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Madoshi: Priests of the Sun and Moon

The land itself—the rocks, trees, mountains, and rivers—are infused with latent magical energy. This energy needs only a focus to give it life. The Sun and the moon struggle with each other to give these Mononoke life.

Type: Tabletop Game
Playing Time: 30 minutes
Number Of Players: 1-2
Age: 8+
Release Date: March 2021

$19.99 $14.99

Available on backorder

MADOSHI

Coming in the Spring of 2021

Priests of the Sun and Moon

The sun rises and grows in power, while her influence is strong she manipulates the elements of nature to create Yokai to do her bidding. As the day grows long, she weakens and soon sees that she is not alone.
Surging with the darkness is the Moon, who also has plans to use the spirits and ghosts on this plane. The battle will rage on. As the sun and moon pivot for advantage. The struggle is an eternal one.
Players will assume the role of the Sun and the Moon taking turns to capture Yokai. 
Play occurs on a 5×5 grid with players swapping one token to create a pattern of elements matching that on the available Yokai cards. More power is gained with matches in the source element. After capture, there is a release of magical energy and the field of battle will change as a result. Voids are created, wild magic appears, or the universe could shift.
Three levels of Yokai cards are placed next to the game board, and when one of the decks has been depleted, the game ends. Whoever earns the most points wins.

COMPONENTS:

  • 22 Yokai cards
  • 2 Player cards (Sun and Moon)
  • 2 Reference cards
  • 25 Element Tokens (Natural wood with heat transferred images)
  • 1 Game Board 
  • 1 Rules Sheet
Game Setup

Swap 2 tokens

The Yellow player may swap any 2 tokens on the board (with the exception of Voids and Wilds).
This player chooses to swap the Wood token with the Earth token.

Declare the matching pattern

The Yellow player has created a match with Chimi (top card in this illustration).

Collect card and Cast Magic

The player collects the card. Since it was matched with the Source Element (in this case Wood), the card is placed on the left side of the scoring card and is worth 2 points.
Also, this player MUST perform the Magic listed at the bottom of the card (if possible). In this case, the Yellow player flips an Earth token. It is now a Void.
The Green player will take a turn next and will use the same board but from the opposite perspective.

Reviews

If you’re familiar with the gaming world, there is always that danger that a particular game will become too complex. Game designers often attempt to make games “new” by increasing the difficulty level. Sometimes, however, mixing elements in a new way creates a much better game. This is what DPH Games, Inc., has accomplished in creating Madoshi: Priests of the Sun and Moon, a fun strategy game that anyone can learn to play.
(Full review at the New Right Network )

“Madoshi is a great little game. It’s one of those games where you just can’t play it once. You want to get better at the game and it’s easy enough to pick up… it takes time to master.”
Tabletop Treasury Michael Burr

“I really enjoyed how simple it was to learn and to play. I think that Veteran gamers are going to enjoy it but also the nubie will be able to catch on quickly.
Cara The Blonde Unicorn

Rules


Click on image to the right for the rules pdf.

HOW TO PLAY VIDEO
A 6-minute explanation of the rules and each Yokai card power.

VIDEO PLAYTHROUGH
Some people like to watch other people play board games 🙂 Here is a full gameplay though with the thinky bits cut out. A lot of wilds came up in this play. Next time will get hit with voids!