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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3 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.

3 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

3 months ago

Let us know how it goes

3 months ago

for sure!

3 months ago

👍

Supporter3 months ago

I really want to try this or Hanimikoji sometime. 

3 months ago

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

Supporter3 months ago

I think I like the art in Hanimikoji better though. 

3 months ago

Oh definitely!

3 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.

3 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..

3 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

3 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

3 months ago

I definitely like the unknowns aspect of things!

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

So true. That did help the tension haha 

3 months ago

Yep, lots of agonising

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