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Zong Shi

Zong Shi box artAs the name suggests, this has a Chinese setting. Players have two ‘artisan’ pawns – a master and an apprentice – and are competing to become Grand Master. They do this by completing projects: ordinary ones that give bonuses towards later projects or masterworks that help them win. However, players can also curry favour with influential townsfolk by giving them presents – in other words, it’s not enough to be good at what you do, you need a bit of politicking too!

The main mechanism of the game is placing your pawns on actions each turn: buying raw materials, visiting townsfolk, picking up scrolls (which provide bonuses) from the temple or working on a project. The master can do more of each of these than the apprentice and only the master can work on a project. Another neat mechanism is that projects take several turns to complete. Hence you need to think about starting projects, as you know you’ll be deprived of your master for a while.

Players have several strategies open to them, which means there’s plenty of replay value in Zong Shi. The game is gorgeously produced with great artwork and some lovely playing pieces – notably the translucent green Buddha that denotes the first player.

For 3-5 players, aged 13+, playing time 75 minutes: £40.00 (£33.33 outside the EU)
 

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Zong Shi being played at the GatheringZong Shi being played at the 2012 Gathering

Zong Shi was designed by Kevin G Nunn and is published by Gryphon Games

Find out more:
    Zong Shi at the BoardGameGeek
    Pevans's first impressions of Zong Shi at the Gathering 2012

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