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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.

 

Sword Art Online Board Game: Sword of Fellows

March 30, 2017

Sword Art Online Board Game: Sword of Fellows is a cooperative dice based battle game from Japanime Games, Arclight Games, and Kadokawa.  You can order it through Kickstarter right now.

The game has each player chooses one of six characters from the series and team up with others to face challenges of <<Aincrad>>.  You roll dice and use your character’s “Sword Skills” together to win.  The game is very short and easy to learn.

There are only two reward levels for this project, Standard Game and Deluxe Game.  The Standard Game (for $25 pledge) is the basic game.  The Deluxe Game (for $35 pledge) is the game but with upgraded foil cards and a special edition box.  Add-Ons are available to buy extra copies of the game, both standard and deluxe.

The game has already reached its $10,000 goal (in a few hours) and now is over $30,000.  There are no stretch goals listed, but if they do want to add them might I suggest more character cards, more scenarios, and maybe some fancy new dice.  Just what I would like.

This is one for Sword Art Online fans, and I do believe there are a few of those.

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.

Arclight Games publishes excellent Japanese Games including Barbarossa (2010), El Alamein (2010), Dynamite Nurse Returns (2011), Tank Hunter 2nd Edition (2014), Tank Hunter 2nd Edition: Jaeger (2015), Tank Hunter 2nd Edition: Commander (2015)

KADOKAWA is publishing a wide range of books and content, including but not limited to novels, light novels, comics, business books, practical books, and children’s books.As one of the leading publishers of light novels and comics in Japan. Also as a pioneer of the media mix method of making films and animations based on books and comics, we will accelerate the development of high quality content through various medias.

Dynamite Nurse Kickstarter

October 5, 2016

Dynamite Nurse is a deck building game about Nurses in a fantasy world, competing to heal the most injuries to grow your renown as a healer or if too many of your patients die then you will become the Dynamite Nurse, feared for all time.  It is published by Archlight Games who have created many other games like Barbarossa and El Alamein.  Japanime Games is running a Kickstarter right now to for English and French releases of the game.  It was able to pass its goal of $20,000 in two hours and is currently over twice that.  They are offering the game in English and French, pick your language during the survey phase.

There are several pledge levels from $25-$300 that can get you things like play-mats, the base game, promo cards, foil cards, packs of sleeves, name in rule book, bags, ticket to a party at next year’s Gen Con, and more fun.  The base game is $50.

Add-ons for the project include extra base games, various packs of sleeves, and a nurse pin set.

Stretch goals so far has unlocked new art for one of the cards, an extra promo card, and the nurse pin set as an add-on and one free pin.  There are two more announced stretch goals to go, new art for another card and another promo card. Only $12,000 to get them both unlocked.

If you do not already own a deck building game with sexy girls on the cards and want one (and really who does not one) should go ahead and pledge.

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

 

Shinobigami – Modern Ninja Battle Tabletop RPG from Japan

December 6, 2015

Kotodama Heavy Industries, who have already crowdfunded and translated Japanese RPGs Tenra Bansho Zero and Ryuutama, are now looking to bring over the RPG Shinobigami God of the Shinobi by Adventure Planning Service from Japan.

Shinobigami is designed as a one session RPG with possibilities of reusing characters for future games.  The game features six warring ninja clans with their own goals and abilities, yet have to work together for the game.  Each player will have their Secret to deal with as well.

The core rule book will contain the rules for play and a replay (or an entire session of play) written in screen play format printed in format similar to a volume of manga and has everything you will need to play the game.  They will also release a supplement/advance rule book as well in the same format.  It will include extra charts, sub-clans, rules for “normal humans”, and more to add variety to your games.

They are also working on expansion material for the game that will be coming out a well.  These include new scenarios to play,full color quick play guide, a Weird West reskin of the game, theme run scenarios, guidebook to writing scenarios, a behind the scenes book with interviews with the creators and translators, printer-friendly versions, Roll20 package, and print and play cards.  The highest level of backing gets you a limited edition version of both the core book and supplement book.

Instead of just dollars for expansion goals, they are looking for actual number of backers even if they back at lower numbers, so that the more who back the more the backers.  The first backer milestone at 1,00 Backers was release with a reskin of the game with everyone as magical girls, a second set of three interconnect scenarios, and ten new and unique ninja character illustrations for the game.  At 1,5000 Backers they will create a one player one GM game set in a noir setting.  At 2,000 Backers they will release a 1800’s Regency Era setting and one where everyone is a different phase of David Bowie’s career.

It looks like a fun game to play.  They are way pass their goal so this project is a go, but they only have a little over 1,100 backers.  Meaning they have a way to go before you can play as David Bowie.

Press Release: Mangaka: The Fast & Furious Games of Drawing Comics Now on Kickstarter

April 2, 2015

Jason Thompson and Jumana Al Hashal are proud to announce the Kickstarter launch of Mangaka, a creative fast-paced card game where players draw stories combining wild Themes and an ever-growing number of fleeting Trends!

In development since 2011, Mangaka is a new twist on creative games with an anime & manga theme. Designed by former VIZ Shonen Jump editor Jason Thompson (Manga: The Complete Guide, King of RPGs), produced by Jumana Al Hashal, and playtested at anime conventions, comic conventions, libraries and game stores, Mangaka lets you challenge your friends and your creativity in a battle against time.

Start by drawing three Theme Cards to determine the subject of your comic. With 180,000 possible combinations of Themes, each game is different. Then, you and the other players must draw comics and express your Themes before time runs out. Fleeting Trend Cards add another dimension of strategy: your fickle audience may demand Science Fiction, Fantasy, Shojo Manga, Sports, Destruction or any one of 52 Trends. Each round the number of Panels and Trends goes up, forcing you to make tough decisions under deadline to get it all done…if you can! When the final round ends, every player has a comic of their own creation…but only the person with the most Fame tokens earns the coveted title of Mangaka!

“Our goal was to make a game that combines the fun of making comics with your friends with the strategies of a great card game,” Thompson said. “The fact that you only have a few minutes to draw levels the playing field between people who draw a lot and people who don’t. The point is to get the idea across and have fun exercising your creativity…and devising strategies to get the most Fame. Each round has more Fame in play than the round before, so the outcome is up in the air till the very end!”

Mangaka features beautiful art by Ike (manga artist of Nekomusume Michikusa Nikki and illustrator of the tabletop RPG Golden Sky Stories) and Eric “Woof” Muentes (@woofycakes; illustrator and lead artist of the Steam game Blue Revolver). The Mangaka logo kanji was drawn by sumi-e artist Masaharu Eguchi.

The Kickstarter intends to raise $25,000 which will fund the remaining art and production costs for a complete game in box: 52 Trends, 104 Theme Cards, 200 Fame Tokens, 4 Pens and 64 pre-printed Comic Pages (or download and print more from the Mangaka web site). Stretch goals include customized timers, additional Theme Cards and more. In addition to the game, backer rewards include stickers, buttons, posters, a specially printed hachimaki (headband) reading “MANGA,” custom comics and sketches by Eric and Jason, and a set of 5 beautiful “Manga Trophies” sculpted by US Shonen Jump illustrator Adam Burns.

Mangaka is a game for 1-8 players. For more information, contact Jason Thompson atjason@mockman.com or on Twitter at @mockman.

Press Release: Seven Seas Launches Tabletop Games Division/Kickstarts its First Game: Space Dandy

March 8, 2015

Seven Seas Entertainment is delighted to announce the launch of its all-new tabletop games division, Seven Seas Games. Combining its passion and expertise in the manga and anime fields with the ability to create high quality original products, Seven Seas Games will meld the anime aesthetic with strategic card and board games, introducing fans to a whole new way of experiencing their favorite titles.

From deck-building card games to strategic board games, to games incorporating miniature figures, Seven Seas Games will offer a wide variety of exciting new games based on popular anime properties, and original titles as well.

“Both manga and board games are cited as two areas of growth in the publishing industry,” says Seven Seas President Jason DeAngelis, “We’ve decided to combine both, appealing to manga and anime fans as well as gamers in a whole new way.”

Upcoming games released by Seven Seas Games will be available for purchase through a variety of retailers and distribution outlets starting in late 2015.

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Seven Seas Games, the newly-formed gaming division of Seven Seas Entertainment, is thrilled to announce the launch of a Kickstarter for their first game title – Space Dandy: Galactic Deck-Building Game. As seen on TOONAMI™ on ADULT SWIM™, Space Dandy is a hit anime series created by legendary director, Shinichiro Watanabe, best known for his work on the series Cowboy Bebop. For its millions of viewers, this Space Dandy card game brings the show’s zany space-faring antics straight from their screens to the gaming table.

Space Dandy: Galactic Deck-Building Game is a strategic card game in the same vein as other deck-builders like Dominion and Ascension. The game contains over two hundred cards, forty star tokens, four player boards, one “orbit” board, and a full-color rulebook. The Kickstarter campaign will offer fans the opportunity to purchase the game early at discounted prices prior to its retail release. A premium limited edition of the game is also available, exclusive to Kickstarter, that includes a foil-stamped box sleeve, a series guide-book, stickers, posters, and other bonus swag.

“This is a really exciting project that I’m thrilled to be a part of,” said Clay Gardner, the designer of Space Dandy: Galactic Deck-Building Game. “Space Dandy is a unique series with outrageously fun characters that deserves an equally unique game. Through this Kickstarter campaign, we are going to bring fans an out-of-this-world experience.”

The Kickstarter campaign launches on March 4 and ends on April 8.

About Seven Seas Entertainment
Established in 2004, Seven Seas Entertainment specializes in producing original manga, comics, graphic novels, and youth literature, and bringing the best in Japanese licenses to North American audiences. Seven Seas is distributed by Tor/Macmillan.

The Whispering Road: A Miyazaki-inspired Tabletop RPG

January 28, 2014

Another Kickstarter project.  This time a RPG inspired by Miyazaki and Ghibli films called Whispering Road.  A simple and easy to use system that the creator wants to release with a full color art book, done by Kaitlynn Peavler.  The goal has already been meet, but this looks like something for anyone who is interested in simple story games.

The game has you pick an archetype, a need, and some traits then you are ready to go.  Uses a simple d6 or d8 conflict resolution method, with traits giving  you more dice to roll.  The game also has you building up karma, both good and bad.

The backer levels are few but straight forward, nothing big or flashy.  Give $5 and you get the full color PDF.  Give $20 and get both PDF and book.  For $35 you get two copies of the book along with the PDF, and for $75 you get a total of five books to share with friends and players along with the PDF. Also, since the rules are already done, once the Kickstarter ends everyone gets a no-art PDF the next day.
Two stretch goals have already been made.  The game book will now come with a sample of game play and four sample characters with art of them.   More goals are at $6,000 a quick start guide PDF to give to players will be made; $7,000 sample fantasy settings to use as inspiration with art, and at $7,5000 archetype cards and trait cards with custom art on each one. It is currently at (of this writing) $5,840.
Release date is schedule for April of this year, unless the art is late.  The book will be 8″x8″.  So come on people back this so I can see the sample fantasy worlds PDF goal.

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.