THIS EVENT IS (FOR NOW) JUST A PLACEHOLDER TO FIND OUT WHETHER ANYBODY MAY BE INTERESTED IN VISITING THE GAME MARKET IN TOKYO ON MAY 14th, 2017.
If you are interested in the event and either going to Tokyo with some fellow meetup members or meeting up in Tokyo just for the show, please RSVP for this meetup. This is not binding or confirmative for anything. It is just to find out if there is some interest among our group and whether it is worth moving to next organization steps.
If you're unsure or have any questions or suggestions, please message me :-)
Here are some more details what the event is about:
Every year Arclight (a Japanese game publisher) hosts 3 events called Game Market. Usually there are two events in Tokyo, and one in Kansai area (near Osaka, a western part of Japan). These are the largest analog (i.e., tabletop) gaming events in Japan (in fact, its probably the largest in the Asia region). Hundreds of tabletop game publishers (individual designers too) attend the event as exhibitors, and thousands of enthusiasts visits the exhibit hall.
For those who do not know much about Japanese games, I think you could best describe them as rare gems: They are usually very difficult to find, some are produced by the game designers themselves with a low number of copies only, so if they are sold out during the game market, they may never become available again afterwards. And most importantly, most games are really really beautiful. Components include everything from colorful gems, extravagant buttons, handcut and handcolored wooden tiles, high quality cards with pretty Japanese artwork, game boxes looking like little presents, etc.
Eric Martin from BoardGameGeek shot a short walkthrough of the 2015 event:
Another video by Eric Martin from last year: