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Niya - a two-player strategy game in the Garden of Conspiracy

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Niya - a strategy game in the Garden of Conspiracy

Control the Garden to Rule the Court! In Japan's Imperial Garden, courtly manners and natural beauty veil a dark political conspiracy among two influential clans.

In Niya, players must follow the pattern set by the rival clan to arrange their tokens in a row or square. Strategy and shrewd decisions will lead your clan to seize control of the garden... and power at court!

Game Play

To set up the game, shuffle the 16 tiles and arrange them in a 4x4 square; each tile shows one of four types of vegetation (maple, cherry, pine or iris) and one of four types of poetic symbols (rising sun, bird, rain or tanzaku - the small pieces of paper on which people sometimes write wishes).

The starting player removes one tile on the border of the square, sets this tile aside, then places one of her tokens in this space. The opponent must then do the same thing, but can choose from only those tiles that depict the same type of vegetation or poetic symbol shown on the tile first set aside. Play continues, with each set-aside tile determining where the next player can go until:

  • A player forms a line with four of her tokens in any direction
  • A player forms a 2x2 square with four of her tokens
  • A player chooses a tile which doesn't allow her opponent to place a token.

In any of these cases, the player has won the game. A match can be a single game, a 'best of three' series, or a point-based match, with the winner of a game earning as many points as the number of tiles remaining in the grid when she wins; in this case, the player who first collects ten points wins the match.

Contents: 16 Clan tokens, 16 Garden tiles, instruction booklet.


Number of Players 2
Playing Time 10 minutes
Suggested Ages 8 and up
Demo Available Yes
Mechanics abstract strategy, pattern building, Asian theme, Japan
Designer Cathala, Bruno
Illustrator Cyril Bouquet
Publisher Blue Orange Games
Year Published 2014
Binding Tin
Condition New

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