Joraku (Board Game)

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Joraku is an ancient Japanese word commonly used before the Edo period which means “Going to Kyoto”.

Specifically, during the Sengoku period, Joraku refers to the act of local warlords, the Daimyo, marching their armies toward Kyoto to "protect the Shogun and Emperor from other rogue lords" and ultimately rule in their place.

Onward to Kyoto! Take command of your army, and defeat every Daimyo blocking the way! March on! To victory! March on! Kachidoki!

Joraku is a trick-taking area control game. Outwit your opponents with tactical card play, use your loyal Samurais to bid control of areas and build prestige. Only the Daimyo with the highest reputation and the biggest stick can rule Japan!

Round Overview

  • Recruit Phase
  1. Draw new hand of 5(6) skirmish cards in a 4(3) player game.
  2. Pass 2 cards to the left simultaneously.
  • Skirmish Phase
  1. Each player plays 1 card and resolves it.
  2. Check who wins this skirmish.
  3. Pass the Kachidoki card to winner. All players rank influence where the winner's Daimyo token is to gain RP.
Repeat 1~3 until all cards in hand are played.
  • Prestige Phase:
Rank influence of players in each area, earn Reputation Points based on the score charts on the map.

The game lasts for 3 rounds, and the player with the highest RP wins.
The points given in each area will be different for every round.
Your Samurai cubes will stay on the map between rounds, so plan for the future when you place them.

Product Details

Boards & Dice
11 Aug 2017
Game Mechanic
Year Published
Country: Japan
# of Players
3 - 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players, Recommended with 3 - 4 players
Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
30 - 60 minutes
Game Designer
Iori Tsukinami (月並いおり)
Game Artist
  • Nariko (ナリコ)
  • Katie Welch
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User Suggested Ages
Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
Supply Source