Hanamikoji board game
Hanamikoji board game

Hanamikoji

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Win the favor of the Geisha!
Hanamikoji is a simple, yet deep game of careful consideration for two players. Each player takes the role of a restaurateur, attempting to curry the favor of the beloved geisha. Can you sequence your plays in thoughtful reflection to outmaneuver your opponent.? Find out in Hanamikoji!

Play Your Cards Right
Gameplay is focused around the geisha, and the use of cards representing instruments of entertainment to sway them to your establishment. Playing the majority of a color's cards in a round will draw the matching geisha to your restaurant. However, each of your offerings must be planned in advance, as you can only present the geisha with gifts based on what offering tiles you have available.


At the start of a player's turn, they draw a card from the deck and decide which of the four offerings to perform. Each player begins the round with the same four offering tiles available, and each tile must be used exactly once during the round to play or discard cards in certain patterns.


Once each player has performed all four of their actions, the Victory Markers on each Geisha are moved toward whoever curried the most favor with the Geisha that round. If the two players tied on how much favor they curried, then the Victory Marker stays put. If at the end of a round a player has earned the favor of four Geisha or Geisha whose points total 11 or more, then that player wins the game!



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  • 6/17/20 | 16 plays | 10/10 | I love this game. The art is beautiful. The I-Cut-You-Choose mechanic is so wonderfully painful every time. This game can be over quickly as one player makes several clever decisions or it can go for multiple rounds as the two players are evenly matched. I love the risks you can take with your discards and secret cards. There's just enough open information to make decisions feel satisfying, yet enough hidden information to keep things tense and surprising. I cannot see myself ever turning down a game of Hanamikoji.
  • Probably my favourite game ever (at the moment). Always agonising decisions, but so few elements. If I was more of a math-head I could probably see through it and be bored, but it confuses my troglodyte amygdala.
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  • A game that I want to show my 90 year old grandmother as she likes games and I want to show her far they have come. Therefore I must think that this has got a lot to give. A cracker of a game.
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I have #Hanamikoji, which is basically the same game, just a different theme. I love it; the decisions are so stressful sometimes haha

Two Player Tuesday | Comment

We are really into Welcome to... and Hanamikoji at the moment for our two player sessions. Both are great for this purpose.

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