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Store:  Strategy Games
Theme:  Oriental
Other:  Essen 2008 releases


limited edition of 99

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Ages Play Time Players
10+ 60 minutes 2

Designer(s): Tizian Blumenthal, Victor Gilhaus

Manufacturer(s): Bambus Spieleverlag

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Product Description

This game is an Essen 2008 pre-order and will be directly imported after the end of the show. There are special conditions associated with pre-ordering this game. Please read the full conditions here.

You've probably never heard of designers Victor Gilhaus and Tizian Blumenthal, and that would be because they are children, not aspiring game designers to be who have been active on BGDF or BoardGameGeek learning about the hobby. So how did Tokugawa come about, with Bambus Spieleverlag ending up as publisher?

In 2006, the Deutsche Kinderhilfswerk (DKHW, or German Children's Fund) held a project called "100 Clever Ideas for Kid-Friendly Activities in Germany." Gilhaus (then age 11) and Blumenthal (then age 9) submitted a board game called Samurai, in which the two players try to occupy the opponent's capital -- Tokyo or Kyoto -- in 17th century Japan by using conquered provinces to provide materials to increase and maintain troops.

Samurai was chosen as one of the 25 projects that would receive €5,000 for development and promotion, and the DKHW approached Günter Cornett at Bambus Spieleverlag to ask his assistance in developing the game and bringing it to market. Two years later, after much testing, rule tweaking and name changing, Tokugawa will be released at Spiel 08 in a small edition of 99 copies in an attempt to spread interest in the game to a larger publisher.

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