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Oct. 26th, 2008 @ 12:03 pm For my RPG Homies

Originally published at A to the K. You can comment here or there.

I love the totally pure-indie indie scene in Japan, filled with guys and girls who basically write complete RPGs, photocopy or print them loosely, then sell them for like no more than $3 cost at local conventions. I often feel these days that the western scene is tainted by the fact that since one *can* make a buck, everyone feels entitled to do just that. I’m working on something on that front, though.

But for now, here’s a picture of the cover of “The Call of Moe“:

In this game, which uses the Call of Cthulhu system as a backbone, you play normal humans, salarymen, police officers and teachers who somehow come into contact with vile, dark tomes of otaku lore (basically your run-of-the-mill anime/otaku geek shit). From that point, you lose SAN. You keep losing SAN as you do things like:

Buy your first doujinshi (1d4 SAN loss)
Write your first doujinshi (1d8 SAN loss)
Attend your first Comic Market Convention (2d10 SAN loss)

and so on. This interior illustration of San Loss sums up the game pretty well:

Man, this is some self-referentual hilariousness.

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Sake Guy
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Date:October 26th, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)
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Andy, thank you for your missives from Japan. I'm giving thought to teaching english there and trying to pick up some Japanese, and your posts always inspire me.

The great indie stuff we see from the japanese underground market always inspires me.

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Date:October 26th, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC)
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That's wonderful!
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Date:October 26th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC)
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Date:October 27th, 2008 04:21 am (UTC)
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This is so right up my alley. Are there spells or techniques in those horrific tomes one could learn fighting off NEETs or 2Chanthulhu?
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Date:October 27th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
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That is fantastic.
Date:November 1st, 2008 07:57 am (UTC)
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holy crap, you're in japan?!

wow! don't check in for a little while and you're off leavin' the country and stuff... !

wow, neat travelogue you got going too. very cool pics... especially of the freakin' lunch boxes that they sell! geez, what is the BOX made of? that's a heckuva lot nicer than yoshinoya beef bowl styrofoam for storing your d20s and stuff.

anyhoo, glad that it looks like you're having a good time explorin' and stuff.

oh yeah, and one little bit of "unintended consequences" - y'know how you were lamenting the fact that the article that you wrote for PIQ magazine ended up appearing in the very last issue? well, it turns out that because it is a discontinued magazine, THEY DO NOT TAKE IT OFF THE SHELVES! normally, for a magazine in print, they gotta rip off the covers and toss 'em in the trash but THAT magazine, the one with your article, is still there and still being browsed to this day.

so your article may actually end up getting a lot more exposure than otherwise. too bad a magazine had to die for it but all's fair... : )

anyhoo, enjoy your trip and happy halloween from stateside.


Date:November 1st, 2008 08:00 am (UTC)
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actually, nevermind collecting d20s, you can peel that cover off and print a cover to a homemade rpg or board game and you're in business for a convention. it's got dividers for the dice and cards and pieces and everything! just get all your friends to kick their lunch boxes your way!

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Date:November 2nd, 2008 10:10 am (UTC)
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Thanks! I'm back now, and need to fill in a couple days. Problem is that basically from the time I hit Kansai airport I started running a fever: Add to that 17 hours of flying and waiting in airports, and basically it means that I'm fighting a 39/102 degree fever for a few days now. When I heal up, I'll write more. Thanks!