Channel A

Channel A is my first foray into designing card games, a game of creativity and wordplay in the vein of Apples to Apples and The Big Idea. Asmadi Games is publishing Channel A, and now has it available for purchase through their web store.

ChannelA-Box3D-Final

If you could make an anime series, what would it be about?

In this randomly creative party game you’re part of Channel A’s struggle to come up with an anime series that will be the next big hit. You know what general premise the network wants, and it’s up to you to stitch together a title from random words and pitch a series to win over the fans.

# of Players: 3-6
Playing Time: 30+ Minutes
Recommended for anime fans of ages 13+
Board Game Geek Page

TV Series Edition
The “TV Series Edition” is the definitive version of Channel A, published by Asmadi Games. It features a spiffy new box, some new cards, and greatly improved graphic design by Clay Gardner. It is now available for purchase through the Asmadi Games web store.

OAV Edition
The “OAV Edition” was an interim version of the game available through The Game Crafter. With the launch of the “TV Series Edition” from Asmadi Games it has now been discontinued.

Manga Edition
The “Manga Edition” is a free no-frills print-and-play version of the game. Either at home or a print shop get it printed on suitable cardstock, and cut out the 2″x2″ cards to play with. You can store them in one of the AMAC plastic containers, though a sandwich bag will work too.

Channel A Print and Play Manga Edition PDF
Optional Voting Cards

Studio B


Studio B is a variant/reskin of Channel A, but for American B-movies instead of anime. I’m specifically going for the kind of stuff that came out of the drive-in culture that sprang up because of the removal of film-making restrictions in 1948, the cheesy black and white stuff like Robot Monster, Teenagers From Outer Space, and Plan 9 From Outer Space. The rules are pretty much the same as Channel A, though the part about being able to add simple articles (of, the, etc.) is going to be much more important. Right now it’s still a work in progress, and there probably won’t be too much happening with it until after Channel A’s publication.

Studio B Print and Play Prototype PDF

9 thoughts on “Channel A

  1. This looks like a lot of fun! I’m going to play it with my kids tonight. I made a new card layout that fits onto Avery 5871 business card paper. Then I just had to punch the cards out and cut them in half, which is a lot less cutting (two cuts per sheet of 20). You can take a look at it:

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/zga8mt5doul9pam/Channel%20A.pdf

    Some little nits I noticed:
    * It seems inconsistent to have “Boys Love” instead of “Yaoi”, but then have “Yuri” instead of “Girls Love”.
    * “Bishounen” seems to be more commonly spelled “Bishonen”, with a bar over the “o” if you know how to type that character.
    * “Boys’ Love” should have an apostrophe.
    * “Fraülein” should have an umlaut over the “u”.
    * You don’t need both “Heart” and “Hearts” cards since the rules allow you to pluralize.
    * “Lingere” should be “Lingerie”, I think?
    * Is “SuperS” a typo for “Supers”? (In which case it’s probably redundant since there’s a “Super” card.) Or should it be “Super S”?

    It might be good to add some translations in small print for people who don’t know Japanese and aren’t versed in all styles of anime — I knew most of the words but had to look up a few, like “Sekai-Kei” and “-kun”.

    1. Thanks for trying out the game! Let me know how hit goes. :3

      I am definitely working on refining the selection of cards (especially since the rules seem to be more or less sound), and I’ll be looking at your suggestions too.

      I actually have an M.A. in Japanese, so I have Opinions on how to romanize Japanese words. Bishounen vs bishōnen is basically the two different romanization systems (Kunrei-shiki vs. Modified Hepburn), and I prefer a mix between the two because Modified Hepburn is more natural for English speakers, except the macrons to represent long vowels are both difficult to type and less accurate to Japanese writing.

      There’s been an occasional trend of having anime titles with a capital S on the end of the word (SuperS, DearS, StrikerS), even though the S is pronounced as though it was a plural. It’s very weird, and I did do it on purpose.

      Oh, and I am putting in footnotes for the less obvious Japanese terms and whantot. The PNP version is now a little behind, though I think I still have some more refinements to make.

  2. So, it appears as though my search is frantic, and leading me no where – I played this game about two years ago at MAGFest (Music and Gaming Festival) with about eight people from 1am to 6am in their tabletop game room. Had an absolute blast, and easily became one of my favorite moments of the four-day 24-hour video-game-tabletop-game-concert extravaganza that the event is.

    Since then, it kinda went ghost. Haven’t seen it on Asmadi or any other site, and just recently I’ve been looking while I’ve had a decent enough job, and I’m coming up blank. I want a copy of this game so badly, and at this point it’d be easier finding the dodo.

    I see the pdf file above, and I suppose I could use that… but I’d still like the official version, with the lovely splashes of art and fonts for each card. I’ve always been a stickler for that kinda stuff… Is there any way at this point in time I’d be able to locate a copy of this game?

    1. There may be some copies still floating through retail, but Asmadi has sold off the entire first printing of Channel A. The plan is to launch a standalone expansion (Channel A: Chaos Edition) and do a reprint of the original set, though we don’t have a set schedule for that so I couldn’t say when it’ll be coming.

      1. At least there’s a chance of me getting to pick it up again. That’s good news! Just means I have to keep my eyes open again. Thanks, Ewen!

  3. The game it’s elf is amazing as a whole. However, I cannot say the same for buying it. Finding this game is like finding Waldo. It is rare to Coe by and once you see it! If you don’t get it right then, it’s disappears out of site

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