Tongiaki (2004)

Average Rating: 6.24/10
Board Game Rank: 1671
Strategy Game Rank: 819
Family Game Rank: 522
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2004
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2 − 6
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Best with 4 players
Recommended with 3, 4, 5 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
45 minutes
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8 and up
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No necessary in-game text
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The game of seafaring adventure in ancient Polynesia!

Tongiaki is a tile-laying game that reflects the risks and successes of these early explorers. There is often a chance that an expedition will end in utter failure... or, it might land in Tahiti, Fiji, or Oahu. Clever players might even found Royal Islands to call their own! Only fate will decide if, and where, sailors make landfall, although careful planning will give players the best odds for ever seeing land again. The goal of the game is to spread your "tribe" to many different islands in order to gain the most victory points. Islands have victory point values from 2-5, and having multiple pawns on an island gives no bonus.

This game uses a unique tile design never seen in any other game (hexes with wavy edges), and is easy to explain and easy to enjoy. Players all begin on the island of Tonga, and immediate overcrowding forces players to search out other islands to populate. For each expedition that leaves, a new tile is placed, revealing either an island, or a "water path" that may or may not have a number from 2-4, indicating that many different players (not number of boats) must make up that expedition for it to survive the voyage (draw and place an additional tile). In this way, the game encourages both cooperative and competitive play at the same time.

From the back of the box:

300AD: The Polynesians embark on daring sailing trips and explore thousands of Pacific islands. Driven by overpopulation and a desire for adventure, they set forth into the unknown on simple catamarans called Tongiakis. Without any help from navigational instruments, they charted their course with the help of the sun, stars, wind and water temperature. Birds, reefs, cloud formations, fishes and distinctive waves were the signals telling them that land lay nearby. Each trip became a life-threatening journey, as landfall was often impossible to achieve or the way home became cut off by strong currents. Suspense was their constant companion. Will the next hour, the next day bring them to their goal... Or will the ocean's currents force them to drift endlessly at sea?

Description from Uberplay's web site:

While originally designed to be somewhat cooperative, it can easily be played 'aggressively' in such a way as to rob other players of points and diminishing their presence on the board. The movement of pieces reaches a point where a 'triggered cascade' can alter the game drastically. Trying to foresee and select expansion moves leads to a weighty-er game than suggested at first glance.

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Components:

  • 1 set of rules
  • 16 hexagonal-shaped island tiles
  • 16 hexagonal-shaped water tiles
  • 90 boat tokens in 6 six different colors (15 in each color)

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Tongiaki
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Dutch edition
Publisher: PS-Games, Schmidt Spiele
Artist: Claus Stephan
Year: 2004
Product Code: PSG-14
Size: 6.80 x 3.50 x 2.60 inches
1.37 pounds
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Publisher: Überplay
Artist: Claus Stephan
Year: 2004
Size: 10.79 x 7.48 x 2.60 inches
1.31 pounds
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Publisher: Schmidt Spiele
Artist: Claus Stephan
Year: 2004
Product Code: 49072
Size: 10.79 x 7.48 x 2.64 inches
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0 Règles en français
Les règles illustrées, en français.
French
2015-01-11
3 concise reference sheet by hecose
Reference sheet useful for quick referencing and provides a structured summary for teaching the game. See the At the Gates of Loyang game entry if you are interested in ref sheets for other games that I’ve made. If you do not have Microsoft Powerpoint, a PDF version is also available there.
English
2010-05-14
2 Tongiaki - Ocean Tiles Tracking aid
A player aid to assist in tracking BOTH the Island Tiles and the Water Tiles (as is necessary under the Rules to determine the end of the game). Two markers of some kind are also needed.
English
2009-04-05
4 Rules in portuguese
Regras em português ilustradas
Portuguese
2009-03-16
19 Tongiaki_Turn_Summary.pdf
2-up Turn Summary in color. Dripping with theme.
English
2007-04-16
6 Tongiaki summary 1.01.pdf
Tongiaki play summary. V1.01
2006-11-22
9 Tongiaki aid.jpg
Player's aid in jpeg format, 2 to a page
2006-09-01
0 Dutch Quickrules Tongiaki.pdf
Tongiaki, dutch quickrules for easy reference
2006-08-23
5 Tongiaki Scoring and Tracking Chart.pdf
Modified version of the excellent scoring chart uploaded by another user. This PDF chart also helps track tiles in play.
2006-02-09
1 Tongiaki FIN.pdf
Rules in Finnish
2005-10-24
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