Great Wall of China (2006)

Average Rating: 6.26/10
Board Game Rank: 1637
Strategy Game Rank: 777
Family Game Rank: 482
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Year Published
2006
# of Players
2 − 5
User Suggested # of Players
(Not best with any number)
Recommended with 3, 4, 5 players
(39 voters) [poll]
Mfg Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
30 minutes
User Suggested Ages
10 and up
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Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
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Family
Primary Name
Great Wall of China
Alternate Names
De Chinese Muur
Chinesische Mauer
La Gran Muralla China
Pan tu nie stał!
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This game lets each player take on the role of a Northern Chinese prince. His task: the construction of a massive wall. His reward: Honor everlasting! To gain the honor, though, requires some sweat. The requirements are the same for each player. Each player has a set of cards in his color: seven wall cards (worth 1 point), three gate cards (worth 2 points) and one watchtower card (worth 3 points). Additionally, each player gets nine more cards of varying point value and which may also allow special actions to be carried out.

At the start of the game, each player shuffles his deck of 20 cards and places it face-down in front of himself. He then draws five cards from the deck. Now, depending on the number of players, 2 to 4 pairs of prestige tiles (with values from 1 to 8) are set out as the starts of card rows.

On a player's turn, he first checks to see if he has a point majority in any of the card rows. Then, he carries out two additional actions. He has the choice of either drawing another card from the deck or adding cards to one of the rows. The added cards must be identical. It is then the next player's turn.

If, when checking point totals, a player sees that he does have one or more majorities, then he chooses one of the prestige tiles and puts it onto one of his cards in that row. That prestige comes at a price: as long as the second prestige tile isn't claimed, the value of the prestige is subtracted from that player's total for that row. Once the second tile is claimed (which can be by the same player on a later turn), then both winning players set the tiles they won aside to score. Two new prestige tiles are revealed and the prestige for that row replenished.

The fight for prestige is also influenced by cards with special actions. For example, if a 'noble' card (1) is played, then the values of all cards in that row are reduced to 1. A 'dragon' card (1) can be played onto another player's card, neutralizing it. 'Cavalry' (2) are worth 2 points, and, equally valuably, do not cost an action. 'Infantry' (5) are strong in groups. A single 'infantry' card is only worth 1 point, but the next one is worth 2, and then 3, etc.

The game ends either when one player has played his last card or when the last prestige tile is taken. Afterwards, each player gets one last turn and then all card rows are resolved in turn order. The player with the most prestige at the end of the game wins. Players only receive prestige for tiles they have set aside for scoring. Tiles remaining on wall segments do not score.

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Polish edition
Publisher: Egmont Polska
Artist: Marek Szyszko
Year: 2012
Product Code: GRPRL2012
Size: 7.90 x 7.90 x 2.25 inches
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Small Box Edition
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Artist: Ted Nasmith
Year: 2006
Product Code: KN14
Size: 7.75 x 4.00 x 1.50 inches
0.60 pounds
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KOSMOS German edition
Publisher: KOSMOS
Artist: Ted Nasmith
Year: 2006
Product Code: 690588
Size: 6.30 x 6.30 x 1.57 inches
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Publisher: 999 Games
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Dutch First edition
Publisher: 999 Games
Artist: Ted Nasmith
Year: 2006
Product Code: 999-CHM01
Size: 6.30 x 6.30 x 1.57 inches
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1 Great Wall Of China greek rulebook
Ελληνικό Εγχειρίδιο Κανόνων του Great Wall Of China σε μορφή pdf
Greek
2013-10-15
2 La Gran Muralla China (Resumen de reglas)
Resumen de reglas en castellano de "La Gran Muralla China".
Spanish
2011-10-22
9 [Español] Reglas a la JcK
Completo resumen de las reglas con imagenes al estilo JcK v2 Incluye ayuda para los jugadores con el significado de las cartas [imageid=1251209 medium]
Spanish
2011-05-05
3 GWoC Reference Cards
I made this based off of PieMan's excel sheets and stats for the cards in the game. I just added some color and funky layout stuff. There are two cards in color, one with an odd font and one with basic ariel, and two cards in mostly black and white with the same fonts.
English
2010-09-01
10 English Example of Play & Rules Erratum
Official Fantasy Flight Games English example of play & rules erratum.
English
2009-07-21
1 Teaching aid for Great Wall of China - in Hebrew
המערך אינו הסבר ממצה של חוקי המשחק אלא אמצעי עזר לשחקן המסביר את חוקי המשחק לשחקנים חדשים
Hebrew
2009-04-28
4 [ES] Resumen de Reglas
Spansih Rules Abstract- Resumen de reglas en español
2009-01-19
2 Rulebook Chinese
complete simplified Chinese translation of official English rulebook
Chinese
2008-02-05
2 A kínai nagyfal_hun.doc
Hungarian rules
2007-03-29
2 GWoC-player-summaries.xls
6 summary cards, with the card count and special abilities
2007-01-28
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Statistics
Board Game Rank: 1637
Strategy Game Rank: 777
Family Game Rank: 482
Num Ratings: 1665
Average Rating: 6.26
Standard Deviation: 1.23
Num Views: 93882
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Avg. Game Weight: 1.9
Fans: 15
Personal Comments: 629
Users Owning: 2105
Users Wanting: 37
Users Trading: 178 [find trade matches]
Has Parts For Trade: 4
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Total Plays: 3323
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Garrett's Games 34 - Great Wall of China, Metromania, Canal Mania, Essen 2006
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BGB Volume 24 - Session Review with Great Wall of China, California, Toppo, and Cleopatra in brief with Chad Smith
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2006-09-19
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