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Megateh - a challenging board game putting sighted and sight-impaired players on equal ground.
Megateh - a challenging board game putting sighted and sight-impaired players on equal ground.
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I recently took on the challenge of creating a game that could be played by sighted and sight-impaired players alike, with no advantage to either player. I am happy to announce that I have created an epic strategy board game for the sight impaired community.

The game Megateh(めがて:目我天) is
  • a game for everyone, not only sight-impaired players.
  • equally challenging and fun regardless of any limits to vision.

Megateh pronounce <mégəté> and means "Heaven is my eye".

  • Me (め=目=eye) 
  • ga (が=我=me) 
  • teh (て=天=sky, heaven)

This 3 dimensional, multi-player game is equally challenging and fun regardless of whether or not the players have vision limitations. This is a highly tactile and physical game with ceramic and wooden pieces that is based on touch and does not rely on artificial sound effects. The board structure is designed to aide sight-impaired players. Holes on the board indicate where players can legally place their pieces.

The game is easy to play. The goal is to make 4 in-a-row or 3 rising steps by placing pieces on the board. Whether you and your friends are sighted or sight-impaired this game provides a fun evening of strategy, gaming and fun conversation.

Components

  • Game: 2 – 6 player abstract strategy game.
  • Board: 4 × 4 grid of inset spaces.
  • Pieces: 24 discs.  8 single-level flat-faced discs.  8 single-level hole-faced discs.  8 double-level discs (one side flat-faced, one side hole-faced).

Two player game

  • Players take alternate turns.
  • Players share the 24 discs. They do not have their own discs.
  • On their turn, players may place one disc into one of the spaces on the board.
  • If a space is already two or more levels high, then no further discs may be placed on the space.

Winning the game

There are three different ways in which players can win the game:

  • 1) Create 4-in-a-row of discs, all at the same level of height (regardless of the discs’ faces).
  • 2) Create 4-in-a-row of discs, all showing the same face (regardless of the height of the discs).
  • 3) Create a set of steps, in ascending order, using 3 spaces (regardless of the discs’ faces).
All winning sets are available either horizontally, vertically or diagonally.
All winning sets are available either horizontally, vertically or diagonally.

Three or more player games

  • For each game, the starting player changes.
  • Once every player has started one game, the match ends with the last game.
  • Players win rounds through the same three winning conditions as in the two player game.

Winning the game

Players receive points at the end of each round.

  • 5 points for the winning player.
  • 0 point for the player whose turn was directly before the winning player.
  • 3 points for all other players.

At the end of all rounds, players add up their scores and the player with the most points is the winner. If multiple players tie for first place, then they share the win.

Actually it is right in saying that from 4:02 a player could win by placing a double-layer piece in the bottom left.

Solo Rules

We added Solo Rules today on 21st. Please click here and check out the latest Update.

Megateh rules page at LOGY GAMES
Megateh rules page at LOGY GAMES

 

 

 

We did quite a bit of test play at Fukagawa-Ippuku game cafe with skilled players. Playing blindfolded was an amazing experience. Multi-player matches were very enjoyable and much like a party game even though Megateh is an abstract strategy game.

 

 Megateh was introduced on Japanese braille news paper 点字毎日 in August 2017.

点字毎日 is Japanese weekly braille news paper.
点字毎日 is Japanese weekly braille news paper.

 Review by Japanese sight-impaired player

The review by Joeseph Simon

I ordered blindfolds and played a few games with the blindfold on. With the blindfold off, I win against my girlfriend. The easiest way to win, from my experience is the three step way. Not the only way, but an easy quick method. Because of its 3D terrain, playing requires a different way of thinking. When I put on the blindfold, I lost the first few games. While three different ways to win is a small number, I felt like a defensive player trying to figure out what the other player was trying to do to win. I tried to visualize enough to switch to offensive. Took a little bit, but I was able to. It was very interesting.

I realized when I demo Megateh that I will likely be the first volunteer to play with the blindfold, so I decided to get some time in doing that.

I think the game has great replay value. A quick win is going to get the other player to want to play to try to win again.

There is a lot of strategy based on placement. Every move is very important. Its like a haiku, where every word is very important and leads to the full meaning of the haiku - the game, based on the number of places to place, and pieces you can pay, every move leads to the win and is equally important in the match as a whole.

The mechanics for both the visually impaired and otherwise are well thought out, lends to an easy understanding of the rules, and quite original. Bridging the worlds of the visually impaired and the sighted together in an original game is a marvelous achievement.

Event information

Your Universe is Vibration: Megateh Demo & Music

Megateh playing and Harp music was opende at Weird Realms in Cleveland, Ohio USA on Sunday, Sept 17, starting at 5PM.

Please check out report & review on latest Update here.

Playing photos
Playing photos

You can check two review videos below web site.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6lJxpm_mdQgNUxiaU5KNk5hWHc/view

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6lJxpm_mdQgWWZUSURnUmo4VkE/view

We had Megateh demo party and we enjoyed blindfold on plays. It's very attractive for our sighted players. So I decide to fix $3,000 stretch goal. If we meet that goal, backers may receive additional one blindfold.

Sorry but this reward is available for only wooden board backers. Because you can't do blind touch playing with the ceramic board.

Our hope is that many Megateh games are provided to the sight-impaired community.  To facilitate this we have made a "Gift" pledge section. This is your chance to gift a game to your sight-impaired friend or organization. We set up two ways to do this below.  You may include your message on a card with the game.  Both of these options are available only in the USA and include shipping and taxes.

  • Single Gift $80 : One wooden board copy will be delivered to whom you want to send.
  • Double Gifts $150 : One is to you and another wooden board copy will be delivered to whom you want to send.

These pledge sections are available only for USA area delivery.

We prepared several variations of Megateh. Wooden board is designed for sight-impaired players but ceramic board and pieces work well for sighted players. Megateh is a very nice game as an ordinary abstract strategy game. For this reason, we produced two ceramic editions for sighted players at reasonable prices. We made additionally two special wooden boards, Japanesque and Cat-town. Japanesque illustrations were drawn by Shukuko Yamamoto and Cat-tow illustrations were drawn by game creator Mitsuo Yamamoto. And more we can accept full-customize edition produce by your own design.

You can get additional reward simply to increase your pledge money.

  • Ceramic tile board mini $19 (include shipping fee) available for all backers.
  • Ceramic tile board standard $35 (include shipping fee) available for ceramic standard and wooden board backers.
  • Wooden board $65 (include shipping fee) available for ceramic standard and wooden board backers.
     

☆Wooden board & pieces edition for sight-impaired players $58 + $14 shipping any where in the world.

  • Board:Natural wood, wood oil finish, ceramic tiles decoration, 6 inches × 6 inches and 1 inch thick
  • Pieces:Natural wood, wood oil finish, 1 inch round、0.25 inch thick (single), 0.5 inch thick (double)

Reward is shipped by Japan Post’s “international E-packet” which is registered and insured as air small packet. You may receive tracking information from Japan Post.

The board structure is designed to aide sight-impaired players. Holes on the board indicate where players can legally place their pieces.

Players can get all perfect information for playing by touching.
Players can get all perfect information for playing by touching.

 

Three kinds of discs are very easy to distinguish by touching.
Three kinds of discs are very easy to distinguish by touching.

 

Holes on the board indicate where the discs can be placed and keep them from moving if touched.
Holes on the board indicate where the discs can be placed and keep them from moving if touched.

 

Here is a small tile inlaid on the side of the playing board. This is not for decoration. Players know the board orientation by touching it, even if an opponent turns the board.
Here is a small tile inlaid on the side of the playing board. This is not for decoration. Players know the board orientation by touching it, even if an opponent turns the board.

 

All pieces settle on the board perfectly. You can easily notice where discs are missing, to decide where to play. Pieces do not get stuck in the board.
All pieces settle on the board perfectly. You can easily notice where discs are missing, to decide where to play. Pieces do not get stuck in the board.

Yin-yang mark is basic as orientation tile design. But optionally you may change it to your initial letter if you like for free.

Early bird edition comes with yin-yang marked tile design.

You may change orientation tile design to initial letter.
You may change orientation tile design to initial letter.

 

☆Ceramic board & pieces mini size edition for sighted players $19 free shipping anywhere in the world

  • Board:ceramic tile, 4 inches × 4 inches and 0.2 inch thick
  • Pieces:ceramic tiles, 0.8 inch square、0.25 inch thick (single), 0.5 inch thick (double)

Reward is shipped by ordinary SAL air mail. Backers will not receive tracking information.

Ceramic mini size board is very compact.  Take it anywhere in your pocket or bag.

Japanese words are printed on the board.
Japanese words are printed on the board.

 

 

White and red color pieces are basic. But optionally you may choice two colors from white, red and blue three color tiles if you like for free.

Early bird edition comes with red and white pieces.

color tiles combination
color tiles combination

 

combination sample white&blue and red&blue
combination sample white&blue and red&blue

☆Ceramic board & pieces standard size edition for sighted players $28 + $14 shipping anywhere in the world

  • Board:ceramic tile, 5 inches × 5 inches and 0.3 inch thick
  • Pieces:ceramic tiles, 0.8 inch round、0.25 inch thick (single), 0.5 inch thick (double)

Reward is shipped by Japan Post’s “international E-packet” which is registered and insured as air small packet. You may receive tracking information from Japan Post.

Ceramic standard size board looks nice and displayable item on your desk-top.

Japanese words are printed on the board.
Japanese words are printed on the board.

 

 

White and black color pieces are basic. But optionally you may choice two colors from six color tiles below if you like for free. 

Early bird edition comes with black and white pieces.

 

☆Wooden board & pieces Japanesque edition for sight-impaired players $88 + $14 shipping any where in the world.

  • Board:Natural wood, wood oil finish, ceramic tiles Japanese Eto=干支(oriental zodiac) illustration decoration, 6 inches × 6 inches and 1 inch thick
  •  Pieces:Natural wood, wood oil finish, 1 inch round、0.25 inch thick (single), 0.5 inch thick (double)

Reward is shipped by Japan Post’s “international E-packet” which is registered and insured as air small packet. You may receive tracking information from Japan Post.

The board structure is designed to aide sight-impaired players. 12 Japanese zodiac animals are drawn by Shukuko Yamamoto.

 

干支(eto) is 12 time keeper animals. They are oriental zodiac, 子(mouse),丑(ox),寅(tiger), 卯(rabbit), 辰(dragon), 巳(snake), 午(horse), 未(sheep), 申(monkey), 酉(cock), 犬(dog), 亥(boar). We ordinarily say 2017 is the year of the boar even in modern Japan.

☆Wooden board & pieces Cats-town edition for sight-impaired players $88 + $14 shipping anywhere in the world.

  • Board:Natural wood, wood oil finish, ceramic tiles Cat-town=猫町 illustration decoration, 6 inches × 6 inches and 1 inch thick
  • Pieces:Natural wood, wood oil finish, 1 inch round、0.25 inch thick (single), 0.5 inch thick (double)

Reward is shipped by Japan Post’s “international E-packet” which is registered and insured as air small packet. You may receive tracking information from Japan Post.

The board structure is designed to aide sight-impaired players. 12 cat faces are drawn by game creator Mitsuo Yamamoto.

 

They have personal names. From upper left, ゲス、チョビー、ワン、スコッティ、ドンキー、ドット、ギザ、チーミミ、ニャゴロ、ケンビシ、桂横分、桂猫五郎.

☆Wooden board & pieces full-customize edition for sight-impaired players $160 free shipping any where in the world.

  • Board:Natural wood, wood oil finish, ceramic tiles your original illustration decoration, 6 inches × 6 inches and 1 inch thick
  • Pieces:Natural wood, wood oil finish, 1 inch round、0.25 inch thick (single), 0.5 inch thick (double)

The board structure is designed to aide sight-impaired players. You can customize 16 board tiles and orientation tile by your original design. Illustrations are available in full color drawings.

☆Special original edition for you $10,000 USD

Creator will design and create one special edition for you. He will deliver it to you directly to your door from Japan.

He will open a game party near your area and invite you, your family and friends. We will be able to really enjoy conversation with games.

Click here to GIft Box web site.
Click here to GIft Box web site.

 

 

 

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All games are craft articles made by hand. High demand could possibly delay our reward delivery schedule.
We are confident in the value and uniqueness of this game despite somewhat expensive international shipping from Japan. You could not get Megateh from any other place in the world.

The reward is shipped by Japan Post’s “international E-packet” which is registered as air small packet. It usually takes two weeks from Japan to your door and you may receive tracking information from Japan Post. This shipping includes insurance.
Tile board mini size is shipped by ordinary SAL air mail. It usually takes a month from Japan to your door. Backers will not receive tracking information for these rewards.

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