My son was back for a flying visit from Uni last weekend and so we managed to squeeze in a quick board game. This was a bit of an unusual one for us...normally it's something like Twilight Struggle or Carcassone but a friend gave me a copy of Tokaido at Xmas and we hadn't managed to get round to playing it.
This game is published by Funforge and is based around a journey along the Tokaido...one of the Five Routes of the Edo period in Japan. This road linked Kyoto to Edo and the players travel along a route, stopping off at various places/activities on the way. In a very Zen-like way the game is all about the Journey rather than a race to the finish. Each player can move between the inns along the road but has to stop and wait for the others to catch up at each inn.
|one of the character cards|
The game is one of those ones that initially seems very easy, almost too easy, and then you start to realise that there is a lot more depth and subtlety to it. The game components are really lovely and beautifully illustrated. As games take around 45 minutes it's an ideal game for people (eg my wife) who don't fancy devoting a whole evening to a game but it's a great way to fill in some time...highly recommended.