Posts Tagged ‘Kuro’

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.

 

New Games From Japanime

May 4, 2017

Japanime Games has a trio of new games from Japan coming to their warehouse this summer.  Now is your chance to pre-order them.

Alicematic Heroes is a tactical board game for 3-5 players.  Try to take over the board by conquering different kingdoms that give you different bonuses.  A modular board lets you play different ways every game.  Available for $40.  Out in June.  From Manifest Destiny.

Kemomini Panic is a kawaii fast paced game of deduction for 4-8 players.  You are part of the town Mokemoke and must find out who is The Great Theif Crescent Moon through deduction.  Pre-order for $25 and get a free promo pack.  It is planned to arrive June 2017.  From Arclight Games.

Terrifying Girl Disorder is a game of lost memories and unknown identities for 3-4 players.  It is inspired by Kyusaku Yumeno’s novel Dogra Magra and designed by Kuro of the card game The Ravens of Thri Sahashri and many others.  In it you play a schoolgirl who has lost her memories, rebuild your memories with cards, and find out at the end if you are the operative sent to find those with psychic abilities.  Available for $25.  Estimated to arrive July 2017.  From Manifest Destiny.

 

Japanime offers free shipping on orders over $75, just something to think over.

They will also have some other games coming later this year, just these three are available for order.  Clockwork Empire (world-building board game of clockwork workers), Dragon Pets (set collection game of dragon breeders), Starlight Stage (card-drafting/ set collection game as talent agencies developing pop stars), and Shinobi (bluffing card game as rival ninja clans).

These looks some fun games for everyone to check out to get a feel for Japanese games.

 

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.

Origins Game Fair and Otaku Hobby Gaming

May 30, 2016

Orgins Game Fair is this June 15th through the 19th at Columbus Convention Center in Columbus.  It is one the largest gathering of gamers and games in the country and they have some anime/Japanese themed games and events for all.

Last year they started Anime themed programming by partnering with Wasabi Anime, local anime conventions, and others.  This year they have expanded that programming.  There will be panels, screenings, workshops, a manga library, and more.  They will have events Thursday through Saturday only though.  They have the use of three rooms for events and the library.  Special events include an Anime Name That Tune game show, Trulie Awesome Show (an anime inspired comedy duo), and playing anime games with the maids of Cafe Peitet Joy.

The Special Media Guests for this year’s con are two anime voice actors, Darren Dunstan and Wayne Grayson.  Darren has voiced on Yu-Gi-Oh! (Pegasus), the 2003 TMNT (Splinter), Chaotic (Kaz), and several other 4Kids productions along with doing voice direction for a number of series.  Wayne has done voice work for over 20 years, his best know work though is Yu-Gi-Oh! (Joey), Utena (Ruka), Samurai Deeper Kyo (Benitora), and the 2003 TMNT (Michelangelo).  The two of them will only be there for Saturday and Sunday, helping to judge the costume contest, holding a Q&A, and a signing on Saturday.  On Sunday they will be in the Konami area of Battelle Hall all day.

Bushiroad, Pokémon, and Konami all have plenty of tournaments going on, all different styles and sizes.  Special promoted ones include Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Origins to win a prize card “Minerva, the Exalted Lightworn”, Pokémon Unlimited Tournament celebrating 20 years of Pokémon and Pokémon TCG Win-a-Trip Tournament to go to the 2016 World Championships in San Francisco, Cardfight!! Vanguard G Team League Spring Fest 2016 Regial Qualifer, Weiss Schwarz Neo Showdown Spring Fest 2016 Regional Qualifier, and Future Card Buddyfight Buddy Challenge Spring Fest 2016 Regional Qualifier.

There are a few RPGs with anime themes.  Kuro from Cubicle 7 has three different sessions to play, all starting at 8am though.  Plus some Big Eye Small Mouth sessions, fantasy and post-apocalyptic ones.  Windmill Game Co is running several sessions of their game Advanced Dimensional Green Ninja-Educational Preparatory Super-Elementary Fortress 555 (ADGNEPSEF555), which is designed as a free for all anime inspired game where anything should happen set in a school.  They will also have game of it based around wuxia and henshin heroes too.

For those interested in LARPS there are some anime themed ones.  The Pokémon company’s LARP is just having you challenge other players with your 3DS or 2DS and a copy of X, Y, Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire to collect gym badges to then beat the Elite Four and the Champion to win a prize.  It goes on all day on Thursday through Sunday.  Not really a traditional LARP unless you put some character into, which I think would be a lot of fun.  A more traditional LARP is ADGNEPSEF555: The Movie!! The LARPening!!! on Sunday starting at noon.  Inspired from the above RPG.

On the miniature side of things we have some unique items.  One man has modified rules from other games to make his own Starblazer’s space game (two sessions) and Area 88  fighter plane game (one session).  Cool Mini or Not has some “miniature figure board games” to check out too.  Arcade Quest about playing a guild of heroes fighting evil, Rivet Wars a sort of WWI battle with cute and wacky figures, and Kaosball a fantasy sport league.  Plus Super Dungeon Explorer and Ninja All-Stars from Ninja Division.

Board throughout the long weekend include Kitsune: of Foxes and Fools (the only game actual using the Anime track listing), Lanterns: The Harvest Festival Tournament, King of Tokyo games, Hanabi, and Samurai Spirit.

There will also be videoing too.  Pokémon handheld, Mario Kart, Pokken, Smash Bros, Street Fighter, and a retro game challenge tournaments are all planned.

Early Bird registration pricing ends tomorrow, so sorry this is so late.  Ribbons, generics, and event registration will not be available online.  Badge Registration will remain open through the show though.

This is a con for all fans of gaming to check out at least once.  Though it can get a bit expensive of five days.  I will actually be at this one.  I have not been for a few years so I am excited for it.

Bundle of Holding Super Asian Blast

September 12, 2015

Bundle of Holding is offering a collection of .PDF tabletop RPGs from Japan, Korea, or just inspired by Asian culture calling it Super Asian Blast.  Ten percent of what you pay will be donated to Doctors Without Borders.

For $8.95 you get five games and two supplements in the Starter Collection as DRM-free .PDF ebooks.  These games are:

Maid: The Role-Playing Game (Star Line Publishing): the first Japanese tabletop RPG translated into English; a wild comedy game of maids serving their master

Mecha and Mekayana (Heroic Journey Publishing): a fast-moving game of simple and exciting robot combat, comes with a supplement for Bollywood film romance and melodrama

Magicians (Samjoko Publishing): a RPG of Asian mythology with a magic system that uses and teaches the Korean language

Anima Prime (Berengad Games): steambots and megaswords in the vein of Final Fantasy

Clover and Clover Holiday Special (Ben Lehman): charming games of the best five-year-old in the world, loving tribute to Kiyohiko Azuma’s manga series Yotsuba&!

If you pay more than the threshold price of $19.27 (at the moment, price goes up as more people buy) you will also get the Bonus Collection of five more titles.

Golden Sky Stories (Star Line Publishing): heartwarming tales about magical animals in a rural Japanese village

Tokyo Brain Pop (Atarashi Games): the revised and retitled game of psychic Japanese schoolgirls at Atarashi Hight School

Kuro (Cubicle 7): game of unremitting Japanese horror like The Ring from French designer Neko and the team behind Qin: the Warring States

Monkey (D101 Games): Newt Newport’s storytelling game of the Monkey King’s Journey to the West

Motobushido (Alliterated Games) motorcycle-samurai heed the call of the Highway

They also have a bundle offering of more historical RPGs they are offering as well, Asia Fantastic.

This offers through Thursday September 24th so if you want some copies of real good games cheap, this is your chance.