IKI: A Game of Edo Artisans Board Game For Ages 14+

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IKI: A Game of Edo Artisans Board Game For Ages 14+

IKI: A Game of Edo Artisans Board Game For Ages 14+

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Before I’d even learned to play, I could already feel myself being won over. Such is Iki’s table presence. Its visual appeal is a siren’s song and I am a mere sailor, powerless to resist its allure. There are a number of factors to consider when simply recruiting a character. You want to get diversity in characters recruited for end game scoring. However, there is some mid game scoring for "like" characters. You also want a character with a good ability so your opponent will be tempted to visit them and thus give you experience. In a nutshell, two to four players will be taking a stroll around the markets of Edo (now Tokyo). They will hire artisans who sell goods to lure all players into buying their wares, until they overwork them and force them to retire. All the while you will be balancing how far you move with optimum shopping locations, and also maximising set collection and resources as best you can. All this in the knowledge that fires will break out and occasionally undo all your hard work.

Edo — what we now know today as Tokyo, Japan — was a thriving city with an estimated population of one million, half townspeople and half samurai. With a huge shopping culture, Edo's main district, Nihonbashi, was lined with shops, selling kimonos, rice, and so much more. Iki is a 2 – 4 player card drafting, set collection rondel game from designer Koota Yamada and publisher Sorry We Are French. In Iki players are trying to become the best Edokko by helping the city and ensuring the well being and prosperity of its people. Recruit characters from various trades, send them to work on the streets of Nihonbashi and let them gain experience and eventually retire. The board is double-sided, to pare the game down for two players. While two player is good, it’s at its best with three or four players. The extra competition for the shop spaces, and the extra choices with each turn, really bring the game to the boil. It’s so nice to see so many different, lost skills and jobs represented too. Hiring a puppeteer, Buddhist sculptor – or my favourite – the trumpet candy peddler, isn’t something you get to do in many games. Iki: A Game of Edo Artisans is an attractive game. The cards are plentiful and nicely illustrated. I appreciate the seasonal artwork on the reverse of the cards too. It’s not just the cards but the board is interesting. I think the colours of the districts could be clearer when resolving the fire but this is just a minor gripe. The meeples and wooden components are also awesome and I really like the player colour options of red, blue, purple and yellow as they zing on the board.Aside from workers, buildings can also be put in the stalls. Once a small boi is placed there they can’t be removed, so it’s a long term investment. Some of the buildings have ongoing effects so sometimes it’s worth it to get one early. Others will only score you points at the end.

There’s one fewer Nagaya in the 2 player game. And the worker in the middle stall of each Nagaya can be interacted with from both spaces adjacent to it. End Game ScoringLet me start by saying there is nothing new within the box of Iki: A Game of Edo Artisans. No amazing mechanic that you won’t have seen before. However, what it does do is mesh and meld a host of really fun mechanics and decisions into a board game in a smooth and seamless way. Offering a point salad of scoring opportunities. Then after you decide who goes first (the person who was most recently in Japan), the last player takes the four starting worker cards and takes one. This continues until the first player gets a starting worker. Then all players place their starting worker with a kobun at the outermost edge of each market (there can only be one in each Nagaya). Iki is a wonderful game. The artwork and presentation throughout is beautiful, and the graphic design is clear and understandable. For each season, when the cards and collectables refresh, there are more cards than you need, so you’ll always get a fresh combination of artisans to hire. There are so many neat little touches which add to the experience. Take, for example, the Harmony bonuses at the end of each season. Players who group like-coloured buildings together in a quadrant all benefit, so there’s this really juicy communal co-operation to exploit.

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