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Mintsugi

A set collection game where you honor the past by fixing items with gold

Kintsugi is the Japanese philosophy that treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.

As a craft, Kintsugi is about repairing pottery with gold to highlight the history.

Objective

You want to collect the most beautiful pottery set. On your turn you’ll draft pottery which give you points at the end of the game - assuming they’re still in one piece - or if they break and you fix them.

Starting a Turn

Deal 2X {# of players} + 1 cards from the top of the deck into the center of the table. Place them below the deck.

Ex. Deal 5 cards for a 2 player game

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On Your Turn

Every round, each player selects 2 cards from the row of cards on the table. This is done in snake draft order.

When you draft a card you have two options:

  1. Add the pottery to your collection
  2. Sell the pottery

Drafting

When you add a piece of pottery to your collection place the card front side (white side) up in-front of you. This is considered “new” pottery.

When you sell pottery collect gold ingots ⏢ from the supply according to the number of gold icons on the card.

Then place the card in the discard pile.

Items Break

After all players have drafted their cards there should be one card remaining and the card on the top of the deck is still visible.

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Both of these cards break all new pottery of the same type in play.

When an item breaks rotate the card so you can read the repair cost (gold ingots ⏢).

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Repairing Items

At the end of each round players may repair one item from their collection.

Pay the cost (in gold ingots ⏢) to the bank. Then flip the card to fixed side (back side).

Ending the Game

The game ends when you can no longer deal enough cards for a draft.

At the end of the game players count up points for pottery that’s new and pottery that’s fixed (you get nothing for broken pottery).

Whoever has the most points has the most beautiful collection is the winner!

Set Collection

Each piece of pottery scores in a different way. You have find your own combination of pottery to maximize points.

Cup

A cup is worth 1 ⭐ & 3 ⭐ when fixed.

Saucer

A saucer multiplies the ⭐ for a single cup.

Each cup can only be multiplied by one saucer.

Plate

For each pair of plates you get 6 ⭐. You can pair plates as new/new, new/fixed, or fixed/fixed.

In addition, each fixed plate is worth 2 ⭐ , whether it’s part of a pair or not.

Bowl

Each bowl’s ⭐'s are equal to number of bowls in your collection.

Fixed bowls are worth one additional ⭐.

Jug

Whoever has the most jugs gets 6 ⭐'s. In the case of a tie split the points evenly.

In addition, each fixed jug is 1 ⭐ .

Vase

Vases are worth the points based on how many vases you have.

1 = 1 ⭐ 2 = 5 ⭐ 3 = 15 ⭐

Tea Pot

Tea pots give you 1 ⭐ (when new) or 2 ⭐ (when fixed) for each piece of pottery in your collection, including the tea pot itself, with the pattern matching the tea pot.

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Components

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Why buy this?

  • Based on the Japanese practice of kintsugi
  • Collect unique valuable items or try for a complete set
  • Snake drafting so everyone has good drafting options

Requirements

<30
2-4
12+

Vitals

Average Rating 1 reviews
Publish Date August 28, 2019
Edition First
Department Board Games
Theme Crafting
Setting Modern / Present
Audience Casual Gamer
Primary Mechanic Set Collection
More Info Mintsugi web site

Patrick Rauland

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Notes

  • This game contains a premium upgrade called UV Coating that makes the printed components more durable.
  • This game contains a premium upgrade where the printed components will be embossed with a linen texture.
  • This game contains laser cut components. Laser cut items will have a slight amount of soot around the edges, which can easily be wiped off; and will have a campfire smell for about a week after you open them.

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