Each week, a question is presented to the various writers of Mighty Meep. This question might be insightful or relevant to the tabletop community… Or not. Sometimes these things are simply unavoidable. We would love to hear your answers as well, either in the comments below or by shooting us an e-mail!
This week we ask our editors if they have ever imported a game and if so what was their reasoning?
Isaac: Does importing Magic cards count? No? Damn.
In all seriousness, I’ve yet to import anything resembling a tabletop game as every game that I wanted to purchase eventually found its way to an American distributor. Video games, on the other hand, are a whole ‘nother story. Isaac needs his weeaboo fightin’ game fix bad, m’kay?
John: I imported “Traumfabrik”, the zero-sum bidding game of producing Hollywood movies in the classic age of cinema. Due to copyright fees, Hasbro couldn’t afford to release the game in America. But the prospect of having Alfred Hitchcock direct Charlton Heston in Universal’s “Frankenstein” was worth the extra shipping from Germany!
Neal: I don’t know if this qualifies, but the majority of importing that I have done is for miniature based games. It has taught me how to effectively use exchange rate websites, and to see if I can get a better dealing by waiting! The main stay is http://www.forgeworld.co.uk/ where I have bought some of the best Warhammer 40k miniatures on the market.
Matt: Like Isaac I have imported more video games than board games; I have to get my SHUMP fix somehow. Thankfully, like board games, most games make it State-side these days. When it comes to board games the only two I have are 6 Nimmt! and Robot Master. 6 Nimmt! was purchased since I couldn’t find the English version and I liked the bull heads on the Amigo release. Robot Master was purchased off fellow editor Joe mainly because my fiancée thought it was cute. I looked into importing Camel Up but with the shipping cost roughly double the cost of the game, I had to pass.
Josh: Unfortunately, I’ve never imported a tabletop game. I’m always worried that the included rules for a game won’t be clear or obvious enough, or lack any sort of English explanations to be useful. Though Rockman Catan has been weighing heavily on my mind for some time, and I don’t know how much longer I can resist it.
I’ve imported a handful of video games over the years; some of my favorites include Marvel vs Capcom 2 and Phantasy Star Online for the Sega Dreamcast. However, importing movies was a hobby I used to be very involved in. Many classic Asian films were difficult to find for Region 1 (the States) during the DVD era, so I had to resort to hacking my DVD player and importing favorites like Battle Royale, Hardboiled, and Ichi the Killer.
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