So I guess the big question I need to decide is whether to try and scrounge up a fifth player for our LAN group or just decide that failing can't be too embarassing when there's only one stranger present.
There are a few potential candidates, including one of my close anime buddies - the only problem being that the main way I can think of interesting him in the game is what kicked off my interest in the game. AKA mai waifu (we have similar, er, tastes).
(One thing that does help here is the low system requirements. With a lot of games, I have to get anyone attending to lug over a desktop. On the other hand, once my dad and I get our HTPC up and running again, we'll have more computer capable of running LoL than family members. Not even joking.)
Play Co-op 5v5 against bots. You still earn IP and gain levels in which the cap is 30(IP is used to purchase champions and runes if you don't want to spend money via RP). There's also tutorials to get your friends to understand mechanics and objectives. The shop menu also highlights recommended items and there's champions that have recommended tags which make it easier. Also the free to play champion pool (they change every week, then you a new bunch is the following week. They also don't require IP or RP to purchase them).
LoL is a great game because it's very easy to learn and pick up, but an infinite skill cap particularly when you start doing ranked 5v5 ques where it's all about teamwork. It's the most popular e-sport for a season and it's rapidly growing. It's by far already exceeded Starcraft:Brood War status just in Korea alone, but unlike that game LoL is truly global. There's nothing to be afraid of. It's not like DOTA/DOTA2 where it's pretty much hell for newbies and there isn't much of a tutorial.
As for Uchouten, it's not just crossdressing but gendershifting. I actually lold.
As you may or may not be aware, I rarely play multiplayer outside of LAN parties due to time constraints. If I try the game, it's most likely going to be within a LAN party setting.
How well is the game going to work if my regular LAN group consists of four guys with no MOBA experience? Also, is it going to be a big issue if some players have time to play outside of the LAN and some don't? (namely: some players will probably have more experience than others.)
P.S. Not sure if you noticed, but Uchouten Kazoku has crossdressing despite Okada not being involved.
I don't think it includes everything in the Japanese release (which included things like in character commentaries on some episodes and some pages of a certain writer's story), but it's still much better than average for an R1 as expected of NIS (I own their Toradora and Wagaya no Oinari-sama release, planning to get Hanasaku Iroha and Zakuro soon).
I think I own that R1 DVD. Yours is from Bandai yeh? TBH I got it from Amazon because it was on sale as a duo with Sola. It's incredibly shitty package and I merely bought it to support it. Though I'm not sure I wanna fork out 100s of dollars on a non-sub Japanese only Bluray box
Heh... AX is actually doable for a Vancouver based fan and some people do that pilgrimage, but I've never had the time or money as it's either a flight or 20 hours of driving (Compared to Sakuracon which is more like 2.5 hours + border lines and has scored talent as notable as Urobuchi - I've run into quite a few of my regular cosplayers over the three years I've attended Sakuracon). Wish I could make it this year.
(BTW, I own True Tears on R1 DVD. Extremely no frills though, unlike NIS's release of Hanasaku Iroha it's definitely a no frills release.)