I finally made it back to the Tokyo Game Market on November 25th. I had fun last time I went, and this time was no different. Taking place over the course of two days, Tokyo Game Market is dedicated to all types of analog games. I had previously heard that the second day tends to have more TRPG booths, so I only attended the second day.
Taking place in the West Halls 3 & 4 at Tokyo Big Sight, it felt like there were more vendors than last time. Surrounding the entrance were the larger booths, such as Domina Games, Magic: The Gathering, Arclight, and Delight Works.
In addition to a play area and shop, Arc Light had a show case of current and upcoming games. I was especially intrigued by the NoviNovi Steampunk that is coming out in December. Gundam: The Game and the Japanese version of Starship Samurai also looked like they could be interesting.
In the TRPG area, there were 30 and 60 minute TRPG beginner games that looked interesting. I’ll probably try to shop up earlier next time to try a few out.
The listed games are:
- Call of Cthulhu
- Tunnels and Trolls
- Guardian Order
- Utagaze Meruhein
- Sword World 2.5
- Tokyo Nightmare
- Golden Sky Stories
- The Fifteen
Next to the TRPG event area was a booth selling TRPGs at a discount. I bought NoviNovi TRPG: The Horror. It’s a beginner-friendly roleplaying game that I’ve had my eye on for a while, and the Steampunk version is coming out this month.
Tucked away by the indie booths was a collection of sample games that you could inspect. Each was labeled with the booth number in case you wanted to learn more.
The indie TRPG booths were primarily Call of Cthulhu scenarios and replays, but I did spot Golden Sky Stories and Shinobigami scenarios. Given the often limited print runs, a number of indie booths were sold out. One booth I stopped by had sold out of his book with two WWII scenarios for CoC.
While I don’t own a copy of the TRPG Insane, I was intrigued by a scenario supplement for it and picked it up for 800 yen. The maker’s site contains some more details and a sample PDF.
Along with that was another indie TRPG Kurikara that labeled itself as “Asian Steampunk”. One of its highlights is when characters are wounded they can be augmented into cyborgs. Sticking with the Asian theme, it also includes a “lucky number” system that adds benefits when a character rolls their lucky number.
Speaking of steampunk, I finally picked up the game Gear Castle Skynauts that I’ve had my eye on for quite a while. Players characters pilot steampunk airships and journey through the world. I really like the art and the mechanics look interesting.
Playing with Words
Rigore had a booth selling their game Word Sniper. I picked up a copy of it and hope to play a few games with my wife. It’s a word play game where you collect points by naming a type of object beginning with the letter shown on your card.
As always, there was a shipping corner where you could ship your purchases directly from the exhibit hall. This time, there was also a friendly mascot:
All-in-all, I had fun and it was great to see such a vibrant community. I’m looking forward to going again and plan to make some time to sample more games. I’ll take a look at some of the games I picked up in more detail in the near future.