The year is 1336. Japanís emperor has lost all authority and is little more than a figurehead. Across the country, powerful lords called daimyo have risen up and begun to claim dominion over the land and its resources. But all true paths to power depend upon the service of the elite, noble warriors known as samurai.
Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce the return of Samurai, a beloved tile-placement game by Reiner Knizia set amid the turbulent times of feudal Japan!
In Samurai, two to four players assume the roles of ambitious daimyo competing for control of Japan. To rise above your rivals and influence the nation's cities and villages to your cause, you must prove you can lead their people. Through the strategic placement of tiles, you can establish your sway over lesser lords, the production of rice, and the region's religious leaders. Sometimes, though, even these won't be enough to establish your dominance, and to cement your claim, you must send in your samurai.
This edition of Samurai maintains the gameís original mechanics while updating it with beautifully sculpted game pieces, new leader tokens to aid in scoring, and all-new art and graphic design that draw upon traditional Japanese styles.
The Art of War
In Samurai, your struggles for control of the four main islands of Japan take place on a game board divided into numerous hexgonal spaces, each of which belongs to one of three types: Settlement, Land, or Sea.
At the beginning of the game, each settlement is populated with one or more sculpted figure or caste piece which represents either the region's religious influence, its commerce, or the military strength of its local lords. Throughout the game, you try to capture these pieces and win them to your cause by positioning your tiles so that you surround the settlements on which they're placed with more matching influence than any of your opponents.
Once all the sculpted figures for a given caste have been captured, the player with the most of those figures becomes the leader of that caste. At the end of the game, the player who leads the most castes wins the game.
The Way of the Samurai
It is easy to swing a sword. It takes a lifetime to master swordplay. Likewise, while the rules of Samurai are easy to learn and understand, the game permits myriad tactics and a great depth of strategy, much of which revolves around the game's three wild tiles: Samurai, Ronin, and Ship.
While basic tiles add their influence to one type of caste only, each of these tiles adds its influence to all the different castes within a settlement. Moreover, the ship tile is the only type of tile that can be placed in a sea space, and the ship and ronin tiles both bear the red "fast" symbol, meaning they don't count against your limit of one tile placement per turn. Accordingly, you can use these tiles to catch your opponent by surprise. If you identity that your opponent has momentarily exposed a weakness, these tiles allow you to make swift and decisive strikes!
Establish Your Strength in Feudal Japan
Travel back to a Japan being torn asunder by warring clans. Prove you have the wisdom to garner the esteem of the samurai, and you will unite a nation.
30 - 60 minutes
2 - 4 players
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Elegance: Samurai summed up in a single word. From mechanics to dynamics, from theme to artwork, Samurai is regarded as one of Kniziaís most elegant designs, and rightfully so. The rules are short and simple, but allow for a surprising amount of strategic depth. The object of the game is straightforward, but deceptively challenging. And to top it off, Franz Vohlwinkel crafted an evocative board aesthetic that exemplifies Japanese minimalism.
Upon its release, Samurai garnered critical acclaim, which carried on for more than a decade. It was so highly regarded as an influential work of its time that Spielfreaks retroactively honored it with the 1998 Meeplesí Choice Award. Demand for the game was high enough to have it published into as many as twelve different languages.
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Released: 29 September 2015