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Test of Honour

Test of Honour’s lead writer strikes out on the path of the lone wanderer for the samurai game’s cinematic second edition

Power, honour, betrayal, death and destruction: these are what are associated with the Sengoku Jidai, the Age of the Warring States. For a century medieval Japan was plunged into conflict as warlords vied continuously with one another in a series of bloody struggles. At stake was nothing less than the title of Shogun, supreme military ruler of Japan, and with it the fate of the nation itself. A time of suffering where the only law was that of might makes right, today its memory lives on in the popular imagination as the era of the samurai, the ninja and the warrior monk. This month sees those legends return to the tabletop with the second edition of Test of Honour, steeping players in a world of blades, bows and bushido.

Test of Honour is a 28mm-scale skirmishlevel miniatures game set in the carnage of the Sengoku period. Each player controls a force based around a single hero, whether that be a young noble out to prove themselves or a masterless wandering ronin. Around this character players build their rest of their force – hired retainers such as ashigaru infantry or mounted cavalry that can be fielded singly or in groups of three.

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