Kamigami Battles: A Reimagining of Kanzume Goddess

November 15, 2017

Japanime Games is releasing a new version of their Kanzume Goddess board game as Kamigamai Battles: Battle of the Nine Realms on Kickstarter.  The game is a PVP deck-building game, with new mechanics and content from the previous version.  They are also offering a stand-alone expansion called Kamigami Battles: River of Souls with Egyptian and Babylonian pantheons and myths.

Play as a God of mythology fighting to rule over all.  Recruit warriors and disciples to fight battles for you and kill the other Gods.  Play team match or free for all.

The pledge levels for this campaign include get either Battle of the Nine Realms or River of Souls for $40; get both games, a playmat, and exclusive god card for $100; after that the next two levels of $300 and $1,000 just throw in a whole bunch of awesome extras, like GenCon party tickets, personalized cards, foil cards, and test game, but are of limited quantities.  For those with the original Kanzume game who do not want to buy a whole new game there is the $10 Acolyte level.  It comes with new upgraded God and Temple cards to use with any future expansions.

Add-ons available for project include extra sets of either version of the new game, card upgrades for Kanzume Goddess, regular and oversize card sleeves, expansion God sets, foil God cards, playmats, and metal counters with bag.
The initial funding goal of $25,000 has already been met and several stretch goals have been met too.  Now if you back at $40 level or above you will get several promo cards, an upgraded box, new Temples, and several add-ons unlocked.  There are still more goals to be met to unlock cards, expansions.
Another deck building game from Japananime to add to your collection or start one.
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Press Release: Make Way For Gen Bey: Beyblade Burst Fans Can Participate In An All-New Official Online Campaign

October 9, 2017

Giving the next generation of BEYBLADE fans a whole new level of interaction with their favorite TV show, tops and characters, SUNRIGHTS INC. has launched GEN BEY, an official online campaign created exclusively for them. GEN BEY is a special connection to all things BEYBLADE BURST that’s also loaded with benefits.

Beginning today, BEYBLADE BURST fans can sign on to the official GEN BEY Facebook to score access to new product, sneak peeks, clips from upcoming episodes, and exclusive giveaways of cool BEYBLADE BURST swag. They can also sign up for a dedicated monthly newsletter and many more extras to follow, such as the GEN BEY Birthday Club and a soon to be announced, must-enter sweepstakes. GEN BEY members are encouraged to challenge their best Blader buddies to join in on the action, with special incentives for those who spread the word and visit GEN BEY often.

“With GEN BEY, our goal is to engage the brand’s loyal fan base while reaching, connecting with and activating a whole new generation of BEYBLADE fans,” explained Natasha Gross, TV Sales, Marketing & Licensing Director of SUNRIGHTS INC. “This is a campaign that represents the fans’ voice, their way to find a special identity among their fellow Bladers while enjoying some pretty amazing perks along the way.”

The BEYBLADE BURST animated series, produced by TV TOKYO and d-rights Inc., introduces viewers to Valt Aoi and his friends, who are all crazy about Beyblade, the phenomenally popular spinning top that has been fueling competitions from schoolyards to global tournaments for over a decade. The series’ exciting story follows their quest to become the best Bladers in the world.

All GEN BEY registrants under 18 must have permission from their parents.

About SUNRIGHTS INC.
SUNRIGHTS INC., the fast growing New York based entertainment arm of Japanese production company d-rights Inc., will handle the distribution of broadcast, non-toy merchandising and promotional rights for BEYBLADE BURST outside of Asia.

About d-rights Inc.
d-rights, Inc. is a key player in international production of animated content for families and children globally. They are recognized for brands such as Beyblade, B-Daman, and Scan2Go. d-rights manages every aspect of content creation from production to distribution, financing, marketing and product licensing.

About Hasbro
Hasbro is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World’s Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands. The Company’s Hasbro Studios and its film label, Allspark Pictures, are building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens.

Last Chance Tanto Cuore: Winter Romance Kickstarter

September 13, 2017

Japanime Games and Archlight Games is back with another Kickstarter.  This time with Tanto Cuore: Winter Romance, the maid deck building games adds butlers to the mix this time. The expansion adds to previous versions of Tanto Cuore.  New rules and cards allow you to create couples with maids and butlers to earn more points or you can try to break up other players couples.

Now with the original goal of $20,000 met long ago, not only will you get the game (plus plenty of bonuses items based on your pledge), but there are a whole bunch of stretch goals already met.  Meaning free stuff added to your pledge.  These include a metal pin, alternate are and text cards, and cardboard tokens for use.  There are still three stretch goals to meet for more alternative cards and promos.

Add-ons for this project include card sleeves, sets of Tanto Cuore (comes with free tote bag), extra Winter Romance sets, foils cards, acrylic token set, randomizer deck, deck boxes, playmats (oh so many playmats), calendar, spin-off two player game Doki Doki Beach Volleyball, and artbook,

You have less than one day to get in on this project, cause I procrastinate too much about writing.  With the addition of butlers this expansion feels a bit more welcoming than past sets.  Free shipping in the US.

There is also a buy one get one free offer on playmats going on at the Japanime store through the end of September.

 

Love Formula by Japanime Games

June 30, 2017

Japanime Games with Gwin Games is bringing their next project to Kickstarter, Love Formula.  They have developed new mechanics and playable promos from a previous print and play version of the game along with over sixty pieces of new art.

Love Formula is a card drafting game for two to four players trying to create the perfect date for your favorite couples, while sabotaging the dates of the others.  Score points by setting up the best dates, but be aware of catastrophes.  Read more about the rules online.

Reward levels for the project start at $25 for a copy of the game and a promo; $45 comes with the game, two promos, and a playmat; at $100 you get all that plus a signed poster, two other playmats, and three sets of card sleeves.   At $300 levels lets you customize a card for the game with your likeness or reference photo and you can make a suggestions for the card effect.  Get this for all games or for your personal use, even get a couples card of yourself and your significant other.

Add-ons for the project are additional copies of Love Formula and three packs of card sleeves.

The project was able to meet their initial goal in just four hours and several of their stretch goals.  So far unlocked are a yuri couple, a yaoi couple, and round counters to keep track of turns.  The next goals are Heart Tokens to use as counters and reminders for certain cards ($12,000) and a new part-time job card at $14,000.  More stretch goals to be revealed as others are met.

Shipping costs for all the levels and add-ons are very reasonable.  At least I think they are.

The project has 19 days to go to completion so you have some time to decide if you want to join in.  To me looks like a nice game to play with friends or your special someone.  A lot less fan service than some other games out there.

 

Origins Game Fair 2017

June 12, 2017

Origins Game Fair returns this Wednesday June 14th to Sunday June 18th at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.  Origins is the longest-running and largest convention for people who enjoy games.  There is so much to do over the five days that I could go on for pages, but I am of course just going to focus on anime and Japanese related events and games.

The Anime Track is being ran by Wasabi Anime again this year.  They will be running events from Thursday to Sunday.  They will be showing Anime Music Videos ever day, a manga library, and a viewing room sponsored by Viz, Funimation, and AnimEigo.  Though I will say last year the library was a big disappoint me quality and selection.  Let’s hope for more this year.  Panels for this year cover such topics as Voltron, Yu Yu Hakusho, Transformers, tea, a Cowboy Bebop listening party, Anime Name That Tune, and many more.

They will also be running sessions of various anime related games for free; Mangaka, Ryuutama, Golden Sky Stories, Maid RPG, and Tanto Coure.  All the other games at the con will cost at least $2, most will cost even more.

For Collectable Games, both Konami and Pokémon running many sessions of their games.  Demo games to learn Yu-Gi-Oh or Pokémon, tournaments of various styles and levels, and plenty of pick-up games.  Also games and tournaments for Dice Masters, which had a Yu-Gi-Oh set.

For Role Playing Games there are a few that are of interest to this blog including some sessions of Kuro and sessions of Advanced Dimensional Green Ninja-Educational Preparatory Super-Elementary Fortress 555 (ADGNEPSEF555) where you play in an anime-themed cross-dimensional grade school.  It is very weird.

There will be some Pokémon LARP sessions using DSes and a LARP for the ADGNEPSEF universe.

For Miniatures Games, you will have four chances to play a Starblazers game and learn Infinity a new manga inspired game.  Heroclix will have some tournaments to play in, they also had a Yu-Gi-Oh expansion set.

If you are interested in board games, they have you covered there too.  Cool Mini or Not will be running games and tournaments of Arcadia Quest and Masmorra Dungeons of Arcadia.  Japanime Games will be doing learn to plays and tournaments of Tanto Cuore (various sets) and Heart of Crown.  The games available to try are Pokemon Master Trainer, Resident Evil Deck Building Game, Hatsune Miku (a new co-op game), Cowboy Bebop: The Board Game, Era of the Ninja, Super Dungeon Explore, and more.

Plus do not forget all the dealers that will be there with many of the above games and others.

Origins is a great convention to go to, but it does take a bit of money to go and survive.  But it is worth it.

 

Press Release: Two New Champions Crowned at Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Pittsburgh

May 22, 2017

Pittsburgh, well-known for its championship professional teams, welcomed two new champions this past weekend as hundreds of passionate fans of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG competed for the top prize at Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) Pittsburgh. Hosted by Konami, this premier-level event featured many of the top Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG players and enthusiastic newcomers. Duelists met their peers and displayed the skills and strategies necessary to win prizes and make lifelong friends. YCS Pittsburgh crowned two new Champions, Aaron Furman and Dragon Duel top finisher Justus Long.

Participants of every age and ability displayed spirited Dueling in the early rounds of Swiss Format Dueling on Day One. On Sunday, Furman, from Linwood, NJ, learned that his Zoodiac Deck proved its worth as he triumphantly marched toward a Finals showdown. Starting with several rounds of Swiss, followed by more Single Elimination rounds, he squared off against Wen Tong Xiang, from Montreal, Quebec, using a Zoodiac Speedroid Deck in the final playoff.

In addition to bringing home the title of YCS Champion, Furman received a special set of prizes that included the new YCS prize card, an Ultra Rare Number 93: Utopia Kaiser, a YCS Championship Trophy, the new YCS Top Cut Game Mat, a PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, 32 World Qualifying Points*, and an invitation and paid travel to his 2017 World Championship Qualifier (WCQ) tournament!

*The number of World Qualifying Points is awarded based on the final standings. For example, if there are 32 WCQ invites, the Duelist who comes in 1st place will earn 32 points, the 2nd place Duelist will earn 31 points, and so on.

Additionally, there was a tremendous amount of excitement in the Dragon Duel tournament (an event for Duelists born in 2004 or later) where attendees witnessed an exciting series of Duels between Long, from Xenia, OH, using his Metalfoes Deck against Connor Perrotta, Lee Center, NY, in the finals. Long displayed great sportsmanship and a winning combination as he beat Perrotta to snare the title of Dragon Duel Champion. He picked up some great prizes too, including a Dragon Duel Championship Trophy, a Regional Deck Box, a Dragon Duel T-shirt, a 2017 Regional Game Mat, and an invitation to his 2017 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier.

Press Release: Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Pittsburgh May 13-14

May 12, 2017

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s second largest city, Pittsburgh, prepares to host the upcoming Konami Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) Pittsburgh on May 13-14. Duelists will experience epic head-to-head card battles against one another during this ultra-competitive weekend-long tournament with participants from across the United States and Eastern Canada.

Duelists will be competing for an exclusive prize card awarded to the weekend’s top finishers – Number 93: Utopia Kaiser. Different from the regular cards found in booster packs and other Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products, Number 93: Utopia Kaiser can only be obtained by finishing in the top three spots at a Main Event of a YCS, or by winning a special Public Events playoff tournament. This makes Number 93: Utopia Kaiser highly coveted by the mass of Duelists around the world that will participate in the high-level competitive YCS events during the course of the season.

Moreover, the top-ranked Duelists will win a YCS Top Cut Game Mat for this event featuring artwork of the new prize card.

For those eager to get things started, pre-registration for YCS Pittsburgh will run from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Friday, May 12 and registration will continue promptly at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, with Round One starting at 10:00 a.m. Upon registering, Duelists will receive five of the recently released Maximum Crisis booster packs for participating in KONAMI’s YCS Pittsburgh. Players will use their constructed Decks all the way to the final match. The top-ranked YCS finishers will earn invitations to participate in their 2017 World Championship Qualifier (WCQ), plus earn valuable World Qualifying Points, that may earn them a spot in the 2017 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship. Duelists can find the answers to many of their questions here: YCS Pittsburgh.

Event Address:
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Hall D & E
1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Accompanying YCS Pittsburgh’s Main Event, KONAMI will also be conducting Dragon Duels (for Duelists born in 2004 or later). The Dragon Duel tournaments on both Saturday and Sunday will be sealed using Battle Pack: Epic Dawn, where each Duelist is given ten sealed Battle Packs to make a new Deck. The top four finishers in the Dragon Duel events will receive a Dragon Duel Medal, a Regional Deck Box, a Dragon Duel T-shirt, and a 2017 Regional Game Mat. Top-ranked finishers will also earn an invitation to their 2017 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier.

The two victors from the Saturday and Sunday tournaments will face off in a best 2-out-of-3 head-to-head matchup using their own pre-constructed Decks in the Advanced Format, to determine the weekend’s overall winner and a chance at the ultimate prize: to hoist the Dragon Duel Champion’s trophy and the coveted title of YCS Pittsburgh Dragon Duel Champion! In addition, the Dragon Duel Champion will also receive a Super Rare set of the Darklord YCS prize cards. Entry to the Dragon Duel tournaments is free to qualified players.

A full range of Public Events such as 2017 Regional Qualifiers, Ultimate Duelist Series Qualifiers, School Tournament Series, 3 vs. 3 Team Dueling, ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!, Win-A-Mat, Sealed Starter Deck and Structure Deck, Duelist League, Yu-Gi-Oh! Day, and Generation Duel Tournaments will be held through the weekend.

Prizing Information for YCS Pittsburgh:

  • 1st place – Ultra Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Number 93: Utopia Kaiser; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Trophy; Paid travel and accommodations to the winner’s 2017 World Championship Qualifier; Invite to and VIP Status at the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; PlayStation®4 Pro 1TB system; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; 30 Ultimate Duelist Series Points; World Qualifying Points*.
  • 2nd place – Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Number 93: Utopia Kaiser; PlayStation®4 Pro 1TB system; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points; World Qualifying Points*.
  • 3rd place – Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Number 93: Utopia Kaiser; PlayStation®4 Pro 1TB system; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points; World Qualifying Points*.
  • 4th place – PlayStation®4 Pro 1TB system; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points; World Qualifying Points*.
  • 5th–8th place – PlayStation®4 500GB system; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points; World Qualifying Points*.
  • 9th– 16th place – 24 booster packs of Maximum Crisis; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points; World Qualifying Points*.
  • 17th–32nd place – Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points; World Qualifying Points*.

*The number of World Qualifying Points for the Top Cut is awarded based on the total number of WCQ invites awarded at YCS Pittsburgh after final standings. For example, if there are 32 WCQ invites, the Duelist who comes in 1st place will earn 32 points, the 2nd place Duelist will earn 31 points, and so on, down to the 32nd place Duelist who will earn 1 point.

For those unable to attend YCS Pittsburgh, Duelists can follow blog-type online coverage of the event at http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events.

Press Release: Two New Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Releases

May 6, 2017

With summer just around the corner, Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Duelists are busy sharpening their game strategies and building new Decks in preparation for the tournament-filled season. Konami helps them get game-ready with two exciting new products: Maximum Crisis Special Edition, and Pendulum Evolution, both available at hobby and retail stores this month.

Building on May’s Maximum Crisis booster set release, Maximum Crisis Special Edition hits store shelves on June 9. Maximum Crisis Special Edition is your second chance at some of the best cards of the year, like Zoodiac Chakanine, Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring, and Dragonic Diagram which cracked the competitive season wide open in May.. In addition, Duelists can load up on cards that boost Decks and themes from Fusion Enforcers, Raging Tempest, Invasion: Vengeance, The Dark Illusion, Shining Victories, and Wing Raiders. With Maximum Crisis Special Edition, players can benefit from all of what Maximum Crisis has to offer, and more! Each Special Edition includes three Maximum Crisis booster packs, one of two foil preview cards from this summer’s yet to be released Code of the Duelist booster set and one of two variant foil cards! This is a great way for Duelists to power-up a current Deck or build a whole new one! Each Maximum Crisis Special Edition is $9.99 MSRP.

On June 23, the magical Pendulum Evolution booster pack becomes available nationwide. A perfect follow-up to Maximum Crisis, Pendulum Evolution features powered-up Pendulums and mightier “Magician” monsters that take Pendulum Summoning into new territory, while a pair of super-strong Sorcerers help you unleash Supreme King Z-ARC, faster than ever before.. An all-foil set of Ultra Rare and Super Rare cards, Pendulum Evolution features several new cards such as Timestar Magician and Chronograph Sorcerer plus dozens of the most popular cards from the Pendulum Monster era of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V animated TV series. Each 5-card pack is $3.99 MSRP.

New Games From Japanime

May 4, 2017

Japanime Games has a trio of new games from Japan coming to their warehouse this summer.  Now is your chance to pre-order them.

Alicematic Heroes is a tactical board game for 3-5 players.  Try to take over the board by conquering different kingdoms that give you different bonuses.  A modular board lets you play different ways every game.  Available for $40.  Out in June.  From Manifest Destiny.

Kemomini Panic is a kawaii fast paced game of deduction for 4-8 players.  You are part of the town Mokemoke and must find out who is The Great Theif Crescent Moon through deduction.  Pre-order for $25 and get a free promo pack.  It is planned to arrive June 2017.  From Arclight Games.

Terrifying Girl Disorder is a game of lost memories and unknown identities for 3-4 players.  It is inspired by Kyusaku Yumeno’s novel Dogra Magra and designed by Kuro of the card game The Ravens of Thri Sahashri and many others.  In it you play a schoolgirl who has lost her memories, rebuild your memories with cards, and find out at the end if you are the operative sent to find those with psychic abilities.  Available for $25.  Estimated to arrive July 2017.  From Manifest Destiny.

 

Japanime offers free shipping on orders over $75, just something to think over.

They will also have some other games coming later this year, just these three are available for order.  Clockwork Empire (world-building board game of clockwork workers), Dragon Pets (set collection game of dragon breeders), Starlight Stage (card-drafting/ set collection game as talent agencies developing pop stars), and Shinobi (bluffing card game as rival ninja clans).

These looks some fun games for everyone to check out to get a feel for Japanese games.

 

Press Release: The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Reaches Maximum Crisis, As Dimensions Collide in May

April 30, 2017

This May, Konami helps Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG players get Duel-ready with the release of two exciting new products: the Maximum Crisis booster set introduces a host of new themes and cards for players of all skill levels, and in Duelist Pack: Dimensional Guardians, familiar faces emerge from the past to join the heroes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V on a quest to reach their home dimension.

Duelists prepping to be in top game-form for summer tournaments and casual play can get a Sneak Peek at the Maximum Crisis booster set April 29 and/or 30 before it officially releases May 5. This all-new 100-card booster set is the climax of the 2016-2017 Dueling season, introducing three new themes as well as bold new cards for a wide variety of popular Decks like Performapal, Speedroid, Phantom Knights, Zoodiac, and more. Pendulum Summoning will undergo its final evolution in Maximum Crisis with a pair of Pendulum Monsters with Scales of 0 and 13, opening up the ability to Pendulum Summon monsters of any Level in any Deck! Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring grants powerful new negation effects; and the long-awaited True Dracos finally make their arrival. Dragonic Diagram is a tremendous new Field Spell that boosts the ATK and DEF of all “True Draco” and “True King” monsters, protects them from destruction, and even searches them from your Deck. Combined with the True Kings from Raging Tempest and The Dark Illusion, it’s a must-run for new strategies built with Dinosmasher’s Fury Structure Deck. Maximum Crisis contains 100 cards: 48 Commons, 20 Rares, 14 Super Rares, 10 Ultra Rares, and 8 Secret Rares. MSRP: $3.99 per pack.

Closing out May, Duelist Pack: Dimensional Guardians will be on store shelves May 26. Jack Atlas, Kite Tenjo, and Alexis Rhodes make their return in Duelist Pack: Dimensional Guardians, armed with cards from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal and Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, as well as new cards from Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V, on their journey through the Synchro, Xyz and Fusion Dimensions. Competitive Duelists will find brand-new cards for popular ARC-V strategies like Performapals, Speedroids, Frightfurs and Raidraptors, powering up some fan-favorite strategies in modern Dueling. The Duelist Pack: Dimensional Guardians set has 45 cards: 22 commons, 10 Rares, 6 Super Rares and 7 Ultra Rares. MSRP: $1.99 per pack.