“Ninjas don’t wish upon a star, they throw them.”
― Jarius Raphel
It is the Sengoku period, an era of great unrest within the gravely compromised empire of feudal Japan. Your emperor is nothing but a figurehead while the shogun holds the true power. There are many men who desire to hold the title of shogun and then there is you…
Bushido Breaker is a hidden movement card game of deduction & calculated risks, themed as ninja vs. samurai, that is 2-4 players.
Bushido breakers is a card based two player deduction game. One person plays the role of the ninja trying to kill the shogun while the other player plays as the samurai who protects him. You will each start out with a specific set of cards and one special card. Some of the cards are one time use and some are not. The ninja begins by selecting a starting location and marking it on his hidden sheet. He then plays a card face down and marks down on a hidden sheet his action and location (example entrance 1/kunai). The samurai player then selects one samurai and performs and plays a card for that samurai to perform. If for example the samurai had played the katana with the samurai in entrance 1, he would kill the ninja because the katana defeats the kunai weapon. Play continues until:
Ninja kills all the samurai
Ninja Sabotages all the alarms and moves to the shogun’s chamber
Samurai kills the ninja
Samurai notices the ninja twice (while hiding)
I am really impressed by this game. It’s seems like a simple hidden deduction game and when you play as the samurai you’re thinking “I have five of them, how hard can this be?” The answer is very hard. After an alarm goes out or you lose a couple samurai panic starts to set in. And from the ninja perspective it is satisfying to watch the confidence fade from the player who is trying to stop you. A couple of times the phrase “WHERE ARE YOU!” was murmured under people’s breath. There is also a good variance of special cards which, if played correctly, can really turn the tide in your favor. There were a couple times I though I had the perfect special card, only to watch my opponent later play the perfect counter to my special card thus rendering it useless. Also the art is subtle and fits perfectly with the theme. The kickstarter for Bushido Breaker runs from July 11th to August 15th and can be found here.