I seem to be on a Handiwork Games jag at the moment. Purcased The Silver Road, a great short, simple game of storyteling. Added on In Spoons, In Knives, a setting for 1930's industrial Britain, and arranged a game of said In Spoons about agricultural workers getting displaced by mechanisation. Jonny's also doing a game using the same Silver Road rules with a setting of spirit witches/shamen in Doggerland. This is the area presently sunken beneath the North Sea but above water in the distant past. This game revolves around protecting the tribe from mishaps caused by bad spirits. There's the usual good art although a lot seems to be AI art further manipulated in Photoshop or GIMP.
My past experience with rare Kickstarter exclusive collectors' sets is that years later they are oftentimes impossible to find at good prices..Even non-Kiickstarters like Legend of the Five Rings faux-leather editions.
Hence when I got a decent offer for Twilight 2000, powered by Year Zero Engine, it would have been rude to refuse.
Plus, my bullet dice now have a perfect home and playground.
I have bought a copy of Band of Blades whilst at Continuum. I'm developing some thoughts on a #hopepunk FitD fanatsy game called Lodestar, and got this to see another fully developed iteration of the engine. I've also heard great things about it!
Not sure if ten quid counts as a splurge, but I saw these beautiful books at a thrift store and just had to purchase them. Score!
These are the clasics from the Legend of the Five Rings Clan War amongst all seven great clans (also known as The Scorpion Coup).
And since my core play areas are 1sr edition and 4th edition of the roll-and-keep system, the stories in these novels make for great inspiration
Regarding the latest hotness, rhe D&D5e version called Adventures in Rokugan, the common criticism, is that it has gone more Anime/Manga fantasy than samurai drama. The Code of Bushido has been removed, and seppuku is banned at the table. Though in all my years of original L5R play, I never experienced a Player Character partake in that climatic ritual. Witness seppuku from afar, probably a PC did, but never partake. But its existence was important for the fiction of samurai stories we told. Anyway, I purchased the core book Adventures in Rokugan, regardless.
Strangely, the new publisher, Edge Studios, is the same studio that publishes D&D 5e Midnight RPG with totally evil orcs and slavery existing in a pseudo Middle-Earth "What if Sauron won" thene.
I think I can envisage the scenario you present, and probably why the Bushido Code was removed from Adventures in Rokugan. For if an honourable samurai fighting evil in The Shadowlands was to become tainted by that evil magic and become turned into a weapon of evil, then the honourable escape without betraying the clan is seppuku.