Tokyo Rain

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Playtest Doc v4.0

by on Mar.07, 2012, under playtesting

I’m happy to report that the newest iteration of the playtest doc is now available. It uses the same basic gameplay, but I really streamlined the mechanics while simultaneously adding in some new elements to add to the flavor and strategy. I’m confident that, while it will undoubtedly need some tweaking, the final version of the game will look something pretty close to it. I already sent out the playtest doc to current playtesters. If you are not on the list or haven’t received it, drop me a line at my work e-mail jdj[at]floridacollections[dt]com, and use the subject line “Tokyo Rain”.

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First Appearance: Deadpool

by on Oct.08, 2009, under News

I just got a playtest report back that knocked my socks off —  really, just a designer’s dream. It was incredibly detailed about what they did, what results they got, what they liked, what they didn’t like, etc. And, as an ideal playtest report should, it both largely reaffirms the general structure of the game and pointed out some rough areas that can now be easily polished up.

But the coolest part for me was the color. They ran two sessions. One was an Asian-themed standoff between an operator and his onetime best friend and training partner. The other: Deadpool vs. Black Tom Cassidy. I’ve always thought the system would translate very well to some other genres, and I’m happy to see that in practice. But mostly … Dude! It’s Deadpool vs. Black Tom Cassidy!

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Playtest 2.0

by on May.26, 2009, under News

After overcoming a sizeable designer’s block and undertaking a little playtesting of my own, version 2.0 of the Playtest Doc has gone out to the ever-increasing playtest group. The mechanics are fast approaching a final framework, from which there will undoubtedly be much tweaking but hopefully little major revision. In short, I’m close.

If you are interested in playtesting, please read my playtesting page for info.

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Fault Line

by on Mar.31, 2009, under News

In case you missed it, Fault Line is Barry’s new, non-Rain thriller. I’m about halfway through myself, but it looks like it will make good fodder for Tokyo Rain.

Bonus for Barry, the blogosphere has caught on to the book, which can only be good for exposure and sales.

Finally, for the Rainophiles, there are a couple of subtle “cameos” by everyone’s favorite assassin. Not to give anything away, but one of Rain’s prior “assignments” gets a nifty mention.

Playtesting continues apace. V2.0 should be out to playtesters by next week.

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Finland, Finland, Finland!

by on Dec.22, 2008, under News

Thank goodness for the Finns. One of the cool things about the playtest group I’ve assembled so far for Tokyo Rain is that it is comprised of players from around the globe. I’ve got playtesters from Italy, Autralia, Brazil, Tokyo (natch!), and many others. And I’ve got Finns.

Most people don’t know this, but Finland has an amazingly robust role-playing game scene. In fact, you can get a national grant to design role-playing games. So it will come as no surprise that the Finnish group of Petri Leinonen, Mikko Merilainen, and Petteri Autero just dropped some amazing playtest notes on me.

Much of what they had to say will find its way in the next version of the Playtest Doc (which should be available right after the holidays). They also had this reassuring comment: “The game was great fun to play and ponder about. It was different from typical games in so many ways that it was really refreshing.”

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Playtesting Intro

by on Dec.03, 2008, under playtesting

UPDATE: I am no longer using the survey to enlist playtesters. If you want to get involved in playtesting — hurry! — please contact me directly at my work e-mail, jdj[at]floridacollections[dt]com.

Playtesting for Tokyo Rain is in full swing. If you are interested in playtesting, please take a moment to fill out our brief survey. I review the surveys periodically and will be in touch. You should also keep an eye out for our playtesting badge to get the latest on how it’s coming:

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