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No Export For You: Table Top Games
  • Tabletop games produced outside of the US rarely make it to our shores, to the point that it's easier to list the exceptions — although this is starting to shift, at least for Roleplaying Games, with crowdfunding, print-on-demand and digital release making the effort and expense of translating such games somewhat easier to bear.
    • Games Workshop's products.
    • Maid RPG
    • Engel got a few books brought over to the US, before the US version of the line unceremoniously imploded, with the majority of books remaining untranslated.
    • In Nomine Satanis / Magna Veritas got a loose adaptation by Steve Jackson Games — very loose; they have some of the same concepts, but the execution is hugely different.
      • Specifically, the original is clearly a satire. The Steve Jackson version is a more serious take.
    • The card game King's Blood was originally Japanese.
    • The RPG, miniatures game, and card game Anima: Beyond Fantasy were originally Spanish. Even there, though, most of the sourcebooks haven't come over yet.
    • Mutant Chronicles and its Spinoffs... but not the RPGs that led into it, Mutant (in either edition) and Mutant RYMD.
      • Considering the fact that the third edition of Warzone was published by Excelsior and Mutant Chronicles: Collectible Miniatures Game was published by Fantasy Flight Games, and both companies have their HQ in the US, this is doubly odd.
    • Kult.
    • Qin: The Warring States has made it over, but the translation process is understandably sluggish, almost to the point of Development Hell.
    • Victoriana RPG and its Abney Park Spinoff Airship Pirates
    • Tenra Bansho Zero
    • Little Wizards
    • Golden Sky Stories
    • The Dark Eye
  • For boardgames it's very different, with many German and other European games being released in the US.
  • Magic: The Gathering has the entire Three Kingdoms block, based on (you guessed it) Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Originally produced for an Asian audience, the set only saw an English printing in Europe and Australia, never officially making it to US shores. Only a few cards from the set have ever officially made it here as reprints.
    • The Unglued and Unhinged expansions were only printed in English, due to the large majority of the plays on words, puns, and other jokes that didn't translate well into other languages.
    • The ante cards in early sets never made it into Porteguese print editions. Why? Well, it turned out that Brazil was/is the major market for these editions - and gambling is illegal there.
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