📰 2023 August Zine Issue and Wrap-Up!

Written by Renkon

2023年 8月 25日

We're back from our summer break with more cool games and developers to talk about! Here's the 2023 August issue of インディー通信 Indie Tsushin hot off the press. Join us in celebrating these indie and doujin games from Japan!

Title card for the インディー通信 Indie Tsushin 2023 August Issue

Get the 2023 August zine on itch!

The zine is viewable in browser, and available for download in PDF, ePub, and MOBI formats. We also have digital postcards and the Japanese interview editions (インタビュー特集) to download. It is PWYW so everyone can enjoy it! We really hope that you will check it out!

And without further ado, let's see what's inside!

2023 August インディー通信 Indie Tsushin Zine Issue

👑 Pickup! Tokyo Game Dungeon 3

Tokyo Game Dungeon 3 and Yokohama Game Dungeon

Twenty interesting games from Tokyo Game Dungeon 3 on July 30!


Title screen of 7DAYS HEROES

Daikon talks about 7DAYS HEROES, an action-platformer by studioBBQ about psychic kids and the power of friendship!

🎮 和階堂真の事件簿 (Makoto Wakaido’s Case Files)

Title art of Makoto Wakaido's Case Files Trilogy Deluxe

Guest writer Squimmy writes about 和階堂真の事件簿 (Makoto Wakaido's Case Files), a trilogy of whodunnit games by Hakaba Bunko that reflect the rich history of the Japanese mystery genre!

🎮 Ninja Sneaking VS

Title screen of Ninja Sneaking VS

Had a lot of fun playing Ninja Sneaking VS, an asymmetrical multiplayer stealth game by WINGLAY where you lay traps for your friends and try to sneak towards the goal before time runs out!

🎤 Interview with chart

Enjoy the Diner English title card

We had the pleasure of speaking with chart about translating Toby Fox's Secret Base interviews and handling the English localization of the fantastically surreal adventure game, Enjoy the Diner by Oississui!

🎤 Interview with Akira Abe

Screenshot of 7DAYS HEROES of the pug talking with a giant carp.

We had the pleasure of speaking with Akira Abe of studioBBQ about creating a sense of camaraderie in the zombie action game, 7DAYS HEROES!

🎤 Interview with Sho Hiryu

Blue Ninja riding a motorcycle towards Red Kunoichi, who is jumping over and away

We got to speak with Sho Hiryu about making party games like the asymmetrical stealth game, Ninja Sneaking VS!

🎤 Interview with Narufumi Iwasaki

Screen full of character stats in カルネアデスの扉 (Plank of Carneades)

We had the opportunity to speak with Narufumi Iwasaki about making narrative games and organizing indie game events like Indie Game Moku Moku Kai and Tokyo and Yokohama Game Dungeons!

Other Announcements

🎪 Nice Gear Games will be at Yokohama Game Dungeon!

Nice Gear Games booth with a monitor and Nice Disc on the right, and a box of zines and postcards for Indie Tsushin on the left

Our booth from Tokyo Dungeon 3!

We'll be at Yokohama Game Dungeon this Sunday, August 27th! If you in the area, be sure to stop by the Nice Gear Games booth and say hi! We have Indie Tsushin postcards to hand out, and you can challenge us to a round of Nice Disc! We'll also be taking turns checking out the other games at the event and posting about it, so be sure to follow us on Mastodon!


📰 2023 June-July issue

Title card for the インディー通信 Indie Tsushin 2023 June-July Issue

Check out the 2023 June-July issue and its games if you haven't yet!

📮 Postcards and Interview Editions

Indie Tsushin postcards made from 2022 December to 2023 June-July issue covers

As mentioned above, we made postcards from the covers of our previous issues. If you can't make it to Japan to pick up physical copies, you can now make your own since I uploaded both PDF and PNG digital postcards to every month's itch page! Print them out, use them as your desktop wallpaper, have fun!

I also uploaded the special interview issues (インタビュー特集) to each issue's itch page. These are cut-down versions of the full issue that only have the Japanese interviews. I made these to reduce printing costs for events, but just in case you wanted to share these issues with your Japanese-speaking friends, here you go!

The postcards and special interview issue files have also been added to the collection bundles, so if you bought those, they should appear on your Downloads page!

🎉 Indiepocalypse Presents: Indie Tsushin

Indiepocalypse Presents: Indie Tsushin

Our special issue that Andrew of Indiepocalypse commissioned from us broke even, so now it's been passed over to us! To celebrate, I added some community copies, and there are still some left! Be sure to grab a copy and see how Indie Tsushin got started!

🍸 Happy Hour!

Subscribe to our YouTube channel and tune in every Thursday from 9PM for Happy Hour, a bilingual show introducing some indie games!

And now, a word from our sponsors

Just kidding! インディー通信 Indie Tsushin is ad-free, does not (and will never!) run sponsored content, and is mostly made by two people in their spare time. We write the articles, buy the games out of pocket, conduct and translate the interviews, lay out and edit the website and zines, pay for hosting and recording equipment, and so on. We do all this because we are gigantic nerds and hope that more people can play and appreciate Japanese indie games and their developers. We would gladly do it even if we never made a single yen from this.

BUT! If you enjoyed the zine, please consider paying for it! Any amount would be more than enough, and would go a long way towards boosting our morale and keeping us going. Not only that, it lets us pay guest writers to appear in the zine! If you can't afford to donate, don't even worry about it! Indie Tsushin will always be available to read for free and will never go behind a paywall. You can help us a ton just by sharing our articles and videos, or rating and reviewing our games and zines on itch.io. Thank you so much for all of your kind support!

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🙏 Thanks for reading!

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