Samurai/Ninja/Feudal Japan Games I've Played, Owned, And/Or At Least Glanced At.
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Japan.
Land Of The Rising Sun.
Mount Fuji.
Beautiful Country, Wonderful People, Rich Culture.


And A History Filled With Some Of The Most Bad Ass Warriors To EVER Exist!!


The Jedi And The Sith!!

did i say jedi and sith? I meant...

The Samurai And The Ninja!!
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1. Board Game: Ikusa [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:689]
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If you wanna unify Japan in about 5 or 6 hours, this is it. Enough plastic dudes to choke a python, a huge map of Japan that you could probably use to find your way around in the present day, a single, solitary ninja figure who's apparently so badass that all the daimyos are willing to hold off becoming Shogun just to try to bid for his services, and, IF you have the earlier versions of this game, turn order markers in the shape of...wait for it...SAMURAI SWORDS!!!

Them swords are almost worth the price alone.
 
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2. Board Game: Age of War [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1448]
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If you don't feel like pushing dudes on a map or getting up from the game to go shave the stubble that wasn't there when you started, then you can try to capture castles and unify Japan the way real samurai did it.

BY ROLLIN' DEM BONES!!!

Don't believe the history books or movies; real samurai showed up at the gates, dice in hand, ready to literally throw down..or bounce 'em off the walls or whatever constituted a legal throw.

Samurai A: Hey, what are you doing here? Get off my Zen lawn!

Samurai B: I'm here to take your castle.

Samurai A: Hope you brought enough dice.

Samurai B: Oh yeah, 7 of 'em. All I need is to roll a daimyo, 2 cavalry, 2 archers, and 6 infantry. (rolls dice in the dirt multiple times) Yeah! What do you gotta say about that?

Samurai A: I'll pack.
 
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3. Board Game: Honor of the Samurai [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:5084]
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Maybe rolling dice and sending plastic dudes to their death or rolling dice dudes for the same reason doesn't cut it for ya.(see what I did there)

Maybe sending card dudes to their doom gets you your jollies. Draw from a deck and try to build up an army with a daimyo and samurai and soldiers and..houseguards?...and...wives?..??..oh yeah, collect honor points because that's how you get to be Shogun. how do you get honor points?
Well, your daimyo is worth some along with your grunts and you can collect weapons as well as castles...EVERYTHING brings you honor of some point value in this game.

But watch out! Another player can play a card to make you LOSE honor. What to do then?

Seeing as how committing seppuku would kinda put a damper on the evening there is a card called "saving face" which blocks you losing honor.

Bet real samurai wish they had that card back in the day!

Anyway, be the first to get the number of honor points which is based on the number of players and you become Shogun and win.

Oh, I didn't explain combat did I? Sorry about that.
 
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4. Board Game: HeroCard: Rise of the Shogun [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:6075]
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Another card game about...anyone?...anyone?...becoming Shogun.

This has a combat resolution system using a deck of cards that make up your character and will remind you somewhat of Magic: The Gathering.

I've had this game and other HeroCard games since 2007. Maybe I'll learn how to play them before I die.

Maybe.
 
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5. Board Game: Rice Wars [Average Rating:5.35 Overall Rank:13955]
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This is one I glanced at. Well, I owned it too but every time I tried to learn it...it...the pieces, the board...I can't...what does this mean?...don't understand what...how?...did I feed the cat?...games not grabbing me...hmm...how about...I...I'll sit down and learn this later.


years, nay, a decade later: Rice Wars? what's th...oh,yeah...don't have it anymore
 
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6. Board Game: Shogun [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:127]
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This...I don't own. Judging by the cover it seems to be about samurai and feudal Japan and I feel like I want it. However, for every good review there is a bad review and I just can't bring myself to buy it.

Also, it's 3 or more players. *sigh*

I hate that. shake
 
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