Inspired by the Warhammer thread and Rachel’s webpage on gaming in Taiwan, we went to the Magic Zone on Roosevelt Road in search of Chinese editions of the AD&D books for my daughter and the son of a friend only to find the place much less well stocked than we remember it from its heyday.
There were a few books but not many (both English and Chinese) but they didn’t have exactly what we wanted - only one copy of the Player’s Handbook and they are selling the books at full price while others sell it for less. When I chatted with the guys behind the counter, it’s clear that they don’t actually do much non-Magic-the-Gathering business (a little GURPS and Gundam playing but the vast majority of the business they do is MtG . . . despite Sharp Point bailing out of the MtG Shop liscense - the shop is now unofficial and fan run).
They said they didn’t know where the D&D players had vanished to but were under the impression the game was dying in Taipei.
We did some random searching elsewhere as we’d promised the books to the kids for Christmas (we have the English but the kids find it easier to read and understand the Chinese texts and all their friends don’t really read much English).
We stumbled on to Fantasy Toys World which is on section 3, alley or lane 94, number 10, 1st floor across from the Kids Eslite bookstore. F-toys.com
They have the AD&D core books in Chinese and a bunch of Mage Knight figures as well as the Shadowrun heroclix system (huge beautiful figures with polyhedral dice included). The laoban told me that they have a game of D&D in the back game room Saturday nights and that the regular Mage Knight events are on Sunday nights.
Anyone know of other places in Taipei which might have AD&D (English and Chinese variations), Mage Knight, Magic the Gathering, miniatures, and/or polyhedral dice supplies?