Maid in Japan: Tanto Cuore Board Game Review

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11 Sep 2019 00:01 #301633 by WadeMonnig
I knew exactly what I was getting into when I...

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11 Sep 2019 09:28 #301634 by ubarose
Your wife is a good sport.

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11 Sep 2019 10:09 #301635 by WadeMonnig
I will say she isn't easily offended. I think she was more
Upset at the lack of Goddesses in Divinity Derby than anything in Tanto Cuoro.

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11 Sep 2019 12:42 #301641 by Shellhead
I don't enjoy deckbuiler games or manga artwork, but this was an enjoyable review to read.
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11 Sep 2019 13:15 - 11 Sep 2019 13:16 #301642 by Sagrilarus
In spite of global communications Japan still manages to have it's own way of things. Parts of their culture still flummox me.

Amusing review. Good work with tough material.
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11 Sep 2019 14:03 #301643 by fightcitymayor

Sagrilarus wrote: Parts of their culture still flummox me.

Like the seemingly never-ending appetite for the pervy sexualization of young girls?
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11 Sep 2019 16:01 #301645 by Frohike
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11 Sep 2019 16:43 #301648 by Michael Barnes
I’ve been holding back all day but I can’t anymore. This is some pedo ass shit. “Plausible deniability” sums it up. “But these childlike girls are supposed to be adults, they have jobs.”

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17 Sep 2019 11:03 #301773 by Vysetron
On our way out of our weekly game night my wife got lured in by the newest "Tanto Cuore: now with butlers and couples" edition. She read your review and died laughing. We own it now.

Damn you Wade.
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17 Sep 2019 13:00 #301782 by WadeMonnig

Vysetron wrote: On our way out of our weekly game night my wife got lured in by the newest "Tanto Cuore: now with butlers and couples" edition. She read your review and died laughing. We own it now.

Damn you Wade.


A recounting of the dialogue of the first game will be repayment enough ;)
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17 Sep 2019 22:27 #301792 by Vysetron
Session report in brief:

I actually really liked it???

So Winter Romance makes a couple key changes. It's about 50/50 butlers and maids. Pairing them into couples is the main way you score points. Critically these don't have to be straight couples, and you get bonus points if you manage to get them married. We ended up throwing as many gay weddings as hetero ones. I made audible joy noises when I successfully officiated Shirley and Kimberly's wedding, and felt like a proud parent when I sent my boy Shishido down the alter with Jimmy.

Some choice moments:

"So when you successfully make a couple, you take the other player's card. Then you get a friendship card and the person who lost it gets a social one."

"Looks like the friendship cards don't do anything until you get three, then they're only 1 point."

"Oh my god friendship is TRASH."
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"So wait, Leopold just hates couples? Even married ones?"

"Leopold is a professional. No canoodling."
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"Ok I'm going to make an approach - god DAMMIT you have Herbie again?!"

"Herbie has very high standards!"

"Don't worry about him Benoit, you deserve better."
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"Making an approach, I'm taking your Benoit."

"No, not Benoit! She's not even good for him!"

*several turns pass, I play a blizzard on the chapel they got married in so that it scores no points*

"I told you this relationship was doomed to fail!"

"Spending 4 love cards, I'm discarding the blizzard. Fuck you, they love each other."

"DAMMIT."
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We're already planning to revisit it soon to try different cards, new strategies, etc. Vanilla TC may be kind of skeevy, but the winter one is actually pretty great.
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18 Sep 2019 17:01 #301809 by WadeMonnig
That sounds so fun. I'll have to look into it!
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