Tokyo`s Annual Game Market

by Mandy Tong

Put May 13th in your calendars 🙂
On May 13th, it’s the annual Tokyo Game Market. There’s a lot to see and buy. Lots of great board games. Lots of ENGLISH board games, and of course I’ll be there (but if you want to see me, you’ll need your running shoes on, as I’ll be running around buying games). If you are free, just pop along, and go visit some of the great stalls. Also it’s right next to Asakusa…ooohh…

JIGG (Booth 122) will be there, Castle Tintagel (Booth 123) will be there. OKAZU games (127) will be there. Joe Yamasaki will be there!!! (He’s the man! He supplies me my fix). Oooh I can’t wait.

If you want to go, you can buy a catalog at the door, or pre-buy one at Yellow Submarine/Shosen Grand *800yen only. Lots of games to try, and you can even win games.

2-6-5, Hanakawado, Taito Ward, Tokyo, Japan , Tokyo

Finally all the arrangements have been made and it is true!
JIGG Tokyo will attend this spring Game Market with a booth!
JIGGer’s all around the world rejoice!!!

For people that havent attended before, “Game Market” is the biggest boardgame event in Japan which is all about boardgames. It’s lately growing to be the GenCon of japan! A few of us attended the GM in past years, but not organized as a group. This years GM gives us the chance to promote JIGG to a broader audience and have an increasing number of members join our ranks!


JIGG`s Logo Contest!

Japan`s International Gamers Guild is having a logo contest and offering fabulous prizes! Unlike a Canadian game show,
JIGG is offering some pretty nice prizes for winning!

See the Latest JIGG Logo Competition Entries here. Please feel free to Enter. You can enter as many times as you’d like.

Learn More at JIGG

How to Organize a Game Day

I thought this was too good not to pass along. Mike Montesa is bang on:

The Article Below is About Organizing a Game Day (But I Thought it Could Apply to Anything You Would Like to Do in Japan)

Don`t just sit around wishing, if you organize, people will come!–Editor

“There are many “I want to get into a game,” posts but very few, “I will
run X,” posts.

If you run it, they will come.

My advice is to really “sell” your game. Your post should list the
system, date, time, and location of course. Also a short blurb about
the adventure you’re going to run can really help. Note if the
characters will be pre-gen or not.

For non-rpgs, same drill. Talk up the game you want to play if it’s not
a well known one.

Fix a date and time, then do it.

I’ve managed to get games going like this many times over the years.

If you run it, they will come.

But remember, it’s kinda like fishing sometimes. Use the right ‘bait’
and you’ll get a big haul.”

Mike Montesa at the JIGG (Tokyo) forum

A Little JIGG History from STAN!

STAN! aka Steve Brown talks about the formation of JIGG.

Both Steve and I were starting games clubs, and Steve asked me if we could work together. We met up and put out ads.
I too put out many ads trying to get members. But Steve was by far the drive behind the club and our first president.

Steve also put out our magazine, “The Guild Notes.”

Golden Week Convention in Moriguchi-shi, Osaka-fu

Photo of train station in Japan by
Richard Baladad

Golden Week Convention in Moriguchi-shi, Osaka-fu

Hi there. For the third year running, we are hosting a gaming event in Osaka.

Last year’s attendance was around 35 on the biggest day, and we’re hoping for
something similar … or even better … this time around.

The convention is a 4 day event, running from Friday 29 April to Monday 2 May
and concludes with a BBQ dinner in the park near our house.

On the first and last day, it will be held at our house. We have booked large
community centre rooms for the Saturday and Sunday, which we are expecting to be
the two biggest days. As always, it’s a fully catered event – no need to leave
the venues to find food 🙂

We have created a bunch of polls on the Kansai JIGG site for this year’s
convention attendance. You’ll need to join the Kansai JIGG to answer the polls.

Here is some important information you’ll need in order to do that.

This year the fees will be as follows:

Per day: 1,500 yen including food and drink throughout the day. This is usually
a self service all day sandwich and salad bar or similar, with various snacks
and soft drinks provided.

Accommodation: 1,000 yen per night at our place including breakfast and your own
special corner of the floor, complete with cat wake up call. If we’re full, we
can try to find a billet or recommend some local places.

Sunday evening dinner: 500 yen extra, as it will be provided at a local Indian
restaurant which is 2 minutes’ walk from the venue – and fabulous.

Monday BBQ: 1,000 yen per person – this covers all the food, but please bring
your own drinks.

Please let us know in the polls if you are interested in running or playing RPGs
or miniature/wargaming. It makes it easier for us to coordinate these.

Please bring your family, even if they aren’t interested in gaming. We will
provide space for them and non-gaming family is FREE!

The more the merrier. If you have some Japanese friends who are interested,
please invite them along. This is not a foreigner-only event.

If you have any questions, please ask.

Ryan & Linda

Game Days at Camp Zama, a Mainstay at JIGG for Years!

Camp Zama, Kanagawa
What is going on? Just ask the unstoppable James Keller! Camp Zama game days have been one of the consistent mainstays of JIGG. Plus going to Camp Zama is like going to the USA for the day. Yards, and yards of grass, trees and flowers, plus games of all kinds in a large room with many games. I plan on going with Bruce at some point.
Contact James if interested: – Email James: ngolmo at