I ended up downloading more than $150 worth of RPG's and supporting material for my new addiction, Samaria skirmish. I would have been happy to get just a decent skirmish system. What I got was a great deal more!
Whoever wrote Sengoku must have done a 20 year study of Japanese culture. The historical and especially cultural information in this tome is beyond anything I could have imagined. The incredible depth and flavor is amazing. I could have stopped with this one. This, plus the Shinobi books are the King of Samurai RPG's. The character generation is the least painful and most complete, as you end up with a character with motivation and history.
We've standardized (at AoCM Wargame Club) on this one for the skirmish and RPG system. The Filmography gives me hundreds of new titles to search for (I already have dozens of classic Samurai movies).
Now, lets be fair. Printing this work out was a major challenge, particularly since Amazon has the book in print for about $22. The download is still well worth it if you are going to actually run the system as you will probably want to give the player a page or two here and there just to understand the character.
This is the utimate historical RPG system for Samurai RPG'ing. This is the one to get.
[5 of 5 Stars!]