Tokyo Game Market Spring 2019 Anticipation list
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Here are some of my most anticipated games for the Tokyo Game Market, which will take place at Tokyo Big Sight on May 25-26.

My full buy list currently includes more than 40 titles so this is just a sampling of some games I am especially excited about. I will add to the list closer to the fair.


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1. Board Game: Sea Cube [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Sea Cube
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Straddling the line of toy and game in Sea Cube one player will look into the sea (a giant box) through a small hole and will describe the other players where which treasures (dice) are hidden while the other players take note on a sheet of paper.
This is something I would enjoy playing with my son.
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2. Board Game: Madrino [Average Rating:6.39 Unranked]
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So I am not sure what it brings mechanically new to the table but I like the theme of drawing floor plans and I am sure it will look gorgeous like their previous game Polarich did.



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3. Board Game: Nine Tiles Panic [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:2529]
Board Game: Nine Tiles Panic
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I love Nine Tiles (or Cookie Box for that matter) and am interested to see how this new version mixes up the simple concept. Add in the gorgeous Oink graphic design and I am sold.
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4. Board Game: In Front of the Elevators [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:4351]
Board Game: In Front of the Elevators
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Let's Make a Bus Route is one of my favourite games of 2018 and I liked every other game of the publisher, so this is a must buy. Goal of the game is to bring the most of your family members in the waiting line in front of an elevator at a department store. Seems to be a nice filler game.
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5. Board Game: Photome's [Average Rating:6.91 Unranked]
Board Game: Photome's
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In this game players will use their smartphone to shoot pictures of the gorgeous components and check if the animals are visible or not. Sounds interesting, plus it won a nationwide contest and is by Iori Tsukinami (月並いおり), who also designed the awesome Cinecitta.
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6. Board Game: くだものがたり (Fruitale) [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked]
Board Game: くだものがたり (Fruitale)
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This is also by Iori Tsukinami (月並いおり) and the reason I am interested in it. It is a roll and write about planting fruit and making jam which is lovely, but the player count will make it a bit harder to get to the table (5 recommended).
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7. Board Game: Elemental Trunk Man [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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I have enjoyed my plays of Time Trunk Man quite a bit an I am curious as to what the designer now came up with.
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8. Board Game: ケーキをつくろう (Let's Make A Cake) [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Board Game: ケーキをつくろう (Let's Make A Cake)
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I very much enjoyed all the games from the designer publisher, especially Happiest Town. So now another game that seems to be fun for adults and young children alike, which is something I am always looking for (at least until my son is grown up).
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9. Board Game: Frenemy Pastry Party [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:14303]
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Another cake game but very different is this title from Taiwanese publisher Mizo Games and Jesse Li.
While the theme may make it look like a kids game, this is a game I would like to play with my friends. Seems like the perfect table talk catalyst.
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10. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2724]
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Under the tabler by Kinnbart

Game Market games are often regarded as especially quirky. I for one think that many games are actually rather normal (compared to non JPgames) if you don't compare them to Western hobby games but to the offerings of Spinmaster, Megableu and the like (though maybe the quirkiness does not come from the game idea itself but from making it by hand in very limited numbers, which is indeed unique to Game Market).

Anyhow, every now and then there are games that could only come out at Game Market:

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A player pulls a role card and becomes an Under the Tabler, the player touches the target player's finger with the touch indicated on the card. If other players find out about it, they score. However, if the other players don't identify the Under the Tabler, that player will get points.

Comes with a mini table (assembly required).
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11. Board Game Publisher: Head Quarter Simulation Game Club
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After their great Improvement of the POLIS I am curious about every game they bring out. There are two older titles I hope to get my hands on called Singularity and Marche de France.

http://gamemarket.jp/booth/gm2366/
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12. Board Game Publisher: Studio GG
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All my favourite designer-publishers have announced their new offerings, except Studio GG. They don't bring out a game every Game Market and I won't hold my breath but if it happens I will be the first at their booth for sure.
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13. Board Game: Discover: Lands Unknown [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:4907]
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After all must have titles have been rushed to and bought before they sell out it is nice to just roam the halls and discovering unexpected gems - old and new - at the many many doujin stands.
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