My Tokyo Game Market Excitements (a preview toward Spring '19)
- Rand LemleyUnited States
What follows are the games I'm most excited about, and a few that I think are notable. While I cannot attend, I hunt titles and network with their creators to try to get their games across to American shores. Eventually I hope to attend and fully experience the feeling of discovery when stumbling upon some mind-blowing title.
Some helpful places for hunting these titles include: (In nearly all cases, it becomes easier to search when you use the original hirigana/katakana, not the romanized titles)
Amazon.jp - Often does not need a forwarding service. Great for Oink games in particular.
Booth.pm - This is like a Japanese version of Etsy for comics, games and their related crafts. Look for floods of doujin goods to flow into the market briefly after TGM. You can sort by show to see games that were released at TGM. *Needs a forwarding service.
Bodoge.hoobby.net Market - This is like the Japanese version of BGG, and has far more features than our stateside version. One of those features is direct sales by publishers and is a great way to get many hard to find titles, like those from Analog Lunchbox. *Needs a forwarding service.
Suruga-ya - This is a giant store with both new and consigned goods of all types. You can often find gently used games at decent prices. The TGM goods don't flow here quickly, but you can find older gems. *Needs a forwarding service.
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