Emperor Qin Shi Huang has united all of China and enacted many reforms for the people. Those underneath him are also looking to make their mark on the country, engaging in their own power struggles in the court. But each must beware, lest the Emperor's favor falter on them.
That's the story behind Emperor's Choice (not an ad for Folger's Coffee). Tasty Minstrel Games is running a Kickstarter campain for a deluxe version of the game. You can check it out now.
From the campaign:
It is 221 BC, and Emperor Qin has done the impossible - he has achieved a united China. While he was in power for a relatively short period of time, he managed to enact policies, reforms, and projects that remained impactful for centuries. In Hisashi Hayashi’s Emperor’s Choice, 2-5 players will seek to spread their own personal power and influence, while making sure that their status in the eyes of Qin Shi Huang does not falter in the process.
Over the course of 6 turns, players will use a unique bidding system to claim Qin Dynasty tiles that will be drawn randomly every turn. They will also recruit new followers, claim tributes and Imperial Treasures, add soldiers to their armies, and if they are lucky enough to have the favor of the Emperor, get to choose the Imperial Decree for the turn, which will be scored by every player.
Emperor’s Choice is a deep strategy game, filled with different paths to victory for the players to utilize. Strategies used in previous sessions will not necessarily be available for players in subsequent plays, keeping everyone engaged with the flow of the game, and making the game a challenge each and every time it hits the table.
The game's around 90% of the way to its funding goal (or more by the time you read this), with 22 days left to go.