Press Release: Toronto to Host First North American Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series of the New Dueling Season

August 23, 2016

It’s Time to Duel! Konami launches the new North American Dueling season for its premier level Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) in Toronto, Ontario August 27 – 28. This ultra-competitive weekend-long tournament gives hundreds of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Duelists across Canada and the United States their first chance of the season to show off their Deck-building skills and strategies and to compete with their peers. The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG is a card game involving strategy and skill made famous by the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and animated TV series.

In addition to the intense back-and-forth of competitive Dueling provided at a YCS event, a brand-new exclusive YCS prize card for the weekend’s top finishers will make its début – 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 throngs of Duelists around the world that will participate in the high-level competitive YCS events during the course of the season.

Additionally, the top-ranked Duelists will win a brand-new YCS Top Cut Game Mat for this event.

Pre-registration for YCS Toronto will run from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Friday, August 26 and registration will continue promptly at 8 a.m. on Saturday, August 27. Round One will start at 10 a.m. Upon registering, Duelists will receive five of the recently released The Dark Illusion booster packs for participating in KONAMI’s YCS Toronto. 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. Duelists can find the answers to many of their questions here.

Event Address:
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Exhibit Hall G – South Building
222 Bremner Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario M5V 3L9

Accompanying the 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 match using their own pre-constructed Decks in the Advanced Constructed 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 Toronto 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.

Additionally, a full range of Public Events such as 2017 Regional Qualifiers, Ultimate Duelist Series Qualifiers, 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, School Tournament Series, and Generation Duel Tournaments will be held through the weekend.

Prizing Information for YCS Toronto:

· 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 system; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; 20 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.

· 2nd place – Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Number 93: Utopia Kaiser; PlayStation©4 system; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.

· 3rd place – Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Number 93: Utopia Kaiser; Xbox One console; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.

· 4th place – Xbox One console; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.

· 5th–8th place – Nintendo 3DS XL Console; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.

· 9th– 6th place – 24 booster packs of the current booster release; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series 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.

For those unable to attend YCS Toronto, Duelists can follow round-by-round with online coverage.

 

Press Release: Seiji Kanai’s ‘Gods’ Gambit’ From Japanime Games

August 13, 2016

Gods’ Gambit, a new game from renowned game designer Seiji Kanai (Love Letter, Cheaty Mages!, Lost Legacy), is coming to stores this November from Japanime Games.

In the game, players take on the roles of Fallen Gods who must perform good acts in order to return to the High Heavens. Cards in hand take on the role of quests needing completion, and only by emptying their hand can a player find absolution. Various plays help a player empty their hand or cause trouble for another player. Bad Karma accumulates when a god uses its servants to sabotage and manipulate another player, but Bad Karma can be ignored if a God completes all of its good works by finishing all of their quests. Time is of the essence, though, because at some point judgment will be called for by the turn of the card, and each player’s works will be counted.

The game was initially funded on Kickstarter in 2014, receiving backing of $25,421 from 550 backers (roughly $46.22/backer).

Multiple Press Release for Pokemon TCG

August 9, 2016

Pokémon USA will release the Pokémon TCG: Battle Arena Decks: Rayquaza v Keldeo on September 21.

The package consists of two 60-card decks, each led by a Pokemon-EX and includes 10 foil cards (2 foil cards featuring Rayquaza-EX or Keldeo-EX and 8 foil basic Energy cards). The decks also include tournament-level Trainer cards, including VS Seeker, Professor Sycamore, and N.  The box also contains 2 metallic coins, 2 sets of damage counters, a 2-player playmat and rules sheet, 1 code card to play these decks online,  2 deck boxes, and a quick guide with game strategies.

MSRP is $29.99.

——————————————————————————————————————————————————-

Pokémon USA will release Pokémon TCG: Super Premium Collection: Mew and Mewtwo on October 3.

The Pokémon TCG: Super Premium Collection: Mew and Mewtwo will include two never-before-seen foil promo cards featuring Mew-EX and Mewtwo-EX, sculpted figures of Mew and Mewtwo, 10 Pokémon TCG: Generations booster packs, and an art book that goes behind the scenes with Pokémon TCG illustrators.  There are also three collector’s boxes to hold everything with 12 dividers to keep cards organized, and a code card for the online game.  MSRP is $79.99.

————————————————————————————————————————————————————–

Pokémon USA will release Pokémon TCG: Mythical Pokémon Collection: Genesect Pin Box and Pokémon TCG: Collector Chest Tin this November.

The Genesect Pin Box features the mythical Pokémon Genesect, a dual Bug/Steel Pokémon. The collection includes a never-before-seen promo card featuring Genesect, a Genesect collector’s pin, two booster packs from Pokémon TCG: Generations, and a code card for Pokémon TCG Online. MSRP is $12.99.

The Pokémon TCG: Collector Chest Tin is a treasure trove of Pokemoon products, primarily featuring the collectible metal case with sturdy handle. It contains five Pokémon TCG booster packs, three foil promo cards featuring Volcanion, Magearna, and Shiny Mega Gengar-EX, a Pokémon coin, two colorful sticker sheets, a mini-album to store cards, a Pokémon notepad and four pencils, and a code card for Pokémon TCG Online. MSRP is $29.99.

Press Release: The Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Hot August Products

August 6, 2016

The action heats up in August, when Konami sets the summer ablaze with new Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG releases! Two hot booster sets arrive just in time to kick off the 2016 Dueling season, ushering in a new era for collectors, competitors, and fans of every Yu-Gi-Oh! TV series.

On August 5 The Dark Illusion reinvents some of Yugi’s greatest cards with an all-new core booster set. Magician’s Robe and Magician’s Rod make Dark Magician Decks more consistent, while Yugi’s original powerhouse unites with the Magician of Dark Illusion to unleash Ebon High Magician – a fearsome Xyz Monster that bends the rules of sorcery to change how Spell and Trap Cards are played. With 100 new cards, The Dark Illusion introduces themes like the ancient Triamids, the agents of SPYRAL, the colossal Subterrors, and the high-speed Metalfoes, destined to become a force in tournament play. New support for Performapals and Shiranui skyrockets these themes to new heights, while groundbreaking cards like Pot of Desires, Cosmic Cyclone, Coral Dragon, and Floodgate Trap Hole raise the bar anywhere you want to play them.

Duelists got their first taste of The Dark Illusion at Sneak Peeks scheduled for July 30 and/or July 31 at participating Official Tournament Stores (OTS). Duelists can find more information and a list of participating locations here. MSRP: $3.99 per pack.

Legends unite! Dragons of Legend -Unleashed- arrives August 19, with some of the most-wanted cards from all five eras of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TV series. From Yu-Gi-Oh! GX comes Alexis Rhodes’ “Cyber Angel” Rituals, and five new planetary monsters. From Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, Jack Atlas’ Red Nova and the Duel-warping Scrum Force rev it up. From Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal come several new “Number” Xyz Monsters, including the indomitable Number 100: Numeron Dragon. And from Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V, the peculiar Cardian monsters make their début. Duelists can also upgrade their Extra Deck even further with monsters like Galaxy Stealth Dragon, Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon, and Number 24: Dragulas the Vampiric Dragon.

The Legendary Dragon monsters Timaeus, Critias, and Hermos return from Dragons of Legend and Dragons of Legend 2, bringing their Fusion Monsters and support cards with them, along with other heavily demanded cards from these sets. Each 5-card pack contains 4 Ultra Rare Cards and 1 Secret Rare Card. MSRP: 3.99 per pack.

Press Release: Anime Robot Fighting Game ‘A.E.G.I.S.’

July 31, 2016

Greenbrier Games has announced a deal with Zephyr Workshop to produce A.E.G.I.S. – Combining Robot Strategy Game

Inspired by robot manga and anime, A.E.G.I.S. is a strategy game of battles between teams of robots.  The robots can fight individually, or they can combine together Voltron-style into gigantic fighting robots.  Players can put together their own custom teams using combinations of five different robot classes.  Robots that combine together become more powerful and open up new tactical options, but they must share a pool of energy, forcing players to carefully manage their resources to get the maximum benefit.

Zephyr Workshop has produced a small run of the game and has been presenting it at conventions for a while as well as offering offered a print-and-play version.  Now Greenbrier will put it into full production and handle distribution, following a Kickstarter campaign to fund the project, which it plans to launch soon.

A.E.G.I.S. is designed for 2 to 4 players, ages 12 and up, and plays in about half an hour.  MSRP is $49.95.

ENnies 2016

July 21, 2016

From the ENnies website: The Gen Con EN World RPG Awards (the “ENnies”) are an annual fan-based celebration of excellence in tabletop roleplaying gaming. The ENnies give game designers, writers and artists the recognition they deserve. It is a peoples’ choice award, and the final winners are voted upon online by the gaming public.

The ENnies were created in 2001 as an annual award ceremony, hosted by the leading D&D/d20 system fan site, EN World in partnership with Eric Noah’s Unofficial D&D 3rd Edition News. Since they were originally conceived the ENnies have expanded from an Internet-based awards selection to an annual award ceremony at Gen Con Indy. The ENnies have also branched out from their roots as an award ceremony focused upon d20 system publishers and products to celebrate the achievements of all tabletop RPGs and the publishers and products that support them.

With award categories recognizing the components that make a game great to the types of products fans have come to love, categories for fan-based websites and much more, the ENnies are the best way for fans to acknowledge outstanding effort from and to say “thank you” to the publishers, designers and artists who make this hobby great.

This year Kotodama submitted their translated Kickstarted backed RPG Ryuutama to this year’s awards.  It has been nominated in Best Cover Art and Best Family Game.  Others games related to this blog are King of Slimes (Best Free Game) and Cubicle 7 who puts out Kuro (Fan’s Favorite Publisher).  Other categories to vote in include: Best Adventure, Best Aid/Accessory, Best Blog (of which I am not nominated), Best Electronic Book, Best Miniature Product, Best Monster/Adversary, Best Podcast, Best Rules, Best Setting, Best Software, Best Supplement, and more.

You could vote for any nominated game at the voting booth.  It is completely free, no login required, and you do not have to vote for all categories, just the ones you are familiar with.  The voting goes to the midnight tonight, so hurry and sorry this took so long to get up.  Winners will be announced in August at GenCon.

Press Release: Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game at San Diego Comic-Con

July 17, 2016

Comic-Con International: San Diego attendees will want to make booth #3713 their leadoff stop so they can be the first to see what’s new from Konami during the world-renowned five-day show July 20 – July 24. Year after year the company is right in the thick of things, offering pop culture fans the latest and greatest from the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME as well as other new booth features and fun activities.

Always a fan favorite, KONAMI will once again have the green screen photo booth. A Comic-Con must-have, fans can create their own exclusive one-of-a-kind Yu-Gi-Oh! Token Card. They can choose from 6 different card backgrounds, with Dueling legends Yugi, Jaden, Yusei, Yuma, Yuya or the 2016 Comic-Con International: San Diego logo – suitable for use during Duels!

Looking for a Con exclusive and the latest Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products? Head over to the booth’s retail counter early in the show to get KONAMI’s Comic-Con International Exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG game mat before it sells out! Available for just $30, this collectible game mat features awesome imagery of Yugi and Kaiba along with Amulet Dragon and Mirror Force Dragon!

There will be plenty of products for sale too. Fans wanting to add to their card portfolio can purchase new and popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products every day of the show while supplies last, including the recently released Rise of the True Dragons Structure Deck, Shining Victories Special Edition and the brand new Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions Movie Pack.

Attendees wanting to learn the game can take a seat at a game table to get a Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG demonstration from the experts! Those completing a demo will receive a show exclusive coupon good for $3 off the purchase of Starter Deck: Yuya (redeemable only at KONAMI’s booth during Comic-Con). Players wanting to tweak their Deck-building strategies can get helpful hints from KONAMI’s many Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG experts on-hand throughout the show. Plus, players feeling lucky and confident in their Dueling skills can Duel the Master as he sits on his royal throne, for a chance to take home some other prizes!

Know all the Yu-Gi-Oh! cards and characters? Fans can test their Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG prowess as they peruse the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG card display. Featuring hundreds of cards highlighting the different eras of Yu-Gi-Oh! – “The Fusion Era,” “The Synchro Era,” “The Xyz Era,” and “The Pendulum Era” – and cards from the most recent products Shining Victories, The Dark Illusion, Rise of the True Dragon Structure Deck, and Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions Movie Pack, this show of cards is sure to please old-school Duelists and new players alike.

Duelists looking for more opportunities to show off their Dueling techniques can visit the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Organized Play Room #16B on the Mezzanine level where KONAMI will host a variety of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG events from Thursday through Sunday including Win-A-Mats, 2017 Regional Qualifiers, ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!! and more! Dragon Duel Tournaments, for children born 2004 or later, will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. And best of all – these tournaments are free to Comic-Con attendees!

San Diego Comic-Con hours:
Wednesday, July 20: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Preview Night; some booth activities not available)
Thursday, July 21: 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, July 22: 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 23: 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 24: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Press Release: Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Origins Crowns Jake Phinney Champion of Main Event and Dragon Duel Winner Zach Taylor

June 29, 2016

This past weekend, Columbus, Ohio, was the epicenter of Dueling as the Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) Origins crowned two winners. Jake Phinney found that he had outpaced the competition in the Main Event to earn himself the coveted spot of YCS Origins Champion. Additionally, young Zach Taylor made a name for himself as he won the Dragon Duel Championship.

Held during the Origins Game Fair, this two-day premier level event, presented by Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI), players of every age and ability showed off their impressive Dueling skills round after round. Phinney from Blanch, North Carolina played his Phantom Abyss Deck to propel him into Sunday’s Single Elimination. Then, after several rounds of Single Elimination, it came down to an exhilarating playoff with Aaron Furman from Linwood, New Jersey playing a Kozmo Deck.

In addition to the title of YCS Champion, Phinney returned home with a stellar set of prizes that included a YCS Championship Trophy, an Ultra Rare YCS Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn Prize Card, a PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and an invitation and paid travel to his 2016 World Championship Qualifier (WCQ) tournament!

The Dragon Duel Championship, an event for Duelists born in 2003 or later, was no less exciting as Aurora, Illinois’ Taylor used his Sealed Deck then switched to his own Kozmo Deck in the finals. He had all the right moves to beat Eli Buckwatter who played a Battle Pack Assorted Deck in their head-to-head playoff. Taylor picked up some great prizes too, including a Dragon Duel Championship Trophy, a 2016 Regional Game Mat, a Dragon Duel Medal, a Regional Deck Box, a Super Rare set of the YCS Darklord Prize Cards, and an invitation to the 2016 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier tournament to be held during his WCQ.

Press Release: Ninja Division and Seven Seas Announce Joint Venture, Shinobi 7, and Upcoming Tokyo Ghoul Game

June 27, 2016

Ninja Division Publishing™, LLC and Seven Seas Entertainment™, LLC are proud to announce the formation of a new joint venture game company, Shinobi 7. Combining Ninja Division’s expertise in superior quality game design with Seven Seas’ know-how in license acquisition and curation, Shinobi 7 will focus on producing tabletop games that are based on hit anime, manga, and pop culture brands.
“I’m absolutely thrilled about our partnership,” says Seven Seas Publisher Jason DeAngelis, who will act as Shinobi 7’s CEO. “Ninja Division is a groundbreaking company that has created a new category of chibi-style games. They are experts at what they do, and have earned the respect of the gaming community. Combined with Seven Seas’ licensing capabilities, Shinobi 7 is well-positioned to acquire and curate licenses and make high quality games.”

Shinobi 7’s new games will join Ninja Division’s lineup of breakout brands such as Super Dungeon: Explore, currently produced in four languages with sales of over 100,000 core games and more than half a million expansions. Ninja Division Publishing will oversee marketing, promotions, sales, warehousing, and fulfillment for all Shinobi 7 products.

“I’m very excited about the potential this joint venture creates for both companies” says Ninja Division Partner Kai Nesbit, who will act as Shinobi 7’s President. “As the leading independent manga publisher in North America, Seven Seas has a tremendous amount of experience and expertise in licensing content from Japan. Together, our joint venture will bring a fresh perspective to the game market.”

This fall, Shinobi 7 will launch its first title, Space Dandy Galactic Deck-Building Game. As seen on Cartoon Network’s ADULT SWIM™, Space Dandy is a hit anime series created by legendary director, Shinichiro Watanabe, best known for his work on the anime, Cowboy Bebop. The game contains over two hundred cards, forty star tokens, player boards, and a full-color rulebook. Space Dandy Galactic Deck-Building Game will be available in retail stores Q4, 2016, and will list at $49.99.

Shinobi 7 currently is working on the following games, scheduled to launch in 2017:

Tokyo Ghoul, a deck-building game, adapted from the hit anime franchise about an alternate reality where monstrous ghouls and humans coexist.
Strike Witches, a miniature-based board game, adapted from the anime of the same name, that pits a team of flying girls with advanced weaponry in dogfights against an invading alien force.
Spice and Wolf, an economy-based board game, about traveling merchants peddling their wares, based on the hit anime franchise of the same name.
– – – –
Ninja Division Publishing
Ninja Division Publishing™, LLC produces and publishes high quality board games, card games, and charming hobby model miniatures for tabletops around the world. Ninja Division’s tabletop lineup includes beloved originals such as the ground-breaking, dungeon-dashing Super Dungeon®: Explore; the charming chibi-ninja battler, Ninja All-Stars®; the immersive and ever-expanding space war of Relic Knights®; and the forthcoming interstellar railway hold-up and heist, Rail Raiders Infinite™. Ninja Division also produces an array of licensed games including party favorites such as DeadFellas™, Angry Sheep™, DrunkQuest™, and the award-winning family game, Luchador!™. With legions of fans around the world, Ninja Division supports league play and encourages both collaborative and competitive play in its community of gamers of all ages!

Seven Seas Entertainment
Established in 2004, Seven Seas Entertainment> is the top independent manga publisher in North America, specializing in bringing Japanese manga to English-speaking audiences, and producing original comics, graphic novels, and youth literature. Seven Seas publishes multiple bestselling series that regularly appear on the New York Times Manga Bestsellers list. Seven Seas is distributed by Tor/Macmillan.

Press Release: The Tanto Cuore International Crowdfunding Campaign is off to a great start!

June 21, 2016

Japanime Games has launched a multi-lingual International Crowdfunding Campaign for the hit anime themed deck building card game Tanto Cuore. Tanto Cuore has been a big success in Japan and the English-speaking world, and Japanime Games aims to bring it to new French, German, Spanish and Italian speaking fans! The International Crowdfunding Campaigns are now live in English on Kickstarter, in German and French on Ulule, in Spanish on Verkami and in Italian on GiochiStarter. Japanime Games plans to deliver Tanto Cuore in December of 2016 to their international backers.

Eric Price of Japanime Games had this to say about this ground breaking multilingual campaign: “After months of preparation, we feel certain that we can bring this excellent card game to anime fans and gamers in their own language!”

The Tanto Cuore International Crowdfunding Campaign has already reached $33,368 in total! Japanime Games goal is two-fold: they need to reach both a funding goal of $30K on Kickstarter, $10K on Ulule and $5K on GiochiStarter and Verkami AND 250 backers in each language. While it is a known challenge to publish games in new languages on crowdfunding platforms, Japanime Games has prepared for the launch for months and enlisted the help of translators, fans and experts in each country. They feel confident that international fans will rally behind Tanto Cuore in support. In order to bring the campaign and love for Tanto Cuore to new fans across the globe, Japanime Games is enlisting the help of their backers to spread the word! Extra promo card incentives have been offered to backers as part of their social media marketing plan. A true crowdfunding campaign in every way, Japanime Games is striving to gain support for Tanto Cuore from new fans from around the world.

To follow the English campaign, click here!
To follow the French campaign, click here!
To follow the German campaign, click here!
To follow the Spanish campaign, click here!
To follow the Italian campaign, click here!
Japanime Games is dedicated to bringing you the finest games from Japan and beyond! It’s our goal to import and translate the best games from Asia to bring those great games to a wider audience. Our games feature some of the finest art that can be found along with engaging gameplay and quality components. We are committed to great customer service and have hundreds of thousands of happy customers. For more information about Japanime Games, see www.japanimegames.com

 


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.