Japanese Tabletop RPG Blog
Posted By: Pinkys.brainIn addition I think that a possible influence of videogames (especially JRPGs like final fantasy) should also be considered. Maybe not when it comes to the visual design of games (there I think anime & manga are the basic source), but when it comes to the game system, which we seem to have left out of the discussion so far. Of course there're the western rpgs and the restriction when it comes to type of dice that play a role in Japan, but when I flipped through my TenraWar book (=SRS) I felt like I was flipping through a video game manual:No skills, mostly combat related techniques, gauge meters like in FinalFantasy games, etc.
Posted By: Diamond SutraSo yeah, a few new releases of FEARs, particularly the now #1 selling RPG in Japan (Alshard, for x years straight since its release), are heavily influenced by console RPG asthetics.......In actuality, it was one in one of the first lines of Group SNE's attempt to produce Replays (who apparently invented the thing, which is awesome, as something like close to 20% of gamers in Japan (based on surveys) got into RPGs because they happened across a cool Replay book), with Lodoss being a replay of D&D.
Posted By: neko ewenFrom what I've heard (from Andy) MAGIUS was pretty lame and bland, and it's something of a mystery how the publisher got so many anime licenses, though they're all out of print now.
Posted By: ryuuchibaHey Andy where did you get the info for Alshard being #1 selling in Japan at? and what surveys are you referring to? I'd like to see em.
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