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Gugong Board Game £32.21 delivered @ Zatu

Posted 17th Jul

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Not played this one but looks interesting and decent price. Fairly solid reviews as well.

China, 1570. China is under the reign of the Longqing Emperor, of the Ming Dynasty. He inherited a country in disarray after years of mismanagement and corruption. He resided in the Forbidden city, which was the seat of many emperors under the Ming Dynasty. Constructed from 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings and covers 72 ha (over 180 acres). It is also under the Ming Dynasty that the Great Wall of China was rebuilt, fortified and expanded. Around this period, China was under heavy attack from the Mongols, so maintaining the Great Wall was essential. Most of what we now have left of the Great Wall, we owe it to the Ming dynasty.

The country was already famous for its very intricate bureaucracy, but this also led to a lot of corruption. Even though the penalties for corruption were very high, the highest Officials of the Forbidden City would pretend to uphold the ban on corruption, by accepting gifts of petitioners, and returning one of seemingly lower value.

Gùg?ng uses this extraordinary custom as its basis. Players take on the role of powerful Chinese families trying to gain influence and power by exchanging gifts with Officials. The gift cards you offer as a player has to be of a higher value than the one you receive, forcing you to make strategic choices regarding which actions you want to take each turn. You will travel around China, sail down the Grand Canal, purchase precious jade, help construct the Great Wall, secure advantages through decrees, influence the game through intrigue, and ultimately, receive an audience with the emperor. If only 1 player succeeds in doing so, he wins. If several players succeed, the player with the most VPs among those players wins the game.

Gùgōng – the Forbidden City in Beijing where emperors lived – plays between 2-5 players. Depending on player count, games last one to two hours. (There’s also a solo mode involving an automa deck.) Six (out of a possible 15) decrees and 20 travel bonus tokens (which get replenished) are drawn randomly for a modular set-up. Players are dealt an asymmetrical starting hand of four Gift Cards, and begin the game with six out of a possible 12 Servants, which sit on their player mat. Lasting four rounds, scoring opportunities occur throughout as well as some end-game scoring. Most points at the end wins – as per usual.
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Not one for me but good price, heat added
Sounds simple enough
Excellent game and a good price
jumped up massively in price (probably due to recently announced expansion), expired
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