A board game inspired by Ryoko Kui’s Japanese fantasy, comedy, seinen manga series Delicious in Dungeon and Ginichiro Suzuki’s masterpiece card game “Monster Maker” titled Monster Eater: Delicious in Dungeon Board Game (Also known as Monster Eater: Dungeon Meshi Board Game and Monster Eater: Dungeon Meal Board Game) will be released on September 15, 2022!
On August 10, 2022, Delicious in Dungeon Volume 12 was released and published by KADOKAWA. This particular volume included an announcement that the manga would be getting an anime adaptation by Studio Trigger.
You can read more about the upcoming anime adaptation here: Delicious in Dungeon (Dungeon Meshi) anime by Studio Trigger confirmed by new key visual.
The manga’s fans are eagerly waiting to see where the exciting story will go, but now fans have something else to look forward to and that is the upcoming board game. Delicious in Dungeon is a franchise that doesn’t have a lot of merch so this board game will be one of the few products available.
In Japan, Ginichiro Suzuki is known for being the author and creator of the card game Monster Maker. In January 2021, he sadly passed away, but Seiji Kanai, a board game designer representing Japan, received permission to use the concepts from Monster Maker in order to complete Monster Eater.
How do I play the game?
First, a player must choose an adventurer party to be the leader of. There are five types of adventurer parties to choose from Laios Party (Laios, Marushiru, Chilchuck, Sensehi, Izumi), Shuro Party (Shuro, Maizuru, Hien, Benichidori, Inutade), Tress Party (Tress, Yarn, Kaka, Kiki, Namari), Kaburu Party (Kaburu, Mickbell, Kuro, Dia, Holm, Rinsha), Canary Corps (Mithrun, Pattador, Sithhis, Flexi, Lision, Otta).
The player will explore the dungeon labyrinth, and eventually come across the mid-level boss, Chimera Farin, and later the Final Boss. The goal is to defeat the monster Frenzy Magician Thistle. While exploring the dungeon players may run out of food. That’s when players must cook the defeated monsters and turn them into food!
The player will encounter many monsters, and gain mysterious effects and items as they adventure through the dungeon labyrinth. Readers of the manga Delicious in Dungeon will recognize some of those monsters, effects, and items. Those who haven’t read the manga but are fans of Monster Maker are sure to find the game enjoyable. The party that defeats the Frenzy Magician Thistle the fastest gains more points than other parties and the aim is to get the highest score.
Delicious in Dungeon is the inspiration behind the game
In February 2014, Delicious in Dungeon by Ryoko Kui began its serialization in the manga magazine Harta (KADOKAWA). The charm of the fantasy story is how the secrets of mysterious monsters are revealed as the heroes traverse the dungeon. Also, legendary creatures, such as slimes, cockatrice, and golems are used as “ingredients” based on their detailed ecology. The story starts out as a typical mission to rescue a friend who has died in the labyrinth, but as the secrets of the dungeon are revealed there’s a twist that readers won’t expect!
Monster Maker was a pioneer in the character card game boom
Monster Maker is a card game by Ginichiro Suzuki that was released by Sho Kikaku in 1988 in Japan. The card game was well-received and began extremely popular spawning a sequel and 12 other related games. Monster Maker was a pioneer of the “character card game boom”. The Monster Maker card game inspired board games, video games, TRPGs, TCGs, comics, novels, and drama CDs. An occurring theme in these games is that players must travel through a labyrinth or dungeon, and obtain treasure and weapons in order to reach a goal.
Seiji Kanai is the game’s designer
Monster Eater: Delicious in Dungeon Board Game is designed by Seiji Kanai, one of Japan’s leading board game designers. He is known for creating the popular board game called Love Letter. Seiji Kanai has also worked on many original games inspired by franchises, such as Dr. Stone, Sword Art Online, Osomatsu-san, and Pop Team Epic.
Play a simple version of the game for free online and win prizes
On September 8, 2022, visit the Arclight Games website where you will be able to read an article introducing the game’s rules. Afterward, you can post your gameplay.
From September 5th to September 14, 2022, there’s also a chance to win a mini illustrated colored card as a gift (illustrated by Hime Kutsuki, the illustrator of Monster Maker, and Ryo Hirao, illustrator of Monster Maker Arklight). In order to participate print the product on mini colored paper and ReTweet the product announcement tweet on the official Arklight Games Twitter account. Five first-tier winners and 15 second-tier winners will be selected by lottery. The PDF Monster Eater illustrated card will also be posted on the Arclight Games website. These can be printed, cut out, and put in a sleeve to mix and play with Monster Eater.
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