Why YOU Should Pre-Order Warriors of Japan
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This enticing game, Warriors of Japan, has been stalled on MMPs pre-order list for too damn long now. Probably because it isn't Squad-Leader-related.

Here's why you should preorder it, pronto!

And here is the link at MMP's website to preorder Warriors of Japan! (Is that big enough to see?)

EDIT: It's here (arrived about 30 minutes ago), and it's lovely. Now I just gotta play it... Thanks all who preordered it and I hope you enjoy it!
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1. Board Game: Warriors of God [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:1038]
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Because it is by the same designer who did Warriors of God, Makoto Nakajima. And though I have not read the rules, Warriors of Japan is very similar to Warriors of God.

There are some comparisons between WoG and WoJ in this thread: Pre-release comparison to Warriors of God?.
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2. Board Game: Warriors of Japan [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:6186]
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Because it has three scenarios set in the tumultuous period in Japanese history known as the Nanboku-cho period (1336-92 - but the game covers shorter key periods). The big scenario as I understand it can be quite long, but there are other scenarios playable in an evening.

You get to play one side in the struggle between two Imperial courts vying for control of Japan!

edit: Just one as it turns out. Sorry!
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Because WoJ re-implements this game, Taiheiki - one of the most well-regarded wargames published in Japan ever.

And that's saying a lot - Japan has a great wargame scene with some excellent and innovative designers like Nakajima and Tetsuya Nakamura (Fire in the Sky, What Price Glory?).

Order Warriors of Japan and see what Japanese designers are doing!
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Because at $33 it's a BARGAIN! What else are you gonna blow $33 on? Food, rent, credit card debt, diapers, medicine, baby's new shoes?

Where are your PRIORITIES? Those can wait - the diaper company isn't going out of business.

Preorder Warriors of Japan instead!
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5. Board Game Publisher: Multi-Man Publishing
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Because of this:

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6. Board Game: Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:142]
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Because Sekigahara has whetted your appetite to learn more about pre-20th century Japanese history!
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7. Board Game: A Most Dangerous Time: Japan in Chaos, 1570-1584 [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:2672]
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Because A Most Dangerous Time has whetted your appetite to learn more about pre-20th century Japanese history! (Another lovely MMP production...)
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Because MMP's International Game Series has an OUTSTANDING track record! It includes Fury in the East, Red Star Rising: The War in Russia, 1941-1944, Fire in the Sky: The Great Pacific War 1941-1945, Warriors of God, King Philip's War* (all of which I've played and can vouch for) and more!

The more IGS games we order, the more MMP will be willing to find ways to produce English-language versions of these excellent Japanese wargames. Which unless you are willing to devote years of study to learn Japanese (or are already a Japanese speaker/reader), is the only way most of us will ever experience the work of these innovative designers!

IGS has a great track record - Adam knows how to pick 'em!

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*Yes I know John Poniske isn't Japanese - but KPW is part of the IGS.
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9. Board Game Designer: Mark Mahaffey
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Because Mark Mahaffey is doing the art and you know it will be AWESOME!



Look at that smile. You want to make Mark happy, don't you?
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Because I can't play World in Flames ALL the time!
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Because if you preorder this and then geekmail me (edit: or post in this list) to say so within the next two weeks (say by September 18), I will randomly select one person and then create a possibly funny or maybe informative geeklist based on whatever you want! (Within the limits of taste and legality, let's say...)
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Because I wants it, gollum! I'm desperate!
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13. Board Game: Warriors of Japan [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:6186]
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Also if you pre-order and geekmail me, once WoJ is published I will randomly select somebody who can whup me at a game of it! FTF if practicable, if not by vassal!
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Since doing this list, there's been a change and Nicolas Eskubi is doing the art - also an awesome choice! Nicolas just posted this image of the near-final map...

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15. Board Game: Warriors of Japan [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:6186]
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BECAUSE MMP SAYS IT IS COMING OUT THIS FALL!


Re: Coming soon - so says MMP


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AmadanNaBriona wrote:
MMP was at the WBC, and I asked them about Warriors of Japan. They said it is (I believe) number two in their production queue now, and that we should see it before the end of the year.

Obviously, this is hearsay based on what I understood them to be saying - I am not affiliated with MMP, cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information, etc. But the guy I spoke to sure sounded definite!


I can vouch for the accuracy of the statement.

Barring some intervening crisis, out this fall.
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