In this episode I’m joined by Andy Kitkowski to talk about Japanese tabletop RPGs. This is sort of a general overview, and we’ll be returning to this topic in future podcasts to discuss various things in more detail. Our talk went on long enough that I’m splitting it into two installments. This time around we talk about how RPGs came to Japan, the Japanese TRPG subculture, and Japanese RPG design trends.
- Meanwhile… The Super Games Podcast. Episode 12 is Andy’s interview about Tenra Bansho Zero.
- Sword World, the foremost Japanese-made TRPG.
- Record of the Lodoss War on Wikipedia. Originally featured in Comptiq magazine.
- Lucky Star manga artist Kagami Yoshimizu got into RPGs through Lodoss War novels and replays.
- In Episode 66 of Canon Puncture, Jason Morningstar talks about Fiasco.
- Night Wizard, a game from F.E.A.R.
- Ryuu Tama (Dragon Egg)
- Alshard ff, a Final Fantasy-inspired TRPG, also from F.E.A.R.
- Fusou Bukyouden, a wuxia RPG.
- Tokyo NOVA, the first Japanese cyberpunk TRPG.
In the second part of our discussion, we cover doujin/indie RPGs, some neat Japanese games we’ve seen, and localization issues.