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Ikusa


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  • For 2 to 5 players
  • 240 minutes of play time
  • Prove the strength of your strategy, defeat your rivals, and earn the exalted title of Shogun
  • Same sculpts but different colors: all of the classic sculptures used for the figures are back with new colors
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Ikusa + Fortress America + Conquest of the Empire Board Game
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 3 x 18.2 inches ; 6.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 6.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • Origin: China
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B004P5P5Y2
  • Item model number: 3439700000WOC
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 12 - 16 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,491 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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Sweep Across the Land and Secure Your Empire! It is the sixteenth century in feudal Japan, where war rages across the land. Amid the chaos and conflict, you have risen to power as one of five warlords mighty enough to conquer and control the whole empire. Your victory depends on how expertly you extend your domain while defending it from your enemies. Send your daimyo leaders, samurai, and ashigaru warriors into battle to seize new provinces and lay siege to castles. Spend your hard-won treasury on building fortifications and bolstering your forces with ronin and ninja. Prove the strength of your strategy, defeat your rivals, and earn the exalted title of Shogun. This game includes the following components: 1 rulebook, 1 game board, 1 deck of 72 Province cards, 436 durable, plastic play pieces, 12 6-sided dice, 5 reference screens and army cards, 5 planning trays, 5 turn order markers, 12 battle markers and 1 flag-label sheet.

From the Manufacturer

Sweep Across the Land and Secure Your Empire. It is the sixteenth century in feudal Japan, where war rages across the land. Amid the chaos and conflict, you have risen to power as one of five warlords mighty enough to conquer and control the whole empire. Your victory depends on how expertly you extend your domain while defending it from your enemies. Send your daimyo leaders, samurai, and ashigaru warriors into battle to seize new provinces and lay siege to castles. Spend your hard-won treasury on building fortifications and bolstering your forces with ronin and ninja. Prove the strength of your strategy, defeat your rivals, and earn the exalted title of Shogun.

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I couldn't believe I 'wasted' so much money on a BOARD GAME!
pvang029
Overall, I love this new edition of my all-time favorite game strategy war board game.
Gentleman Duck
The game setup takes a good few minutes but the fun pay off is well worth it.
Chief Slapaho

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Chief Slapaho on March 5, 2012
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This was origionally released by Milton Bradley as "Samurai Swords". It was a terrific game where the goal of the player was to conquer japan or play long enough until one of your A-hole friends gains dominance over the board and someone either gets tired and leaves, quits or gets angry and starts a real life fight. Good fun for medium to advanced nerds.

Education- On the surface, this appears to teach you about numerical odds of winning combat and stategic resource management. After you have been playing for a while, you realize the true education is that of wheeling and dealing and stabing you friends in the back or forging temporary alliances. Something like risk but so much deeper strategy and combat variety. If you enjoy testing the friendship of those around you, break this out and find out exactly how much you like or hate the people with which you associate.

Fun- Compared to the likes of "Axis and Allies", this game is far more simple to understand and easier to pick up and play. One thing you will not do in this is come to blows over "land bridge" rules. The rules are very cut and dry and as far as I know, there is just the one, maybe 2 editions. If you want to bring other people into more advanced games like Axis and Allies, try starting them here first. You may even realize you like this game much more. I sure do. The game setup takes a good few minutes but the fun pay off is well worth it. Video games can take a back seat to this if I can get 3 to 5 of my friends togather on a nice winter afternoon.

Old vs. New versions of this game- While I was pleased that I didn't have to cut each peice out of a plastic mold, I was dissapointed with how soft and flimsy each part was. I did not care for the much smaller player trays the new version had to offer.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By The Wiz on April 9, 2012
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This is undoubtedly one of the best investments I've made in home entertainment in years. Why, you ask? Because this is a board game that presents hours and hours of serious, strategy, group fun. Two players is good for learning the rules but the more the merrier, so far I've tried it with four (five is max) and it was a blast. Because each turn is divided into several actions, this is definitely not a strategy game of the Risk variety where you buy troops, attack and repeat till you either win or get bored.

Basically you're competing to rule feudal Japan by conquering provinces, and keeping control till one player has at least 35. Each player begins with three armies controlled by a general and subordinate military units include: archers, samurai, gunmen and spearmen. Additionally, you can temporarily hire rogue samurai for further provincial protection and the fearsome Ninja to either spy on an opponent or assassinate one of their generals. Player turn sequence can change with each round which I believe is an excellent innovation that precludes too much advantage for any single player. Additionally, each round, players have the option to build castles and fortifications for added provincial defense.

From my own experience, a player can start out terrible and still make a serious comeback. It's all about spending your funds wisely and using your armies to the best military advantage (i.e. winning battles with minimal casualties). Another cool innovation in Ikusa is that your generals actually gain levels (provided your enemy doesn't kill them) which enables your armies to move and battle more frequently within a given round of battle.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jesse on August 11, 2012
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First of all, Shogun/Samurai Swords/Ikusa is already a fantastic wargame, so I knew what I was buying there. However, I was very impressed with the new components. Manufacturing quality of boxes like this seems to have gone up dramatically in the last few years. The map and other pieces are very durable and well-printed. The new storage units are a fantastic touch, built like the sides of old castles and made of a nice hard plastic (hooray for getting rid of the old foam pieces!). The playing pieces are made of a newer more flexible plastic, although the spearmen still can break easily.

I also love signs of intelligence in design, such as the slot for the player blind/info cards in the storage units being ROUNDED now instead of sharp, which should increase the lifespan of the cards down through the years. Small touches of foresight are so appreciated.

Overall for the price, this is one amazing game. My only two complaints are that one, they no longer include the drawing swords (but that was kind of gimmicky in the first place), and two, the storage units aren't quite deep enough to comfortable hold each color of figures, which means you have to be cautious about putting another game box on top of this one in storage.

I highly recommend this box (and the others reprinted in this series such as Conquest Of The Empire and Fortress America) to anyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By pvang029 on February 12, 2013
My boyfriend and I are very competitive, so I brought this game for him. At first I HATED the price! I mean really, $63.00? That's a sale?! I couldn't believe I 'wasted' so much money on a BOARD GAME! Of course, my boyfriend on the other hand, asked me day by day like a child when the game would arrived and when it did. He was very happy. I on the other hand was still doubting this game. When we first played this game, it was INTENSE! I had low expectations. Three hour game? NOPE, our first game was 8 hours long! Now our games ranges from 3 - 7 hours! This game is expensive, but it's worth the money!
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