Ikusa (1986)

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Board Game Rank: 475
War Game Rank: 173
Thematic Rank: 118
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1986
# of Players
2 − 5
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4, 5 players
Recommended with 3, 4, 5 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
240 − 360 minutes
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14 and up
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Some necessary text - easily memorized or small crib sheet
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Ikusa
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Samurai Swords
Shogun
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Shogun / Samurai Swords / Ikusa is the last game in the original Milton Bradley Gamemaster series. It focuses on the chaotic feudal society of Japan during the Middle Ages. Players play one of several factions that erupt into a civil war, trying to consolidate their strongholds and then defeat other armies for the right to be called Shogun, the supreme ruler.

In the game, players command forces on islands of feudal Japan. Player forces include provincial forces in the provinces and mobile armies commanded by daimyos. In each turn, players will allocate their koku into bids and purchases for the round. The round begins with the allocation of turn order, which is determined by bid, and in the case of tied bids, by player agreement or random draw. Then players other bids and payments are accounted for in purchases of castles and fortresses, drafting of new troops and ronin, and a bid for the lone ninja. Following the bids phase, players in turn order plan and execute attacks against enemy territories, with attacks resolved through die rolls. A player wins the game when he or she has captured a certain number of territories, either via straight conquest or by vanquishing the last of an opponent's diamyos and taking over that player's forces.

The game was originally published as Shogun and was later changed to Samurai Swords due to a name conflict with James Clavell's Shogun. Ikusa is the latest iteration of the game.

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Component List Ikusa edition

1 Gameboard (tri-fold)
1 Rulebook
5 Reference screens
5 Army cards
5 Plastic planning trays
1 Cardboard master tray (box with lid and bottom)
10 Plastic Castles
5 Plastic Fortification bases
30 Plastic Koku (red "coins")
26 Plastic Ronin units (gray)
1 Plastic Ninja (black)
5 Cardboard turn markers
72 Province cards (68 cards & 4 blanks)

  • Standard American Board Game Sleeves (2 1/4" x 3 1/2" (57x89 MM))

12 Battle markers
1 Label sheet
6 Twelve sided dice

5 colored sets of 72 plastic military units with these pieces:

  • 36 Spearmen
  • 9 Sword samurai
  • 9 Bow samurai
  • 9 Gunners
  • 6 Standard bearers
  • 3 Daimyo

Component List Shogun/Samurai Swords edition

1 Gameboard (tri-fold)
1 Rulebook
5 Reference screens
5 Army cards
5 Foam planning trays
1 Foam master tray
10 Plastic Castles
5 Plastic Fortification bases
30 Plastic Koku (red "coins")
26 Plastic Ronin units (gray)
1 Plastic Ninja (black)
5 Plastic Swords (turn markers)
5 Foam sword stands
72 Province cards (68 cards & 4 blanks)
12 Battle markers
1 Label sheet
6 Twelve sided dice

5 colored sets of 72 plastic military units with these pieces:

  • 36 Spearmen
  • 9 Sword samurai
  • 9 Bow samurai
  • 9 Gunners
  • 6 Standard bearers
  • 3 Daimyo

Notes: New sets came with a product reply card. Also, Milton Bradley, in their infinite wisdom, often included extra pieces. (Somes set came with 3 or 4 extra Spearman from each army and one or two extra Ronin figures.)


Magazine References:
BattlePlan Index Article List:

Games Review

The Wargamer

  • The Wargamer (Vol.2 Number 3 Nov-Dec 1987)
    • "Shogun, History as annoyance" by Rick Swan


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Avalon Hill (Hasbro) edition
Publisher: Avalon Hill (Hasbro), Wizards of the Coast
Artist: Steve Argyle
Year: 2011
Product Code: 343970000
Size: 12.20 x 18.20 x 3.00 inches
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1 Ikusa (Shogun) croatian rules
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2014-11-09
5 Province Cards China Map
... to complete the china map version!
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2012-10-16
11 Shogun goes China
Hello Geeks In my opinion Shogun is only really good balanced if you are play with five persons. But in most cases its hard to find enough people who are interest to play a couple of hours. So we have created a new map especially for four players. As an alternative, the map represents China from 475 to 221 BC, the Warring States period. The number of provinces are reduced too 54 equivalent. Some new rules are also included. First, mountains are not passable for any kind of troops from both sides of an province border. And second, an attack across a river gives a first-strike advantage for the defender. Thats all... have fun!
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2012-10-11
7 Huge Samurai Swords map V 1.1
Here's my new version of the Samurai Swords map. I've had limited help from Samurai Archives. What's new: According to history: more Ikko-Ikki, sohei, Ezo was reduced, sea lines improved. Map was made with illustrator CS3. If you see problems or historical problems, let me know... Thanks! Have fun!
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2012-05-13
16 Shogun - Rules Summary
Rules Summary (v2) Same as v1 except: (A) I streamlined some of the verbage. No rules were changed, though. (B) Pages 5 and 6, when printed back to back, create a very brief but helpful player aid. NOTE: IKUSA introduced a few new rules which are not reflected in this document.
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2012-03-29
2 Ikusa: Regeln für Armeen und Provinzstreitkräfte
Version 1.3 der Zusammenfassung; Fehler über das Aufnehmen von Einheiten durch Armeen in den Phasen A und D wurden korrigiert. Eine Zusammenfassung der Regeln für Armeen und Provinzstreitkräfte, um auf einen Blick alle Details zu haben, die man sich im Spiel schlecht merken kann.
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2012-01-28
4 Ikusa: Summary of rules for armies and provincial forces
v1.4 of the summary; mistakes about units joining armies in phases A and D have been corrected. This file summarizes the rules that differentiate armies and provincial forces in Ikusa on one page. For in-game reference as it is difficult to remember all details.
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2012-01-28
16 Ikusa Katana Template
The newest release of this game, called Ikusa, did away with the little samurai sword turn order pieces. I thought that folks might miss or want to have the little swords again. Print these on heavy card stock, glue the back side, fold along the gray line and let them dry. Then, cut out the sword shape and laminate them. Use as turn order designators (as in the original game). Enjoy.
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2011-07-29
13 concise reference sheet by hecose
Reference sheet useful for quick referencing and provides a structured summary for teaching the game. This file contains all 187 ref sheets that I have made so far, for the convenience of those who wish to download all at one go.
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