Cipher: Summer Party Details + Merchandise

This summer, things are heating up for Fire Emblem fans in Japan, as Intelligent Systems are holding a “Fire Emblem Cipher Summer Party” event at four different locations in Japan during late July/early August.

First announced during the Series 13 pre-release livestream, Summer Party celebrates 3 years of the Fire Emblem Cipher card game. The event itself is similar to other Cipher local events in the past, such as the annual Cipher Festivals.

Although the events are focused on the Cipher card game, there’s free entry for everyone and there’s lots to do even if you’re a stranger to Cipher. Below, you can find details of all the venues, as well as the activities on offer.

Special Gift!

Everyone who attends Summer Party can receive a pair of special promotional cards, featuring Fjorm and Laevateinn from Heroes, when leaving the event. Note that the cards will only be given out after the closing stage.

Venue Information

Sendai

Date Sunday 29th July
Time 10:00 to 16:00 (doors close 15:30)
Venue Sun Festa (3rd + 4th Floor)
Address 2-15-2 Oroshimachi, Wakabayashi Ward, Sendai City, Miyagi Pref.
(7 mins walk from Oroshimachi Station North Exit 1 via the Tozai Line)
Notes Merchandise will be sold on the 3rd floor

Niigata

Date Sunday 5th August
Time 10:00 to 16:00 (doors close 15:30)
Venue Toki Messe (2nd floor main hall)
Address 6-1 Nagashima, Chuo Ward, Niigata City
(15 mins bus travel from Niigata Station Bandai Exit; get off at “Toki Messe stop”)

Hiroshima

Date Sunday 12th August
Time 11:00 to 17:00 (doors close 16:30)
Venue JMS Aster Plaza (1st floor citizen gallery)
Address 4-17 Kako-machi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Pref.
(5 mins walk from Funairi-machi via Hiroshima Railway Line 6
9 mins walk from city hall via Hiroshima Railway Line 1)

Nagoya

Date Sunday 19th August
Time 9:30 to 16:00 (doors close 15:00)
Venue Fukiage Hall (1st fashion exhibition hall on 2nd floor)
Address 2-6-3 Fukiage, Chikusa Ward, Nagoya City
(5 mins walk from Fukiage Station Exit 5 via Sakura-dori Subway Line)

Illustrator Signings

Various illustrators who contributed to Cipher will be attending signing sessions. To keep things fresh, different illustrators will be present at different veneus.

To meet an illustrator, you need to buy at least piece of merchandise to receive a queue ticket. In order to speed up the process, signing sheets will be provided.

Merchandise Area

Rare and exclusive Fire Emblem merchandise will be available for purchase! A lot of this merchandise was already shown off during the previous pre-release livestream.

Fire Emblem Cipher Artworks 1~12 – 2,000 Yen each

These are slim, glossy art books featuring artwork from Cipher series 1~12. Number 12 (towards the left) is new.

Fire Emblem Cipher Artworks Extra Selection – 3,500 Yen

This looks like a collection of artwork from various promotional cards. Judging by its higher price, it’s probably thicker than the usual artbooks.

Play Mats – 3,500 Yen each

Highly coveted play mats used for playing Cipher, other card games or simply for displaying etc. Comes in “Characters” and “Cordelia & Severa” versions.

Summer Party T-Shirt – 3,000 Yen

A cool-looking T-shirt to commemorate your time at the Summer Party. Comes in S, M and L sizes, and features the Cipher logo on the front and a collage of characters on the back.

Summer Towel – 3,000 Yen

A luxury towel with artwork of Summer Tiki. Measures 30 x 120 cm.

Cipher Fortune Paper – 300 Yen per go

Have your fortune told by Cipher! Could be useful for choosing whether to buy a booster pack or not…

Speaking of which, there will also be starter decks and booster packs for sale.

Stamp Area

Stamps will be given for participating in 5 designated areas: Dynamite Cipher Area, Free Battle Area OR Female-only Battle Area, Cipher Demonstration Area, Quiz Area and Questionnaire.

Once fans have collected 3 or more stamps for their stamp sheet, they can receive 3 special marker cards and a ticket to participate in the Symbol Ballot.

Special Marker Cards

Here are the special marker cards that can be chosen for collecting 3 or more stamps. You may notice there are 14, but you can only choose 3. However, it’s also possible to earn these cards in the Summer Festival area, by visiting multiple Summer Party events or other Cipher events. Or by trading/buying them.

Symbol Ballot

Those who have gotten a Symbol Ballot ticket from collecting stamps can place their ticket into their favourite Cipher symbol’s ballot box. For those unaware, Symbols denote a card’s allegiance/colour.

The eligible symbols are: Sword of Light (Red; Marth and Alm’s games), Exalt’s Brand (Blue; Awakening), Hoshido (White; Fates), Nohr (Black; Fates), Medallion (Green; Tellius saga), Divine Weapon (Purple; Elibe saga) and Holy Flag (Yellow; Jugdral saga).

One person will be randomly selected from each of the 7 ballot boxes and they’ll be presented with an oversized (A3) card of their chosen Symbol. In addition, one very lucky person chosen from all of the ballot boxes will receive a special oversized card. So a total of 8 oversized cards will be given out!

The oversized cards are: Marth (special; pictured above), Chrom (Exalt’s Brand), male Corrin (Hoshido), female Corrin (Nohr), Ike (Medallion), Sigurd (Holy Flag), Alm (Sword of Light) and Lyn (Divine Weapon).

Dynamite Cipher Area

Unique to Summer Party, players can play Cipher using special rules. At the start of each match, both players place down 5 different types of Out/Safe cards in their Orb area. 4 are “Safe” cards that bestow effects like drawing 6 cards or KOing one of the opponent’s non-Lord units.

Meanwhile, the 5th card is an “Out” card (the red card with a bomb picture) that causes instant Game Over. The idea is to make the match more thrilling because the game could end at any time. Players can also keep their Out/Safe cards so they can play outside of the event.

Free Battle Area/Female-only Battle Area

Here, fans can freely play Cipher using their own decks. Starter decks can also be borrowed for those who don’t have their own. The female-only area is available for females who prefer to battle other females.

Cipher Demonstration Area

New to Cipher but interested in giving it a try? This area includes staff members who can teach you how to play Cipher. Decks will be provided, so all you need to prepare is yourself. Tickets will be provided in this area for each demonstration round.

Quiz Area

Tackle Fire Emblem-related brainteasers as part of a team. The staff members will create the teams, so fans can participate even if they’re alone.

Cipher Summer Festival Area

Those who purchase merchandise worth 1,000 Yen or more will receive a Summer Festival Entry Ticket. Each ticket allows access to one mini-game.

Succeed in a mini-game and you can earn one of 11 character posters (Marth, Chrom, male Corrin, female Corrin, Ike, Roy, Sigurd, Alm, Celica, Lyn or Eliwood) and one of the 14 special marker cards.

Colouring Area

Relax by colouring in characters from Cipher. Colouring pencils and sheets will be provided so the only thing to worry about is your artistic talent!

Photography Area

Last but not least, fans can pose with weapons and relics from across the Fire Emblem series. Pictured from left to right: Armads, Archanean and Awakening Fire Emblem, Azura’s lance, Awakening Falchion, Ragnell, Durandal, Binding Blade, Tyrfing, Valentian and Archanean Falchion.

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  • Enric Mompel Comerma

    I am planning to go to Japan on August, I will attent to Nagoya event. Someone knows how early have to be to get some mercha staff? I dont know how crazy it will be ! 🙂 thanks

    • Aveyn Knight

      The merchandise area opens from 9:30 and lasts till 15:30. So it’s accessible immediately when the event starts. I don’t have first-hand knowledge, but I always hear of play mats selling out. To avoid disappointment, I’d suggest going as early as possible ^^

      Oh yeah. If you want the fortune papers/omikuji, they are only available from 11:30 for some reason.

      • Enric Mompel Comerma

        Thank you so much Aveyn! 🙂 I will let you know all about my experience in the event, when I am going back to home ^^

  • 和夫 Kazuo

    Aw, thought the Nagoya one said July for a second…
    I’m just going to be in Japan for about 2 weeks and I leave before the first one even starts…
    I might look into if a friend can pick some things up for me maybe.