TOKAIDO Review..


Game Description
Each player is a traveler crossing the “East sea road”, one of the most magnificent roads of Japan. While traveling, players will meet people, taste fine meals, collect beautiful items, discover great panoramas, and visit temples and wild places. At the end of the day, when everyone has arrived at the end of the road you’ll have to be the most initiated traveler – which means that you’ll have to be the one who discovered the most interesting and varied things.


Game Setup
1) Place the board at the center
2) Shuffle all the game cards into separate piles
3) Each player must choose a character. Check the Rules of Play document to identify the skills of each character of this game.
4) Decide who is the first player to start


1) Choose one place to visit and put your colored character figure on the spot provided for the selected place
2) Decide what action to perform based on the current location of your character
Here are the options:
a) Village – You can buy souvenirs. Each souvenir corresponds to certian victory points. Completing a set will give you higher points
b) Farm – You can earn 3 coins to add in your reserve
c) Panorama – You have 3 options to choose which one to collect
d) Hot Springs – You can take 1 card and gain points equal to the value displayed on the card
e) Temple – You may donate coins to the Temple (the highest donation will earn 10 points at the end of the game)
f) Encounters – You can take a card and apply its effect immediately
g) Inns – All players must stop at every inn. Each player must wait for everyone to arrive before leaving the inn. Upon arrival, the player who reached first will be the one drawing 4 or 5 cards (depending on the number of players). Each must choose one meal card to purchase.


Game Strategies
1) When visiting the village, purchase and complete a set of souvenirs to gain more points
2) If you don’t have enough coins to donate to temple or purchase sourvenir and/or meal cards, go visit the farm before anyone else does (to avoid being blocked by other players)
3) Collect sets of panorama if other places have been taken by other players
4) Donate more coins in Temple to get the additional 10 points at the end
5) Focus on your strategy but take time to study how your opponents play so you can either use it to your advantage or sabotage them


Game Summary
Title: Tokaido
Designer: Antoine Bauza
Publisher: Funforge Studio
Players: 2-5
Game Time: >=1 Hour
Set-up Time: 5-10 Minutes
Theme: Japan
Mechanic: Travel
How to win: Score the most points

For more information, go ask GOOGLE! Go try this one and have fun!

Note: The images included in this post are all my photographs. If you want to use them please give credit to me. Thanks!

“Give credit to whom credit is due.”



Game Description
A long time ago at the Japanese Imperial court, the Chinese Emperor offered a giant panda bear as a symbol of peace to the Japanese Emperor. Since then, the Japanese Emperor has entrusted his court members (the players) with the difficult task of caring for the animal by tending to his bamboo garden.


Game Setup
1) Place the pond tile at the center and put the Panda and Gardener on it.
2) Shuffle all the game cards into separate piles
3) Each player must have a player board and 3 objective cards (1 card from each category)
4) When all players have done their first set of actions, the weather die is then added into the game where each player can roll it during their turn.


1) Each player gets to roll the weather die before performing actions. It has 6 sides with 5 different possible effects.
a) Sun – You have an extra action (it must be different from those that you have taken this turn)
b) Rain – You can place a bamboo piece in any one irrigated plot
c) Wind – You may perform an action twice
d) Storm – You can move the panda on any plot to eat a section of bamboo
e) Clouds – You can take any one improvement chip which you can place on any plot or reserve it for later
f) ? – You will choose any one of the 5 weather options

2) The player performs chooses 2 different actions. Actions can be:
a) Move farmer to plant bamboos
b) Move panda to eat bamboos
c) Draw 3 plot tiles
d) Get 1 irrigation
e) Get a new objective card (a player must have a maximum of 5)

Game Strategies
1) Reserve a set of bamboo sections (pink, green, and yellow) just in case you get that objective card which will give you 6 points
2) Get farming or eating objective card if there are plenty of bamboos planted
3) Reserve irrigation for later use if your plot pattern is not yet complete (to avoid accidentally helping other players irrigate their plots)
4) Complete all your objectives to get the Emperor card which gives you an additional 2 points at the end of the game
5) Study how your opponents play so you can either use it to your advantage or sabotage them


Game Summary
Title: Takenoko
Designer: Antoine Bauza
Publisher: Asmodee
Players: 2-4
Game Time: 45 Minutes to 1 Hour
Set-up Time: 5 Minutes
Theme: Japan
Mechanic: Action Selection
How to win: Score the most points

For more information, go ask GOOGLE! Go try this one and have fun!

Note: The images included in this post are all my photographs. If you want to use them please give credit to me. Thanks!

“Give credit to whom credit is due.”

My Observations..

I don’t know how to properly start my post for today so let me start by stating that I was not an observant until I’m asked to be one. What do I mean about this? Well, read on and maybe you’ll understand better.. I hope.

I used to be someone who doesn’t pay attention. To what you may ask. To everything, I guess. Until someone asked me to change it and try to be observant. So I did. I realized it’s a good thing to do. I’ve learned how to appreciate Life more than I did before. Let me tell you why.

  1. I observed how important waking up is. The fact that I woke up healthy and get to spend another day with the people I love. So I was more aware of how to take care of myself as I take care of my loved ones.
  2. I observed the beauty of Life in its simplest forms! I started noticing simple things that amazed me. Some of these are the trees that provide clean air, trees that keeps us from soaking wet when raining, and which provide shade on sunny days. The plants where we get the herbs and vegetables we need for our meals. Animals whose purpose in Life is for our survival and/or as our companion.
  3. I observed how magnificent our world is. How God created the clouds, stars, mountains, etc. How one exists to help someone or something survive.
  4. I observed how people tend to easily give up on the slightest failure they have done, while others are striving to withstand every challenge that they are encountering. How one ignores blessings that come in various forms while others share it to people who might be needing it.
  5. I observed how short life is. How quickly babies turn into adults. How a few minutes turns into an hour. A month into a year. I learned how to appreciate the time.
  6. I observed that taking photographs can be very important especially as we grow old we tend to forget memories and even people we used to spend time together.
  7. I observed how we can be so selfish sometimes.. or most of the times. For example, WAR. The unending wars around the globe. The selfishness of people destroying the nature for his own contentment without thinking what could be the disadvantages of such actions. Global warming, perhaps?
  8. I observed how kind some people are. The simplest act of kindness everywhere I turn. I see people giving to the needy, complimenting others who deserve it, hugging those that are breaking, pampering elders by their children, etc.
  9. I observed the importance of everything that comprises my whole being. From my body, how I feel about, how I think, and to what I do.
  10. I observed how observant I have become. I sometimes pause and stare about things that attract me which eventually leads to thinking about it and then appreciating it.

I have so many things that I’ve observed which led me to be a better version of myself. I might be a work in progress, but I will always be thankful for whatever I have right now and what’s in store for me in the future. I might not be a perfect ‘human’ but everyone is a work in progress isn’t it? It doesn’t mean that you’re broken, though, what I mean is, little by little we get to improve in some ways we didn’t expect.

So, try to scan whatever it is that you see, feel, hear. What do you think about it? What can you do about it?