Tag Archives: Japan

ゲットコネクト (GET CONNECT)

Designer: あかさたな (Akasatana)Artist: あかさたな (Akasatana)Publisher: サークル713 (Circle 713)Players: 2-4Ages: 6+Playing Time: 5-20 minutesTimes Played: 4 with a purchased copy Here’s a sign I saw outside my favorite corner bar one day. When I say favorite corner bar, uh,… I’ve never … Continue reading

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なつめも (Natsumemo)

Designer: 宮野 華也 (Kaya Miyano)Artist: Riyo, Tansan & Co., 新月竜 (Shingetsuryu)Publisher: cosaicPlayers: 3-6Ages: 8+Playing Time: 30-45 minutesTimes Played: 6 with a purchased copy This is my nephew, and one of my best friends, watching 4000 gallons a minute of boiling … Continue reading

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みんなのお茶請け (Everyone’s Served)

Designer: HAMMERArtist: Ryo NyamoPublisher: Hammer WorksPlayers: 3-6Ages: 8+Playing Time: 20 minutesTimes Played: 5 with a purchased copy Everyone’s Served is billed as a “trick-taking” game, though it has a single suit with cards numbered 1 to 48.  It’s not the … Continue reading

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DAZZLING DICELINE

Designer: Masaki Suga (須賀 正樹)Artist: Saori Shibata (柴田 沙央里)Publisher: analog lunchbox (アナログランチボックス)Players: 3-4Ages: 14+Playing Time: 45-60 minutesTimes Played: 4 with a purchased copy DAZZLING DICELINE is a dice drafting worker placement game that asks questions about priorities: unlocking end game … Continue reading

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くだものがたり (Fruitale)

Designer: Iori Tsukinami (月並いおり)Artist: Nariko (ナリコ), Suzuko (鈴子) Publisher: 吉々庵 (Kichikichian) Players: 4-10Ages: 8+Playing Time: 20-40 minutesTimes Played: 3 with a purchased copy Fruitale is one of the roll-and-write titles released at the 2019 Spring Tokyo Game Market, or, to be more … Continue reading

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Photome’s (フォトムズ)

Designer: Iori Tsukinami (月並いおり)Artist: Tansan & Co., 赤瀬よぐ (Akase Yogu)Publisher: DEAR SPIELEPlayers: 2-6Ages: 6+Playing Time: 20 minutesTimes Played: 3 with a purchased copy  Photome’s follows in the fresh footsteps of Savannah Smile. The distant tracks of Auf Fotosafari in Ombagassa. … Continue reading

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Across the United States

Designer: Hisahi HayashiArtist: Ryo NyamoPublisher: OKAZU BrandPlayers: 2-5Ages: 8+Playing Time: 60 minutesTimes Played: 7 with a purchased copy There’s nothing new going on in Across the United States. It’s not a game that you can point at and say it … Continue reading

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Gossip and the City (ゴシップアンドザシティ)

Designer: シマムラロックボーイ (Shimamura Rock Boy)Artist: ドウゲンロックボーイ (Dougen Rock Boy), ヤマウチロックボーイ (Yamauchi Rock Boy) Publisher: ハレルヤロックボーイ (Hallelujah Rockboy)Players: 3-5Ages: 10+Playing Time: 20-30 minutesTimes Played: 7 with a purchased copy  There are a few pieces I’m mulling over in my mind that … Continue reading

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Madrino (マドリーノ)

Designer: Aiko Oyama, Toru OyamaArtist: Aiko Oyama, Toru OyamaPublisher: NANAWARIPlayers: 3-4Ages: 8+Playing Time: 20 minutesTimes Played: 7 with a purchased copy  Madrino is a roll-and-write game about making floor plans. If I lost you at “roll-and-write”, stick with me for … Continue reading

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Creating Translations for Imported Games

(in which I mostly talk about what I do to cobble together English language translations for Japanese games when I don’t speak, read, or write any Japanese and where I also hope that some folks will chime in with what … Continue reading

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