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Remember Edo

John Gregory

REMEMBER EDO

Characters

Remember Edo is a setting and system hack for Gregor Hutton's brilliant
story game "Remember Tomorrow." It is set during the historical Edo Period
in Japan, and inspired by fiction, particularly the anime series Samurai
Champloo. As such, historical accuracy isn't a major concern - for example,
ninja clans largely ceased to exist by the Edo Period, but what samurai
game can do without ninjas? Worry less about historical accuracy, and
more about what makes the fiction fun for everyone at the table.
The Edo Period is full of interesting shit - underground Christians face
persecution and death, foreign visitors are outlawed and residents cannot
leave the country. The samurai are in decline, sworn to corrupt lords and
petty vengeful Daimyo. Kabuki and ukiyo-e are new and popular, cuttingedge art forms. A centralized, military government enforces peace at the
end of a sword, but it is economically and culturally a calm time of
progress and advancement. For individuals that break the mold or pursue
their own agendas, numerous groups exist to help or hinder their progress,
yakuza and shogunate fight for control over cities and islands.
It's all way over the top, though. Samurai that have swords with names like
"Shining Shadow" and ninja traipsing through the shadows as assassins
sharpen their kunai. Play it up - it's more action than political drama!

1 RONIN

2 ARTIST

3 LOWLIFE

6 BEAST

7 LABORER

8 MERCHANT 9 GAIJIN

4 LAW

5 HOLY
10 ASSASSIN

RONIN - No man may hold dominion over you. You walk your own path,
preferably alone.
ARTIST - You express essential truths through poetry, sculpture, painting,
etc.

LOWLIFE - You live like a parasite, taking advantage of others. Maybe


you're a slave-runner, yakuza, or pirate.
LAW - The fragile peace is yours to keep, in whatever manner necessary.
HOLY - Priest or monk, your higher calling drives you towards your goal.

BEAST - The laws of polite society mean nothing to you, just survival of the
fittest and your own desires.
LABORER - Waitress, dock-worker, farmer, or fisherman, you're an average
person but not weak or helpless.
MERCHANT - Making investments, placing orders for goods, and watching
the purse-strings.

GAIJIN - A stranger in a strange land, keep your hood up, your head down,
and hope nobody reports you to the law.
SENSEI - You've mastered some art, be it scientific, martial, or otherwise.
People look to you for guidance.

ASSASSIN - You're paid to take the lives of those who displease your
2010, John Gregory
Remember Tomorrow is BoxNinja Games and Gregor Hutton, www.boxninja.com

employer. You get their trust, then strike.

Remember Edo

Factions

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Motivations

1 YAKUZA

2 NINJA

3 LAW

4 GANG

5 COMMERCE

1 Envy

2 Freedom

3 Knowledge 4 Honor

5 Power

6 FOREIGN

7 RONIN

8 SPIRIT

9 DOJO

10 SHOGUNATE

6 Pride

7 Respect

8 Revenge

0 Survival

YAKUZA - Organized crime, varying from largely benign dealers in black


market goods to violent thugs.
NINJA- Underground and very secretive groups of assassins with deadly
training.

LAW - Charged with keeping the peace, and trained to do so.


GANG - A group that walks the streets, maybe vagrants or vandals,
pickpockets or pimps and prostitutes.
COMMERCE - Trading concerns and market managers, these factions
control the flow of capital.

FOREIGN - The rarest groups of all, mostly ships of traders in the few ports
they are allowed.
RONIN - Wanderers and sociopaths, legendary figures and samurai who
eclipse other men.

SPIRIT- Temples and churches who band together in defense of the faith.
DOJO- Schools of martial arts with familial bonds and honor to keep them
together.
SHOGUNATE - Government officials that serve the Shogun.

9 Greed

Characters take three from the following lists of Weapons, Belongings, or


Skills. Not limited to these lists!

Weapons
1 Katana/Yari - A traditional weapon, sword or spear
2 Nodachi/Naginata - A long weapon for distance, a field sword or
polearm with blade.

3 Wakizashi/Tanto - A smalle blade to be concealed, short sword or dagger.


4 Jutte/Sasumata - Used by law enforcement to keep distance, disarm
swordsmen, and detain criminals.
5 Manriki/Kusarigama - Designed to entangle and disable enemies,
Weighted chain or scythe with such.

6 Meteor Hammer/Kanabo - Large, intimidating vicious morningstar-like


weapon or monstrous mace.
7 Ono/Kama/Fan - Small bladed weapons for close combat, a hand-axe,
sickle, or war fan.

8 Yumi/Fukiya - Projectile weapons like a bow or blowgun, for longdistance combat.


9 Suntetsu/Tekko - A spiked ring or fist-load weapon that increases the
lethality of punches.

10 Bo/Jo/Hanbo - Wooden staves of varying lengths.

Remember Edo

Weapon Name
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
0

First

Second

Divine/Cleansing

Wind/Ocean

Earthly/Shining

Shadow/Darkness

Sorrowful/Burning

Destruction/Fist

Distant/Swift

God/Slash

Heavy/Cursed

Flame/Death

Soul/Heaven

Edge/Crescent

Haunted/Drowning

Spine/Heart

Bloody/Blessed
Razor/Dragon
Lightning/Demon

Light/Chain
Claw/Sight

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Skills
1|2 Skilled writer/manipulator
3|4 Calligraphy artistic skill/long stare
5|6 Musical talent/tactical mind

7|8 Courtly manner/intimidating presence


9|0 Peak Fitness/Catlike stealth

Names
Samurai

Tooth/Tongue

Belongings
1|2 Impressive kimono/Intricate netsuke and inro
3|4 Shogunate documents/Maps
5|6 Foreign goods (glasses, books, art, firearm, opium, etc.)
7|8 Property/Money/Title

9|0 Telescope/Microscope/Wadokei (Lantern clock)

Prefix

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
0

Suffix

Sane-

-Toki

Tada-

-Mori

YoshiIeTsunaYasuYoriTaka-

KaneNobu-

-Uji
-Tsugu
-Shige
-Kuni
-Hide
-Mitsu
-Masa

-Katsu

Remember Edo

Surnames (- Only nobility!)


Inagaki

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Scenes

Matsudaira
Aoyama

Place

Time

Ruined Shrine

Mid-day

Urakami

Alley

Mid-night

Bamboo Grove

Dead of Night

Rokkaku

Rope Bridge

Sunrise

Teahouse

Late Afternoon

Riverbed

Evening

Takenaka
Fukushima

Dock

Sakuma
Soejima

Hirohashi
Female

Inn
Male

Yono

Ken

Fuji

Norio

Seki
Hana

Sama
Kiyo
Saku
Fuyu
Tomi
Yuki

Fumio
Kei

Satoru
Masaki
Naoki
Katsumi
Tsutomu
Michio

Graveyard
Sakura Grove

Mid-morning

Sunset

Shortly before dawn


Moonset