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Karesansui (Rock Gardens) imitate the essence of nature, and serve as an aid to meditation about the true meaning of life.
Karesansui (Rock Gardens) imitate the essence of nature, and serve as an aid to meditation about the true meaning of life.
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Karesansui (aka "Rocks") -- A Zen Rock Gardening Board Game!

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As “Initiates Second Grade” in the Monkey Fist Feng Shui Monastery, it will be your great honor to tend the Masters’ rock gardens. Each morning, the Grade Ones come to you with the rocks they’ve gathered and haul away the rocks that you and the other Grade Twos decide you don’t need anymore. But there aren’t enough Grade Ones to go around, so there may be a little competition to get the best selection of rocks. The Grade Ones will give their new rocks to whoever gives them the fewest old rocks to haul away. 

You may decorate your garden with almost any rocks you wish. There are just a few forbidden combinations that must be avoided. Every afternoon the Feng Shui Masters come by to check your work. You’ll get demerits if you create any of the forbidden combinations, but you’ll also get demerits for your laziness if you don’t add new stones each day, and you will suffer the dishonor of being sent down the mountain to haul a stone back for yourself. 

The Masters’ final evaluation will come with no advance warning. The Second Grade Initiate who has the fewest demerits at that time will advance to Grade Three, but whoever has the most demerits will be kicked down to Grade One.  Good luck!

And now a few words from the designer..........

Designer Dairy: Click here to read the designer diary

Ion Award Best Strategy Game for 2012

Rocks won First Place at the SaltCon Designers Competition (The Ion Award) in 2012!

What's in the box?

 76 Rocks (wooden): 15 White, 15 Light Grey, 15 Brown, 15 Tan, 15 Rose – Each color containing five I’s, five II’s, and five III’s – and 1 Black 

1 Cloth Bag 

40 Demerit cards including: 

10 “Pass” cards – all valued 1 

10 “Trips” cards – valued 1-10 

10 “Foursome” cards – valued 1-10 

10 “Straight Flush” cards – valued 1-10

6 Rock Garden player boards 

6 Rakes – one in each player color 

1 Bidding board

Click here to view complete rules




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To include add-ons in your pledge, simply increase your donation by the appropriate amount and send us a message by clicking on our profile and hitting the "Contact Us" button to let us know what you want. We'll also send around a final survey after the end of the Kickstarter to confirm everyone's choices. You can add any number of each add-on item to your pledge, as long as you have at least pledged at the "Rocks My World" level.




Countries that we will ship to for $35 added to your pledge (for one game):

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom

For multiple games or if you have questions about shipping internationally, please contact us at: customer-service@eagle-gryphon.com



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We are veterans of 16 successful Kickstarter projects completed in 2011 and 2012, and all of our projects have shipped out either in the same month we originally projected (14 out of 16) or within 30 days thereafter (2 projects). Even so, there are always unpredictable events which can occur that might delay our projects. We will do our best to avoid them, but there is always the risk that the project might be delayed. Shipping can be a particularly difficult challenge when it involves destinations outside the US (and sometimes even within the US as well). We will obtain tracking information when it is possible, but sometimes it is not. We cannot guarantee that there will not be shipping problems as we cannot guarantee the service and reliability of the various postal services involved around the world. You will have to assume that risk along with us. We have been producing board games for over 10 years and we have a good reputation for the quality of our productions because we visit and choose our Chinese partners/factories carefully. However, mistakes happen occasionally that we cannot control--such as missing or defective components. When they do, our customer service department will work with you to take care of production problems that might arise. Please contact us with regard to any such issues within 90 days of receiving your copy of the game.

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    Early Bird Rockin' the Tin Box! -- Get all six Gryphon Tin Box Series ($72 at MSRP) games at one great price! You receive everything from the "Rocks My World" level, PLUS, a "Desperados- Tin Box Edition", "FZZZT!- Tin Box Edition", "Musketeers - Tin Box Edition", "Stoplights Tin Box Edition", "SWAT! Tin Box Edition", and "Yin Yang- Tin Box Edition". Get free shipping anywhere in the US! International shipping will need to be paid in the actual amount that it costs us for specific countries. Please write to us and indicate what country you are in and we will give you a shipping quote.

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    Rockin' the Tin Box -- Get all six Gryphon Tin Box Series games at one great price (save $24)! You receive everything from the "Rocks My World" level, PLUS, a "Desperados- Tin Box Edition", "FZZZT!- Tin Box Edition", "Musketeers - Tin Box Edition", "Stoplights Tin Box Edition", "SWAT! Tin Box Edition", and "Yin Yang- Tin Box Edition". Get free shipping anywhere in the US! International shipping will need to be paid in the actual amount that it costs us for specific countries. Please write to us and indicate what country you are in and we will give you a shipping quote.

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    Dual Branded -- For the Gryphon & Eagle fans out there. Receive one copy of Rocks and one copy of Triassic Terror (along with 2 special limited edition dinosaur tiles). Triassic Terror is an Eagle Game, also currently on KS. All stretch goals achieved from both projects will also be included in this level. Get free shipping anywhere in the US! International destinations, including Canada, which are on the list in the left column, will need to contact us to ascertain how much the shipping will cost to your particular country.

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    Early Bird Rock Star! -- In case you missed out on some of our other Kickstarter projects that now have limited availability and only sell for full MSRP, we have this offer for you: You receive everything from the "Rocks My World" level, PLUS ONE copy of "Salmon Run", with the Fishermen Expansion; PLUS ONE copy of "I'm the Boss: the Card Game", with the Piece of the Action Expansion; PLUS ONE copy "Wizard's Brew" & all three expansions. Get free shipping anywhere in the US! International shipping will need to be paid in the actual amount that it costs us for specific countries. Please write to us and indicate what country you are in and we will give you a shipping quote.

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    Rock Star! -- In case you missed out on some of our other Kickstarter projects that now have limited availability and only sell for full MSRP, we have this offer for you: You receive everything from the "Rocks My World" level, PLUS ONE copy of "Salmon Run", with the Fishermen Expansion; PLUS ONE copy of "I'm the Boss: the Card Game", with the Piece of the Action Expansion; PLUS ONE copy "Wizard's Brew" & all three expansions. Get free shipping anywhere in the US! International shipping will need to be paid in the actual amount that it costs us for specific countries. Please write to us and indicate what country you are in and we will give you a shipping quote.

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    Early Bird Rockin' the Big Box -- For all you Gryphon fans who haven't got into the Gryphon Big Box Series yet, this level comes with "Rocks" as well as three very high quality Gryphon Big Box games. You receive everything from the "Rock My World" Level; PLUS ONE copy of "Fantastiqa", ONE copy of "The Road to Canterbury", and ONE copy of "Zong Shi". Three great games at a great early bird price! Get free shipping anywhere in the US! International shipping will need to be paid in the actual amount that it costs us for specific countries. Please write to us and indicate what country you are in and we will give you a shipping quote.

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    Rockin' the Big Box -- For all you Gryphon fans who haven't got into the Gryphon Big Box Series yet, this level comes with "Rocks" as well as three very high quality Gryphon games at a very good price. You receive everything from the "Rocks My World" level, PLUS ONE copy of "Fantastiqa", ONE copy of "The Road to Canterbury", and ONE copy of "Zong Shi". Get free shipping anywhere in the US! International shipping will need to be paid in the actual amount that it costs us for specific countries. Please write to us and indicate what country you are in and we will give you a shipping quote.

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    Rocks Around the Clock! -- Get 10 copies of Karesansui shipped anywhere in the US! For international shipping let us know where you want them sent and we will give you a quote.

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    Rocks for Dinner! A special treat! Help design a home-cooked meal to be prepared and hosted by Karesansui Designer Joe Kisenwether at his home outside Reno, Nevada. This level includes dinner for you and three guests (four total); and 4 autographed copies of Karesansui. Play Rocks with Joe and discuss his career designing slot machines for the casinos. You provide your own transportation and housing.

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