Shogun (Gamemaster Series,1986)
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- Highly Detailed Playing Pieces
- Includes Quick-Start Rules For A Shorter Game!
- 2 - 5 Players
- Average Playing Time: 4 - 6 Hours
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The Time: 16th Century The Place: Feudal Japan at War The Challenge: Command an Army of Samurai Warriors, Battle for Provincial Control, and Become Shogun.
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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).
One final note: I rated durability as "low" because this game is not suited for young players. Recommended ages are 12+, young children may want to play with the toys inside (all pieces are detailed plastic figurines), but if exposed to young children, loss of components and degradation of quality will occur. However, as I mentioned, I've played it dozens of times and suffered no loss of components. I've even had a few Mountain Dews spilled on it over the years, and it has held up very well to regular play-type usage. Also, the box is very sturdy. The cover of mine is indented from years of stacking on a shelf with a game on top of it, but the corners are intact and un-taped.