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Official Tokaido Rules

Tokaido is a relaxing board game for 2-4 players where you travel the scenic East海道 (Tokaido) road in Edo period Japan. Players collect sets, purchase souvenirs, and experience the beauty of the landscape, all while vying for the most points at the journey's end.

Components:

  • Game Board depicting the Tokaido road with various stops

  • Player boards (one for each player) with space for money, meals, and souvenirs

  • Traveler miniatures (one for each player)

  • Money tokens in different denominations

  • Meal cards (different culinary specialties)

  • Panorama cards (representing various sights)

  • Souvenir cards (collections of regional items)

  • Dice (used for some actions)

Objective:

Travel the length of the Tokaido, collecting souvenirs, enjoying meals, and experiencing sights along the way.  At the end of the journey, the player with the most victory points wins!

Setup:

  1. Place the Game Board: Unfold the board and place it in the center of the playing area.

  2. Prepare the Money: Shuffle the money tokens and place them in a bank near the board. Each player receives starting money based on the game instructions.

  3. Souvenir Decks: Shuffle each souvenir deck (there might be multiple decks) and place them face down near the board. Draw a face-up card from each deck to display the current available souvenirs.

  4. Meal Deck: Shuffle the Meal deck and place it face down near the board.

  5. Panorama Deck: Shuffle the Panorama deck and place it face down near the board. Draw the top two cards and place them face up next to the deck.

  6. Player Setup: Each player chooses a traveler miniature, places it on the starting space of the game board, and takes a player board and starting money tokens.

Gameplay:

The game follows a turn structure with movement and action phases:

Turn Phases:

  1. Move Your Traveler: Roll the dice and move your traveler miniature the indicated number of spaces along the Tokaido road.  Landing on a space with a symbol triggers a specific action (explained below).

  2. Action Phase:  Depending on the space you landed on, you can take various actions:

    • Pay Money: Pay the indicated amount to acquire a face-up souvenir card from any of the decks. Collected souvenirs are placed on your player board.

    • Buy a Meal: Pay the indicated amount to draw a Meal card from the deck. Meals provide victory points at the end of the game. You can only hold a limited number of meals at a time.

    • View a Panorama: If it's your first time landing on a Panorama space depicting a specific landscape type (mountains, rice fields, etc.), draw a Panorama card from the deck and score the points indicated. If it's not your first time encountering this landscape type, draw the next numbered Panorama card for that type and score its points.

    • Rest at an Inn: This is a mandatory stop for all players. The first player to reach an Inn draws Meal cards for all players (equal to the number of players plus one).  Players can then purchase one meal (if they wish) and the turn order resets, with the player who previously reached the Inn starting the next round.

    • Empty Spaces: Landing on an empty space has no specific action.

Additional Rules:

  • Dice Rolling:  Some actions might require rolling the dice again for additional effects.

  • Temple Donations:  Players can choose to donate money to temples along the way.  This earns them victory points at the end of the game, with the highest donor receiving bonus points.

  • Game End:  The game ends when a player reaches the final space on the Tokaido road (Edo). Players score points for collected souvenirs, meals, panoramas, temple donations, and remaining money. The player with the most victory points wins!

Tips and Strategies:

  • Plan Your Movement:  While some dice luck is involved, try to strategically move your traveler to efficiently collect desired souvenirs and panoramas.

  • Manage Your Money:  Spend wisely, balancing souvenir purchases, meals, and temple donations to maximize your points.

  • Set Collections:  Focus on completing souvenir sets, as they provide bonus points at the end of the game.

  • Enjoy the Journey:  Tokaido is a light and relaxing game. Take in the beautiful artwork and experience the sights and flavors of Edo-period Japan!

With a dash of planning, some lucky dice rolls, and an appreciation for the scenery, you can become the most well-traveled explorer on the Tokaido!

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