Time to Play EOJ Offline

Summary: Changing the distributor from WoC to UpperDeck appeared to have done nothing.  Well, I guess I was wrong.  It seems like UpperDeck is placing a bit more attention to the EOJ than WoC.  Upper Deck Japan’s official site now has what’s called “Analog Rulebook.”

アッパー・デック・ジャパン

It’s in Japanese so most likely many people visiting this site won’t be able to read it; however, it really doesn’t matter because most of you already know the game itself.

What I like about the Analog Rulebook is that toward the end of the PDF file, they have included Markers to keep track of health, attack power, abilities etc. and EOJ play board.

Just like most of you, I have nobody around me who plays EOJ so there is no reason for me to print this Analog Rulebook; however, what’s really impressive here is that Upper Deck has decided to put time and effort to make this.  Along with the recent announcement of redistributing Set.1 boosters in Japan, this certainly makes me think at least UpperDeck Japan is not willing to give up on EOJ yet.

Analog Rulebook(PDF)

Official Upper Deck Japan Site (In Japanese)

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by enderfall on November 24, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    So wait, they are re-releasing set 1 in Japan? Is there going to a distinguishable difference in the appearance of the cards, a la MTG with Alpha/Beta and Unlimited?

    Reply

  2. Posted by houshasen on November 24, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    @enderfall,

    No official wording except we know Set.1 booster packs, which was discontinued in Japan soon after the Set.2 release is now scheduled as preorder for estimated restocking date end of January 2009 with distributor as “Upper Deck” rather than “Takara Tommy”, which was former Japanese EOJ distributor.

    Some speculation based on this change in distributor are as follow:

    1. Just as you said possibly some new card designs?
    2. Set.1 theme deck URs to be included in booster packs?

    1. is somewhat unlikely as I feel this re-release is more for to acquire new people into the game rather than get more cash out from current user base, which I believe is too small in Japan.

    2. is possible.

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