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Reiner Knizia's Samurai

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$4.99

Designer
Artist
Publisher
Year Published
1998
# of Players
2 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 3 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4 players
(235 voters) [poll]
Mfg Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
30 − 60 minutes
User Suggested Ages
10 and up
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Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
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Subdomain
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Category
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Primary Name
Samurai
Alternate Names
Samuraj
Самурай
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Part of the Knizia tile-laying trilogy, Samurai is set in medieval Japan. Players compete to gain the favor of three factions: samurai, peasants, and priests, which are represented by helmet, rice paddy, and Buddha tokens scattered about the board, which features the islands of Japan. The competition is waged through the use of hexagonal tiles, each of which help curry favor of one of the three factions — or all three at once! Players can make lightning-quick strikes with horseback ronin and ships or approach their conquests more methodically. As each token (helmets, rice paddies, and Buddhas) is surrounded, it is awarded to the player who has gained the most favor with the corresponding group.

Gameplay continues until all the symbols of one type have been removed from the board or four tokens have been removed from play due to a tie for influence.

At the end of the game, players compare captured symbols of each type, competing for majorities in each of the three types. Ties are not uncommon and are broken based on the number of other, "non-majority" symbols each player has collected.

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Awards

2011 JoTa - Best Game Released in Brazil (Audience)
2008 JoTa - Best Game Released in Brazil (Nominee)
1998 Meeples' Choice Award

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FAQ:
Q: Can a player finish playing his turn (placing more pieces) even if one of his placements captures the last piece of a type?
A: Yes.
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/22468

Q: If nobody has the most pieces of any type, what happens?
A: It depends on the rules version you have, unfortunately. According to some versions, nobody wins (you must have the most of a type to be able to win), and according to some versions the player with the most total pieces would win. (In any case, note that tying for the most in a type is not sufficient.)
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/76986

Q: Do you have to play a tile without a Japanese symbol in your turn?
A: No, you just have to play at least one tile, period.
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/2175611

Components:

  • 39 Figures:
    • 13 High Helmets
    • 13 Buddhas
    • 13 Rice Fields
  • 80 Tokens (20 x 4 Colors)
  • 4 Japanese Screens
  • Gameboard (Japan in 4 Parts)
  • Game Rules
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Fantasy Flight English edition
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Product Code: KN26
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Year: 2011
Product Code: WCP1020
Size: Long Rectangle (e.g. Power Grid)
1.76 pounds
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Release Date: Nov 22, 2011
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Polish edition
Publisher: Lacerta
Artist: Franz Vohwinkel
Year: 2008
Size: Long Rectangle (e.g. Power Grid)
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4 Samurai Spielhilfe (Spielaufbau - Rundenablauf - Wertung) und Alternativer Wertung
Eine Spielhilfe für Samurai mit: Spielaufbau für 2-4 Spieler Rundenablauf Wertung Alternative Wertung (funktioniert mit Siegpunkten und ist einfacher zu Erklären, ist aber 1:1 kompatibel zur Originalwertung) [imageID=1712311 medium] Translation from EvanMinns Player Aid (added just alternative Scoring Rules for easier Scoring) Credit for Layout goes to him Link to EvanMinn Player Aid: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/36828/setup-info-player-aid-pdf
German
2013-07-06
15 Samurai ScoreSheet
This is a Samurai ScoreSheet. Some people find the score system a little bit akward and unintuitive i hope this sheet helps. This is an example https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-redfpwmuO6w/T72y6J2XLDI/AAAAAAAABPE/52FHOo3Cntw/s659/samuexample.png
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2012-05-15
31 Re-written and re-typeset Samurai rules
Hopefully prettier than your average book of rules
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2011-03-05
31 Samurai re-design
This is a 5400x1800 PNG file of the re-designed board.
English
2010-07-08
14 Quick Start - Samurai
Summary of the rules to refresh your memory and get you and your game group up and playing faster
English
2010-03-21
7 Russian rules
PDF
Russian
2010-01-15
9 Samuraj Polish Rules
Samuraj Polish Rules
Polish
2009-11-21
2 Samurai Village Tokens
These token can be used to play the card game with the original components on a chess or go board. Just glue on cardboard or backgammon pieces and use a bag.
English
2009-09-20
8 Ogasawara Islands
This is a map of a real island south of Japan. Inside the rar is the .psd for the image http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/491916 the forum for talking about this image is at http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/3521740
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2009-05-31
57 Setup info & Player Aid (PDF)
Page 1: Setup Page 2: Player Aid
2008-11-20
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Board Game Rank: 126
Strategy Game Rank: 89
Num Ratings: 10519
Average Rating: 7.44
Standard Deviation: 1.19
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