Legend of the Burning Sands

Legend of the Burning Sands

Infobox_Game | subject_name= Legend of the Burning Sands
designer= David Williams and Raymond Lau
publisher= Five Rings Publishing Group
players= 2-6
ages= 10+
playing_time= Approx 1 hour
random_chance= Some
skills= Card playing
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"Legend of the Burning Sands" ("LBS") is a collectible card game (CCG) published by Five Rings Publishing Group (FRPG, then a subsidiary of Wizards of the Coast) in 1998. It was a spin-off from the earlier CCG "Legend of the Five Rings". "Legend of the Burning Sands" was set in the same fictional world as Legend of the Five Rings, 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,Fact|date=March 2008 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.Fact|date=March 2008

Much like "Legend of the Five Rings", "LBS" 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 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.

Role-Playing Game

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, is scheduled to release in 2008.

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.

External links

* [http://imperialblock.com/visualspoiler?game=lbs Imperial Auction Block "LBS" visual spoiler] - Visual spoiler of card scans
* [http://www.chirographum.com/tolenmar/?p=8 Tolen Mar] - Rules for "LBS" and some "LBS RPG" materials
* [http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/LBS_Resurrection/ LBS Resurrection YahooGroup] - Revival project for "LBS", trying to complete visual spoiler and get game going again
* [http://www.alderac.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=43686 AEG forum post about origins/gencon 2006] - info on 2006 revival start
* [http://pages.sbcglobal.net/sarah-and-zen/lbs/ Omens and Visions] - Archival material, particularly related to rules
* [http://www.lackeyccg.com/lbs Legend of the Burning Sands plugin homepage] - A plugin for allowing online "Legend of the Burning Sands" play based on the lackeyccg engine. Includes rules, card pictures, preconstructed decks and errata.
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