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ERIC PRICE - President and Owner
My name is Eric Price, and I’m the Owner, President and Commander-In-Chief of Japanime Games. My history in the gaming industry dates all the way back to 1992 when I owned a comic book store in the Seattle area. When Magic: The Gathering was released in 1993, I shifted to card games, which led to years of buying and selling Magic, Pokémon, and even Yu-Gi-Oh! cards throughout the US and Japan, through my retail company, Cardhaus Games.
Years later, at a dinner meeting on one of my many trips to Japan, Mr. Fukomoto of Arclight Games asked me if I would be interested in producing an English language edition of his card game, Tanto Cuore. I had no plans at this time to publish games; it seemed like a lot of work to me.
When I got back home from that trip, I asked many of my friends what they thought about a card game about maids. The response was very mixed, to say the least! I thought about it quite a lot, and decided to go for it! It turns out that we enjoy playing with Japanese maids; the theme is different, but most importantly, the game itself is really fun, well-designed and balanced, and the art is absolutely amazing.
This was the beginning of Japanime Games.
HEATHER PRZYSTAS - Chief Operations Manager
Hi, I'm Heather Przystas!
In 2014, I was asked if I wanted to come and help pack boxes for a Kickstarter - when I found out it was for Japanime Games, I jumped at the chance! I loved Kanzume Goddess and had just learned about Tanto Cuore, so I figured it would be lots of fun! I was mostly right - definitely a lot of work, but a lot of fun too. During that project, the warehouse assistant needed to step down, and they asked if I could stay on to help with administrative stuff, and working in the warehouse. How could I say no?
Through the next few years, I have served in many different jobs, and for a good amount of the time, I didn't even have a title, beyond "Whatever Eric doesn't want to do is my job." =) At the end of 2019, I was made the Chief Operations Manager - so now I have a title, but my responsibilities are still pretty much "Whatever Eric needs me to do." I do lots of administration and operations, logistics, production, customer service, Kickstarter and Pledgemanager work, and I even get to go to a few shows!
I still love Kanzume Goddess (now Kamigami Battles) but I can never seem to bring myself to choose a favorite 'child' - I love them all, although being immortalized in Tokyo Sidekick as Pupperino is giving it an edge!
ELAINE SCHIMEK - Senior Graphic and Production Designer
Elaine is a professional Graphic Designer that has worked with Japanime Games for an exceptionally long time. Now, we are graced with making her a full time employee to help with our growth. Sporting a robust collection of skills from Design, Print and Video Production, Elaine is going to help streamline everything internally. Previously our go-to designer, now being in-house will open new doors and opportunities for new creatives, more robust campaigns, and perhaps a dramatic flair to our more illustrious projects. Whatever they may be, we know that Elaine will be a seamless integration into our processes and more.
EMMA RECHER - Sales Manager
Emma Recher was the Marketing & Sales Administration Manager for IELLO USA these past years. After almost a decade as a Marketing Manager in the Hi-Tech industry, she spent another decade teaching Science & Nutrition to High School & College students and consulting in hospitals as a Dietician specialized in Diabetic Education in France. Upon returning to the US, she worked in the restaurant business for several years before starting her position with IELLO USA. Prior to her work with IELLO USA, Emma published three novels in France and continues to give back to the creative community by hosting writing workshops for adults and children.
Emma is a registered Dietician in France and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Microbiology.
MAISY HATCHARD - Translator and Designer
Afternoon! My name is Maisy, otherwise known as メイジー in Japanese, and as Babblefish in Tokyo Sidekick!
I translate Japanime's games from Japanese to English from my tiny flat in Tokyo, and then put all the English I made back into the graphics files. Sometimes I do other bits and bobs like make Kickstarter video scripts, interpret meetings, and take photos!
Thanks to a very fortuitous Tokyo Game Market back in 2018, I met Eric while I was working at an indie matchbox games stall peddling wee marvels for 500 yen. After a delightfully animated conversation in the middle of a busy game hall, I started working with Japanime and have loved being part of this little family ever since.
CHRIS MASTERSON - Shipping Manager
This is where Chris' story will go! (He's stuck in a pile of boxes.)