While the core of the game, forming Haiku from the cards you collect, remains the same across all six variants, each of the six different rule sets change how you do that dramatically.
In this collaborative version, designed for younger gamers, players are awarded points for completing lines in a Haiku both in front of them and other players. The game is over once all players have a completed Haiku in front of them.
One of the simplest game modes, this version focuses on completing Haiku’s quickly and the winner deciding who made the best Haiku. This version works great in a party setting or as an introduction to Haiku.
The quality, as well as quantity, of Haiku plays a major factor as an end of the game
scoring round may determine a winner based on the quality of their best Haiku.
Players outbid one another for a chance to recite their Haiku in front of the Emperor and gain Favor points. In the end, only the player who scored the most valuable favors will win.
In this version, special Season Cards allow players to retain parts of their Haiku for points while a simultaneous action mechanic introduces special voting rounds.
A quick paced abstract variant which focuses on building up or breaking down the
Syllable Cards in a communal Haiku to maximize your point value.
Currently Available Expansions
Blanks: Empty Cards Ready For Your Inspiration Haiku: Blanks Expansion
Goth Haiku: 52 Cards of Sadness Haiku: Goth Expansion
In 2013, new Expansions are coming.
Shakespeare Expansion: Ye Olde Words For Strange Poems
Steampunk Haiku: New Words and a Couple New Variants.
Red Label Set 1: Foul Mouthed Words for Distressing Diatribes. Adults Only.
Red Label Set 2: More Foul Mouthed Words for Distressing Diatribes. Adults Only.