Posts Tagged ‘minatures’

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.

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.

 

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.