Episode 315: Gugong
Release Date: Mar. 18, 2019
Running Time: 68 min.
Ming Dynasty China. The Emperor rules from the Imperial Palace, the Gùgōng.
You are the head of a noble family doing your best to gain influence and power. You do this by bribing palace officials with extravagant gifts, hoping they will act on your behalf. Four days separate you from glory or disgrace. Without an audience with the Emperor himself, your family’s prestige will fade.
Gùgōng is driven by a wonderfully simple but richly strategic set of decisions. Playing a single gift card can unlock several actions and benefits. But at what cost? Servants and cards are precious and often in short supply.
Gùgōng is a deeply rewarding and refined example of modern euro-style game design - a beautiful blend of history and theme with compelling gameplay.
Listen in and wander the Forbidden City with us and discover why Gùgōng deserves your attention and our Spiel of Approval.
Complete Show Notes continue after the break.
Designers: Andreas Steding
Artist: Andreas Resch, Noah Adelman
Publisher: Game Brewer, Tasty Minstrel
1-5 players 1.5 - 2 hours ages 12+ MSRP $60
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Music credits include:
Princesses of the Ming Dynasty | the song
written by Liu Ying
Ming Dynasty Court Music | the song
A Day in the Life | the song
You Turned The Tables on Me | the song
performed by Catherine Russell
Chinese Tearoom | the song
performed and written by Troyanova