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Today I got a text from my (update: ex-)wife asking if I had bought any games from Japan. Two packages had just arrived from Kyoto, where her parents live, and one stated that it contained a boardgame. I hadn't so I was very confused (and a little excited - a mystery boardgame from Japan, cool).

There was a also a little drama/tension as I had recently decided not to buy any games for three months after a rather excessive period of game purchasing (Advanced Squad Leader, Patton's Best, Spacehulk, and Russian Front) and the game that had just arrived suggested that this initiative had been abandoned.

When I got home I ripped open the package and discovered that it was PQ-17! This got me out of some potential hot water as my wife knew that it had been preordered months earlier.

That it had been sent by GMT Japan, that GMT Japan was just around the corner from where we had lived in Kyoto for four years, and that it arrived on the same day as another package of clothes for my Daughter sent from Kyoto by her Grandfather was a bit of a coincidence.



Anyway, now I have the game set up ready to go I am very excited. As the rule book looks pretty substantial I will solo a few games over the weekend before I teach my neighbour how to play.



The artist responsible for the map has done a superb job and has managed to produce a map that presents a lot of information in a very clear manner. The map design is very bold/stylized and some the the colour choices are a little unconventional but it works so well. Visually this game is one of the best I own and I am sure that the rules will be of a similar or higher calibre.

This is a bit random but every time look at the map it makes me imagine how good a new version of the Victory In The Pacific Map done by the same artist would be.
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Chris Janiec
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Re: [PQ-17 MAP]
Glad you like the map. It's supposed to be reminiscent of a nautical chart, and is a compromise between what the artist, Nicolas Eskubi, intended and what I demanded. Nic put in a lot of work on it, mostly responding to my seemingly endless stream of change requests; he has our gratitude.

I don't recall Rodger MacGowan's box art including Pokemon characters, however!
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Chris Janiec wrote:
Glad you like the map. It's supposed to be reminiscent of a nautical chart, and is a compromise between what the artist, Nicolas Eskubi, intended and what I demanded. Nic put in a lot of work on it, mostly responding to my seemingly endless stream of change requests; he has our gratitude.

I don't recall Rodger MacGowan's box art including Pokemon characters, however!


Yeah, best to save the Pokemon characters for when this game system gets (hopefully) used for the Pacific War...
 
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