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Tokaido Board Game
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- From the designer of 7 Wonders
- Gorgeous artwork and graphic design
- Point-to-point movement, set collection mechanic
- Number of players: 2-5
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It's all about the journey
Where will your travels take you?
-Journey along Japan’s East Sea Road with 1-4 additional travelers in search of discoveries and natural marvels
-Quest to become the most initiated traveler by experiencing all the road has to offer
-Devise a strategy and meet new people, taste fine meals, collect beautiful items, and visit temples and wild places during the course of your journey
From multiple award-winning game designer Antoine Bauza
-As featured on the hit series ‘Tabletop’
-Fantastic game for families, experienced gamers, and everyone in between
Easy to learn, difficult to master
-Fast and fun to play, with endless decisions and replayability
-For 2-5 players aged 8+
Each player is a traveler crossing the "East sea road", one of the most magnificent roads of Japan. While traveling, players will meet people, taste fine meals, collect beautiful items, discover great panoramas and visit temples and wild places. At the end of the day, when everyone has arrived at the end of the road you'll have to be the most initiated traveler – which means that you'll have to be the one who discovered the most interesting and varied things.
From the Manufacturer
Each player is a traveler crossing the "East sea road", one of the most magnificent roads of Japan. While traveling, players will meet people, taste fine meals, collect beautiful items, discover great panoramas, and visit temples and wild places. At the end of the day, when everyone has arrived at the end of the road you'll have to be the most initiated traveler – which means that you'll have to be the one who discovered the most interesting and varied things.
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|Item Weight||2 lbs||2.87 lbs||1.25 lbs||4.1 lbs|
Top Customer Reviews
Relying not on cutthroat competitive mechanics, it instead rewards those with patience and calm. This was a key element of the game for me, which really made it stand out from others in the genre. Having a multitude of different characters to choose from (albeit semi-random) increases replayability and experimentation with the various "perks" each character comes with. The rules are fairly straightforward, however since the concept is not a "race to the finish", it can be confusing for new, inexperienced gamers at first. But trust me, after one game under your belt, the rest will be a breeze.
The designers did a great job of balancing the mid-game with the end-game. As the saying goes, "it's not over 'til the fat sumo sings" (is that how it goes??), because you don't always have a clear winner until the final points are tallied.
It's pretty rare for board games to be praised for artwork, but this game is gorgeous to look at! The colors are bright, yet not overly saturated to make your eyes bleed. It sticks close to the Japanese theme, even down to the physical coins which look like the old form of currency called "mon". All of the characters are stylized and unique. It's a treat to complete panoramic scenes, and even the food cards make you drool. Another piece of sushi, please!
Whether you're a hardcore gamer, or a casual player, this game is a ton of fun. It really delivers on the promise to give you the sense of adventure and journey. Meet people, buy souvenirs, enjoy a hot meal, take a bath...you decide!
I especially recommend it for fans of Japanese culture.
This is the most zen cut throat game I have ever played in my life!! It is a game that is very focused on screwing over anyone who is not you and that makes it competitive and great for a board game night! You travel down a road in the feudal era of Japan and as you travel you can stop at various locations. You can paint landscapes in nature, take a dip in a hot springs, pick up a fellow traveling companion, stop at a shrine, go to a shopping market, or go to a farm house. The whole point of the game is to use you specific character to try to get as many points as possible. Some characters get extra points for picking up travelers so they will always try to pick up more travelers. If you want to stop them from doing so though you simply put your character on the marker and that forces them to move ahead and skip it over. At the end of each day you stop at an Inn and draw food cards and then continue on your journey the next day. This game is simple, beautiful, and has a ton of replay-ability. Personally I think it is a great addition to anyone's game collection that loves board games!
Konnichiwa gamers and would-be game owners. I've had my eye on Tokaido for a while and took an easy plunge with it, but haven't really gotten an opportunity to give it a good go until recently.
Tokaido is a beautifully illustrated and light boardgame about traveling across Japan's famous 33-stop journey from Kyoto to Edo. This is an essence a "race" game but a strangely counter-intuitive one as you want to cleverly reach key destinations before other players and score as many points by the end of the journey in order to win.
The game really exists with a minimum of 3 players, but dramatically increases in difficulty with each additional player as resources become more hotly contested. You'll be cutting each other off for panaromas by going to vista points, visiting shops to buy curios, even meeting strangers or donating money at the shrines. There are a variety of "characters" that play differently and thus require a tweak in your overall strategy, some who will naturally pit certain players against each other with their natural advantages (the Magistrate and the Entertainer for example benefit from Encounters).
Without delving into the rules, I'll jump into the skinny of the game.
This was the driving force behind buying the game. It has gorgeous and whimsical art, simple layout and well thought-out keys across the main board. The pieces are classic wooden "meeples" and all the cards are crisp and printed cleanly. The cardstock itself is thin and may not hold up well to serious play, so consider your playgroup or sleeves which will likely not hold in the vacuum-formed trayliner. Speaking of which, everything packs up neatly back into the box, so kudos for that design!
Once you get past the variety of colorful cards, it's very fast to pick up. First round with my mom (total game newb and not a killer-instinct in her body) and my sis (competitive recreationalist) and I (my sis calls me Hannibal and I ask which one, she replies both...at the same time) can finish a session in 35minutes. This is one of those odd games because if you're very hardcore, you'll mentally chalk it up as "light" and enjoy the zen-like quality of the game. If you're a beginner, it will certainly teach you about resource and initiative management as well as blocking and resource denial.
This game is far from perfect, but that's like saying you're rained on but staring at a rainbow. You really don't mind some idiosyncracies or sometimes the perceived character imbalances. However, for veteran gamers, I can understand why they seldom would play this more than once: points. Everything you do generates points and sometimes it feels like clever maneuvers to block your rivals really didn't account for much. Even though there is an on-board points tracker, it seems like too many surprise points awards can sometimes thwart what you might have played as a stellar game. Thankfully the designers offered a few variants to give it a try, but I would add a couple of house rules namely no ties for objective awards so this limits collusion.
Get this game:
-because you enjoy aesthetic displays, seriously it's beautiful to non-gamers as well
-it's thematic and very light game, good for beginners
-you'll enjoy it win or lose without fretting over all the power-eking and power plays
Don't get this game if:
-the lightest game you'll play is Twilight Imperium
-you prefer casted soldiers over wooden meeples
-you don't like eurogames or non-combative themes
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The artwork is really beautiful and the game itself is relaxing to play.