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Maid RPG Update: Donating For Japan

It seems like there have been a lot of natural disasters around the world lately, and the recent turmoil in Japan hit particularly hard because Andy and I have friends and family there. So far the people there we care about there (including Maid RPG designer Ryo Kamiya and his cohorts) are safe and sound, if uneasy. There are still aftershocks and rolling blackouts, to say nothing of people unaccounted for. Where people have said “Pray for Japan” I’ve been quick to add, “And please consider donating too,” and it’s time for us to put our money where my mouth is.

Here’s the deal: For the next month or so, for every copy of Maid RPG sold, print or PDF, we will donate the profit, plus $5 out of our own pockets to the Red Cross for disaster relief. That’s all there is to it. Buy it at the usual places, namely Indie Press Revolution or the Maid RPG website.

Update: Ben Lehman is also donating the proceeds of sales of his own game Bliss Stage to disaster relief until the end of the month!

There are plenty of other ways to donate to help Japan, and we encourage you to donate however works best for you. RPGNow is also taking donations, not to mention you can just donate to the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, or other aid organizations directly. And by the way, kudos to the guy who bought godhatesjapan.com and turned it into something positive.

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Maid RPG 120%, my attempt at a Maid RPG supplement, has been kind of floundering for a while now. One of the most ambitious aspects of this is trying to put together a new item table in the style of the original one, which means making 216 of the things. I decided to make a Tumblr and try to post one item up every day (I have a good amount done already, and Tumblr has a nice queue feature, so hopefully I should be able to keep it consistent) until I have a D666 table’s worth, and I set it up to allow for submissions too.

Also, I added a Steward Character Sheet to the Maid RPG 120% page, though it’s basically just a maid sheet with the word “stewart” added in several places (and a different font because I don’t have the one that was originally used).

Yaruki Zero Podcast #14: Maid RPG

Andy Kitkowski and Ben Lehman join me for this long-overdue overview of Maid: The Role-Playing Game, and our experiences discovering, translating, publishing and playing what wound up being the first Japanese tabletop RPG ever released in English.

Yaruki Zero Podcast #14 (72 minutes, 7 seconds)

Show Notes

  1. Introductions
  2. What is Maid RPG?
  3. What’s neat about it?
  4. Producing and Selling Maid RPG
  5. Controversy!
  6. The Future!
    • After we recorded the podcast I decided to start posting my original Maid RPG material online: Maid RPG 120%.

This podcast uses selections from the song “Time Machine” by To-den from the Grünemusik album of the same name, available for free from Jamendo.com. If you like the song, consider buying some CDs from Nankado’s website or via Jamendo.

Very awesome caricature of Ewen courtesy of the talented C. Ellis.

Maid RPG: One Year Later

Maid RPG (English Version) Front Cover
Maid RPG (English Version) Front Cover

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the release of Maid RPG in English. On August 14, 2008, Andy and I were at Gen Con Indy, standing in an oddly-placed booth shared with Khepera Publishing and Aetherial Forge, with copies of Maid RPG and a picture of Hard Gay. And that was after we slaved away for many, many months doing the translation (oh god, the translation), editing (which wasn’t as good as it should’ve been) and layout (which was excellent).

Maid RPG wound up being the first Japanese tabletop RPG ever released in English, which as Andy told people at the con is a source of both great pride and of great shame. (Tenra Bansho Zero was supposed to come out first, by a considerable margin, but it’s proven to be a monster of a project.) At Gen Con I got to know Andy better, shake hands with a dizzying array of people whose names I’d heard online, and see the book we’d all put our blood, sweat, and tears into sell out by Sunday afternoon.

Way of the Maid
It has most definitely been a long and strange journey. Some bizarre impulse made me think that doing a translation of Maid RPG was a good idea, and we ran with it. It’s created controversy, ranging from reasonable complaints to a bizarre conspiracy theory, but mostly it’s been a really damn fun game to play. The first RPG I ever owned was Steve Jackson Games’ Toon: The Cartoon Roleplaying Game, and Maid RPG has the same kind of zaniness, but with its own distinctive otaku culture edge. I’ve run it at four different conventions, played it many times with my local friends, once with Ben Lehman and his crew, and once with my sister’s friends in New Mexico, and it has never failed to be fun. On top of that, I keep spotting people starting up games on forums, and over on the Something Awful forums they went so far as to have an alcohol-fueled Skype game.

Since its debut we’ve done some considerable revisions to the text, and generally struggled to keep it in stock at IPR–as I write this they’re nearly out of copies. Again. (Plus it took the better part of the year to finally get those extra scenarios out as a PDF.) It definitely hasn’t made us rich, but as this small press RPG stuff goes it’s exceeded all expectations. Along with typical RPG sites, people were talking it up on 4chan and Gaia Online (and a friend of mine organized IRC demo games through 4chan!). There are literally over a thousand people who have Maid RPG in their hands in one form or another, so when all is said and done I’m extremely glad I had the crazy idea to do this thing back in 2007. It’s even showed up in some Japanese game shops now, so that the madness has gone full circle. I can only hope that our future endeavors enjoy some semblance of this kind of success.

Casting to the Pod
In the near future I’ll be roping Andy K. and Ben Lehman into doing a “Maid RPG Roundtable” podcast, where we’ll discuss the game itself, what went into publishing the English version, and more. Please feel free to comment if you have any questions you’d like us to address!

Thank You All. Seriously.
When all is said and done, I owe a lot of thanks to a lot of people for making this happen. Andy more than anyone, but also Ryo Kamiya of course, Ben Lehman, my gaming group, and all of the awesome fans around the world.

Maid RPG Update: Bonus Scenarios

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We have at long last put up a free PDF of the Maid RPG scenarios that didn’t quite make it into the English rulebook. Go to the Resources page of the Maid RPG site, and click on “Five Additional Maid Scenarios” for the 24-page PDF.

  • Farewell, Master: Mistress Norrie is caught up in intrigue that could end her happy life with her maids forever! A well-meaning Knight Templar, a scheming mother, and a girl who just might be the true heir to the throne!
  • The Master Has Amnesia?!: After a month spend unconscious, the Master finally wakes up After being attacked by robbers, but he has memory loss. The maids must help him find the truth and regain his memories!
  • Tales of Suspense: Master Kira Tsukishima is moving to one of the family villas to live closer to his new school, and the family has sent a butler because they feel maids alone won’t be enough. As they get settled in, a tale of intrigue unfolds!
  • Secret Base: Valuables have been going missing from people’s houses around the neighborhood, and the young and frankly not terribly smart young Master fancies himself a Sherlock Holmes, on the case and ready to ferret out the perpetrators!
  • Until The Master Is Born!: Sir Lepton has just died, and his adopted daughter Natalie and the maids are deep in grief, but Julio Lepton, the estranged son, comes to the mansion claiming to be the sole heir. The maids have to do something, and fast, or their happy life with Natalie will be lost forever!

Maid RPG Update: Maid Books For You, Master!

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I know a lot of people have been anxious to get their hands on a hard copy of Maid RPG. Well, the wait is just about over. Maid RPG is now back in stock at Indie Press Revolution! This is the revised version, with all the same content, but lots of corrections and implemented errata.

A quick reminder, if you bought the PDF from IPR, you should be able to download the PDF of the new version by logging in to your account, and if you bought it from the Maid RPG website before we started selling through IPR, you should’ve received an e-mail with a new download link from us. Any questions? Feel free to contact us!

Maid RPG Update: Maids’ Sunset

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Sunset Games has officially announced that the original Japanese version of Maid RPG is going out of print. It’s a little sad, but then the original game did come out in December of 2004, so it’s had quite a run. However, this has no effect on the English version, and we can and will continue to offer it for quite a while to come.

Here’s a quick translation of Kokado’s fateful blog post:

Maid RPG, a very unusual RPG, is now out of print. It is a game that came out just before the maid boom really hit, and had the nerve to ride the wave.

This is a tabletop role-playing game where the players become maids, and compete to serve their Master (the GM) to earn his Favor before the others.

There was a game at JGC where six girls played in costume, there was the time at the all-Maid RPG convention the leader of Atarinbou[1] came in a maid uniform, there was a big stack of the book being sold at the Nipponbashi Tora no Ana[2]… This game created all kinds of legends (or rather, memories).

There’s even an English version.

Some stores still have it in stock, should you wish to go buy it. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have created.

[1]Atarinbou is the circle that created Aitsu wa Classmate!, a high school comedy game also published by Sunset Games.
[2]Tora no Ana (Tiger’s Den) is one of the premiere chains for buying otaku goods, along with Animate and Gamers.

Aside from quirky RPGs, Sunset Games offers a massive variety of historical wargames and polyhedral dice to Japanese gamers, as well as Japanese versions of the Harn RPG books. We wish Sunset Games the best of luck with their future endeavors!

Maid RPG Update: Revisions

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At long last, some more news on the Maid RPG front!

Andy has finished compiling and implementing the numerous revisions. There are a few rules fixes (here’s the errata file), a handful of edits for content people found objectionable, and a ton of little grammar and formatting errors. Many thanks to Grant Chen for all of his help. If you’ve purchased the PDF, you should’ve already been notified, and will be able to download the new version.

From here we’ll be doing a new printing and getting the book back in distribution. We’re hoping to have it back in stock at Indie Press Revolution in 2 to 4 weeks.

I also need to get around to putting together the extra scenarios that we’re supposed to be putting out as free PDFs…

Kurumi Project: Part 1


(Artwork by vmat on DeviantArt)

You may or may not be aware that I have this mascot character named Kurumi. She’s a 19-year-old bunny girl with pink hair. I’m that much of an otaku. Anyway, I’ve decided to do a series of posts where I try to do write-ups of her in as many different game systems as possible. This time around I’m starting with the obvious stuff, though it will get steadily more strange and contrived as I go along.

Risus
Kurumi
Cute Bunny Girl (3)
Warm and Caring (3)
Mysterious Power (3)
Lucky Shots [][][]

Maid RPG
Kurumi Hayashi (Age 19)
Maid Types: Sexy Heroine
Maid Colors: Uniform: Blue, Eyes: Purple, Hair: Pink, Ears: White
Attributes: Athletics 2, Affection 3, Skill 1, Cunning 2, Luck 2, Will 2
Maid Special Qualities: Bunny Girl, Nymphomaniac
Maid Weapon: Broom
Maid Roots: Love
Stress Explosion: Spoiled Child
Maid Power: Windows of the Soul

Yuuyake Koyake
Kurumi Hayashi
True Form: Rabbit
Attributes: Animal 1, Henge 3, Adult 2, Child 2
Base Powers: Cute, Mochi Pounding, Lop-Eared, Help Me, I Dunno, Moonlight
Additional Powers: Friendship
Weaknesses: Loneliness

Seasons
I have pink hair –> I like pink things in general –> Especially strawberry ice cream

I’m a bunny girl –> I have some kind of special power –> A scientist in the future altered my DNA before I was born –> Someone has to save the future

Raspberry Heaven
Quirks: Busty, Cute, Softy

Changeling: The Dreaming
Court: Seelie
Legacies: Panderer/Pandora
Seeming: Wilder
Kith: Pooka (Rabbit)

Attributes:
Physical: Strength 1, Dexterity 4, Stamina 3
Social: Charisma 4, Manipulation 2, Appearance 4
Mental: Perception 2, Intelligence 2, Wits 2

Abilities:
Talents: Alertness 2, Athletics 1, Dodge 2, Empathy 4, Persuasion 3
Skills: Crafts 2, Drive 2, Etiquette 1, Leadership 1, Performance 3, Stealth 3, Survival 1
Knowledges: Computer 1, Enigmas 2, Greymayre 1, Linguistics 1

Backgrounds: Dreamers 3, Remembrance 2
Arts: Chicanery 1, Primal 1, Wayfare 1
Realms: Actor 2, Prop 2, Scene 1
Merits and Flaws: Acute Sense (Hearing), Changeling’s Eyes
Tempers: Glamour 5, Willpower 5, Banality 3
Ravaging/Musing Threshold: Create Hope

Maid RPG Update: First Interview

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Things have been pretty quiet on the maid front lately. However, over at the Living Dice site, they’ve posted up an interview with yours truly about Maid RPG. Aside from the opportunity to get some insight on the release of Maid RPG, the site has a series of interviews with other game creators, and plenty of other articles on gaming.

In other maid-related news/linkage: Joe Wreschnig has posted up A Serious Analysis/Review of Maid RPG, and Persona did a comic called My Lovely Maid Meiko.