Ova: the Anime Role-Playing Game is up on Kickstarter

By Polar_Bear
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May 8th, 2013
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Ova: The Anime Role-Playing Game is up on Kickstarter and looking to get funded.
Nyaa!

From the campaign:

OVA: The Anime Role-Playing Game is exactly what it says in the title, a tabletop RPG lovingly crafted to capture the diverse worlds of Japanese animation. Save the princess (or prince!) from a fire-breathing dragon, tackle invading squadrons of giant robots, or find true love amid campus hijinks—everything you need is inside!

That’s because when you create a character in OVA, you define what is important. You pick which attributes matter by choosing the abilities and weaknesses that match your character concept. There are no long lists of hard-coded statistics to fill out and no classes to sift through. If it’s not important to your character, you don’t write it down!

Character creation takes minutes, and the rules are quick, consistent, and easy to understand. This makes it perfect for novices and newcomers. But if you’re an old hand at gaming, there’s room for boundless customization. You could give your character a simple bonus to damage, or you can stick around and detail each and every flashy move with unique perks and flaws. Or you could eschew having any combat attributes at all. OVA lets you play the story you want to create, not a predefined notion of what an adventure should entail.

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  • Paconious

    They seriously named the game “Ova”? Do they not realize that ova is the plural of ovum which means a egg ready to be fertilized? That would be like making a game and calling it “Semen: the Nautical RPG”.

    • Sevej

      OVA is also known as Original Video Animation. Which is used when they make an anime without or unrelated to the series. There’s nothing sexual about it. Anyone familiar with Anime would know it.

      • Paconious

        If it is an acronym, then the title of this post is wrong. Generally speaking, acronyms are entirely capitalized, and have periods after each letter, but this appears to be going away. That said, the title of the post clearly says “Ova” not O.V.A. or OVA.

        • Well, the coverart is capitalized as is the blurb posted here and all other official text containing the game’s name.

          It seems that people still like to only associate Anime with Sex.

          • Paconious

            Yup, that was CLEARLY my point: sexualizing the genre. Not the fact that this website stated the name of the game as an biological reproductive part. Nope. just anime=sex. Way to misunderstand me entirely.

          • Mustakrakish

            so… what ARE you going on about? Because you lost me in the first post and never started to make sense…

  • mechaace

    Or if you’re a fan of anime, and presumably there target audience, you’ll know it also stands for the oft used Original Video Animation.

  • Dick McGee

    Too right. Note that it’s properly capitalized as “OVA” on the KS page itself, just not in the news story, where it does appear to be a Latin reference rather than an acronym.

    Sounds somewhat interesting – closest thing to a generic anime RPG I can think of was Big Eyes, Small Mouth, but OVA sounds to be taking a less mechanistic approach to the rules, which may be a better match for the subject matter.

  • I could get into this. Anime and I have pretty much parted ways in the early/mid nineties, but I remember the awesomeness of Mid/late eighties and early nineties stuff that just rocked: Black Magic M-66, Appleseed, The Guyver, Bubblegum Crisis, Dominion Tank Police, Record of the Lodoss War, Battle Angel. Any excuse to relive our childhoods right?

    • Heh, just wait for one of the news stories coming up later in the day, then. :p

  • papasmrf667

    I agree OVA makes it seem really sexual but that could be too many Biology Courses. Perhaps regular folk aren’t aware of ova and ovum?

  • Dick McGee

    I really think that’s stretching. Their target audience isn’t going to confuse ova with OVA. Many (although not all) otaku pronounce it “oh-vee-ay” in the first place, and capitalized properly it’s obviously an abbreviation, just like LOL, IMO, and other common netspeak terms are. Heck, RPG is an abbreviation in and of itself.

    As for being sexual, ova is just the Latin word for egg, and hardly a mysterious term to anyone. Nothing sexy about it. Even in bio terms it’s clinical, not racy.

    Now if it was “Ecchi: the Anime RPG” I could see grounds for concern. 🙂