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    This is the third of our articles about the new Imperial Assembly website, and its subscriber content, the Imperial Herald, launching next week. Today, we’re looking at how you can be part of the Imperial Herald experience.

    Since we’re moving to a digital, “blog-like” format for the Imperial Herald, we’re going to need content–quite a bit of it. Now, we’re pretty good at generating content ourselves, but we know that many of our fans are as familiar with the setting and the games as we are. Some of those are darned fine writers, and have insightful, intriguing or otherwise interesting things to say about the Legend of the Five Rings (L5R) games and setting. So, this is your chance–we’ve put out these guidelines before, but here they are again, with a renewed call for submissions. We want your content for the Imperial Herald; all you have to do is follow the guidelines below.

    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).

    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 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. They 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 its 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.

    8. 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.

    9. 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.

    10. 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!

    11. 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 open. So get writing, and get those articles in!

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