Excerpt: For some time now, board games have been a niche form of entertainment, taking a back seat to the television and video games. There exists within the board game world an RPG genre. Combining elements such as leveling, item management, exploration and questing with rolling dice and moving around on boards, this subgenre of games usually play out as faster, simpler versions of their D&D counterparts.
Excerpt: Playing Dokapon Journey may cost you your friends. A seemingly innocuous board game with role-playing elements and a cutesy anime look, publisher Atlus' self-proclaimed "friendship destroying" game gives you multiple avenues for annoying your pals, from the opening salvo to a last-second potshot.
Pros: Opportunistic, friendship-destroying gameplay is fiendishly appealing, Dokapon Kingdom is a vast space to explore, Multiple fun gameplay modes
Cons: Slow pacing, Aesthetics are bargain-bin rudimentary, Little variety in game boards
Summary: In Atlus' RPG-board game Dokapon Journey, monsters have invaded the Kingdom of Dokapon, and the King has offered his throne and the hand of his daughter to any challenger who would rise to the occasion and save the land. Alas, that kind of offer is bound to attract some very over-determined adventurers...
Excerpt: Hell hath no fury like a Dokapon player scorned. I can't help but grin devilishly as I steal a hard-earned million dollar item from another player. After my opponent stole my expensive high damage sword a few turns ago, I was waiting to revel in this moment. Revenge never tasted so sweet. This is what the Dokapon series is all about: a tug of war between you and your opponents, where you are constantly battling to secure the lead position.