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Throne of Hastinapur

Draft dice to obtain the favor of heroes, activate special abilities, or build your personal army!







Historians estimate that the Kurukshetra (koo-rook-shay-trah) war occurred during the Iron Age of India, around 10th century BCE. The conflict arose from a succession dispute over the Throne of Hastinapur (has-tee-nah-poor). Duryodhana was the eldest from the senior branch of the family line, the Kauravas. But he was younger than Yudhishthira, the eldest Pandava. Who would become the next ruler of the vast Kuru kingdom?
The epic struggle over the Throne of Hastinapur has begun! Use your influence over the ancient heroes of India to sway them to join your side, enlist the help of other Rajas, and surprise your opponents by making your own preparations for war before they are ready to fight!


Game Overview:

In Throne of Hastinapur, players act as local supporters who are supplying resources and political leverage to either the Pandavas or Kauravas. To show support, you must place tokens on shared Hero Cards or your personal Pati (Pah-tee) in order to win Victory Points (VP), shown as Lotus flowers. Players will “snake draft” dice from a pool in order to place tokens that match. After the Endgame is triggered, players play a final round. To win, score the most Victory Points!

Game Setup:



How to Play:


Example Round:


  1. In this example, the Blue player with the Elephant Figure rolls the dice and takes their first turn, claiming an Elephant from the Dice Pool. They decide to place an Elephant Token on an Elephant space on Bhishma. If they have the most tokens on Bhishma at the end of the game, they will score 5 VP.
  2. Next the Purple player claims a 3-Cavalry from the dice pool. Instead of placing it on a Hero, they place it on their Pati. If they make a perfect Pati, they initiate the last round of play and they also score 7 VP.
  3. Pink player claims a 3-Infantry and places a token on Bhishma as well.
  4. Orange player claims a 1-Cavalry and places a token on Karna.
  5. Since it's a "snake draft" the Orange player takes their second turn next. They claim a 2-Cavalry and place a matching token on Karna. Play then proceeds to the left.
  6. Pink player claims a 4-Infantry and places a token on Bhishma as well.
  7. Purple player claims the 1-Infantry to contest Bhishma! If they get the second-most tokens, they will get 3VP.
  8. Blue player claims the Raja die from the pool. Instead of placing a token, they get to select one of the 3 available Raja cards and perform it's effect! In this example, they choose "The City of Elephants" to move the Pink player's 3-Infantry from Bhishma to Karna. This takes away their lead on Bhishma and now puts a little stress on the Orange player who had a strong lead on Karna!
  9. After each player has taken their second turn, the Elephant Figure is passed to the right and the next round begins!

Endgame and Scoring:


Try before you buy:

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Publish Date October 01, 2022
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Why buy this?

  • Prelude to war, based on the historic Mahābhārata epic poem.
  • Short game time, allows for players to play multiple games!
  • Easy to learn, so players can focus on difficult decisions.


  • 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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