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Product Details

  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Different Worlds Publications; 1st edition (March 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975399934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975399934
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,297,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is wonderful. It is breathtakingly full of information, and must have taken forever to research. --B. Dennis Sustare, author of Bunnies & Burrows role-playing game, based on the heroic fantasy novel Watership Down by Richard Adams

This is a real treasure trove of information, and not just for gamers or authors -- it would be extremely useful as a reference for would be historians as well. --Randy Schadel (aka Tatsunoshi), The Samurai Archives

I daresay that Daimyo of 1867 is the only book about historical Japan that you'll need to run a great campaign, one that is both reflective of Japanese culture as it actually was but also intelligible to non-scholars. --James Maliszewski, Grognardia

More About the Author

Born in Sapporo, Japan, Tadashi Ehara came to the U.S. when he was 6 years old. He has played games and watched samurai movies and TV shows from when he was very young. Later he began reading many historical novels and history books about Japan. He was a publisher at Chaosium, Inc., an editor of Different Worlds magazine, and is presently a publisher at Different Worlds Publications. His day job is as a marketing manager for a high-tech company in Silicon Valley.

The author lives in San Francisco with his family.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
"Daimyo of 1867: Samurai Warlords of Shogun Japan" by Tadashi Ehara is a 346-page compendium providing a guide to Feudal Japan designed specifically for role-play gamers. Covering 277 daimyo clans in the year 1867, each individual daimyo is provided with a mon (family crest), a han (fief) name, revenue size, rank at the Shogun's castle in Edo, prior ancestry, domain and castle descriptions, and a great deal more. Basic background information includes elements of geography, history, road systems, social structure, religion, monetary system, and government structure. Profusely illustrated throughout, "Daimyo of 1867: Samurai Warlords of Shogun Japan" is a seminal, unique, and highly prized addition to personal game player reference collections.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. B. D. Sustare on October 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is the best survey in English of the Samurai Warlords and Clans in the Japan of the Shogunate. It covers 277 daimyo clans, and is a must for students of Japanese history. It is also incredibly valuable for roleplay gamers whose campaign is set in feudal Japan, as well as for wargamers and writers. In addition to the clan and warlord entries, the book has a wealth of other background information about the geography and society of the time. If you want to know more about Japan and its military and political history, the book is a must-buy. It is also packed with great maps and illustrations, as well as the symbols for all the clans. I love it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SakaiOhana on October 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
If you're interested in Samurai, this is the book for you. This comprehensive reference is very well written and organized. It is obviously meticulously researched and provides much interesting detail, as well as nice maps, pictures and illustrations. Although created as a reference for the role-playing gamer, it also provides good insight for the casual historian. The book also compliments the history portrayed in Japanese historical dramas, as found by this American viewing family. Highly recommended.
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By Murph on February 28, 2014
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Essential guide to any person wanting an over view of the Japanese Shoguns or Daimyos for either historical research or role playing. Tadashi, more please.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Killer Creeper on April 21, 2014
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The bulk of this book is a genealogy which for my purposes as a gamer, is useless. Names of who begat who, page after page taking up about 2/3rd's of the book is hardly useful. I'm curious to know why the author thought this would be. However, the beginning and ending sections are useful for gaming purposes. I did not buy the following book by the author for the reason stated.
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