📰 2023 December-January Zine Issue and Wrap-Up!2023年 12月 29日
Lots to get through today, so let's just get to it! First up is the インディー通信 Indie Tsushin 2023 December-January zine issue!
The zine is viewable in browser, and available for download in PDF, ePub, and MOBI formats. We also have digital postcards (PDF and PNG) and the インタビュー特集 (Japanese interview edition) for download. Our zine is on a pay-what-you-want system so anyone can read it! We really hope that you will check it out!
Next up, we have collected the 2023 October, November, and December-January issues into the 2023 Autumn Collection! It contains no bonus content, but is a way to support the site for a minimum of $10 and get all three issues in one convenient itch page.
We are pleased to announce インディー通信 Indie Tsushin: Year 1, a digital book that includes all of our material from 2022 to 2023. The gorgeous cover was done by none other than Ruby May Valentine! The book is available on itch and Ko-Fi.
To celebrate all of these releases and our one-year anniversary, we are running a winter sale on all of our zine collections on itch! Get them for 25% off, or all of them in a bundle for $30!
And without further ado, let's see what's in this month's issue!
2023 December-January インディー通信 Indie Tsushin Zine Issue
We played through 闘う受験生 Entrance Exam (Fighting Test-Taker: Entrance Exam) by HesoRider! It's a horizontal shooting game against personified school subjects. Can you pass the exam and get into the school of your dreams, or are you doomed to spend another year as a rōnin?
Daikon wrote about the high school strategy RPG, Dramatic Road: The Origin of Wind by Alaska Ohdanbu! Join together your school's myriad clubs with their unique strengths and traits and relive the burning days of your youth!
Daikon reflects on the importance of preserving the culture of retro games along with the titles themselves while playing Retro Game Aliens by qbert. It's a set of '80s-style Japanese adventure games, and comes with accompanying zines that go in-depth on the real-life games that inspired this collection! Includes Daikon's original Japanese essay.
We got to speak with Toshimichi Kuwahara of Thousand Games about producing the gritty post-apocalyptic dungeon crawler QUESTER alongside veteran analog game designer Kato Hironori and legendary manga artist Kazushi Hagiwara!
We had the pleasure of speaking with Tottori University student HesoRider about passing the cutthroat and hazardous school entrance exams, both in real life and in their bullet hell shooting game, 闘う受験生 Entrance Exam (Fighting Test-Taker: Entrance Exam)!
We were delighted to be able to speak with Giichi Totsuka of the doujin circle qbert! We discussed their coverage of PC and video games from the 1990s up to now, as well as the care and love that went into the development of Retro Game Aliens!
Did you start working on a game in the past but gave up before you could finish? This is your chance to reboot your game and give it another chance! The リブートジャム // Reboot Jam is all about picking up something you set aside in the past, finding out what worked for you and what didn't, and giving it another shot! The jam runs through the entire month of 2024 January. Start off the new year by rebooting an unfinished project with us!
🎍 Winter Holiday
We are having a bit of a winter break in January! We may still update the blog, but if we do, those articles will go in the February issue.
🥳 New Year's Eve Marathon
Just like last year, Daikon and I plan to ring in the New Year on stream! We're planning a marathon stream on the evening of December 31 and lasting until whenever we pass out in the wee hours of January 1. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to see when we start streaming!
📮 Newsletter moved to Buttondown
📰 2023 November issue
And now, a word from our sponsors
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