It'd be nice to see these finally come out. I'd love to simply see some mock ups or samples of the tiles. It would at least show that it isn't just smoke.
If they Do show up soon then I want the Japanese themed offering they are working on to also come out, to make a trilogy with The Duke and Jarl. Bamboo pieces anyone?
What is this Japanese themed edition, you're talking about? Do you have any info on that as that sounds pretty intriguing.