Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan


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The battle of Sekigahara, fought in 1600 at a crossroads in Japan, unified that nation under the Tokugawa family for more than 250 years.


Sekigahara allows you to re-contest the war to unify Japan as Ishida Mitsunari, defender of a child heir, or Tokugawa Ieyasu, Japan’s most powerful daimyo (feudal lord).
The campaign lasted only 7 weeks, during which each side improvised an army and a strategy with what forces their allies could provide. Each leader harboured deep doubts as to the loyalty of his units – for good reason. Several daimyo refused to fight; some even turned sides in the midst of battle.
To conquer Japan you must do more than field an army – you must be sure it will follow you into combat. Cultivate the loyalty of your allies and deploy them only when you are confident of their allegiance. Win a battle by gaining a defection from the ranks of your opponent.
Sekigahara is replete with unusual mechanics:
  • No dice are used
  • Cards represent loyalty and motivation. Without a matching card, an army will not enter battle.
  • Allegiance is represented by hand size, which fluctuates each turn.
  • Battles are a series of deployments, from hidden unit stacks, based on hidden loyalty factors. Loyalty Challenge cards create potential defection events.

Designer: Matt Calkins
Publisher: GMT Games
Player numbers: 2 Players
Recommended Age: 14+
Game Time: 180 minutes

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Awards & Honours:

2012 Golden Geek Best Wargame Winner
2012 Golden Geek Best Wargame Nominee
2011 Golden Geek Best Wargame Nominee
2011 Charles S. Roberts Best Board Game Graphics Nominee
2011 Charles S. Roberts Best Ancient to Napoleonic Era Board Wargame Winner
2011 Charles S. Roberts Best Ancient to Napoleonic Era Board Wargame Nominee

What’s in the box? Sekigahara Contents:

Mounted Map
119 wooden pieces
1 and 1/2 sticker sheets
110 cards
Two-player aid cards


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