Several families fight for supremacy in China in the 14th century. As head of the families, the players travel throughout the 6 Chinese provinces to increase their influence and support there in order to gain the favor of the emporer. Over 6 rounds, the players place family members in political offices to strengthen their standing among the population and in the emporor's palace. They found cloisters in the individual provinces to strengthen the spiritual life of the Chinese middle class. But only the player who reacts to the acitons of the other families will, at the end, through balanced and flexible tactics, earn the most points and become the next emporer. This game contains many components. 1 game board, 128 family members, 4 Prince figures, 16 return cards, 48 movement cards, 108 province tiles, 12 Dragon cards, 6 50/100 tiles, 1 round marker, 1 start player marker, and 4 game overviews. Ming Dynasty is for 2-4 players, ages 10+, and takes about 90 minutes to play.