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Samurai Swords: A Game of High Adventure


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  • Original Milton Bradley Gamemaster Series
  • 1987: Charles S. Roberts awards for Best Pre-World War II Boardgame (Charles S. Roberts Awards)
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  • Shipping Weight: 31 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Origin: Made in USA
  • ASIN: B001NHE7BW
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 12 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,659 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Shogun focuses on the chaotic feudal society of Japan during the Middle Ages. Players play one of several factions that erupt into a civil war, trying to consolidate their strongholds and then defeat other armies for the right to be called Shogun, the supreme ruler.

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Also, the box is very sturdy.
LMBB
I now play it with my Wife and kids and friends from work when we can find the time.
Marcello
The figures are aesthetically well done, and are not too fragile to play with.
JFG

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. C. Rhodes on May 12, 2012
A much more detailed version of Risk, and taking place exclusively in the Japanese islands. Many armies vie for control over the medieval states and may hire ronin (temporary mercenary armies) and bid for the secretive ninja (as spy or assassin). Easily take an evening to play a single game.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marcello on January 26, 2012
I still remember when I first played it in the mid 80's. I now play it with my Wife and kids and friends from work when we can find the time. A great game filled with plenty of ups and downs. Rules can be somewhat hard to decipher, but with a little internet searching you can find or create your own house rules for play. I have purchased the upgraded version "Ikusa", but still prefer to play on the weathered and faded orginal "shogun" I purchased years ago. It can be a very long play up to six hours, so as a family we often begin play and return to it later as we find time. Great alternative to video games!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LMBB on May 17, 2013
Shogun (later Samurai Swords) was one of Milton Bradley's "big box" games that came out in the late 80's, early 90's era. Each of these games (Axis and Allies, Fortress America, Conquest of the Empire, Broadsides & Boarding Parties, and Shogun) were all large games that occupied a big block of shelf space, but every one of them worth playing in their own right. Big cardboard maps, high quality plastic pieces, Styrofoam piece sorters, top-notch dice, and well-written rules were the hallmark of the Gamemaster Series of games. I have owned all of them except B&B. I still own Axis & Allies, Fortress America, and Shogun because they are excellent games with high replayability.

Shogun distinguishes itself in my opinion because it has a variable setup. Like Risk, each person gets territories on a map of Japan by dealing out cards. The similarities to Risk follow through in that victory is by conquering all of your opponent's territories. However, Shogun is SO much more than "Risk in Japan." It incorporates different types of units (Bow, Rifle, Samurai, Ashigaru, Ronin, Ninja, and Daimyo), secrecy, fortifications, army movement, and many other features to make it wonderful to play, replay, and play again. And, unlike Risk, there is no "Australia" on the map, which is to say, there is no single winning strategy that can be exploited to win game after game. I've played it dozens of times, and no games ever looked the same.

An older game now, if you can find one that is both complete and in good repair, I highly recommend it. Playing time (once you know the rules) runs to the 3-4 hours range, and you will need a fairly large table. Recommended number of players (by me) is at least three, more is better (max is five).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JFG on February 13, 2011
Shogun (later reprinted as samurai swords) is similar to Axis and Allies, except of course it is set in Asia. It's really fun to play as long as you have the patience for it. If you're the type that can't play a whole game of monopoly, it's not for you. The figures are aesthetically well done, and are not too fragile to play with. I played this game in the 80s and 90s, and would play it again today if I had it. If you've never played it, I would recommend trying to find a copy and playing, because it's a great strategy game. It's out of print, so the price keeps going up, but you can probably find a used one for between 50 and 100$.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gryphon on July 2, 2011
I have had this game since the 1980's it is a blast if you like Axis and allies its a different variation .... Have spent hours and hours playing this ... we still pull it out a couple times a year to play
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