Thursday, June 4, 2020

The Japanese Tabletop RPG Collector's List II

Japanese "table talk" role playing games published in 2000 and later. For earlier games see a previous post.


ガンダム戦記
Gundam War
ASCII
2000
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Based on the English language "Mekton Zeta", with 2d6 rolls used for resolution instead of 1d10.


装甲騎兵ボトムズ
Armored Trooper VOTOMS
Enterbrain
2001
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The Armored Trooper VOTOMS media franchise started with a 1983 anime series. The TRPG uses a hex map to resolve combat.


ダブルクロス
Double Cross
Game Field
2001
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Boys and girls become infected with the Renegade virus and acquire superhuman powers. The 2nd and 3rd editions were published by Fujimi Shobo in 2003 and 2009.


ドラゴンアームズ バハムートハウリング
Dragon Arms Bahamut Howling
Enterbrain
2001
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Initially intended to be a robots supplement to the El Genesis RPG, what got published was a stand-alone game supported by a single supplement. A revised edition called ドラゴンアームズ改 was released in 2013.


輪廻戦記ゼノスケープ
Rinne Senki Xenoscape
Enterbrain
2001
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A game about a secret society of people who are the reincarnation of beings from an ancient civilization. The game uses playing cards and 2d6 die rolls.


テラ:ザ・ガンスリンガー
Terra the Gunslinger
Enterbrain
2001
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A wild west steampunk fantasy RPG. The game is set in the southern hemisphere of the same world as Tenra Basho.


特命転攻生
Secret Students in the Academic Armageddon
Enterbrain
2001
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Superhuman students administer extra-legal justice. The setting is similar to that of Horai School Adventure.


アルシャード
Alshard
F.E.A.R.
2002
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A 2d6 game set in a world called Midgard which mixes medieval fantasy and science fiction in a manner seen in the Final Fantasy video games. Players are assigned quests and contend against villains called 奈落 (naraku). The core of the rules have been abstracted as a system called Standard RPG System (SRS) for use in other games. In 2005 a second edition called アルシャードff (Alshard Fortissimo) was released.


ブルーローズ
Blue Rose
Enterbrain
2002
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Players contend in the 21st century for artifacts left over from an extremely ancient civilization. One of the first Japanese RPGs to provide detailed statistics for modern day weapons. Inspired by the 1998 manga "Spriggan".


新世黙示録
Sin Apocalypse
Enterbrain
2002
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Written by the designer of Shin Megami Tensei and sharing with that game the use of percentile dice for resolution.  It also borrows the Shin Megami Tensei setting, adding an apocalyptic war.


ナイトウィザード
Night Wizard
Enterbrain
2002
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A modern day setting with witches and magical brooms by the author of Seven Fortress, with which this game shares similar rules. The RPG has had manga, anime, novel, and computer adaptations. The 2nd edition was published in 2007 and the 3rd edition in 2014.


エンゼルギア 天使大戦TRPG
Angel Gear Angel Wars
Enterbrain
2003
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It's 1999 but World War II hasn't ended yet and there are overtones of Neon Genesis Evangelion. The far eastern island nation of Yashima continues to resist the United States and its angel soldiers which are a type of biological weapon.


Asian Punk RPG サタスペ
Asian Punk RPG Satasupe
REmix+ 
2003
The setting is an alternate timeline in which the Nazis prevail in World War 2 and the Soviets and the United States divide Japan into two occupation zones. This was a doujin RPG before it was published by REmix+ in 2003. A second edition was published by Shinkigensha in 2008.


ダンジョンズ&ドラゴンズ
Dungeons & Dragons
Hobby Japan
2003
Hobby Japan has published the Japanese versions of all Wizards of the Coast editions of D&D.


ゲヘナ
Gehenna
Jive
2003
A d6 game in an Arabian Nights fantasy setting. The name of the game refers to the demon-inhabited world the players find themselves in. A revised edition called Gehenna Anastasis was released in 2006.


異能使い
Inou Tsukai
Enterbrain
2003
Originally a doujin about people who hunt demons, the game won a contest sponsored by Game Field and got published. A 2nd edition was published in 2010.


レジェンド・オブ・フェアリーアース
Legend of Fairy Earth
Enterbrain
2003
A modern fantasy game. The rules are close to the Alshard rules.


マルス
Mars
グランペール
2003
Players play kings and ministers in the European style fantasy world. The 1st edition is a box set. The 2nd edition rulebook released in 2007 provides the option of an oriental setting.


六門世界
Rokumon (Six Gates) World
Fujimi Shobo
2003
Set in the same world as the Monster Collection CCG. Originally the game was based on GURPS, traces of which remain in the published version of the game.


ロールアンドロール
Role & Roll
新紀元社 (Shinkigensha)
2003
This magazine covers all TRPGs. Although there are no dates on the cover, as of June 2020 there have been 189 issues, suggesting a monthly publishing schedule.


RPGamer
Kokusai-Tsushin
2003
A quarterly magazine, each issue containing a complete game of the hex-and-counter variety.


スクラップド・プリンセス
Scrapped Princess
Fujimi Shobo
2003
Based on a light novel series begun in 1999. There were also three manga volumes and an anime series.


上海退魔行
Shanghai Exorcism
Enterbrain
2003
The game is set in Victorian Shanghai and features vampires.


スターオーシャン Till the End of Time TRPG
Star Ocean RPG
Square Enix
2003
Star Ocean is a series of role-playing video games. Till the End of Time is the third title in the series and this tabletop RPG was released with the PlayStation 2 version.


秘神大作戦
Tokyo Noir City
Enterbrain
2003
This game is set in Tokyo during the Taisho era and is not dissimilar to the Call of Cthulhu RPG. Among influences cited by the author are "Sakuraka Wars", "Indiana Jones", and "JoJos Bizarre Adventure".


アリアンロッド
Arianrhod
Fujimi Shobo
2004
A popular fantasy RPG with video game influences. It is named after an enchantress in the Mabinogion. Six-sided dice are used exclusively and characters roll a number of dice commensurate with their ability when attempting an action. Play takes place on the continents of Erindyll and Aldion, the latter introduced in 2008 as a locale appropriate for war campaigns. The second edition of the game was released in 2011.


クトゥルフの呼び声
Call of Cthulhu
角川書店 (Kadokawa Shoten)
2004
Hobby Japan translated the 2nd edition of Call of Cthulhu in 1986 and the 5th edition of Call of Cthulhu in 1993, along with a number of supplements and scenarios. Hobby Japan probably got the rights through their partnership with Avalon Hill, and these may have been rescinded when Avalon Hill and Chaosium parted ways in 1994.

Kadokawa released Call of Cthulhu as part of its Login Tabletalk Series. In 2009 the light novel 這いよれ! ニャル子さん (Crawling! Nyaruko) was released in which the Lovecraftian deity Nyarlathotep assumes the form of a high school girl. 2009 was also the year Kadokawa began releasing replays with anime girls on the cover.


グローリアス・サーガ
Glorious Saga
Hobby Base
2004
A box set with 6 polyhedral dice.


ガンドッグ
Gundog
Shinkigensha
2004
Players use firearms to resolve conflict in the near future. A 2nd edition called Gundog Zero was released in 2008.


無限のファンタジア
Infinite Fantasia
Shinkigensha
2004
A play-by-web service with the same name and rules ran from 2003 to 2009.


メイドRPG
Maid RPG
Sunset Games
2004
This first maid café opened up in the Akihabara district in 2001. The game was translated to English in 2008.


迷宮キングダム
Make You Kingdom
Hobby Base
2004
The entire world has become a labyrinth. The players assume the roles of king, minister, knight, or priest and run a kingdom in the labyrinth. 


幻奏戦記RuLiLuRa
RuLiLuRa
Hobby Japan
2004
The setting was developed for a reader participation game conducted by Game Gather magazine from January 2002 to March 2003. The player's character, usually male, is summoned to the world of Archaia, where he fights a monster called "Noise" by means of a robot he can operate. He has the assistance of a female diva who is a native of Archaia.


スターレジェンド
Star Legend
Enterbrain
2004
A space opera set thousands of years in the future when Earth has become a legend.


扶桑武侠傳
Fuso Bukyoden
Shinkigensha
2005
The game takes place in a setting inspired by Wuxia novels.


巨神戦記ギガントマキア
Kyojinsenki Giganto Makia
Hobby Base
2005
In a setting not dissimilar to Neon Genesis Evangelion, player characters use a mother ship and a single giant robot to defend against an army of giant robots piloted by infected humans.


サヴェッジ・サイエンス
Savage Science
Adventure Planning Bureau
2005
A game where one plays a genetically modified animal which can assume human form or a combat form.


異界戦記カオスフレア
Chaos Flare
Shinkigensha
2005
A multi-genre game with cyborgs, martial args, and 2d6 dice rolls. A second edition called "Second Chapter" came out in 2008 and 14 books were released for it, not counting replays or novels.


デモンパラサイト
Demon Parasite
Shinkigensha
2006
A character enjoys special powers, thanks to the demon parasite that possesses him or her, including some which can be used only when the character transforms. Nine rulebooks and supplements were published for the game and thirteen replays.


ドラゴンシェル
Dragon Shell
グランペール
2006
The game and its one supplement are box sets. The rules govern aerial combat between dragons using the provided hex maps and counters. The designer also wrote Blue Forest Story and Gear Antique. Dragon Shell is set in the same world but on a different continent with a Mesoamerican culture.


ゆうやけこやけ
Golden Sky Stories
Sunset Games
2006
Players play magical animals which can take human form. An 癒し系 (iyashikei: therapeutic, healing) game.


Aの魔法陣
Magic Circle A
Enterbrain
2006
Alfa System is a company that develops games primarily for the Playstation. A history of the company called Alfa System Saga was written in 2004, and the book contained an appendix with the Magic Circle A rules, which would eventually be published as a stand-alone work. It is a generic rule set with an emphasis on story improvisation. A setting called Gunparade March taken from one of Alfa System's games was published in 2008.


ニルヴァーナ―
Nirvana
Game Field
2006
A post-apocalyptic game which used two ten-sided dice.


バカバカRPGをかたる
Bakabaka RPG
新紀元社 (Shinkigensha)
2007
Sounds like this book contains an assortment of material, including a RPG for playing Japanese high school girls with superpowers and a Slayers d20 replay.


野球TRPG ボールパーク!
Baseball RPG Ballpark!
国際通信社
2007
A d6 game. Characters are players on a professional baseball team.


エムブリオマシンRPG
Embryo Machine RPG
Group SNE
2007
Robots fight on hex maps in a medieval European setting.


大帝の剣
Emperor's Sword
Shinkigensha
2007
A TRPG adaptation of a novel from 1985 set in Japan in the year 1600. There are ninjas and extraterrestrials.


あいつはクラスメート!
He is a Classmate!
Sunset Games
2007
The game which gives players a chance to be fairly ordinary high school students.


ナイトメアハンター=ディープ /
Nightmare Hunter Deep
Enterbrain
2007
A sequel by a different designer to the game Nightmare Hunter from 1988. The rules were given a complete overhaul. Odeo RPG Ayakashi shares the rules of Nightmare Hunter Deep but provides a different setting.


りゅうたま
Ryuutama
ジャイブ (Jive)
2007
Players travel around a fantasy world.


風の聖痕RPG
Stigmata of the Wind
Fujimi Shobo
2007
The rules are based on the Standard RPG System (SRS). The setting is based on a light novel of the same name. The players assume the roles of magicians who summon spirits and exterminate demons.


すくぱに♪ 〜すくーるでいず・パニック〜
Sukupani: School Days Panic
Hobby Base
2007
A secret organization sends transfer students to a school to battle demons.


天羅WAR
Tenra War
Enterbrain
2007
Set in the same world as Tenra Basho and Tenra Gunslinger during the time of a great war.


とらぶるエイリアンず
Trouble Aliens
Hobby Japan
2007
Players play aliens invading the earth. Players do not share the race and purpose of their characters with each other.


幕末霊異伝 MI・BU・RO
Bakumatsu Ryoiden
Booking
2008
The rules and setting of this game are similar to the 1993 game Sengoku Reiden which Booking reprinted in 2005. Sengoku Reiden is set in the Warring States period of Japan (c. 1600) whereas Bakumatsu Ryoiden takes places in the Edo period.


まじしゃんず・あかでみいRPG
Magicians' Academy
Enterbrain
2008
Based on a light novel about a student at a high school for wizards. Characters from the novel appear as NPCs in the RPG. The game uses the Standard RPG System rules derived from Alshard. There is also a video game based on the light novel.


ご近所メルヒェンRPG ピーカーブー
Neighborhood Märchen RPG Peekaboo
Shinkigensha
2008
Players pair off into teams consisting of an elementary school student and a ghost and explore the city. A tribute of sorts to the 1991 game Witch Quest. Also the first game to use the Dice Fiction サイコロ・フィクション System. A revised edition was released in 2017.


神曲奏界ポリフォニカRPG
Shinkyoku Sokai Polyphonica
SoftBank Creative
2008
The Shinkyoku Sokai Polyphonica kinetic novels began appearing in 2005. A kinetic novel is a visual novel with a non-branching story line. The novels take place a parallel universe called Polyphonica in which humans and spirits coexist. The RPG uses the Standard RPG System.


シルバーレイン
Silver Rain
Enterbrain
2008
A play-by-web service with the same name ran from 2006 to 2012.


ソード・ワールド2.0
Sword World 2.0
富士見書房 (Fujimi Shobo)
2008
The updated version remains a 2d6 game, though the rating table has been renamed the power (威力) table. Rules for firearms and androids have been added, and the default setting has been moved to a new world called Luxia (ラクシア).

The core rulebooks were published as a three volume bunkobon set. Only the first is required—the others contain options and support for higher level play. All three rulebooks were revised in 2012.

Most Sword World 2.0 books are published in bunkobon format as part of Fujimi Dragon Book series 29.


トリニティ×ヴィーナスSRS
Trinity x Venus SRS
Jive
2008
Players have supernatural powers called VIP abilities. They cooperate with a organization called Trinity to thwart the malevolent designs of an organization called Venus. The game uses the Alshard inspired Standard RPG System.


ガンメタル・ブレイズ
Gunmetal Blaze
Enterbrain
2009
Available classes include gunslinger, sword master, and mage. The rules make use of 51 situation cards included in the back of the rulebook.


セイクリッド・ドラグーン
Sacred Dragon
Enterbrain
2009
Western-style fantasy RPG with a focus on slaying dragons.


戦国異聞録KAMUI
Sengoku Apocalypse KAMUI
Hobby Japan
2009
The players must content with demons in a fantasy version of the Sengoku (Warring States) period.



シノビガミ
Shinobigami
Shinkigensha
2009
A modern day ninja game. This is the most popular game to use the Dice Fiction サイコロ・フィクション System devised by Toichiro Kawashima 河嶋陶一朗. A distinctive feature of the Dice Fiction System is the table of 66 feats available to the PCs. Shinobigami scenarios are divided into three phases: introductory, main, and climax, with different actions available to the PCs in each. Shinobigami was initially published as replays with rules in the back. A hardcover rulebook was released in 2012.


タンクライフRPG ダークブレイズ
Tank Life RPG Dark Blaze
Shinkigensha
2009
Civilization has collapsed and the world is contaminated with a substance called Dark Blaze. Characters travel the wilderness in tanks and explore ruins.


• ビーストバインド トリニティ / Beast Bind Trinity / Enterbrain / 2010


エンドブレイカー!
End Breaker!
Shinkigensha
2010
The tabletop RPG to accompany a play-by-mail game by Tommy Walker. It takes place in a fantasy setting with seers called "end breakers" who predict a character's fate.


• ホラーアクションRPG ハンターズ・ムーン / Hunter's Moon /
  Shinkigensha / 2010
• パラサイトブラッド / Parasite Blood / Shinkigensha / 2010
• 霊障都市捜査ファイル / Spirit City Investigation File / Enterbrain / 2010
• 天下繚乱RPG / World Disturbance RPG / Jive / 2010
• 世界樹の迷宮SRS / World Tree Labyrinth / Enterbrain / 2010
• 鴉乃杜學園奇譚TRPG / Konomori Gakuen Kitan TRPG /
  Jive / 2011
• 魔道書大戦RPG マギカロギア / Magical Book War RPG Magicalogia /
  Shinkigensha / 2011
• モノトーンミュージアムRPG / Monotone Museum RPG /
  Enterbrain / 2011


永い後日談のネクロニカ
Nechronica: The Long Long Sequel
Patch Works
2011
The game master takes the part of the necromancer. The players take the part of Gothic lolita zombies in a post apocalyptic world. They have forgotten their pasts, though the world around them contains clues.


駅前魔法学園!!
Station Front Magic Academy
Jive
2011
Magic is a vocational skill which can be acquired at the school building conveniently located in from the train station. Night classes are available too.


• ヴァンパイアハントRPG ブラッド・クルセイド /
  Vampire Hunt RPG Blood Crusade / Shinkigensha / 2011
• 超次元カードバトルRPG カードランカー /
  Hyperdimension Card Battle RPG Card Ranker / Shinkigensha / 2012
• サイキックハーツRPG / Psychic Hearts RPG / Kadokawa / 2012
• レッドドラゴン / Red Dragon / Kodansha / 2012
• グランクレストRPG / Grand Crest RPG / Kadokawa / 2013


神我狩
Kamigakari
Shinkigensha
2013
A modern day supernatural game which pits the players' characters against an evil god. It's a 2d6 game with a twist: the player rolls a pool of 4 dice at the start of play and can swap any of those dice into a 2d6 roll at will. By the game designer of Demon Parasite and Sacred Dragon.


小さな勇者のRPGウタカゼ
Little Hero RPG Utakaze
Shinkigensha
2013
An easy-to-learn game in which one plays a fairy-like creature which stands 20 cm tall.


• 恋と冒険の学園TRPG エリュシオン /
  Love and Adventure School RPG Elysium / Shinkigensha / 2013
• メタリックガーディアンRPG / Metallic Guardian RPG /
  Fujimi Shobo / 2013
• 現代異能アクションRPG ヴィジョンズ・ジ・アンリアル=ホラー /
  Modern Superpower Action RPG Visions of Unreal Horror /
  Conos / 2013


マルチジャンル・ホラーRPG インセイン
Multi-genre Horror RPG Insane
Shinkigensha
2013
A multi-genre horror game which uses the Dice Fiction system. There are settings for modern-day Japan, Victorian England, 1920s United States, and the SCP Foundation.


リアリティショーRPG キルデスビジネス
Reality Show RPG Kill Death Business
Shinkigensha
2013
The setting of this game is a reality show in hell. The game uses the Dice Fiction system. The core rulebook is a replay with rules in the back.


• トワイライトガンスモーク / Twilight Gunsmoke / Enterbrain / 2013
• ブルーシンガーRPG魔女編 / Blue Singer RPG Witch Edition /
  Kokudosha / 2014
• フルメタル・パニック!RPG / Full Metal Panic! RPG / Kadokawa / 2014
• 艦これRPG / Kantai Collection RPG / Kadokawa / 2014


ログ・ホライズンTRPG
Log Horizon RPG
Kadokawa
2014
Log Horizon is a fantasy novel in which the protagonist becomes the character in the MMORPG he is playing. The novel also got an anime adaptation.


• パラノイア / Paranoia / New Games Order / 2014
• バディアクションRPGガーデンオーダー /
  Buddy Action RPG Garden Order / Kadokawa / 2015
• でたとこサーガ / Detatoko Saga / Shinkigensha / 2015
• 駆け出しアイドルRPG / Fledgling Idol RPG / Shinkigensha / 2015
• 神話創世RPG アマデウス / Mythology Genesis RPG Amadeus /
  Kadokawa / 2015
• バトルガールプロデュースRPG エースキラージーン /
  Battle Girl Produce RPG Ace Killer Gene / Kadokawa / 2016
• 巨獣討伐RPG コロッサルハンター /
  Beast Subjugation RPG Colossal Hunter / Kadokawa / 2016
• 剣の街の異邦人TRPG / Stranger in Sword City / Kadokawa / 2016
• 平安幻想夜話 鵺鏡  / Heian Fantasy Night Story: Nue Mirror /
  Kadokawa / 2016
• 英雄武装RPG コード:レイヤード /
  Hero Armed RPG Code: Layered / Shinkigensha / 2016
• 片道勇者TRPG / One Way Hero RPG / Kadokawa / 2016
• 常夜国騎士譚RPG / Tokoyo Koku Kishi Tan / Kadokawa / 2016
• ゾンビサバイバルRPG ダイス・オブ・ザ・デッド /
  Zombie Survival RPG Dice of the Dead / Kadokawa / 2016
• 異世界TRPG伝説 ヤンキー&ヨグ=ソトース /
  Another World RPG Legend Yankee and Yog-Sothoth /
  Shinkigensha / 2017
• ブラインド・ミトスRPG禁書封印譚 /
  Blind Mythos RPG / Kadokawa / 2017
•  ダークソウルTRPG / Dark Souls RPG / Kadokawa / 2017
• デッドラインヒーローズRPG / Deadline Heroes RPG /
  Kadokawa / 2017
• 初音ミクTRPG ココロダンジョン / Hatsune Miku RPG Heart Dungeon /
  Kadokawa / 2017
• チェンジアクションRPG マージナルヒーローズ /
  Marginal Heroes / Kadokawa / 2017
• のびのびTRPG-ザ・ホラー / Nobi Nobi TRPG The Horror /
  Arclight Games / 2017
• 神聖課金RPG ディヴァインチャージャー /
  Holy Charge RPG Divine Charger / Shinkigensha / 2018
• モダンファンタジーRPG 獸ノ森 /
  Modern Fantasy RPG Forest of the Beast / Shinkigensha / 2018
• 銀剣のステラナイツ / Silver Sword: Stellar Knights / Kadokawa / 2018
• トーキョー・ナイトメア / Tokyo Nightmare / Kadokawa / 2018
• 異世界転生RPG サンサーラ・バラッド /
  Another World Reincarnation RPG Sansara Ballad /
  Shinkigensha / 2019
• ブラックジャケットRPG / Black Jacket RPG / Kadokawa / 2019
• 日常ホラーRPGスクリームハイスクール /
  Daily Horror RPG Scream High School / F.E.A.R. / 2019
• ゴブリンスレイヤーTRPG / Goblin Slayer RPG /
  SoftBank Creative / 2019
• 合コンTRPG God of Romance / Joint Party RPG God of Romance /
  Chan's Factory / 2019
• この素晴らしい世界に祝福を!TRPG / Konosuba RPG / Kadokawa / 2019
• Sci-FiミステリーRPG トワイライトハイスクール /
  Sci-Fi Mystery RPG Twilight High School / F.E.A.R. / 2019
• トリニティセブンRPG / Trinity Seven RPG / Kadokawa / 2019
• アニマアニムス / Anima Animus / Kadokawa / 2020
• 格闘アクションTRPG 拳禅無双 /
  Fighting action TRPG Kenzen Musou / F.E.A.R. / 2020
• 転生サバイバルRPG ルーインブレイカーズ /
  Rebirth Survival RPG Ruin Breakers / F.E.A.R. / 2020
• ロボットシュミレーションTRPG フレイムギア /
  Robot Simulation TRPG Flame Gear / Shinkigensha / 2020
• 蒸気活劇RPG スチームパンカーズ /
  Steam Live Action RPG Steampunkers /
  Shinkigensha / 2020
• 蒸気と冒険の飛空艇TRPG 歯車の塔の探空士 /
  Steam and Adventure Flying Boat TRPG Gear Tower Explorer /
  Kadokawa / 2021