Update: The Kickstarter campaign for the reprint of Yedo: Deluxe Master Set is live and will run for 11 days. This campaign is also for the (Un)Pleasant Surprise expansion that contains a mission pack and a trade pack. You may pledge just for the expansion, or for Yedo Deluxe, or for Yedo Deluxe and coins. Playmats, coins, and the expansion are also available as add-ons.
Our preview post below was published on October 24.
Yedo: Deluxe Master Set is a 1-5 player worker placement and bidding game in which clans in 17th century Japan rival for the favour of the Shogun of Edo (Yedo). The Kickstarter campaign is for the reprint of the game, and it will launch on October 26.
The cooperative and solo mode of the game is called 'The Shogun Must Die' and plays a bit differently than the competitive mode. You are working as a servant of the Emperor and, having noticed that the Shogun has become a threat, you will try to prevent him from rising to power.
Instead of a Bidding phase, in the cooperative game players decide how many Mon (money) they wish to spend and then reveal an Emperor Event card to see the prices of the assets on offer and make purchases. In the Event phase, you reveal a card from the Emperor deck and execute its instructions. In the Assign Disciples phase, both you and the Shogun place workers on the board (you have to follow rules for the Shogun's disciples placement). In the Watch Patrol phase, the watch moves one space on the board indicated by its colour, and players may play an action card to save their disciples from arrest.
In the Trade phase, players may trade items among themselves, as long as the items are of equal value. In the Actions phase, your disciples will perform the action of the district they are placed in, or complete a mission (one of which is to kill the Shogun). The Shogun's disciples act according to a chart, depending on which district they are in. The game ends at the 7th round. If you haven't been able to kill the Shogun, you lose. If you have, you proceed to scoring points to compare with your future successes.