Archive for December, 2013

Tokyo Brain Pop

December 30, 2013

I talked about Panty Explosion looking for a new name and it has one now, Tokyo Brain Pop.  Which does feel right for what this game is about so I approve.  Though do they mean “pop” as in popular or “pop” as in the sound of your head coming off?

TBP blue cover

It is the same psychic school girl, or whatever scenario you create, RPG by Atarashi Games that it was before just with a less controversial name.  It is still rules lite with a focus on storytelling and characterization.

– Describe your Best Friend’s triumphs and your Rival’s failures as you drive the story forward using simple and engaging narration rules!

– Kick Demon ass with the sword that houses the soul of your murdered step-mother, struggle to control your unstable psychic powers or unleash your murderous fury on the boy who dared to reject your love confession! Details, Goals and Psychic Powers let you bring plenty of anime flavor to your games!

– Suffer the emotional trauma of Japanese high school with rules for Popularity, Best Friends and Rivals and plenty of opportunity for betrayal and humiliation!

– Includes special instructional manga pages that help teach you how to play!

–  Tons of information on demons and monster, the daily life of students and the dreaded Japanese educational system!

– Packed full of color illustrations and manga!

– For 4-6 players, for Teens and older

– 52 full color pages

You can order the physical book for $16, $10 for the PDF, or both in a bundle for $23 to save $3.  Books will start to ship after January 1st.

Read the instructional manga to learn a little more about playing the game.  Look for it further down the page.

I am just going to stick with my copy of Panty Explosion Perfect though.  Tell new players I will call it Tokyo Brain Pop though.

 

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Press Release: Bushiroad Outlines Organized Play Program and Launch Events for Future Card Buddyfight

December 19, 2013

Bushiroad announced the details of its organized play program for their newest trading card game, Future Card Buddyfight, which releases on January 24. Similar to their other games, Cardfight!! Vanguard and Weiss Schwarz, Bushiroad promises to offer strong shop support with a robust organized play program for Future Card Buddyfight. The organized play program will début in February 2014.

To commemorate the release of Future Card Buddyfight, launch events will be held at stores in all territories (Europe, USA, Asia-Oceania) during the week of January 24 through February 2, 2014, with Bushiroad conducting events at select locations the weekend of January 24 through 26. Launch events will consist of Future Card Buddyfight teaching workshops, as well as Trial Deck-only tournaments. Entry is free, and players must have an English Edition Dominant Dragons or Savage Steel Trial Deck to enter.

Players who attend the workshops or tournaments will be able to receive a special foil-stamped and dated version of February’s promotional card, BFE-PR0004 “Damocles Dragon.” This foil-stamped version will only be available during that first week of release. Tournament entrants will also receive a special Future Card Buddyfight deck case.

There will be two recognized tournament formats for Future Card Buddyfight —a Best of 1 format and a Best of 3 format. The Best of 1 format will be double-elimination, single match only with a 20-minute time limit, and is recommended for new and younger players (ages 14 and below). The Best of 3 format will be double-elimination, best of three matches with a 40-minute time limit, and is intended for more experienced players. Stores will have the option of selecting which format they would like to run. Only English Editions cards may be used, and no mixing of different language cards will be allowed.

Stores currently registered for Bushiroad’s other trading card games are automatically registered to run Future Card Buddyfight tournaments, and the tournament sign-up procedure will be the same as that of Cardfight!! Vanguard. Shop tournaments are scheduled to commence in Feburary 2014 following the week of Future Card Buddyfight launch events.

Further details regarding the launch events will be made available on the official Future Card Buddyfight web page, http://fc-buddyfight.com/en/.

Press Release: Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Valiant Booster Set Available on January 24th

December 16, 2013

The latest Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME booster set, Legacy of the Valiant, from Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (Konami), introduces a handful of brand new themes – including a highly anticipated new Plant theme. Duelists will be rushing to find the Legacy of the Valiant (MSRP $3.99 per 9-card pack) at retail stores nationwide on January 24th to unearth these brand new game mechanics. Duelists that want a taste of the set prior to the official release date can participate in the Sneak Peek event taking place January 18th and/or 19th.

Legacy of the Valiant will allow Duelists to excavate new strategies from the tombs of ancient kings, with the biggest batch of Gravekeeper cards since 2010’s Structure Deck Marik. Legacy of the Valiant also has plenty of new Monarch cards, following their re-introduction in Shadow Specters, with a Ghost Rare version of the brand new Mobius the Mega Monarch!

Duelists will be excited to grab a hold of an Evilswarm Exciton Knight card – a Xyz monster – that has the ability to destroy every other card on the field and can be played in any Deck. If trap cards are your thing, then Shared Ride is right up your alley – as it allows you to draw cards when your opponent adds cards from their Deck or Graveyard to their hand. Legacy of the Valiant also has support for Bujin and Ghostrick cards plus additional cards from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal animated series.

100-card complete set:

48 Common Cards

20 Rare Cards

14 Super Rare Cards

10 Ultra Rare Cards

8 Secret Rare Cards

For more information on Konami or the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, please visit www.yugioh-card.com or call 310-220-8630 to speak directly with a Yu-Gi-Oh! customer support team member.

Kromaster Arena Kickstarter

December 6, 2013

Krosmaster: Arena is a 2-4 player, tactical style miniatures game that mixes the adorableness of anime-style pre-painted figures and the action of a tactical miniatures game put out in the US by Japanime Games. There is currently a Kickstarter campaign for the next expansion Krosmaster: Arena- Frigost.

The new set will come with a double-sided board, an exclusive figure, ice themed scenery elements, various game tokens, markers, and a rulebook.  There is also an expansion pack with two exclusive new figures, dice, combat arena sheet, and token sheet.

Pledge levels start at a $1 where you get a code for a promo figure for the online version of the game.  $15 gets you the code and the figure itself.  $45 for a copy of the expansion.  $75 for the expansion, extra goodies, promo figure, Duel Pack of two new figures, and eligibility for all stretch goals.  $175 gets you all that and a copy of the base game with six extra promo figures.  $333 everything at the $75 level plus PVC token pieces, foil cards, six extra figures, two random promos, a plushie, and either a limited edition XXL figure of your choice or carrying case for the set.    $669 for all that plus more PVC pieces, copy of base game, XXL cards, checklist poster, and a lot more extra bits.  Also the $333 and $669 levels will already receive all stretch goals, even the ones not met yet.

There are a number of Add-ons for this Kickstarter.  Several of them are already included in the higher pledge levels, but you can add more or get what you do not already have.  Items are XXL cards, foil card deck, metal coins, the carrying case, PVC token pieces, two different sets of dice, extra figure packs, plushie, and others.

The several Stretch Goals have already been met for this.  They have unlocked five promo figures, XXL cards for the all the figures in this set, and a translucent dice set.  The next two goals are at $350k and $400k for even more promo pieces.

Japanime has a Boardgamegeek.com and a Facebook promotion going on now for this as well.

If you have not gotten into Kromaster this is a good chance to start.  If you have already gotten into Kromaster here is a chance to add to your game.

 

Ryuutama Kickstarter

December 5, 2013

Ryuutama is an original Japanese heartwarming tabletop RPG of travel and wonder.  The game was designed by Atsuhiro Okada.  In this game you take on the role of what would normally be an NPC in a village and set off on an adventure through a fantasy world.  The game’s nickname is “Miyazaki’s Oregon Trail.”

There is a Kickstarter set to translate it, plus some material from the French edition of the game, and release it over here.  It has already reached its goal, but that does not mean you should not join in.  In fact it means you should join in even more.

For $15 you will get the PDF rulebook in full color.  For $25 you get the Plus Plus level with PDF and all extra supplemental materials for the game, forever.  $40 gets you a physical copy and PDF.  $50 is the physical copy Plus Plus level.  $190 adds a character illustration by one of the two original artists for the game in black and white (an extra $40 for color).  $250 gets you a sketch of a full scene of your description.
There is also a special level for brick and mortar retailers.  Everyone who gets the PDF or higher gets their name listed as a supporter in the book and a text only version of the game as soon as the Kickstarter ends.

You can also add an extra physical copy of the book onto your level for $40 at no additional shipping.

Instead of regular Stretch Goals for this Kickstarter they are doing “Milestones” where they announce goals achieved after they have been made instead of telling you how much before the next level.  This is to prevent things from getting a little out of hand and putting too much on pressure on them.  Everyone who backed at a Plus Plus level will automatically get everything in the new level.  So far they have past third Milestones.