Rembrandt. Van Gogh. Da Vinci. These are the artists (among others), that you probably recognize from your art classes. But it’s certain that the Western hemisphere wasn’t the only ones with master artisans. The city of Edo (now known as Tokyo) in Japan, in particular, was renown for its artists of the highest caliber. Now, you can bring that time period to the tabletop in Iki, a new board game that’s up on Kickstarter.
The game is for 2-4 players, ages 13 and up, and takes about 60-90 minutes to play. The goal of the game is to become the annual Edoite, a person that best personifies Iki. That entails such things as knowing the subtleties of human nature, being refined and attractive, and other such things like that. To achieve this, players will hire artisans and vendors, shop in the markets, contribute to the health and well-being of the town, and just generally be a good citizen.
The campaign is quickly closing in on their funding goal and still has 28 days left to go.