Swords of the Daimyo

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Swords of the Daimyo
OA1 TSR9164 Swords of the Daimyo.jpg
Code OA1
Authors David "Zeb" Cook with Kelley Foote
First published 1986
Linked modules

Swords of the Daimyo is a 1986 adventure module for the Oriental Adventures rules of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game.


Swords of the Daimyo contains three adventures.[1] The first adventure is for player characters (PCs) levels 6–10, and takes Western AD&D characters on a sea voyage to Kozakura (the Oriental Adventures version of Japan). The adventure includes a system for calculating the chances of a crew mutiny. When the PCs arrive in Kozakura, the module states that "it is likely that one or more will be permanently slain", with the intention of replacing said characters with new Eastern characters.[2] The other two adventures in the module are designed for Oriental Adventures characters, and revolve around the nefarious activities of the sohei (militant clerics) of the Black Temple.[2] One of these adventures involves the defense of a village against bandits, and the other is a mission to take out the organizer of the bandits.[1] These two adventures form a linked package, separated by time and a few character levels.[3]

This campaign and adventure pack provides an overview of the politics and climate of the lands of Kozakura.[3] After a brief overview of Kozakura, the pack focuses on the province of Miayama, and its government, samurai families, temples and landholdings.[3] The package also includes a list of names and maps of various residences found in the province.[3]

Publication history[edit]

OA1 Swords of the Daimyo was written by David "Zeb" Cook with Kelley Foote and published by TSR in 1986, and included a thirty two page gazetteer called Province Book of Miyama and a thirty two page "Adventure Book", with a large color map and an outer folder.[1][2] The module featured cover and interior art by Jeff Easley.[4] It was the first module made for use with Oriental Adventures.[2] The Province book describes the Eastern continent of Kara-Tur, the province of Miyama, and the island of Kozakura.[1] The module includes a historical timeline for Kozakura, as well as new monsters.[1]


Ashley Shepherd reviewed Swords of the Daimyo for White Dwarf No. 80, and felt that the module provides more than enough material to run an Oriental Adventures campaign, and could easily be reworked for the Bushido role-playing game. Shepherd compared the sea voyage adventure to the novel Shōgun, and suggested that dungeon masters (DMs) should borrow the crew mutiny system for sea adventures. He noted that several of the possible encounters in the adventure are too deadly for 6th level characters, and felt that the other two adventures were fine, although the link between them was nearly non-existent. Shepherd said the "real strength" of the module was the background material given in the Province Book of Miyama, forming a comprehensive location a DM can use as "a good starting point for any number of adventures".[2] Shepherd also liked the random encounters system.[2] Although he felt that there were weak points, such as the maps not being up to standard, the small number of adventures, and the frustration caused by their slightly disjointed nature, Shepherd concluded that Swords of the Diamyo was "a good module package".[2] The module won a Gamer's Choice award.[1]

Jim Bambra reviewed Swords of the Daimyo for Dragon magazine No. 134 in June 1988.[3] Bambra likened Kozakura to a fantasy version of feudal Japan, stating that it closely resembles "the war-torn period of Japanese history between the Kamakura and Sengoku periods, when rival daimyos engaged in bloody struggles for power".[3]

Additional reading[edit]

  • Review: Space Gamer/Fantasy Gamer No. 81 (1987)


  1. ^ a b c d e f Schick, Lawrence (1991). Heroic Worlds: A History and Guide to Role-Playing Games. Prometheus Books. p. 108. ISBN 0-87975-653-5. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Shepherd, Ashley (August 1986). "Open Box". White Dwarf. Games Workshop (80): 2–4. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Bambra, Jim (June 1988). "Role-playing Reviews". Dragon. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin: TSR (134): 77. 
  4. ^ Cook, David "Zeb". Swords of the Daimyo (TSR, 1986)