Reaching the destination might be your aim, but the journey should be worthwhile. The players take the role of travellers in Japan. They aim to explore the beautiful spots, eat exquisite meals, meet like-minded people, and collect precious items. The journey is what makes the trip worthwhile! As the traveler is about to end the tour, they MUST discover the most exciting and varied adventures.
In the exciting journey, the traveler will be exploring temples, farms, inns, and meeting traders. The traveler is moving along a track on the board to experience these joyous things! The intriguing part of the game is that there is no dice play! It takes 45 minutes to finish a set of Tokaido. Additionally, it requires 2-5 players.
Antoine Bauza has created the Game with noble intent. He wants players to enjoy the journey and not stress about reaching the destination. Please note that Antoine Bauza is an award-winning game designer. He is the man behind famous games like Ghost Stories and Hanabi.
The question is – How would you play the Game?
Read on to find out the objectives of the Game, the gameplay, and the components of the Game.
The Objective of the Game
Tokaido is different from the board games that you see in contemporary times. The journey is on a single path and is set in the old days. The aim is to witness the best things in the world. You have to see most of the world by the end of this Game. The more experiences you gather, the more fruitful your journey will be.
Whichever player has the most number of victory points by the end of the game will win. Players can enjoy the game at their own pace! There is no hurry to finish the game. That’s the crux of the Tokaido game. The game designer wants you to enjoy the journey, gain experiences, and see most of the world.
The players are competing with one another to gain the most exciting souvenirs, best views, and mind-boggling encounters.
How To Play Tokaido
Playing the Game is not as complicated, but players need to understand that there is no dice involved here. Going backward is not an option in the Game. It does seem complicated in the beginning, but the gameplay is interesting as you move forward.
How to setup?
- Select the players. Each player would have a special and unique ability. Also, they will have an initial gold count as well.
- Next step is to arrange the board. Place it on a flat surface. The action cards will be at the centre, and the panoramas will be placed at the bottom corner. Additionally, you will find seven spaces for cards.
The gameplay is relatively simple:
Since there are no dice involved, travellers move forward differently. As a player, you can choose from seven different spaces. These shall repeat along the track at least three times.
It depends on your strategy as to which space you choose. As you move forward, you will get to score points.
Once the players come to the final point, the scored points are calculated. All the bonuses and collections will be considered here.
The different spaces in the Game include:
- Hot Spring – Just grab the topmost card from this stack.
- Inn – You will be stopping at the inn to buy food items for sustenance. It could cost you about 1-3 gold, but everything is calculated as six victory points. Never enter the inn without any money!
Please note that you can go as further as you can (as long as there is an open space). The basic rule is that any player cannot go backward.
The Game can be played both ways. Each of the players receives traveling pieces, traveling point markers, color tokens, and travel tiles. If you wish to buy things along the journey, use the Yen given to you. Encounter cards are equivalent to meeting important people along the journey. They will be giving you important objects such as money, experience, or a spectacular view.
The food cards or the meal cards are important as they give you experience points. Souvenir cards are collective items. Panoramas provide a sweeping image for the traveler.
Starting the Game
Each player is given two-player tiles (random). You can pick the one you wish to keep. Now, place the color token in the tile to showcase which one is yours. Then, give yourself the amount of yen indicated at the corner of the card. Place the traveler point markers at 0 to start the game.
Players have the power to move their token forward (anywhere they like). However, they can only move forward in a particular space. For example, player A wishes to go to the temple. They will place the token at the temple and donate coins. Each coin you are donating will give you one experience point. The player in the last position then moves forward and chooses the encounter card. They would need to do what is written in the instructions.
The whole idea is to get as many experience points. Playing the Game is easy, but you need to understand what each card does. Developing a strategy to gain as many points is important.
What’s included? (there’s a lot with this game!)
- 1 Game board
- 5 Traveler pieces
- 5 Travel point markers
- 5 Player color tokens
- 50 Coins
- 10 Traveler tiles
- 12 Hot Spring cards
- 60 Panorama cards
- 25 Meal cards
- 24 Souvenir cards
- 14 Encounter cards
- 7 Achievement cards
Overall, the Tokaido Board game is highly intriguing and fun to play. It is not like any other game that you see in modern times.
The board game has no dice and unnecessarily complicated rules.
The game play is straightforward and keeps you on your toes for a long time. Suitable for children above eight years old, the Game can be played by elderly people and the younger lot.