Found this earlier today... forgot all about this. Came from the (very) old Shadowlands Refuge of the Lion website. Unless you've been around at the beginning you'll have a hard time understanding many of the references.
The L5R code is a concise method of showing your opinion on a variety of L5R related issues. For each of the following options, choose the degree to which it applies (or does not apply) to you.
For example, I am:
L5R(2.0) LN++/SH-- S G+ Y+ P:M+/H-/EJ-/SJ+/E(1) I+ C++ E-- ?M T+ D++ !K H Tk! !IC U++
L5R(2.0): Written according to version 2.0 update d of the L5R code
LN++/SH--: I am dually aligned. As a Lion Clan member, I prefer to play
them over other clans. As a Shadowlands Horde member, I wish
to change clans.
S: I can be competition when we play
G+: When it comes to the rules, I have a slightly more than basic grasp
Y+: I like the idea of having "story format" tournies
C++: I am a "Mr. Suitcase" type collector
P: Prefered play styles
M+: I like winning by military means
H-: I dislike winning by honor
EJ-: I dislike the Extended Jade tournament format
SJ+: I like the Strict Jade tournament format
E(1): I have completed a single competitive Enlightenment win
I+: I'm an IRC regular and have "voice"
E--: I really only trade away my excesses (more than 3, etc...)
?M: I have never played Magic
T+: I have the Shadowlands taint
D++: When it comes to the storyline, I think it's GREAT!
!K: Bayushi Kachiko is an interesting plot element, nothing more
H: I don't care one way or the other about Hitomi
Tk!: I think Toku is a conerstone figure to L5R
!IC: Iron Crane, Wuss Crane, kill them all!
U++: I'm pretty knowledgable about the storyline
Here are the elements of the L5R code. Choose one from each in order.
The Version of the L5R code. Optional. This is 2.0:
Version 1.0: Initial version
Version 1.1: Added E (trading), K (Kachiko), U (Storyline). Lots of additions.
Version 1.1a: As suggested by Ryan Dancey, added GBR, R!, E! and U?. Changed
YR for Yoritomo's Alliance to YA.
Version 1.1b: Added Ronin (RN) as a "clan" affiliation.
Version 1.1d: Added (Clan)++++: I tattoo my clan mon onto others.
Version 2.0: Added P (play styles), NJ (Ninja "Clan"), T (Toku) and
H (Hitomi), plus some additions to others. Took out R
CB = Crab
CN = Crane
DR = Dragon
LN = Lion
PX = Phoenix
UN = Unicorn
NG = Naga
SC = Scorpion
SH = Shadowlands Hoarde
TA = Toturi's Army
BR = Brotherhood of Shinsei
YA = Yoritomo's Alliance
NJ = Ninja
RN = Ronin
++++ I tattoo my clan's mon onto other people
+++ I have my clan's mon tattooed on my body
++ I mostly play only decks of my clan
+ I prefer to play decks from my clan
Eh, it was the first deck I got
- I don't usually play my clan
-- I want to change clans
--- I'm a Kolat spy out to destroy this clan
For example, BR++ is a Monk player who only plays Brotherhood decks.
Section 1: THE GAME AND RULES
S: Skill level
S(LA) I am from LA
S++++ I won GenCon. (I am Ken Carpenter, Chris Bergstrom, or David La)
S+++ I win a lot of national tournies
S++ I win a lot of local tournies
S+ I'm alright
S I can be competition
S- I suck
S-- No, I mean it, I really suck
S--- I am just speculating
For example, Nick Cascone is S(LA) (It's a joke, you see... :)
G: Grasp of the Rules
GBM I am the Brand Manager
G++++ I am Jeff Alexander (I said it's a joke, Dave...)
G+++ I am Dave Williams
G++ You want help with that overlaid Mitsu?
G+ I read the FAQ and Accumulated Rulings
G Fate on right, dynasty on left, got it.
G- "Okay, I tap for mana..."
G-- Foo a what bar?
Y: Story format for tournaments
Y+ I like Story format tournies
Y I don't care
Y- I don't like Story format tournies
!Y Story tournies are just sugar coated Magic type II WotC crap!
!!Y Oh my God! They killed Phoenix! You BASTARDS!
P: Preferred Play Style (Choose those applicable; e.g., P:M+/D-/4)
M+ If you're not down three provinces by turn two, I'm doing something wrong
M- LSDs are so 1997
H+ If I'm not over 40 honor by turn 4, I'm doing something wrong
H- Stupid Shrine honor monkies
D+ You sleep with goats! Prepare yourself for my Pekkle bomb!
D- Scorpion Kolat scum! Burn in the desert with the rest of your ilk!
DM Prefers Darkest Magic victory conditions
4 Prefers Four Walls (The 38th Hantei Falls) victory conditions
E(X) where X is the number of competitive Enlightenment victories
O+/- Likes/dislikes Open
EJ+/- Likes/dislikes Extended Jade
SJ+/- Likes/dislikes Strict Jade
I: IRC play
I+++ I play more on IRC than in RL
I++ I have Ops
I+ I have Voice
I I get on to chat from time to time
I- I don't play, I just want to chat with Ree
I-- What's to keep them from cheating?
I--- Playing a CCG isn't geek enough, you're gonna do it in a chat room, too?
Section 2: THE CARDS
C: Collecting L5R
C++++ I own a copy of the Event, "Designer Wins"
C+++ I bought a case of starters, and I refuse to sell or trade
C++ Somebody called me "suitcase boy/girl"
C+ I own some hot cards (Swords, Inheritance, Focus, etc...)
C I've got enough to play and have fun, thank you very much.
!C As long as I don't put them in binders, I'm not actually collecting
C- I laughed at someone for sleeving their cards
C-- Speculation will turn L5R into Magic!!!
C--- My cards are so white, I have to write the titles on with magic markers
C---- I traded my "Designer Wins" card for Magic cards
E: Trading L5R
E+++ I'll trade anything and everything
E++ I'll trade anything but my clan, unless it's REALLY good
E+ I'll trade anything but my clan, no matter how good
E I'll trade my uncommons and commons
E! I've been known to give cards away!
E- I'll trade my commons only
E-- I'll only trade excesses (over-3's, multiple uniques and events)
E--- No! It's mine! It's all mine! Mua-ha-ha-ha-ha!
M: Magic: the Gathering
M++++ The only reason I even play L5R is because WotC bought them
M+++ I can tell you every ruling that affects type II AND all past rulings
M++ I am ranked in Magic
M+ I play Magic
M I saw someone playing Magic
!M I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that it may tend to
?M I've never even played Magic
M- I don't like Magic
M-- I hate Magic. WotC is the Anti-Christ.
M--- I destroyed valuable Magic cards rather let someone else have them
M---- They weren't my cards
Section 3: THE STORY AND CHARACTERS
T: The Shadowlands Taint
T++ I have my own porcelain mask
T+ I carry the taint
T I am not tainted
!T Get real, I just play the game
T- I wouldn't even allow myself to become corrupted to fight the Shadowlands
T-- I'm wearing Jade right now, just in case
D: The Day of Thunder and the first story arc
D++++ I am John Uikku
D+++ I attempted to win/bribe the DoT GenCon tourney for my clan
D++ WOW! John Wick is God! I LOVE IT!
D+ The Storyline concept is great
D It keeps it in the stores
D! I am attributed on the flavor text of a card.
D- It's just a gimmick to sell more cards
D-- Who cares? It's all just Lion and Crane anyway. It was probably fixed.
D--- THE STORY WAS SUPPOSED TO END AT THE DAY OF THUNDER!!!
D---- I am Alan Seyberth, the fallen Lion clan prophet.
K++++ Bayushi Kachiko owns my soul
K+++ Bring the Scorpion back RIGHT NOW
K++ I don't care what she did to Toturi, she can do it to me if she wants
K+ More loyal than Aramoro
K Kachiko is alright, but only when painted by Matt Wilson
!K She's a very intriguing plot element
K! OH! Kachiko!
K- I'm sure she'll hold up well in that hot desert sun. :)
K-- Um...she's a slut.
K--- Grow up, you hormone drunk Neanderthals!
K---- You know she's like 50 or something.
H++ "Yes, my lady..."
H+ I always hated the Naga, until I realized they made such nice handbags.
H I don't care, just don't discuss it on l5rinfo. Sheesh!
H90210 "Dude, that bald guy is UGLY!"
H- She's a bald nutzo! That tattoo ink is seeping into her brain.
H-- "Dragons bleed..."
Tk++ Woo oo oo oo EEEEEEE EEEEEE!
Tk+ I love the Monkey Clan! I want a Toku Beanie!
Tk Eh...he's free.
!Tk I like to feed him to my Onis
Tk! Toku is a cornerstone figure to L5R!
Tk- What good is he other than for dirty jokes about exhaustion tokens?
Tk-- Toturi gave him the Scorpion lands?!? Uh, I don't even KNOW the guy!
IC: Iron Crane
IC++ Yoshi's a wuss! Thank goodness the Clan got a backbone.
IC+ I will grant you an honorable death
IC Can't we all just get along?
!IC It's still Crane! Kill it!
IC- The Daidoji are a bit uncivilized.
IC-- This is not the Way of the Crane!!
U: Storyline (a.k.a. Useless) Knowledge
U++++ I am Ree Soesbee/John Wick.
U+++ I can recite all the major battles of the Clan Wars - in order.
U++ I think Hoturi and Kachiko may have had something going on.
U+ I can tell you the names of all the Clans and their current Champions.
U I can remember a few cool pieces of flavor text.
U? I know things you don't
U- Crab, Crane, Dragon, umm...Leopard, Koala, Scorpion, and Horsey.
U-- Hey, there's flavor text on these things!
U--- Samurai...yeah, you're right, they _DO_ look like Samurai.