WHAT IS IT ABOUT ?
By order of the Chinese Emperor, the players thrive to obtain the highest reputation at the Court. To do so the players help to build the Grand Canal of China and to construct the Forbidden City. The player who avoids riots and insurrections and who can prove their skill in developing the canal system to the Grand Coordinator has the best chances to win.
WHAT KIND OF GAME IS IT ?
description: tactical, dynamic canal-building board game
theme: China in the year 1400
target group: boys and girls with some gaming experience, families
mechanisms: tile-laying game (canal and riot tiles), card drafting (selection of action cards), short downtime, strong thematic context
illustration: great visual design
A QUICK OVERVIEW
The players are Chinese canal inspectors, responsible for developing the canal system in the northern Chinese territory. In the first phase of a turn the players draft action cards to later use these and build canals or in the Forbidden City. The players have the option to use riot tiles against competitors to damage their competitor’s reputation at Court. In the third, the Great Coordinator inspects the development of the Grand Canal. If riot tiles have to be removed from the board, the players check in phase four if an insurrection leads to loss of reputation. In the last, fifth phase of the turn the players return the used cards and a new starting player begins the next turn.
Players play as many turns necessary to allow the Great Coordinator four journeys along the Great Canal. The players gain reputation at Court by building canals and the Forbidden City and successful inspections by the Great Coordinator and lose reputation through insurrections and hostile actions of other players. The player with the highest reputation wins.