Legend of the Burning Sands
) is a collectible card game
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(CCG) published by Five Rings Publishing Group
The Five Rings Publishing Group was formed as a spin-out of Alderac Entertainment Group and ISOMEDIA.-History:In 1996, Alderac Entertainment Group and ISOMEDIA divested themselves of their joint operating venture, and created Five Rings Publishing Group...
(FRPG, then a subsidiary of Wizards of the Coast
Wizards of the Coast is an American publisher of games, primarily based on fantasy and science fiction themes, and formerly an operator of retail stores for games...
) in 1998
This page lists board and card games, wargames, miniatures games, and table-top role-playing games published in 1998. For video and console games, see 1998 in video gaming.-Game awards given in 1998:* Spiel des Jahres: Elfenland - Alan R...
. It was a spin-off from the earlier CCG Legend of the Five Rings
The Legend of the Five Rings collectible card game is a collectible card game created by Alderac Entertainment Group, in 1995. L5R takes place in the fictional empire of Rokugan from the Legend of the Five Rings setting, where several clans and factions vie for domination over the empire.The card...
. Legend of the Burning Sands
was set in the same fictional world as Legend of the Five Rings, but with an Arabian setting rather than an Oriental one, with a few characters appearing in both games. Both games had similar mechanics and emphasized a continuing storyline.
The first three Legend of the Burning Sands
sets were released under FRPG's experimental "Rolling Thunder" scheme, which emphasized small, regular releases of cards. The Rolling Thunder distribution mechanism proved to be unpopular
, however, so the game was put on hiatus. After six months, the game's massive conclusion set, The Awakening, was released, but interest in the game had already faded significantly. Sales were poor, and most of the stock was destroyed rather than being warehoused. Today, cards from The Awakening are in high demand from collectors.
Much like Legend of the Five Rings
included many factions, especially towards the end of the game, where 12 different groups existed: The Ashalan, Ivory Kingdoms, Assassins, Ra'Shari, Senpet, Yodatai, Celestial Alliance, Jackals, Ebonites, Moto, Dahab and Qabal.
In 2006, a movement was started to revive LBS
at Origins and GenCon. A project was later started to photo document all known cards in the hopes of building standard rules for proxying cards to be able to play.
A plugin for the free LackeyCCG
LackeyCCG is a computer program used to play virtually any collectible card game against online opponents or for building and testing of CCG decks offline in a solitaire mode. It also allows for the searching of cards within each CCG. LackeyCCG currently has Mac and Windows versions but it has...
engine was also created. It includes all the cards picture, text and rulings, allowing players to enjoy online games of Legends of the Burning Sands
without any constraints regarding cards disponibility nor geographical emplacement.
Alderac Entertainment Group has announced the release of a Legend of the Burning Sands sourcebook for their 3rd Edition Legend of the Five Rings Role-Playing Game. The book, a stand-alone game compatible with L5R, was released in September, 2008. A Fourth edition update was released as a free pdf in 2010.
Expansion set releases
- Shadow of the Tyrant: Released July 1998. 156 cards.
- Secrets and Lies: Released October 1998. 104 cards.
- Black Hand, Black Heart: Released December 1998. 104 cards.
- The Awakening: Released June 1999. Approximately 315 cards.