Terrifying Girl Disorder is a deduction card game designed by Kuro (The Ravens of Thri Sahashri, Rent a Hero) which was originally published in Japan by Manifest Destiny. The game is based on the novel Dogra Magra by Kyusaku Yumeno, where young girls “boom” into women with powerful psychic abilities. Because they cannot control their power, the World Ascension Society sends operatives into schools to identify the before something bad happens. Now an accident has occurred, and all the girls at the school (and the agent) have lost their memories. Players must collect clues to figure out their identities. The game is for 3 – 4 players, ages 12 and up, and plays in 30 minutes. MSRP is $25.00. release is planned for spring.
Alicematic Heroes is a fast-paced tactical board game that uses an engine-building mechanic. Players spread their control across the board, but must strategically wait until their kingdom is strong in an aspect that matches the kingdom they invade. The game features a modular board and rule-breaking card effects to vary play from game to game. The game is for 4 – 5 players, ages 12 and up, and plays in 1 hour. MSRP is $40.00. Release is planned for summer.
Clockwork Empire is a world-building board game designed by Kuro (Terrifying Girl Disorder) for Manifest Destiny. Players take the role of clockwork workers, who have been dormant since the apocalypse that destroyed humanity. A sudden lightning strike brings them back to life, and they follow the prerogative the humans programed: Breed. Increase. Players must manage their resources, create new workers, and then maintain them, often fusing them into bigger models. The goal is to dominate the Clockwork Empire. The game is for 3 – 4 players, ages 10 and up, and plays in 100 minutes. MSRP is $35.00. Release is planned for summer.
Shinobi is a bluffing card game where players represent rival ninja clans united under the Great Daimyo. The ruling daimyo has died, and now the clans will vie to be the successor, by surviving an all-out ninja war. Using bluff and subterfuge, players set their assassins against rival clans, sometimes working with rivals to destroy a common enemy. The game is for 4 – 6 players, ages 10 and up, and plays in 15 minutes. MSRP is $10.00. Release is planned for summer.
Japanime Games will also release a new cooperative dice and card game based on the anime series Sword Art Online in August (see “'Sword Art Online Board Game: Sword of Fellows'”) and Arclight Games’ Dynamite Nurse in the summer (see “'Dynamite Nurse'”). Gods’ Gambit, designed by Seiji Kanai (Love Letter), will also release in summer (see “Seiji Kanai's 'Gods' Gambit'”).
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