Monthly Archives: October 2014

Anime as a genre continues to grow, and the fan base is as avid and active as ever. They’re everywhere!

Many of them are also gamers, and this is another entry into the field of anime-oriented RPGs meant to capture that part of the Venn diagram where they live. As it turns out, it’s a very solid and faithful iteration, with a heavy emphasis on the current model of character creation that favors descriptive approaches over detailed point-builds. The whole mechanics engine focuses on customizability – go as simple or complex as you wish.

OVA: The Anime Role-Playing Game lets you and your friends become your favorite characters from the diverse worlds of Japanese animation. All you need are pencils, paper, some dice, and your imagination! Save the princess (or prince!) from a fire-breathing dragon, tackle invading squadrons of giant robots, or find true love amid campus hijinks. It’s all up to you!


The term “playset” is fairly popular when talking about products that enhance a set of rules or setting these days. It’s exceedingly appropriate to look at things like Steve Long‘s latest addition to the Cartoon Action Hour line – Crusaders of Sarillon – as one more of a line of fun, exciting, get-out-your-bowl-of-Frosted-Sugarbombs playsets. Inspired by Blackstar and Thundarr the Barbarian

In this series, there exists a wondrous land of both sorcery and science! For years, its people have been crushed under the brutal rule of the Council of Shadows – seven evil men and women who use their power to take what they please and destroy any who dare to stand against them. But now, the eerie Eternity Portal has brought several heroes from the mysterious realm called “Earth” to fight for the people of Sarillon and free them from oppression!