Art Games

Ken Niimura’s Love Letter


As I just mentioned in my post about card games, the only games I kept and brought back from Tokyo where my two editions of the excellent Love Letter game (which I’m very happy to say that my wife quite enjoys as well). I have the basic Tempest edition from AEG, but also the beautifully illustrated Japanese edition that my friend Ken Niimura produced through Arclight Games¬†(publisher of Love Letter in Japan) — you can see all the cards here, and buy it here. I was so excited when he told me that he was going to do art for an edition of Love Letter — he would often come to my weekly board games nights — and the finished product really is a delight.


Oink Games


I’ve been on a card/board game kick of late — my wife suggested she’d like to play some with me, and so I went out and picked up a few things that I thought might be good for us to play (Hanabi, Sushi Go, The Hobbit Card Game, Mr. Jack Pocket, Art of War — I used to have a rather large collection back in Tokyo, but I sold it all to friends when I left, only keeping my two editions of Love Letter).

One thing I never paid much attention to while I was in Japan were card games made by Japanese designers (well, not counting games that have been¬†published in the west, like the aforementioned Love Letter). Last week I posted about indie publisher Manifest Destiny, and as my wife was looking for info on games online, she pointed out all the lovely card games of Oink Games (they’ve also produced a few iOS games). Most if not all of their games seem to be pretty import friendly, as the card themselves don’t have any text on them, and so it’s just a matter of finding the rules in English.