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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 hav...
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.

Gùgōng 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.
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Corruption made fun

This game is about bribing government officials in order to advance your influence in China- unfortunately the emperor have banned bribery, which if you're familiar with the history of the country, is pretty darn accurate, and I love this theme.

The "gimmick" of this game is that you have to trade your expensive gifts with the government officials' cheap gifts so they will help you out. At its heart, this is quite a heavy euro game, the bribe system however made it extremely accessible as it limits your options. (There are ways to take advantage of this limitations too as an experienced player)

The biggest barrier to this game is probably also its strength: there is no text to read in this game, everything is described by icons- the problem is, you need to learn what all the icons mean. There are also 7 sections on the board and each of them have their own "rules" which can get overwhelming.

I did play this with my family who are not heavy gamers and they are ok with it once we start going. The artwork is gorgeous and the game isn't long- A great gateway to euro games.

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igs

good game. love the artwork and components

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Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
75%
(3)
25%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
A
A Rusli
Corruption made fun

This game is about bribing government officials in order to advance your influence in China- unfortunately the emperor have banned bribery, which if you're familiar with the history of the country, is pretty darn accurate, and I love this theme.

The "gimmick" of this game is that you have to trade your expensive gifts with the government officials' cheap gifts so they will help you out. At its heart, this is quite a heavy euro game, the bribe system however made it extremely accessible as it limits your options. (There are ways to take advantage of this limitations too as an experienced player)

The biggest barrier to this game is probably also its strength: there is no text to read in this game, everything is described by icons- the problem is, you need to learn what all the icons mean. There are also 7 sections on the board and each of them have their own "rules" which can get overwhelming.

I did play this with my family who are not heavy gamers and they are ok with it once we start going. The artwork is gorgeous and the game isn't long- A great gateway to euro games.

i
igs

good game. love the artwork and components

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