Table Talk

This is an archive of the Table Talk articles written by Dennis collected into one page for easy reference. They are listed in reverse chronological order.

A Matter of Time
Nonlightenment
Playing Without Limits
Recognizing Wins and Losses
Worth What You Pay For Them
Proper Care and Feeding
The Golden Rule
The Mental Game
Deck Building Basics
Winning is for Losers
A new project for the New Year

A Matter of Time

I am painfully aware that it has been far too long since this blog has been updated with a Table Talk article. Rather than offering apologies for the limited time I have had to post here, let me just say … Continue reading


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Nonlightenment

In general I have avoided writing articles which deal with specific cards. I recently had a few experiences however which have led me to put that preference aside temporarily and write a brief article about the five rings.


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Playing Without Limits

There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there. You must go beyond them. -Bruce Lee I often see players put artificial limitations on themselves during deck construction which hinders their ability to win games. … Continue reading


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Recognizing Wins and Losses

To lift an autumn hair is no sign of great strength; to see the sun and moon is no sign of sharp sight; to hear the noise of thunder is no sign of a quick ear. -Sun Tzu I discussed … Continue reading


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Worth What You Pay For Them

All men can see the tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved. -Sun Tzu With the 2011 Kotei season winding down there are only a handful of major events … Continue reading


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Proper Care and Feeding

When your weapons are dulled, your ardor damped, your strength exhausted and your treasure spent, other chieftains will spring up to take advantage of your extremity. Then no man, however wise, will be able to avert the consequences that must … Continue reading


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The Golden Rule

“Whoever has the gold makes the rules.” Any good CCG player will tell you that games are won or lost on resources; whoever has the most usually wins. Thus it is important to gather as many resources as quickly as … Continue reading


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The Mental Game

“All Warfare is based on Deception.” I am quite certain Sun Tzu was not thinking about L5R when he wrote this deceptively simple phrase thousands of years ago. That does not make it any less applicable to L5R or how … Continue reading


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Deck Building Basics

Have you ever played a series of games against an opponent and walked away thinking you would have won more games if your opponent wasn’t so lucky? Maybe he took a turn two province three games in a row, or … Continue reading


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Winning is for Losers…

I am a firm believer that a player can only improve his or her skills when regularly challenged by other players of similar skill level. If you want to become a better player, find players as close as possible to … Continue reading


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A new project for the New Year

When Mike asked for volunteers to write some strategy / deck building articles for the new PortlandL5R website, I agreed to write some content. I know I am not the best player on a regional, national, or global level, hell, … Continue reading


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