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Sebastián Koziner
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Hi guys! I'm finishing the design for my game called Oni Matsuri (coming soon...) and wan't to make a really cool aesthethic for it, so can you recommend me the games you liked most with Asian/Japanese theme, like Tokaido or Takenoko?

Thanks a lot!
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Yedo

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Re: Oriental/Japanese themed games
Both Yedo and Edo did the theme nicely, as did Shitenno and Shogun.

Please do not go the route of Tichu. It has a Chinese-ish theme, not Japanese, but I don't think it's done very well or tastefully. The cheesy "brush stroke font" on the cards and the illustrations bug me a lot.

Note that the four I listed as having done things well all used a realistic rather than anime-like art style. I'd avoid having an anime style setup unless you have a really good artist that is extremely well-versed in it.

Tokaido has lovely artwork at a glance, but since I haven't played it I can't say overall how well it was or wasn't done.
 
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Okko is really nice. I haven't seen the aforementioned games in person, but was really impressed with the components in this game, it totally changed my opinion on standees. Okko is a French comic series based in feudal Japan IIRC. I thought the game used some interesting mechanics (e.g. easy to get the hang of it, but there's an underlying complexity). It's not too terribly priced either, I think I spent $20 all together for the base game (which is fine on it's own) and an expansion (the magic user one which just gives more variety and equally a bargain).
 
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Thanks, i didin't knew Yedo but its a really apealling game!
 
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Look at the Seiji Kanai aesthetic in games such as Mai-Star, Say Bye to the Villains, etc.
 
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....and I'm sorry but I disagree with almost everything proposed above. Especially the busy and multi-colored board of Yedo has nothing to do with Japanese aesthetics. Sekigahara, now, not only has a minimalistic design on the board and the beautiful, wooden mon-decorated pieces but also its mechanics are very simple yet create a very solid and interesting system. It Japanese to the bone! Look no further.
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I like the art in Tokaido
 
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Tokaido seems pretty cool. I like the color palette and the art. Samurai is okay - cool pieces and a great board. If you use Japanese characters, make sure to get them accurate.

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Just a thought about the use of the word "Oriental." There are some who think that it's a pejorative word. I was never bothered by it in the past and never thought about it until a friend mentioned it to me.

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/09/law-bans-use-of...
 
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+1 Samurai
+1 Sekighara
 
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willyum wrote:

Just a thought about the use of the word "Oriental." There are some who think that it's a pejorative word. I was never bothered by it in the past and never thought about it until a friend mentioned it to me.


It's very much a regional thing. I once caused offence in American company where I used 'oriental' and was taken to one side and quizzed on my use of racist language. Over there it's apparently the far east comparative to nigger or such.

As I explained - in the UK oriental is the self-identifier of choice for those same people, and the term is used in something of the order of a third of their own business titles. For reference my partner is from Hong Kong!

It's also worth noting that when an American says 'Asian' they generally Chinese/Japanese/Korean whereas in the UK it generally means Indian/Pakistani/Bangladeshi - in both cases labelling the far more common group (quite literally an order of magnitude higher here).
 
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willyum wrote:
Tokaido seems pretty cool. I like the color palette and the art. Samurai is okay - cool pieces and a great board. If you use Japanese characters, make sure to get them accurate.

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Just a thought about the use of the word "Oriental." There are some who think that it's a pejorative word. I was never bothered by it in the past and never thought about it until a friend mentioned it to me.

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/09/law-bans-use-of...


Oh, so sorry, here in Argentina is a common used word with no negative meaning, just changed it!
 
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Ninjato looks absolutely stunning, in my opinion. I really like the nocturnal feel.



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Oooh, that board does look really cool. I like the perspective.
 
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+1 Samurai
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A lot less thematic: Qin - but it has nice little pagodas!
 
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