Kakitabletop's International Tabletop Day at Great Eastern Mall

TTRPG News Malaysia, May 2024

More TTRPG news! Besides the Star Wars Day Learn-to-Play and GM Star Wars RPG Workshop at Here Be Dragons My on May the Fourth, there are a couple of notable events that are happening in the world of Tabletop games in Kuala Lumpur in coming weeks. International Tabletop Day First of all, KakiTabletop is organising an International Tabletop Day at Great Eastern Mall. Press release: KakiTabletop is organising an event for one of the year’s most anticipated events in a Malaysian gamer’s calendar: International Tabletop Day. It’s a global celebration for all analog gamers, who will be hanging out, playing new games and making new friends. All four major tabletop gaming genres will be covered: Board Games, Miniature Games, RolePlaying Games, and Trading Card Games; each genre will have a dedicated quadrant. While the event is Free Entry (no tickets required,) some of the workshops and sessions will require pre-registration […]

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The participants and I

Combat Missions Game

During semester break week, I was assigned to the team that would be teaching a class for a contingent from the Royal Malaysian Army. For my “role play” segment of three hours, I decided to design a card game that doubles as a rudimentary roleplaying game (RPG). Two nights before, I spent up till 0200 hours designing the mechanics and physically producing the prototype cards by hand. There were 7 decks consisting of the Mission Objective deck, Insertion Method deck, Terrain deck, Weather deck, Obstacle deck, Setback deck and Enemy Contact deck. The Mission Objective deck has a target number of between 9 to 11. Each of the other decks has a modifier number anywhere between -3 to +3 depending on the situation on the card.  To accomplish the mission on the Objective Deck the player has to roll a twenty-sided dice (d20) equalling or below the target number given. […]

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Gaming at the Geomatics Carnival 2018

Today, the Centre for International Languages was officially invited by Zainee to UiTM Arau nearby for their Geomatics Carnival 2018 exhibition. There was a hobbies exhibition section where I set up shop with tabletop RPGs with my colleague Bazli. I would talk to visitors about using RPGs as a language learning tool. Also, to run games if and when I can. Sharnizan of Serious Games UUM was also present to introduce and sell his product the Ace of Maths game to UiTM students. Though at this point he was explaining the card game to Bazli. There was no dearth of visitors to our tables when the exhibition started. The exhibition organisers even provided Bazli and I with a packed lunch. My usual suspects line up was arrayed for display at their table, eliciting enquiries once in a while. I ran two game sessions for visitors. I ran the Edge of […]

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Everyone's a dragon

Tabletop Games Expo at UniMAP

After almost two years in Perlis, there arose an opportunity to host a tabletop game exhibition here at the university. Gray, a gamer I knew and interacted with online back in Kuala Lumpur, planned a KakiTabletop Northern Tour. This tour would take his team and himself from KL to Taiping to Prai to Penang to Perlis and back down to Ipoh before returning to the Klang Valley. We thought it would be great to hold a tabletop gaming exhibition to introduce tabletop games – boardgames, card games and role-playing games – to the students of this university and the local community. If you remember I even once ran Mini Six for one of my classes last semester as a speaking exercise. After proposing the event to the Centre for International Languages, we had the green light to go ahead. With the help of colleagues, we scheduled the Tabletop Games Expo […]

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Early bird gets to jump on the still-sleeping cousin

Aidiladha Games

The second Eid of the year has come and gone. For Hari Raya Haji, we took the bus back to Pasir Mas. But for this Aidiladha post, we focus on games played by Irfan, Aiman and Zara when the cousins rendezvous at their grandparents house in Pondok Lubok Tapah. The bus arrived two hours late at the new Pasir Mas bus terminal as the Eid played havoc with the traffic from Kota Bharu. We arrived home late, but in one piece.

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The ambassador is my friend

A Coup Then Hari Raya

On the day of our arrival in Sitiawan, we played some Coup. By the end of the session, we were quite evenly matched. It’s Tyrion. The ambassador is Tyrion. The morning of Aidilfitri, Ain had her galaxy-famous nasi dagang prepared for eating and stuff. Yada, yada, yada… Maaf Zahir Batin. Atok and Opah pose for a photograph with their plants. As usual, photographs such as this need more Adik, Yaya, Sila and Vin to make it complete.

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Yay greenery

Hari Raya at Pasir Mas

This year I was able to take a full week’s vacation for Eid vacation at Pasir Mas. I was able to take a vacation because I had a job to take a vacation from this year, which is one of the many things I am grateful for this year. We arrived a couple of days early so Ain could work her magic in the kitchen. There was also a lot of orange soda thanks to Abang G. Eid was on a Friday. Irfan and I walked to the masjid, and almost missed the Eid prayers but got into the back line just in time. The first day of Eid there was curried-fried spiral pasta with rendang and ketupat palas. On the second day there was nasi dagang Terengganu, Tok Ma and Ain’s speciality, which was a favourite among visitors! Also, Irfan stunned everyone with his height. Irfan was ecstatic that […]

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There goes the neighourhood...

Legendary Guardians

On our recent return to the city, the GOKL gang gifted upon us more fun stuff: the Guardians of the Galaxy expansion set for the Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building game. Since then, we never had the opportunity to break it out of the box to play it… until today. The Hero cards included were Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Groot and Rocket Raccoon – thrown into the limelight thanks to last year’s film no doubt. Poor Phyla Vell, Adam Warlock, Bug, Mantis and Cosmo the Space Dog. Pip the Troll was absolutely inconsolable. The Masterminds provided in the set are Thanos the Goonie and the Kree Supreme Intelligence, supported by two Villain sets: Kree and Infinity Gems – the latter able to act as either Villains or Artefacts. Irfan and I played twice, both times against the Supreme Intelligence. The first game against the Intergalactic Kree Nega-Bomb Scheme was […]

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From Upper Deck

A Legendary Card Game with Marvellous Heroes

Before we left the city, the GOKL guys gifted to us Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game. We tried to play it when they brought it over the last time they visited, but it was too late for a game, we only managed one round before they had to leave. Now, after I’ve located which of the dozens of moving boxes the game was hiding in, Irfan and I finally started playing it. The concept of the game is simple: the city is in peril from a Scheme of one super-powered criminal Mastermind, aided and abetted by other super-villains and henchmen. You purchase and play a number of heroes (with their abilities) to stop this scheme from coming to fruition. Every round, you flip a card from the Villain Deck which start to occupy city locations. Newer villain cards push older cards further into the city. After being pushed five […]

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Without frogs on them

Dunjonworx Card Game

I drew some tiles for the Dunjonworx Card Game by DwD Studios. Also, I also made door as transparent PNG that DwD Studios can randomly place on the walls of these rooms, creating different door configuration for each room. Links to the product can be found at the end of this blog entry.   Click here to read about the game at DwD Studios’ website. Click here to purchase the game at The Game Crafter website.

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Yes, that is a Top Secret movie quote right there

Salvage Ops Card Art

Here are a series of artwork for Salvage Ops card game by DWD Studios. Players play members from four space salvage corporations. Here are five of the gear in space derelicts that the players could grab for points during the game, and two of the hazard card artwork that might thwart your operations! Purchase the game, which is now available at GameCrafters!  

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Raise your salvage ops hand high

Salvage Ops Box Art

I have been working on artwork for card prototypes for a card game entitled Salvage Ops by DWD Studios. The game allows players to take charge of four space salvage corporations. They play the cards to explore, encounter threats, retrieve salvageable gear (see the blog post here for samples of the gear) and win points. The box art can be seen below. I hope this game sees production soon! Update (30th Aug 2013): The game is now available at GameCrafters!

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That Rancor is a potent attacker

Star Wars Living Card Game and Not Dying

Another gift from the GOKL gang, I finally started playing with Irfan the Star Wars: The Card Game from Fantasy Flight Games. Designed for two players, but with a future expansion rule that would allow for more than two players, I spent the last couple of days duelling cards with Irfan. He has won once and I twice. It was enjoyable. I’m certain we got some details of the rules wrong because we played and read the rules on the fly – and I never really played any card games before this. We kept discovering new things that we missed when we played earlier. In any case, you can view the video tutorial by FFG here. I was worried that the rules would only let you play numbers against numbers, but had no narrative quality to it. Sure you can’t really form a solid story out of your gameplay, but […]

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Not Really A New School Battleship

Battleship

Recently I’ve been teaching Irfan how we played Battleship back in school, using a grid paper and pencils. And soon after, in addition to yelling “You sanked my battleship!” his cruise missiles being launched and flying it toward my ships were also being dramatised using hands and voice. Later, he used his duit raya to purchase Battleship: Hidden Threat card game where the traditional game is ported to cards where you randomly array your battleships with your Missed cards in a grid, and you have a hand of different cards that you can play either to reveal your opponents’ cards, attack your opponents’ ships, repair your damaged ships, implement shields on your ships and even allow you to play more than one card per round. It doesn’t take a lot of time to play, perhaps 30 minutes at the most, but we can easily bring it about with us anywhere […]

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Irfan with Ascension cards

Ascension: Chronicles of the Balik Kampung

So, just before Eid, Ivan came around and gave us another gaming gift. This time it’s the deck-building card game Ascension: Chronicles of the Godslayer by Gary Games. We brought it back with us to Sitiawan for some gaming. Extradimensional demonic monsters are passing through interdimensional barriers into the world of Vigil. And it’s up to players to build their decks and employ their cards to kick the monsters in the butt, and win by gaining the most Honor points! Sometimes, my hand is usually full of the guys in the following photo. They only have Rune points which does me no good when confronted with the bad guy-fulled centre array which looks like the last photo in this blog entry. I keep getting dealt into these situations. Strangely, when my hand is full of Power cards, the centre array is inexplicably filled with Heroes and Constructs. Irfan and I […]

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