Monks meditate to spirituality in Tajuto by Reiner Knizia
Prolific game designer Reiner Knizia takes us back to Japan and the arrival of Buddhism in his latest game, Tajuto, published by Super Meeple. In Tajuto, players are monks who are seeking to gain the greatest spirituality. They do this by gaining meditation points which then can be used to take actions to build one of eight pagodas, make an offering to those pagodas or acquire a tile that may provide them additional actions, spirituality points, bonus objectives, or other abilities. There are eight pagodas, each with a different color and constructed of 6 different-sized floors. Players build pagodas by spending meditation points to draw a piece from a bag. While players might be able to feel for the right floor they need to build the next level of a pagoda, drawing the right color still depends on luck. The higher a pagoda is built, the more the offering, which earns meditation points, to a pagoda is worth. Player need to manage their meditation points, taking actions to earn meditation points and spending them to take actions to achieve greater spirituality. Once four pagodas are complete, the game ends. Monks who invest meditation points for inauguration tiles for completed pagodas earn additional spirituality points. The player with the most spirituality points at the end of the game is the winner.
Tajuto plays 2-4 players, ages 10+, in 45-60 minutes. Contents include 8 Pagodas (each made of 6 floors), 1 Large Cloth Bag, 4 Monk Meeples, 53 Tiles, 32 Offering Cubes, 1 Game Board, and rulebook. Tajuto is expected to be released in Q1 2020.