Weekly Challenge #3: Jixia Academy

I FINALLY got to play #Jixia Academy the other night with my wife! This game is actually a simple re-theming of #Hanamikoji. It is a very simple card game that utilizes their "I split, you choose" mechanic, along with set collection. The set collection however acts as a means of area control as you vie for the favor of various scholars.

Each round is comprised of 4 actions that you must take but in whichever order you choose. The game can be as quick 5-10min or as long as 20min.

Pros:

  • The art is not my favorite, however it is well executed
  • The production quality is great, as is characteristic of Deep Water Games
  • The alternating turns are very quick
  • Very unique actions/decisions

Cons:

  • the rulebook, though short, is not very clear
  • the back and forth from round to round can be a little tedious
  • the win conditions are simple, yet they can get a little muddled from round to round

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10 months ago

I actually quite enjoyed the 'back-and-forth'. That you didn't win by big pushes or dramatically but that it was mostly stalemate and you were trying to engineer little advantages each round. That said, I can imagine if it went on for more than 4-5 rounds it could get tedious.

10 months ago

Yeah I can definitely see that! I would like to get a few more plays in to get a better feeling for sure

10 months ago

Let us know how it goes

10 months ago

for sure!

10 months ago

👍

Supporter10 months ago

I really want to try this or Hanimikoji sometime. 

10 months ago

yeah i wanted to try hanamikoji as well, i just did not enjoy the geisha theme very much. 

Supporter10 months ago

I think I like the art in Hanimikoji better though. 

10 months ago

Oh definitely!

Premium User10 months ago

This is a neat game that my wife hated so I gave it away, haha. One I'd gladly play any time, though.

10 months ago

Dude that's funny, my wife didn't enjoy it either! Lol

We mainly didn't like how the favor tokens kept switching back and forth. I almost think this game would operate well if it was best 2 out of 3 or something. It just seemed too tug-of-warish..

Premium User10 months ago

I've never had a game go more than 2 rounds, but I guess if you wanted you could just house rule it to whatever you liked better

10 months ago

Interestingly my wife did quite enjoy it, I think we both appreciated how it always made you unsure if you were doing the right thing, cause there was always a bunch of unknowns

10 months ago

I definitely like the unknowns aspect of things!

10 months ago

For sure, it made every decision feel like it might blow up in your face

10 months ago

So true. That did help the tension haha 

10 months ago

Yep, lots of agonising

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