English isn't the first language for many fans and certainly don't want to discourage submissions from non-native English speakers. However, if an article doesn't hold together logically, or contains too many spelling, grammar and other errors, we may have to reject it, or at least return it to be rewritten. 10. AEG may offer payment for your submission, of up to 2 cents per word. Whether such payment will be offered, and how much, will be determined solely by AEG and will be based on, but not limited to, the quality of the work, the extent to which it must be revised and edited and if you have previously had articles accepted for publication in the Imperial Herald. Our intent is to develop a "stable" of writers for the Imperial Herald over time, so payment at the full rate will likely be reserved for our regular contributors. 11. Some general advice—write an article that focuses on a single subject; don't allow yourself to wander across subjects. Your article should have a beginning (introduce the subject and why you think it will be important or interesting for L5R fans), a middle (discuss the subject, presenting your information and making your case for why it's correct, important and interesting) and an end (summarize what you've just said and wrap things up). The old adage, "Tell them what you're going to tell them, then tell them, then tell them what you told them" is a good guide for article construction! 12. Finally, the legal boilerplate. By submitting an article for publication in the Imperial Herald, you are agreeing to the following text. You must indicate such agreement by pasting the following text VERBATIM into the body of your submission email: I understand that unsolicited article submissions for the Imperial Herald and other intellectual property (collectively “the Work”) received by AEG is considered a gift of all the donor’s rights, title and interest in and to the Work (including copyright, trademark or other intellectual property rights). I also understand that the Work is given to AEG for such consideration that AEG deems, in its sole discretion, to be appropriate, and that it becomes the property of AEG. AEG is in no way responsible to pay any additional transfer fees, licensing fees, royalties or any other consideration to the donor. Based on the above understanding, I hereby submit the enclosed Work. Submissions are now open. So get writing, and get those articles in!...

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How do I become a Full Member of the Imperial Assembly?

First, you need to create an account. You can do so by clicking on the REGISTER NOW link on the front page of the Imperial Assembly site, or by clicking on REGISTER on the "sword" bar at the top of the page. This will bring you to a form that you can fill in with your name, address, phone number, and so on; you'll also select a Clan. Once you've submitted this form, you have an Imperial Assembly account and you can log in. However, you still won't be able to see the premium, subscriber-only content, only the free content. That's because you're still not actually a paid subscriber to the Imperial Assembly. To become a fully-subscribed member, move your mouse pointer so it hovers over your name at the top left corner of the screen. This will open up a menu, from which you would select ADD CLAN SUBSCRIPTION. Here, you'll select the Clan in whose name you want to subscribe. Presumably, this will be the one you selected above. However, you can have multiple clan subscriptions from different clans attached to your account (and you can do this at any time.) You may want have more than one clan subscription because, from time to time, the Imperial Herald will have Clan-specific content, visible only to members of that Clan. You will have to pay for each different clan subscription separately, though! Once you've selected the clan in whose name you want to subscribe, choose the payment option you want, then click ADD CLAN. This will take you to PayPal, which is our only option (at the moment) for payment. Once you've made your payment, congratulations, you're now a full member of the Imperial Assembly and have access to ALL of its cool content!...

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