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Zendo (2001)

Average Rating: 7.27/10
Board Game Rank: 490
Abstract Game Rank: 15
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Year Published
2001
# of Players
3 − 5
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 3, 4, 5, more than 5 players
(27 voters) [poll]
Mfg Suggested Ages
8 and up
Playing Time
60 minutes
User Suggested Ages
8 and up
(10 voters) [poll]
Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
(17 voters) [poll]
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Subdomain
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Zendo is a game of inductive logic in which one player, the Master, creates a rule that the rest of the players, as Students, try to figure out by building and studying configurations of the game pieces. The first student to correctly guess the rule wins. Zendo uses Icehouse Pieces, but was released as a standalone game in July 2003.

Inspired by Eleusis.

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Components:

  • 60 Icehouse Pyramids (15 of each color, 4 "stashes")
  • 20 White Stones
  • 20 Black Stones
  • 20 Green Stones
  • 16 Rule Cards
  • Instructions

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Publisher: Looney Labs
Artist: Alexander Bradley
Year: 2003
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9 Illustrated Player Aid
Illustrates the terms commonly used to describe arrangements of objects in Zendo. Color and black and white versions. Fits both A4 and US Letter size paper.
English
2014-05-22
23 Cards for Zendo
These are the individual images I made for the cards including the back & player's aid all zipped to use in printer of choice. :)
English
2011-06-05
24 2-page pdf Rules summary for Zendo
v. 1.2 - Reworked to include the "official" terminology list. I also made sure to add an explicit reference to the fact that koans are independent in time and space, which curiously is missing from the web version of the rules. (I have the boxed set.) There was an implicit reference near the end, but now it's clearer.
English
2011-03-31
5 Traditional Chinese of Koan
This file is a koan of Zendo as simple rules
Chinese
2010-02-11
13 Zendo - Variations for Two Players
A few 2 player variations by Kory Heath including the official Dharma Duel rules. Found with the Wayback Machine.
English
2010-02-06
9 Reglas de Zendo + Variantes
Las reglas completas del juego "Zendo" con algunas variantes añadidas, como "Ikkozendo" o "Dharma Duel"
Spanish
2009-08-16
4 Zendo Cards translated to spanish--Tarjetas de zendo traducidas al español
Veinte cartas de zendo traducidas al español para comenzar jugar.
2008-12-16
8 Zendo Spanish Rules
Las reglas de "Zendo" completas en español.
Spanish
2008-05-08
13 Small Zendo player aid - four copies
Four copies of a simple player aid describing the different sizes, orientations, pointing and "groundedness" that pieces are capable of.
English
2008-02-15
20 Simple Induction Rules
Simplified rules for beginners, or nongamers. Formatted to fit on Avery 5390 perforated nametag sheets (US Letter size). You will need 10 sheets of 8 nametags each. Based on the idea of framing this game as an exercise in scientific induction http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/1363713 and a set of beginner rules provided online http://www.wunderland.com/WTS/Kory/Games/Zendo/RulesForBeginners.html These rules assume there are exactly three pieces per koan, and only three colors in play (red, yellow, blue). The only koan properties included are: piece color piece size piece orientation (upright, lying down) pieces touching the table pieces touching each other sum of pips (odd, even, range of numbers) Despite the limitations, if Master is clever about misdirecting students with...
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2007-10-14
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Statistics
Board Game Rank: 490
Abstract Game Rank: 15
Num Ratings: 1567
Average Rating: 7.27
Standard Deviation: 1.65
Num Views: 147591
GeekBuddy Analysis: Analyze
Similarly Rated: View
Avg. Game Weight: 2.6
Fans: 72
Personal Comments: 635
Users Owning: 1197
Users Wanting: 272
Users Trading: 17 [find trade matches]
Has Parts For Trade: 1
Want Parts In Trade: 4
Price History: View
Total Plays: 8306
Plays This Month: 61
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GeekNights 20120515 - Zendo
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GameBreak Audio: Episode #003 - Dr. Watson, I presume?
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