JRPG July is the brainchild of Anne Lee, also known as Chic Pixel. Created as one of a series of ‘Community Game-Alongs‘ in 2014, JRPG July quickly drew attention from several major RPG news and reviews sites, who have turned their involvement into an annual event that now incorporates most of the role playing community.
The rules of entry are simple, choose any one (or more) Japanese Role Playing Game (JRPG) and play it through over the course of July, hopefully to completion. Share your progress publicly through social media such as Twitter and Facebook, and be sure to tag #JRPGJuly to show that you’re a participant. There are no awards or prizes at stake, this is purely a community coming together to enjoy a particular sub-genre of video gaming. Some people stream entire playthroughs of games to Twitch or Youtube, whilst others simply enjoy playing their game of choice.
July is traditionally a very slow release period for video games, and RPGs in general, allowing for gamers to buy titles they’ve not had time to purchase yet, or to replay classic games between bigger releases. Massively Multiplayer Online RPGs, Action RPGs and Tactical RPGs are allowed to be submitted for this event as long as they take heavy influence from the JRPG subgenre.
The following is a list in chronological order of MBU entries:
- JRPG July 2016 ‘Phantasy Star IV‘
- JRPG July 2017 ‘Phantasy Star II‘
- JRPG July 2018 ‘Phantasy Star III‘