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Strategy and conquest in Ming Dynasty China

36 stratagems is a game for 2-3 players, which is set in the Ming Dynasty era in China and neighbouring states. You are the leader of one of several rival families aspiring to become emperor of the entire region. You start the game in a capital city, with just an aspiring emperor, a scout and a small army. The aim of the game is to become the dominant dynasty by conquering and maintaining control of capitals, temples and prefectures. Each of these actions will help you in gaining the victory points needed to be the undisputed emperor and win the game. To be successful you will need to manage your budding empire carefully. Manage your economy through taxation and expanding your population, secure stability by maintaining cohesion among the political elite, maintain a strong military through recruitment of units supported by powerful generals and avoid rebellion by gaining popularity with your subjects. You face an uncertain destiny and will encounter many challenges during your reign including plague, piracy and looting. However, you are not alone in your quest, as to help you gain the power you so richly deserve and to undermine your pitiful and unworthy enemies, you can call upon the ancient Chinese wisdom enshrined in the 36 stratagems.


Poker DeckPoker Deck (1 deck of 10 cards)
Poker DeckPoker Deck (1 deck of 32 cards)
Poker DeckPoker Deck (1 deck of 14 cards)
Poker DeckPoker Deck (1 deck of 2 cards)
Poker DeckPoker Deck (1 deck of 14 cards)
Poker DeckPoker Deck (1 deck of 36 cards)
Half MatHalf Mat (3)
NOTE: 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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Cool Factors

  • Conquer capital cities, prefectures and temples!
  • Features War, Plague, Piracy, Looting & Rebellion!
  • Deploy the infamous ancient 36 stratagems to defeat enemies


DesignerMoss E
Average Rating (3)
Publish DateMarch 06, 2016
ThemeEmpire Building
SettingChinese Dynasties
AudienceGame Master
Primary MechanicAction Points
If You LikeRisk
More InfoThirty Six web site

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