The Monkey King board game is based on the story of The Journey to The West and inspired by a board game called The Resistance Avalon. The Monkey King is based on a famous portion of The Journey to the West where the White Bone Lady pretends to be an innocent lady or a young girl to trick the Monk Xuanzang and his apprentices. How you proceed in this challenge will determine whether you succeed or fail in the game.
As a player, you must trick your friends into the believing that you’re on their side to win the game. You will be assigned one of many different characters. If you are The Monkey King your job is to use your power to protect your master to complete quests along with your buddies. On the other hand, there are evil characters that you also might be assigned. The evil spirits are a white bone lady and her helpers and your job is to seduce and capture XuanZang disrupting their journey.
To win the game, the Monk Xuanzang and his apprentices have to successfully complete three of five Quests. Evil wins if the White Bone Lady and her helpers prevent Xuanzang and his apprentices in achieving three Quests. In the end, if Xuanzang and his apprentices achieve three quests, the White Bone Lady has one chance to find out who Xuanzang is. If she’s right, then Evil wins.
The board game is for 5 -8 players. There are also 4 extension characters cards that are exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign.
Approx. game duration: 30–60 minutes.
Step 1: Select the tableau based on the number of players. Place the tableau in the center of the play area with the Score Markers, Team token, and Quest cards next to it.
Step 2: Play the round marker on the tableau, and Vote Token on the vote track.
Step 3: Stuffing players cards, mix cards of the team ,The Journey to the West and Evil spirit, White Bone Lady and her helpers. Each player should receive one card and hide your identity. Randomly select a leader; Leader can select 2 or 3 players or more based on what is the number of quest in.
Step 4: Starting with Game script [check rewards for the audio script]
Step 5: Use the vote token to approve or reject the leader’s proposed Quest team. There are 4 chance to vote, whoever is the last person has the authority to pick whoever to play the game.
I born in China and lived with my grandparents when I was little. I watched The Journey to The West (西游记) TV series with my grandpa, and I have great memories of that.
In the story, The Monkey King is born with superpowers, but he has no discipline and care for others. Through the Journey, he has experiences, learn things, suffers, it makes him become a hero. People love him. If you are interested, you also can read more on Wiki.
I like to spend time with my friends during weekends. But sometimes we get friends together, and we don’t really know what to talk about and so games are great ways to enable people to talk more to each other. This game is designed to do that.
Through this game you’ll get to know your friends’ different personalities. You might not know how they think/behave “I didn’t know you were a good actor.”
Risks and challenges
This is the my first board game I ever made. The board game design is set, but based on test result, the board game rules and design may change a little bit. However, my goal is to make it enjoyable and fun to play. I work with the game developer, Chun Zhang from the Top Game Development Program in the U.S.. Advisors Christine Xu and Gary Chou, and interaction designers from School of Visual Arts.
The main challenge is whether the board game will ship it on time. I will keep update with the process and try my best to make it happen. Otherwise, please aware there will be 30-90 days delay.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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