Archive for June, 2017

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.