About this project
IKI: A Game of EDO Artisans is a medium weight strategy game for 2-4 players, ages 13+, with a playing time of 60-90 minutes. It bases itself in the city of Edo, or what we now know today as Tokyo, Japan.
Edo was a thriving city with an estimated population of one million, half townspeople and half samurai. With a huge shopping culture, Edo’s main district, Nihonbashi, was lined with shops, selling kimonos, rice, and so much more.
Nihonbashi will be the focus of this game. IKI: A Game of EDO Artisans will bring you on a journey through the famed street of old Tokyo. Hear the voices of Nihonbashi Bridge’s great fish market. Meet the professionals, classing from 700-800 different jobs. Enter the interactivity of the shoppers and vendors. Become one with the townspeople.
One of the main professions in the world of Edo is the artisan. Each of the Edo artisans use their own skill of trade to support the townspeople’s lives. In this game, not only are there artisans, but street vendors, sellers at the shops, and professions unique to this time and age. Meet the puppet masters, putting on a show. Meet the ear cleaners that people would line up for. This game just got a whole lot more exciting.
The goal of this game is to become the annual Edoite, best personifying what is known as “IKI." What is “IKI,” you ask? “IKI” is an ancient philosophy, believed to be the ideal way of living among people in Edo. Knowing the subtleties of human nature, being refined and attractive... These are all elements of a true IKI master.
Players must hire artisans and vendors, and train them. They must do business with people, shop at the main district, build the symbols of Edo, and contribute to the development of the town.
The full version of English Rule
You can visit the Board Game Geek page here.
UTSUROI was founded in 2014, Japan, with the goal of reaching the entire world through board games. Board games, a fusion of world views, themes, and game systems. Board games, bringing about intellectual fun throughout the whole table. We will produce a fresh magnificent board games for all to play!
The man responsible for IKI’s game design and art direction is Koota Yamada, well known for hit games such as "Postman Race" and "The Elves and the Shoemaker.” His debut work, "Stone Garden（枯山水）" was featured on many Japanese TV shows and magazines.
IKI is closely based on "Edo Craftsman Story," a game quickly selling out during the Spring 2014 Tokyo Game Market. The rules and artworks have been brushed up substantially, giving the game a rebirth under a new name.
We hope this game will be able to reintroduce Edo townspeople’s culture and atmosphere to the people of today. Allow us to introduce the game itself in full detail.
In the year of 1999, an ancient picture scroll titled the "Kidai Shoran" was rediscovered in the Berlin Museum of Asian Art. This scroll gave a bird's-eye view of the bustling street of Nihonbashi of the City of Edo. It depicted vividly the everyday lives of common people. It was a captivating view.
Using this Kidai Shoran as a reference, it was decided that illustration master Dommiy would give this world new life, reviving the citizens of Edo with every inch of detail. We have created a board game that sends the players back to the ancient streets of Japan. We have reconstructed their social systems, backed with solid historical research. We have created IKI: A Game of EDO Artisans.
Each card holds a different design alongside different content. As we reach our Stretch Goals, more Occupation Cards will be added to the mix.
"Very Very impressed by IKI…"
Rahdo Runs Through: Gameplay
Rahdo Runs Through: Extended Gameplay
Rahdo Runs Through: Extended Gameplay (static camera)
Rahdo Runs Through: Final thoughts:
"I really had fun with this game. The current art is very thematic. I like the way the designer worked the art of the scroll into the game. " "The game is definitely a Euro in the way it plays" --- Lorna, Game reviewer on BGG
The Opinionated Gamers http://opinionatedgamers.com/2015/07/10/iki-preview/
「熙代勝覽再現，江戶時代的生活縮影」---Citie, Game reviewer in Taiwan玩桌遊還是被桌遊玩http://boardgame-record.blogspot.tw/2015/07/iki-ks.html
(Note that the photos are of Prototype edition)
Tric Trac "Artisans japonais, estampes et cubenbois" ---khaali
Included with the set are the cards, punchboard tokens, wooden pieces, and the main board. All printed materials are offered with a beautiful linen finish. However, alongside our Stretch Goals, it doesn't have to end there. With the proper funds, we can continue to build the game into what we can proudly present as a masterpiece.
●ARTISAN LEVEL: 1 copy of IKI: A Game of Edo Artisans including all the stretch goals.
●KABUKI LEVEL (DELUXE): 1 copy of IKI: A Game of EDO Artisans with all stretch goals, plus a beautiful Makimono board and an elegant box made of paulownia wood. (All in the paulownia wooden box)
The gameplay board is a scroll, professionally handmade in Japan by the hands of an artisan. With full authenticity, it has been mounted with high quality gold Awa Japanese paper. It gives the player that much more emotional richness.
Also handmade in Japan is the standard edition packaging itself. Your scroll will be delivered in a paulownia wooden box (kiri bako), designed in the style of Inrou, providing a great sense of strength and luxury.
●SAMURAI LEVEL (COLLECTOR'S COMPLETE EDITION): 1 Copy of IKI: A Game of EDO Artisans including all the stretch goals, plus a hand-made beautiful Makimono Board and paulownia wooden box. (All items within the paulownia wooden box)
Extra limited are the kokeshi dolls, used as a replacement of the OyaMeeple. Game illustrator, Dommiy, has been painting each handmade doll one by one, making for an extremely delicate process. Being handdrawn, each and every doll comes with a different expression. The process will take about two months before shipping.
1 extra copy of "IKI" $46/each ($44/each for SUMO tier backers.) $1 backers cannot add add-ons. The shipping cost must be added depending on the number of copies and your region.
-----Shipping cost for an additional copy-----
United States, Canada: $4
Australia, China, Russia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea: $14
The rest of the world: $20
In order to purchase the add-on, you must add the total cost of the copies of IKI, the shipping cost depending on the number of copies, and your region to your current pledge amount. You may do so in the upper right “Manage Your Pledge” section.
e.g. 2 extra copies, shipping to the US = $46*2 + $4*2 = $100
Add it to your original pledge, $62 ($49+$13 as shipping fee) + $100=$162.
There are a variety of occupations in the City of Edo. Artisans such as carpenters and lantern makers, street merchants such as fish peddlers and watermelon peddlers, shop sellers such as the sushi stand and soba stand, and just so much more.
A selected 56 kinds of professions are used as cards and appear in the game. Wisely using the ability of an artisan is the key to victory.
Players become merchants in Edo and aim to personify IKI the best throughout the course of a year. As you play, you will hire artisans and vendors, make them live in Nagaya, and train them as they work. As the game reaches its end, players may even build buildings for the development of Edo town. You will influence the world.
There are 13 rounds to the game. Every round represents the course of a month. The 13th round is for the New Year.
As the ancient writings go, “Fires and fights are Edo’s flowers.” Fires were commonplace in the days of Edo's time, and to replicates this, are the ends of special rounds. If players do not have enough power to put out a fire, they will not be able to rescue their artisans and buildings. It will bring disaster to you.
Each round is divided into two phases: Phase 1, known as the Way of Life (Ikizama) Phase, and Phase 2, known as the Action Phase. While in the Action Phase, players must engage in the acts of HIRING and MOVING & TRADING.
Choose your way of life among the five squares of the Way of Life track. The track number shows both the playing order of Phase 2 and the steps of moving action.
Phase 2A - HIRING: Order of gameplay is determined left to right on the Way of Life track. You may hire one Occupation Card from the hiring pool by paying the hiring cost. Place the Occupation Card in an empty Nagaya room on the board. Put one of your Kobun meeples below the first skill level. You may hire up to four people. The formation of profession types, such as artisans and peddlers, are the key of this game.
B - MOVING & TRADING: There are 8 shop squares on the main street in Nihonbashi. Move your Oyakata (Boss) meeple counterclockwise the number of squares chosen at Phase 1. You can, in any order, take the action offered by the shop and do transaction with the worker (Occupation Card) living there.
If you exchange your worker with another player, the worker will gain experience and grow one level. Once the worker reached its maximum skill level, he/she will retire.
You can read the full version of Englush rule here!
We will ship the products as soon as possible once they are manufactured. If preparations go
smoothly, shipment will begin October, 2015.
The Makimono board, Kokeshi dolls, and the paulownia wooden box are all produced and hand-made in Japan. When the games deliver from Germany to our studio in Japan, we will start setting up the deluxe and super deluxe versions. It takes an extra 2 months for deluxe and super deluxe pledge levels, in comparison to a normal pledge.
Please note that the paulownia wooden box is very heavy and big!! (Size: Approximately 310×510×80mm, Weight: 1.9kg)
This promotion video was filmed with the entire support of TOEI Kyoto Studio Park (Uzumasa Eiga Mura). The Special Movie is about 100 seconds of Director’s Cut.
Game Designer & Art Director: Koota Yamada
Koota Yamada is the grand prize winner of the Tokyo Germany Game Awards. His debut work, “Stone Garden,” was released from New Games Order at the Fall 2014 Tokyo Game Market, and featured on Japanese TV programs, newspapers, and other media. With "IKI: A game of EDO Artisans," Yamada wishes to remaster his popular fifth work, “Edo Craftsman Story.” Yamada is well known for prominent research on a game’s theme before establishing a new world view, giving an intense sense of accuracy.
His favorite board game is “Scotland Yard,” which he has been playing since the age of 10. In addition, he also enjoys
“Bohnanza”, “Container”, and “Tigris & Euphrates.”
UTSUROI Co-Founder & Business Consultant: NAKAGAWA Kozi, Ph.D. (@kozijp)
Research Professor,Digital Hollywood Graduate School, Digital Hollywood University. (http://www.dhw.ac.jp/en/) Strategic Business Planner. A Doctor of Management. He led AkibaAnimeArt Magazine to a successful funding on Kickstarter. He is also the Co-Founder of JH lab. As an enthusiastic collector of board games, Nakagawa owns many rare games. His favorites are “Die Macher,” and “Power Grid.” Dr.NAKAGAWA's profile on KS
Illustrator & Graphic Designer: Dommiy An illustrator living in Kyoto, Japan. Her specialty is drawing pop, kitsch, and somewhat “poisoned” illustrations. She is in charge of the beautiful artwork found in IKI. For the promotion video, her work as an art director and a stylist. Her favorite board game is “Dixit.”
English Translator: Kazuki Ito
Born and raised in Tokyo, he is currently studying as a college student in the United States. His favorite board game is chess.
Editor: Bruce Yee
A graphic designer from the United States, specializing in minimalism and superflat. He works as the editor for IKI.
Video direction & editing: Victor Woronov Ⅲ
Director of Photography: Ryuji Hara
Video Location: TOEI Kyoto Studio Park
For filming the promotion video, we received a great support and help from TOEI Kyoto Studio Park.
Risks and challenges
Physical production of "IKI: A Game of EDO Artisans" will begin Fall of 2015.
Copies of the game will be shipped around November-December.
The scroll, paulownia wood box, and kokeshi dolls are all handmade, so production may take a while.
Since IKI is our first KickStarter project, unexpected problems may possibly occur.
We promise to do our best to make the shipments a success.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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