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Report on TGM Spring 2017 - 14th May 2017

(Report of TGM previous December) very photo heavy - Tokyo Game Market - photo report - 11 December 2017

I returned to Tokyo for the Spring Game Market. This was a more relaxed visit for me, I took only 300+ photos. Link to the whole album

Mostly I bought the games I missed buying at the previous show, so there was little brand new at the show that caught my eye. Most significant though was both the size, this show was over 600 exhibitors, and the return of many doujin circles I’d not seen for years. The growth in boardgames in Japan continues apace. I wonder if it can be sustained, or will it be a bubble?

It was also the first time I could talk with a lot of people using only English. My friend Saigo was with me part of the time, and I met enough people demo’ing games with English good enough for me to follow. I reckon about 30% of the show was doable in English, and big advance on previous years.

It had been hot in May, but Tokyo that week was cloudy and wet. I walked the now familiar path, and gained the privileged Press pass.
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New 2nd edition of Tokyo Highway, bigger pieces, and expansions Tokyo Highway Expansion. The publisher itten was looking for distribution deals, not to license publication. HATSUDEN was their new game.
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BakaFire had a new expansion/collection out.
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Later the huge pile was much reduced.
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The queue outside.
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Kuuri Keikaku (空理計画) has a new abstract game, Herati.
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CESSPOOL - a Japanese game about drugs gangs??? Drew a lot of attention at the show.
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Bremens Games - this group was promoting a sort of game analysis/record keeping system. The idea is you record your games played in a booklet and plot the experience of the game on a graph. I’ve seen this pentagon graph elsewhere in Japan but not outside Japan. The idea is, by grading the game on five aspects, you get a visual key, which makes game comparable. I think.
https://sites.google.com/site/bremengamesofficial/games
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radar_chart
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Whereas this is a word game using a radar chart. You deduce the other players word from the graph they make. - Status
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As before, so many mysteries…
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I think this is ants laying paths.
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Régalez - Proks - Nine Beasts and Crusaders in Moosingal
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From an anime in which JP schoolgirls have to fight tank battles
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Books of artwork from games
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Hammer Works has many many games and still eludes us.
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One I bought, this is about a magic mountain in Japan that does or does not exist. When I mentioned it to Saigo, he immediately recognised the place.
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More of I have no idea what this is…
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Tomorrow, I May Die
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Baseball is the main spectator sport in Japan but does not often appear in doujin games.
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An example of the changes I’m seeing; this publisher had taken a large area for a game in JP and ENG.
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Another example, people are making a point of saying they have English rules.
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So many unknowns…
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Some English chap was living in Japan - EX1ST GAMES
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This time, I made a point to visit ショーナン (Shownan)!! A prolific and entertaining designer.
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This game got a lot of attention, always a group around the table trying it out. It’s a sort of dating game, but I think you’re trying to break up other couples. So the positive cards are virtues, the negative cards are things like ‘she’s a bitch!’. I think.
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Detective Of Amnesia
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These halls are vast. Each year, the show moves to a bigger and bigger hall. At the doorway is the JP Post Office stand.
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This game got a lot of attention too. Koroura by Protocraft. https://twitter.com/protocraft_bg
Rules explained here below.
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By 4pm, people are already packing up. Once they’ve sold out, there’s little more to do.
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And at 5pm, another Game Market is over.
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And home we go.
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I could have filled this page with shot after shot of unknown games. So much stuff we will never comprehend.



- my battery ran out.
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Very cool! Do you know anything about that game with the dice inside the little tanks (?)? Intrigued...
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DylanP wrote:
Very cool! Do you know anything about that game with the dice inside the little tanks (?)? Intrigued...


Only the name. Obviously its a sort of abstract battle game and the dice are relevant, but what actually happens, I dunno.

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Part of me is dying to go to the next TGM. The other part - the one with the death grip on my wallet - is saying, "Over my dead body."


DylanP wrote:
Very cool! Do you know anything about that game with the dice inside the little tanks (?)? Intrigued...


They have the rulebook on Twitter. Here's a rough translation:


Koroura is a two-player game played with three tanks (and three dice) each on a five-by-five grid. The tanks move differently according to the pips on the dice (see Twitter image for details). The objective is to win by capturing the opponent's boss tank.


A. Setting up

1. One player takes three white tanks, two white dice, and one black die. The other takes three black tanks, two black dice, and one white die. The tank with the differently colored die is the boss tank.
NOTE: Actually, the dice seem to be orange and purple. I'm just simplifying here.

2. Place the tanks on the board so they face each other (see Twitter image for details).
NOTE: The rules do not state where the boss tanks should go, so I'm guessing it's up to the player to decide.

3. Both players roll their dice. The player with the highest total goes first. Reroll if tied.

4. Beginning with the starting player, the players place their dice on their tanks.



B. Turns

1. Roll a die
Take one die from one of your tanks, roll the die, then put it back on the tank.

2. Combos
You may use any combos that apply.

634 - Move two tanks once each this turn.
526 - Move one tank twice this turn.
555 - Move all your tanks one space forward.
461 - Your tanks cannot be captured on your opponent's next turn.
315 - You can change your dice values to whatever you want. However, you can't move this turn.

3. Move a tank
Choose one of your tanks and move it. This does not have to be the tank with the die you rolled. You can't move into a space with another of your tanks.

4. Capture a tank
If an opponent's tank is in the space your tank moved to, remove it from the board.



C. Optional rule

When only your boss tank remains, you can roll and move twice per turn.
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Laissez K wrote:
Part of me is dying to go to the next TGM. The other part - the one with the death grip on my wallet - is saying, "Over my dead body."


You should go. In December, the show will be on two days. Book a room in Tokyo on airbnb. Roll out to the show. Have a blast.

Laissez K wrote:

They have the rulebook on Twitter. Here's a rough translation:

Koroura is a two-player game played with three tanks (and three dice) each on a five-by-five grid. The tanks move differently according to the pips on the dice (see Twitter image for details). The objective is to win by capturing the opponent's boss tank.


I missed that condition at first, it's worth looking at the sheet. It makes a big difference, and I think this looks like a fun game now.

Thank you for running through the rules. This is very very helpful.

If I can pester you a little to help some more please...

We desperately need more rules translations. There's a slew of requests here: Japanese -> English Translation Request List and in the earlier list here: Japanese -> English Translation Request List. Getting even basic texts is better than nothing.

And we need info on old and new doujin games please: http://goo.gl/ZjyWbq #ゲムマ

Thank you.
 
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Fantastic post, thanks for sharing!

Wonderful photos full of intriguing, beautiful-looking games (even if I have no idea what I'm looking at!). I'd love to see some of them make the leap into English-language versions at some point. Like you said, so much incomprehensible here. Really great aesthetics, though!

Thanks again, looking forward to a Geek List at some point.

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Adverb wrote:
Fantastic post, thanks for sharing!


Thank you.

Adverb wrote:
Wonderful photos full of intriguing, beautiful-looking games (even if I have no idea what I'm looking at!). I'd love to see some of them make the leap into English-language versions at some point. Like you said, so much incomprehensible here. Really great aesthetics, though!


Yes, I wish I could buy (almost) all of them. So much intrigue.

Adverb wrote:
Thanks again, looking forward to a Geek List at some point.


Here you go: 日本のゲームを世界に広めよう! Bringing Japanese games to BGG
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Thanks for the photos, really interesting to see so many small games and most a mystery.

BULLA AUREA 1356 looks really interesting, do you know if it'll go on general sale or is it a convention only release?

I'm leaving for Tokyo in a few weeks, I always go in October so miss the game market
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Thanks for the photos, really interesting to see so many small games and most a mystery.

BULLA AUREA 1356 looks really interesting, do you know if it'll go on general sale or is it a convention only release?

I'm leaving for Tokyo in a few weeks, I always go in October so miss the game market


Thank you.

EDIT: to give a specific answer, I don't racall seeing his games in shops. I think you need to obtain them from him directly. I'll ask.

The designer will produce his games on demand. As in, he'll print anything out of his back catalogue. But I don't think he has English rules for his games. You'd need to ask him. http://shownan.exblog.jp/

If you're not on twitter, message me your email and I can put you in touch. https://twitter.com/hypnoss

There are other game shows in Japan but TGM is the big one.
all the JP game shows in one place in English shows there is one on 1st October in Asakusa.
http://bgaf.jp/

You'll want this too: a map of game shops in and around Japan - please add

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For anyone enjoying this item, jump back to the top and look at the thread for the previous show. More novelty there.
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arthurcucumber wrote:
BULLA AUREA 1356 looks really interesting, do you know if it'll go on general sale or is it a convention only release?


The designer says...

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EYE of NiGHT wrote:
arthurcucumber wrote:
BULLA AUREA 1356 looks really interesting, do you know if it'll go on general sale or is it a convention only release?


The designer says...



Thank you

I'm leaving tomorrow so I'll see if I can find a copy of it next week.
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