November 20, 2013
Richard Williams posted a fantastic GxB (Girl X Boy) replay, along with this great intro video for the game! For those of you who don’t know, a replay is a transcript of a live game session, complete with commentary from the players. If you’ve been wondering about GxB, or if you’ve already a fan of the game and want to see how other people play Momoko, Ichigo and the rest, you should really check out this video and replay!
And of course you can buy GxB as a PDF or book!
October 17, 2013
This week Bundle of Holding is offering the Bundle of Nerves, a collection of horror, suspense and mystery themed role playing games including Murderous Ghosts, Don’t Rest Your Head, Dread, Kingdom of Nothing and more. Over the week more games have been added, and today my survival/mystery game Ocean joins the bundle!
Bundle of Nerves is a stupidly fantastic deal. Pay what you want (with a minimum of about $8) for the core games in the set. If you pay more than the current average ( which right now is about $15) you’ll also get the bonus games, including Ocean! This is a fantastic deal! Seriously, it’s almost 100 bucks worth of games! The Bundle of Nerves is only available for 2 more days, and the average price is bound to increase, so get yours now!
If you haven’t tried Ocean yet I’d really urge you to pick it up in this bundle. I’ve said before that I think Ocean is the best game I’ve ever made, and it’s been responsible for several of the best game sessions I’ve ever had. If you like games that involve a lot of cooperative narration and encourage creative story telling, if you like games that are tense and full of mystery and most especially if you like survival horror video games or movies like The Abyss, Aliens and Pandorum you’ll really dig Ocean!
October 16, 2013
September 25, 2013
Panty Explosion Perfect will soon be back in print for the first time since late 2012. We’re also doing something new. We’ll be printing a second run of books (and issuing a PDF) with the EXACT SAME CONTENT as Panty Explosion Perfect, but a different title.
Why? While a lot of people enjoy PEP as it is, over the years lots of other people have complained about the name of our game. So now we’ve decided to make the same game available under a different name. With this barrier removed, everyone can have the version of our game that they prefer.
So we’re going to have this contest. From now until October 8th, 2013 we’re asking fans to suggest new names for Panty Explosion Perfect. Matt and I will pick our favorite and use it as the title for the new book!
What can I win? Besides getting to choose the title for the new book, your name will also appear in the book’s credit page. We’ll send you a signed copy of the book, as well as an original illustration featuring the school girl characters from the game!
How do I enter? Just post a comment including your suggested name here. If more than one person suggests the same name the honor will go to whoever suggested it first!
Will there still be a game called Panty Explosion Perfect? Yes! Panty Explosion Perfect will remain in print. This new version of the game will exist side by side with it and will be identical except for the name.
Why change the name now? Matt and I have resisted the idea of a name change in the past. Both of us like the name Panty Explosion and feel it suits the game well. It also bothered us that so many people felt that no one would play the game without a name change, or that a name change was needed if we ever wanted to sell any copies of the game at all. But after 7 years, with thousands of copies of Panty Explosion sold all over the world and the game translated into multiple languages Matt and I just don’t feel like we have anything else to prove. Over the years hundreds of people have told us that they’d never play our game because of the name, but if we changed the name they’d buy it in a minute. So we’re listening to those people, and now that last barrier is about to be removed. We’re hoping a whole new group of gamers can finally enjoy our psychic school girl game!
September 17, 2013
August 1, 2013
Every now and then I get a question about Panty Explosion. I don’t know why I’ve never posted them before. Anyway, here’s a good one!
Q: When a Student wants to apply one of their Details to a roll, do they have to announce that they are going use the Detail before they actually roll the dice, or can they choose to apply it to a roll after rolling the dice (for example, if they miss their success by just one, and thus want to use an applicable Detail to turn a failed roll into a successful roll)?
A: The book doesn’t have an answer to your question, and really either way is just fine. However, my preference is always that Student declare that they’ll be using their detail before they make the roll. The reason for this is that the detail should influence their action and the description of what they’re doing. The Detail “I survived the fire that killed my family” will certainly come in handy any time the Student is in a fire (or possibly in a life threatening situation), but their reaction to the situation, the action they choose to take and the way hey describe it, will probably be very different depending on whether they call on their Detail. Evoking a Detail should carry some weight. If the Student is using her memory of the fire that killed her family to get through the current challenge, that should have some effect on how she approaches the conflict and what she decides to do. Of course, that’s also fuel for her Best Friend or Rival’s descriptions!
July 29, 2013
May 22, 2013
Richard Williams posted this fantastic G x B replay over at UKroleplayers.com. It’s funny, well written and super informative. One of the best looks at how to play Girl X Boy and how the game works that I’ve seen!
April 3, 2013
Every now and then someone finds a copy of Ocean and decided to write a blog post, review or something about it. For a 4 year old game that almost no one bought or played it certainly manages to attract a surprising amount of attention! Anyway, Dorkadia gave it a try and the review is pretty nice. Check it out here. Oh, and we even still have some copies of the book for sale (and the pdf as well).
April 3, 2013
March 21, 2013
I’ll be at Sakuracon in Seattle this year at the Cel*Style booth (booth SP04), along with Nick Smith and maybe (cross your fingers) Matt Schlotte! We’ll have the whole Atarashi Games library available for sale and will be running games all weekend in the gaming room. My brand new thing this year is the new Magical Land of Yeld Whitebook, a full printed play test document. Nick and I are planning to release the game later this year (finally), so this will be the last playtest document release before that happens.
We’ll also have copies of Hot Guys Making Out by Ben Lehman, G x G (the all girl hack of G x B) by Michael Wight, Ewen Cluney’s new role playing game book Yaruki Zero and copies of both of my Modest Medusa books. We’re short on printed copies of Panty Explosion Perfect this year, so if you want one please get to the booth early!
November 30, 2012
November 20, 2012
November 18, 2012
The full line of Atarashi Games, including Panty Explosion Perfect, G x B, Ocean, Classroom Deathmatch, B x B and Panty Explosion Classic are now available for sale as PDF files from the Cel*Stye store.
This new line of PDF files includes Panty Explosion Classic, a re-release of the original 2006 version of the game.
As I’ve said before, I hadn’t really wanted to release PEP, GxB and the other games as PDF files because they really are meant to be held in hand and available at the game table for everyone. What’s changed is that 2 years later everyone has pads and smart phones!
- Jake Richmond
August 6, 2012
Hey everyone! Nick Smith and Jake Richmond will be at Geek Girl Con (booth 504) on August 11th and 12th and Gencon (booth 1450)on August 16th 19th.
We’ll be displaying and selling all our games at both shows, as well as running games. We’ll also be handing out the very first info about The Magical Land of Yeld Kickstarter!
June 2, 2012
I wanted to let you all know that I’m doing another Kickstarter for my comic project Modest Medusa. If you’re interested in supporting the project you can find more info here. Thanks!
May 15, 2012
Porcelain Llama just posted the third part of their Panty Explosion Perfect game! Check all three parts out here!
April 16, 2012
Matt and I have been selling Panty Explosion for 6 years now. It’s sold very well and has fans in all parts of the world. But… every time the game is mentioned anywhere there are always people who say they hate the name, don’t understand the name or just are too embarrassed to buy the game because of the name.
Another VERY common claim, one that comes up multiple time sin every conversation about Panty Explosion, is that more people would play the game if we changed the name. “I want to try your game, but I’d never buy a book called Panty Explosion”! This has been said so many times over the years that Matt and I have guessed that there must be thousands of people who really, really want to give us their money, but won’t because they just can’t stand the name.
So here’s the simple questions:
1. Has the name Panty Explosion kept you from trying or buying the game?
2. If we changed the name would you buy the game?