Episode 315: Gugong

Release Date: Mar. 18, 2019

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Running Time:   68 min.

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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.

Gùgōng     Game Brewer BGG  |  Buy  

Designers: Andreas Steding

Artist: Andreas Resch, Noah Adelman

Publisher: Game Brewer, Tasty Minstrel

1-5 players  1.5 - 2  hours   ages 12+   MSRP $60

Gaming Life

John ponders on the different ways we find joy in collecting games.

Email John: john@thespiel.net

Building A Bigger Game Table

A big meeple jacketed welcome to Ezra Denney, the newest member of team Spiel! Ezra will be doing interviews and discussing ways we can all help make the game community more welcoming and inclusive to all players.

Email Ezra: ezra@thespiel.net


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

performed by Manhattan Jazz Quintet  written by The Beatles

You Turned The Tables on Me  |  the song

written by Louis Alter  music by Sidney D. Mitchell

performed by Catherine Russell

Chinese Tearoom  |  the song

performed and written by Troyanova