Archive for June, 2013

Press Release: Cardfight!! Vanguard Summer/Winter 2013 Releases

June 11, 2013

Los Angeles, CA (June 7, 2013) – Bushiroad reveals their English edition Cardfight!! Vanguard releases in the latter half of 2013 with 6 new expansions.

“Extra Booster Pack Vol. 4: Infinite Phantom Legion” and “Extra Booster Pack Vol. 5: Celestial Valkyries” are paired together for release on September 6, 2013. A special combined Sneak Preview Kit will be available to commemorate the release.

“Trial Deck Vol. 8: Liberator of the Sanctuary” and “Trial Deck Vol. 9: Eradicator of the Empire” will be available from October 4, 2013. These new decks provide crucial new units, mechanics and deck-building options for fan favorite clans, Gold Paladin and Narukami.

The “Booster Pack Vol. 10: Triumphant Return of the King of Knights” introduces new Royal Paladin units and a new clan, Genesis, on October 25, 2013. This expansion promises to shake up the meta-game with powerful new mechanics for new players and veterans alike.

“Booster Pack Vol. 11: Seal Dragons Unleashed” brings the Kagero clan back into the scene with new deck-building options on December 13, 2013.

Bushiroad will continue to provide Sneak Preview Kits for Booster Pack and Extra Booster Pack releases with new and exciting promotional items for the international market.

All new expansions are legal for use 1 week after the respective release dates in the upcoming Cardfight!! Vanguard World Championship 2013.

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Cardfight!! Vanguard is a popular trading card game developed by Bushiroad Group Publishing Inc. It is currently available in three languages: Japanese, English and Korean.

In July 2012, the first ever English edition Cardfight!! Vanguard World Championship was announced. Between September and October, national qualifiers were held worldwide across different multiple regions and countries such as Australia, Germany, Japan, Singapore, USA, Mexico and more.

The finalists of each region were invited to the Cardfight!! Vanguard World Championship Grand Final held at Tokyo Dome Hotel on December 9, 2012. The winner of the final was crowned the first ever Cardfight!! Vanguard World Champion.

Bushiroad Group Publishing Inc. consists of 5 sub-entities: Bushiroad Inc., Bushiroad South East Asia Pte Ltd, Bushiroad USA Inc., Hibiki Inc, and New Japan Pro-Wrestling Co., Ltd.

Bushiroad USA Inc. was established in Los Angeles, California on May 18, 2012, to better cater to the growing demand and interest in Cardfight!! Vanguard from both players and retailers in the USA.

Origins Game Fair 2013

June 9, 2013

Origins Game Fair is one of the largest gaming convention in North America.  It takes places every year at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.  It is run by the Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and covers all sides of gaming.  It is this week Wednesday 12 through Sunday the 16.

WarGames, miniatures, board games, collectible card games, LARPs, RPGs, and more are going to be there and  plenty of them.  It is the site of the Origins Awards ceremony, an art expo, guests, film screenings, blood drive, auction, costume contest, big vendor room, electronic games, parties, panels, war college, and much more .  It is a place where game companies come to show off their games and debut them.  So of course there anime and manga related games at the show.

For the CCG crowd both Yu-Gi-Oh and Cardfight Vanguard both have sections of the CCG hall devoted to them.  Several sanctioned tournaments will be played over the weekend with plenty of prizes to win and side events as well.

Japanime Games will be in attendance, selling in the dealers hall, running games of Tanto Cuore and Kanzume Goddess.  Krosmaster, their miniatures board game, will be released at Origins, so check it out.

Cool Mini or Not will have miniatures and games you can buy.  They crafted the video game inspired Super Dungeon Explorer and Anima Tactics miniatures.  There are Super Dungeon Explorer sessions set up for you to learn to play the game.

Some other new games premiering at the con include: Dyad Games a new company with a feudal japanese card game Kamakura and Ziko Games is bringing Legends of The Three Kingdoms a card game about the three kingdoms period of Chinese history.

Another thing to check out is ADGNEPSEF555 a RPG about an anime cross-dimensional grade school, very crazy and active.  Run by the Windmill Game Company using Golden Hour RPG.  They are running it several times over the con and doing a LARP version on Sunday.

One of the big events of the con is the Origins Awards.  The awards are voted on by the attendees of Origins in such categories as Best RPG, Best Board Game, Best Traditional Card Game, Best Gaming Accessory, Best Miniatures Rules, Best Historical Board Game, Best Historical Miniature Rules, and Best Game-Related Publication, Best CCG, and more.  The only one with related products is of course the Best CCG.  Nominees include Card Fight! Vanguard Breaker of Limits by Bushiroad, Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters by Wizards of the Coast, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Battlepacks by Konami.

And some of the exhibitors at the con, which I have not already mention, to check out are Anigames, an anime store from Toldeo; Indie Press Revolution, who deal in small press RPGs like Maid, Bliss Stage, and several more anime inspired one ; Z-Man Games, a game company that sells several board and card games from Japan.

If you can Origins is one the top conventions to go to if you like gaming and the gaming crowd.  I would like to get some more otaku gaming.  Which is something I guess I will work on myself instead of relying on others.

Press Release: Massive Monsters Clash In New Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Battle Pack 2: War Of The Giants

June 7, 2013

El Segundo, CA – High-level monsters have always been the biggest, most famous and perennial fan favorite in the Yu-Gi-Oh! animated series. Now, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. has harnessed those monsters into one powerful, custom-built booster, Battle Pack 2: War of the Giants.  This mighty 215-card Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) set releases in stores nationwide on June 28th.

Once again the Konami development team has specifically designed Battle Pack 2: War of the Giants for sealed pack play between two or more friends. For sealed pack gaming, Duelists divide up an even number of packs between each participant and play with just the cards found in those packs! Sealed pack games test each player’s ability to create bold new strategies on the fly no matter what hand they’re dealt!

Dueling with massive monsters has always been risky but War of the Giants brings these titans front and center, including the baddest monsters of them all − the three Legendary God Cards! Special Summon lower-Level monsters to help Tribute Summon High-Level monsters and use Spells and Traps as secret weapons to tilt the battle in your favor.

Each card in War of the Giants has been carefully selected, and weighed against other cards in the set. The outcome of a Duel will depend on strategy and tactics. Get ready to test and improve your skills, in the ultimate Dueling challenge!

The 215 card Battle Pack 2: War of the Giants set contains:
50 Rare Cards
162 Common Cards
3 cards only available as Mosaic Rares (all cards in the set are available as Mosaic Rares)

Each 5-card pack (MSRP $1.99) comes with one Rare card (with glossy black Card name), one Mosaic Rare card and three common cards.

About The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG
The Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME is the #1 trading card game in the world with over 25 billion cards sold. It is a game of strategy, where players create individual Decks of cards collected from Structure Decks and Booster Packs. Two players engage in a Duel while using cards that represent powerful monsters, magical Spells and surprising Traps. Duelists with well-constructed Decks, dominating monsters, solid strategy and good fortune are the victors in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG. Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is the exclusive licensee and rights holder to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG in North America and Latin America.

About KONAMI
KONAMI is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties and traditional trading card games. KONAMI’s software titles include the popular franchises METAL GEAR SOLID, Silent Hill, DanceDanceRevolution and Castlevania, among other top sellers. KONAMI is also the manufacturer of the wildly popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, which has sold more than 25 billion cards worldwide. The latest information about KONAMI can be found on the Web at www.konami.com.