Sunday, September 23, 2012


At the Kyoto Game Day this month, we had the chance to play the game Giants by the French publisher Matagot.  This is a beautiful board game based on the construction of the Moai on Easter Island.  Check out some shots from the game.

This game basically has two stages.  In the first stage, there is an auction for the Moai, the statues that Easter Island is famous for.  You have to be really careful, because to win the bid you have to offer up your workers and your tribe markers.  However, if you overbid, you won't have the workers to carry your Moai in the second stage.  It's a very delicate balance.

In the second stage, you need to transport your Moai to designated spots on the island.  This is where the game gets really interesting.  If you try to carry the statues by yourself, it will take a very long time to build your statues and it will be difficult to accumulate points.  However, if the players work together, then they can build their statues more quickly.  Be careful though, every time you use another player's worker, you give that player points!  The balance between using other players' workers for your benefit verses giving them points for doing so made this a really fascinating game.

If you have a chance, try it out at an upcoming JIGG Kansai game day.

Osaka Game Day 2012

We'll be holding a game day in the Namba area on October 7th, 2012 from 9:30AM to 9:30PM.  A wide variety of board games and card games will be available for play.  For this game day, we have a special theme--horror and the supernatural.  Get ready for the Halloween season by facing your fears on the game table.  For more details, click below:

October 7th, 2012 Osaka Game Day Details

Here is a small sample of some of the board games that will be played:

Friday, September 14, 2012

Kyoto Game Day: September 17th, 2012

Come and join us in Kyoto for a day of board gaming and card gaming on September 17th.  We welcome gamers of any nationality.  The Kyoto Game Day will be held in Kitaoji at the Kita Bunka Kaikan from 1:30 PM to 9:30 PM.  For more details go to the link below.

Kyoto Game Day Details

Here are some of the games that will make an appearance.

And of course many other games will be there as well!