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Cover from Nippon: a rural Japanese landscape with 18th century factories in the backgroundNippon

Part of the 2015 crop from What's Your Game?, this is a seriously complex game just like the designers' other games (notably Madeira and Panamax). The theme is the industrialisation of Japan, with the players as the nascent zaibatsu (major corporations).

In a very clever mechanism, players take worker pawns, rather than placing them, to trigger actions. These involve players building factories, using them to produce and selling their goods. They can also buy railways and shipping lines and, of course, develop their corporation.

Sooner or later, players must pay their workers, the cost of which depends on how many different colours of pawn they've used. This really makes taking a worker a challenging decision. With lots of ways to score points, there are several strategies for winning, each putting together selected actions to give synergy.

This is a terrific, challenging game. And if you want to get a taste, you can play it online at BoardGameArena (as I do).

For 2-4 players, aged 12+, playing time 120 minutes: 36.00 (30.00 without tax outside the EU)
 

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Nippon
was designed by Nuno Bizarro Sentieiro and Paulo Soledade and is published by What's Your Game?

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    Nippon at BoardGameGeek

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