Going Analog

Where video game industry veterans introduce great board games to video gamers

Podcast #109: We went to Japan! (guest: Before You Play)

Going Analog and Before You Play just happened to be in Japan at the same time. Here are our board game adventures from overseas.

We just returned from a whirlwind two-week visit to Japan, and visions of fantastic food and strange (to us) board games still swirl around in our head. What is the board game scene there like? What was it like shopping for games whose titles and descriptions we couldn't read, but whose art was so, so pretty?

We teamed up with Monique and Naveen of Before You Play, who happened to tour Japan at the same time we did, to relive our amazing adventures. Make sure to check out their vlog of their trip!


  • 3:54 - Naveen's game pick: Let's Go! To Japan.
  • 9:48 - Monique's game pick: Hanamikoji.
  • 15:11 - Christina's game pick: Rumble Nation.
  • 19:03 - Christina's topic: attending the Tokyo Game Market.
  • 34:58 - Naveen's topic: Japanese vs. Western board games.
  • 46:56 - Monique's topic: Japanese-themed games -- just how accurately thematic are they?

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