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Year Published
1990
# of Players
3 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 3, 4 players
(23 voters) [poll]
Mfg Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
30 minutes
User Suggested Ages
8 and up
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Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
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Subdomain
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Primary Name
Gang of Four
Alternate Names
Gang of 4
四人幫
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Gang of Four™ is an exciting game of Cunning, Strategy and Power. The game's premise is simple - be the first to rid yourself of all your cards and ascend to supreme power. But beware - a strategic misstep may find you in a struggle to survive.

History
The term, Gang of Four, was first used to describe four powerful radicals in Communist China that rose to power during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) and dominated Chinese politics during the early 1970s. Led by Jiang Qing, a former actress and the power-hungry wife of Chairman Mao, the Gang of Four dominated political, economic and cultural life in China for years. One month after Mao's death, they were arrested and jailed, thus ending China's slide into radicalism.

The Gang of Four card game was first conceived during the upheaval of the Cultural Revolution. The game's inventor, Lee Yih, wanted to convey the mystery, intrigue and intense struggle for power that embodied not only China's recent political history - but also its past.
Like the political Gang of Four, the game embodies a never-ending battle for supremacy - where the weak perish and the strong dominate. Good players, like good politicians, must show cunning, flexibility and ruthlessness.

What's in the box?
Gang of Four features a special 64-card deck, illustrated using a traditional Chinese theme, plus 2 rules summary cards to make learning and playing the game easier, a full-color rules booklet, scorepad and a Days of Wonder Web-Card, providing you with access to Gang of Four Online at www.gangoffour.com

Gameplay
All the cards are dealt to the players. The player who was dealt the multi-colored "1" card starts the hand and must use this card on the first play. The players proceed taking turns clockwise and then counterclockwise on subsequent hands. On one's turn one must play the same number of cards but a higher ranked set than the previous player. A player may play more cards if those cards are four or more of a kind. A round continues until all players pass because they can not or choose not to play cards. All cards played are discarded and the winner of the previous round leads. The hand continues until one player has used all the cards in his or her hand. The other players are penalized points on an escalating scale according to the number of cards in their hands. The game is over when one player has scored one hundred and the player with the lowest score wins.

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Awards

  • 1997 Golden Ace, (Game of the Year, France) Winner
  • 2003 Tric Trac d'or (France), Game of the Year, Tric Trac de Bronze (3rd place)

Components:

  • 1 rule book
  • 1 score pad
  • 2 summary cards
  • 64 playing cards
    • 60 numbered cards (2 each of numbers 1-10 in colors green, red, and yellow)
    • 2 phoenix cards (green and yellow)
    • 1 dragon card (red)
    • 1 multi-colored #1 wild card, also used to determine starting player
  • 1 Days of Wonder on-line access card

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Days of Wonder Multilingual first edition
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Year: 2005
Size: 7.09 x 3.66 x 1.22 inches
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Days of Wonder English first edition
Publisher: Days of Wonder
Artist: Franck Achard, Cyrille Daujean
Year: 2002
Product Code: 2001
Size: 3.75 x 2.44 x 1.00 inches
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Days of Wonder French first edition
Publisher: Days of Wonder
Artist: Franck Achard, Cyrille Daujean
Year: 2002
Product Code: 2496831181
Size: 7.72 x 3.98 x 1.50 inches
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Year: 2002
Product Code: 1001
Size: 3.78 x 2.40 x 0.98 inches
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Year: 1997
Product Code: 3558380000334
Size: 7.17 x 3.66 x 0.79 inches
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8 Game of Four Double-Sided Player Aid
Provides a flowchart showing legal sequences of play, and a detailed quick reference for the rules.
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18 Rules Summary
2-Page Rules Summary
2006-10-05
3 Gang of Four Score Sheets.pdf
Score Sheets That Fit In New, Small GoF Box When Cut
2006-03-22
2 AudioRules_GangFour.m4a
(Enhanced) audio rules - use iTunes or equivalent. Images are from BGG.
2006-03-22
1 Gang of Four.xls
A smart scorepad - just enter the number of cards everyone has left in hand; it will track the point values. An Excel spreadsheet.
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Gang of Four - Excel version of scoresheet
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Board Game Rank: 1100
Family Game Rank: 291
Num Ratings: 1755
Average Rating: 6.60
Standard Deviation: 1.48
Num Views: 100607
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Avg. Game Weight: 1.9
Fans: 28
Personal Comments: 654
Users Owning: 2749
Users Wanting: 34
Users Trading: 155 [find trade matches]
Has Parts For Trade: 1
Want Parts In Trade: 3
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