I am away on holiday from Thursday 28th July until Saturday 20th August so I will be unable to process any orders until 21st August 2016.
You may still order mahjong sets, hanafuda decks and so on, but please allow for considerable delays as nothing will be shipped until 22nd August at the EARLIEST.
Here’s wishing you all a great summer.
My attention has been drawn to a notice on the JapanPost.jp, the website of the Japanese Post Office, concerning shipments to Belgium following the recent terrorist attacks:
March 23, 2016
We are currently unable to deliver postal items to Belgium, due to the suspension of flights in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks on the Belgian capital, Brussels.
Accordingly, we have suspended the shipment of postal items from Japan to Belgium for the time being and request that you refrain from posting such items, if at all possible.
I will therefore not be able to accept or process any orders from customers living in Belgium until the Japanese post office starts shipping to Belgium again.
At present I have no further information, but will try to find out more and report back in due course.
In this Love Letter game review I will be discussing the original Japanese version of the game.
(Click Here if you are looking for English language versions of the Love Letter Game.)
The aim of the game is to deliver a love-letter to the princess and to prevent your opponents from doing so.
The player who succeeds in delivering a love letter receives a “token of affection” from the Princess. The player who receives most tokens wins the game.
Love Letter Game A Hit In The USA
When Seiji Kanai released Love Letter at a game show in 2012, it so impressed the president of the Alderac Entertainment Group, Jolly Blackburn, who was at the show, that he bought the rights to redesign and sell the game in the U. S. A.
The U. S. version of the game was released in October 2012 and quickly became a hit with sales in the tens of thousands.
Love Letter Game Play
The success of the game is due to the combination of fast and easy game play plus the challenge of having to try and outwit your opponents through deduction, luck and good timing.
To successfully deliver your letter to the Princess you have to intercept the letters of the other players, i.e. you have to knock the other players out of the round. You employ the services of court guards, samurai, advisers, duchesses and others to win the game.
To play the game, each player has one card in-hand and draws a card from the deck on his or her turn. The player then plays one of the cards and follows the instructions on the played card.
The Original Japanese Love Letter Game
You can purchase various different designs of the U. S. version on Amazon and elsewhere, or order the original Japanese version of Love Letter from the Tripleclicks listings of Japanese-Games-Shop.
The Japanese version of Love Letter contains extra cards that allow you to add more characters to the set, or change the type of characters in play.
For example, card 7 is either “Onnakoushaku” (Duchess) or “Daijin” (Cabinet Minister) and each card has a different function in the game.
The Dangerous Daijin
The Daijin card is a little dangerous because if you draw the card and the total value of your in-hand cards is higher than twelve, you are knocked out of the game.
The Devious Duchess
On the other hand, if choose to play with the Onnakoushaku card in the deck instead of the Daijin card, you simply discard the Onnakoushaku card if your total in-hand card value is higher than twelve.
Additional Cards In The Japanese Love Letter Game Set
There are also some additional cards in the Japanese deck, such as Prince and King, which are optional extras. In the Japanese version, if you draw the King you are immediately eliminated from the round.
In addition, a set of cards with no Japanese text on them is also included in the deck, so once you know what all the cards allow you to do, you can play with TEXT FREE cards (pictures, numbers and symbols only).
So, if you already know how to play Love Letter, but cannot read Japanese, you can still enjoy the Japanese version of the game by using the text-free versions of the cards and assigning them the functions that you are used to playing with in your version of the game.
For a sixteen-card game, Love Letter packs in a lot of entertainment value, and the Japanese version will also help you improve your Japanese reading skills!
Click Here to order a set of the Japanese Love Letter game from my Tripleclicks listings.