Rating: 8.2 Very Good
Popularity:10
Difficulty:Medium
Year:2012
Players: 2-5 players
Playing time: 150 minutes
Age:14+

Official Site: Yedo by Pandasaurus Games


Created by: Thomas Vande Ginste, Wolf Plancke, Franz Vohwinkel

Published by: eggertspiele, IDW Games, IELLO

Description:

Japan, 1605 - Hidetada Tokugawa has succeeded his father as the new Shogun, ruling from the great city of Edo (a.k.a. Yedo), the city known in present times as Tokyo. This marks the beginning of the golden age of the Tokugawa Shogunate and the so-called Edo Period that will last until 1868.

Naturally, the most powerful families in Edo immediately try to curry favor with the new Shogun - and this is the opportunity our clan has been looking for, our chance at power and glory.

Our clan will prove ourselves to be indispensable to the new Shogun. We will work from the shadows to acquire information about our rival clans. We will kidnap those who might oppose our ascent and assassinate those who prove a threat.

We will use cunning to prevent our adversaries from doing the same to us. We will find glory and honor in the eyes of this new Shogun - or failing that we will end his rule by any means necessary.

In the strategy game Yedo, players assume the roles of Clan Elders in the city of Edo during the early years of the Tokugawa Shogunate. The object of the game is to amass Prestige Points, mainly by completing missions.

To do so, players must gather the necessary assets and - most importantly - outfox their opponents and prevent them from completing their missions.

There are several ways to reach your goal. Will you try to complete as many missions as possible and hope that your efforts catch the Shogun's eye? Or will you choose a more subtle way of gaining power by trying to influence the Shogun during a private audience?

You can also put your rivals to shame by buying lots of luxury goods from the European merchants. It's all up to you - but be careful to make the right choices, for in Yedo, eternal glory and painful disgrace are two sides of the same coin...

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Expansions:
Yedo: Sakoku

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Components

  • 1 game board
  • 59 Mission Cards
  • 50 Action Cards
  • 27 Bonus Cards
  • 27 Event Cards
  • 5 Favor Cards
  • 84 Mon Tokens
  • 16 Annexes
  • 40 Weapons
  • 7 Geisha counters
  • 5 Blessing counters
  • 10 Placeholder Counters
  • 20 wooden Disciples
  • 15 wooden Markers
  • 1 Watch Patrol coin
  • 1 "District inaccessible" counter
  • 2 wooden Watch Patrols
  • 1 wooden Round Marker
  • 5 Clan boards

Object of the Game

As leader of your Clan you try to earn as many Prestige Points as possible. You mainly gain Prestige Points by completing Mission Cards, by activating Disciples at certain locations on the game board, and by having fulfilled the tasks of Bonus Cards at the end of the game. …



Game Board

The game board depicts the town of Yedo with its 7 Districts:

1 The Castle District (Edo-Jo), 2 The Gates District (Takanawa Okido), 3 The Tavern District (Juku), 4 The Harbor District (Shiba), 5 The Red Light District (Yoshiwara), 6 The Market District (Kyobashi), 7 The Temple District (Ikegami Hommonji)

The area above and to the right of the river holds assets that you can acquire during the game: A Action Cards, B Bonus Cards, C Weapons, D Annexes, E Geisha, F Disciples (Reserve), G Mission Cards. …



The Gates District (Takanawa Okido)

Here your Disciple can take one of the following actions:

  • Recruit One Disciple

    Pay 7 Mon to the bank, take one of your Disciples from the Reserve and place it onto your Clan House. If you already own all 4 Disciples, you cannot take this action.

  • Beg

    • Give up 1 Prestige Point (by mov- ing your Marker on the Score Track backwards) to receive 3 Mon from the bank OR

    • give up 2 Prestige Points to receive 5 Mon from the bank (you cannot give up points that you do not have). …




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