Introduction to Rise of the Kage

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Rise of the Kage is a fast paced, tense and thrilling board game for two to four players. The game is set in the world of the Jwar Isles, and requires one or more players to control the stealthy ninja, and one player to control the stalwart guards.The Golden Empire, led by the Takashi Clan, faces threats from all sides, and its borderlands are descending into chaos.The last thing the Takashis need is for the ninja to make matters worse.

The ninja players must attempt to accomplish their hidden goals whilst searching for items and equipment to help them achieve this. They need to avoid raising the alarm in order to escape with their lives. At the same time, the Takashi Clan player must stop them, throwing all available resources into eliminating the vermin that attack from the shadows.

Will you try to further the inscrutable and nefarious goals of the Kage Kaze Zoku, the Shadow Wind Clan? Or will you defend the life and honour of the Daimyo of the Prefecture of Ryu?

In a game of Rise of the Kage, the Shadow Wind Clan players are tasked with a variety of missions all ultimately focused upon taking down the Takashi Clan. The ninjas play cooperatively, discovering weapons, from shuriken to poisoned rice, dispatching guards as they seek to complete their goals. The Takashi player, at the helm of a guard, employs all the resources at hand to bring their deadly foe to a halt. If they can hold them off until sunrise or raise the alarm then all will be safe for another night.

Ninja or guards, players face difficult decisions. Do the ninja recklessly force their way through their opponents whilst undoubtedly raising the alarm level? Or go too slowly and they face losing the advantage that night brings, dawn ultimately bringing an unstoppable force down upon them. Do the guards throw themselves in the way of their more deadly rivals or strategically attempt to slow them down?

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