The Tang dynasty was considered the first golden age of the classical and now iconic Chinese gardens. Emperor Xuanzong built the magnificent imperial Garden of the Majestic Clear Lake as an homage of life itself and from where he ruled. Players will act as Imperial Garden Designers and they will be called to build the most incredible garden while balancing the elements of Nature.
Tang Garden is a Zen-like game that will take you to the first golden age of China, where players will progressively build a garden by creating the landscape, placing the scenery and projecting their vision through vertical panoramas. During the construction, noblemen will visit the garden to admire the surroundings and the way the natural elements coexist in the most breathtaking scenery humankind has ever laid their eyes upon.
Game Designers: Francesco Testini, Pierluca Zizzi | Illustrations: Mateusz Mizak
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Boards & Tiles
Since ancient times, imperial garden designers put particular attention to the balance and variety of the natural elements. The garden had to be a faithful reproduction of the Chinese territory: everything had to coexist in a perfect balance, and moreover, particular attention had to be placed in building the observation points.
The Garden Tiles
In the game, the garden tiles truly reproduce this aspect. During each round, one of the actions available to players will be to expand the garden horizontally with various types of terrain: water, rocks, vegetation and paths. When a tile is placed on the board, for each matched element the players will get bonuses and advances.
On the player boards the levels for water, rock and vegetation will indicate the progress of each player on their natural balance. It will be significant not to oversight any of them to obtain the maximum prestige and attract the attention of noble characters.
The game board is the white canvas where players will progressively build the garden by placing elements on it. The minimalistic vibe of a chinese handmade game board will give freedom of creation and enhance the colorful experience of the continuous evolution of Nature.
Your Garden will start becoming alive by placing the tiles, but Tang Garden is a game of poetry and romance. On top of the placed tiles, players will be able to decorate the scenery.
Players will draw a quantity of cards based on the board situation and choose one to keep. Players will then have to place the chosen decoration in one of the available spots in the garden, creating a unique and seamless scenario that will never be the same.
Each decoration will allow players to obtain small perks during the game and prestige in different ways in the final scoring based on the collected sets.
Enrich ponds with sparkling fish and precious lotus flowers, the gardens of delicate peonies and trees from different parts of China and finally place the beautiful traditional pavilions and bridges to open up incredible observation points for the characters that will visit the garden.
Balancing the elements on a garden was not the only important rule to follow. The location and orientation of the garden was fundamental to create a progressive perspective of the surrounding panoramas to give the feeling that the garden didn’t have an end.
During the game, by placing tiles on special parts of the board, you will be able to place a panorama tile, a new element that adds a never ending perspective for the visitors. Both small and big panoramas will be placed perpendiculary to the board by attaching it to the board insert by creating a seamless look on the four sides of the board.
The Panoramas will interact with the characters at the end of the game by giving prestige points based on what your visitor sees and likes.
Tang Garden is inspired by a real story that takes us back to the eighth century, a golden era for the Chinese art and culture. The garden of the majestic lake was requested by the emperor Xuanzong for his loved Yang Guifei and will be populated by the different miniatures inspired by characters that really existed.
The artist loves the waterfalls and is seen regularly painting beautiful landscapes, the poet contemplates the water and writes poems about the moonlight and the hermit observes the rocks that reminds him of his beloved mountains. Each character in the game will have a unique taste and it will be the player’s responsibility to make sure the characters will never forget such breathtaking sight.
By balancing the nature elements on the player boards, players will attract new characters into the garden. On each player turn, if the elements are balanced, the player will have to choose one miniature from the ones available and finally decide which one of the characters will be placed in the garden, orienting them towards their favorite background, while keeping the other with you to keep exploiting its ability.
We are working actively on improving the rules before going into proofing that will be leaded by our friend Keith Matejka (Bullfrogs, Roll Player).
We really appreciate your valuable input on it. If any questions while reading please let us know in the DropBox comments. We will reply to you there and we will update the rulebook accordingly.
The living rulebook can change at any time, initially even within hours. You can find the version in the button below.
Tabletopia & Tabletop Simulator
You can play the multiplayer version (2-4 players) of Tang Garden in Tabletopia or Tabletop Simulator.
The Solo game will come soon! You can join our Discord Channel if you want to play with the team, we will gladly explain you the game in five minutes too.
Where can I read the rulebook? The link on KS goes nowhere.
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Beautiful game !!
Stunning game and artwork – last one is the reason why I stumpled over this projekt and stoped by
Will there be a chance of seeing an artbook like other Kickstarter games (f.e. rising sun, blood rage) – please!
Glad it will be translated into german (besides, do you need help by translation or counterchecking?)
Très beau! Je cherche des retours de joueurs sur le gameplay et je pledge…
Je vous invite à suivre ce lien qui contient les explications en français, en fait une trad de cette page.
Looks very nice.
I wonder what the role of the elemental of luck will be in this game.
I’ll back this game for sure!
Who were the winners of the competition? 🙂
Almost there! Thank you so much. This game looks and sounds amazing.
So, when is the big day for the Kickstarter release. I’ve been checking everyday?
I was tired when I wrote this; was a bit dyslexic.
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Looking forward to the kickstarter. When will the solo rules be released?
What attracted me at first was the very beautiful illustrations but reading the rules of the game I like how simple and elegant the gameplay is.
Although I am interested in the solo gameplay, I am quite certain several friends will enjoy playing this game together with me.
thank you for your words. I’m quite sure you will love the experience of the solo gameplay too!
The game play sounds great and the artwork is fantastic. I hope this comes with a good back story and lots of information to explain the theme and characters, as this will enhance the gaming experience.
A key factor that will push me to backing this is how challenging, replayable and close to the multiplayer experience the Solo version is!
This just keeps looking better and better each time I see it
Can’t wait to see the campaign going live with great SGs 😉
That artwork is gorgeous. I didn’t even know 100% what it was about and still wanted to buy it the moment I saw it.
So beautiful, can’t wait to play!
I love the artwork…are the rules only in english?
This game is amazing, I had the opportunity to play it on TableTopSim, and OMG!!!
Great strategy, awesome mechanics, and beautiful art. I can’t wait for it to come out!
thank you for your appreciation, we are very happy that you had fun! You will love the single player mode too 🙂
Looks like a promising game. If the rest of the family is going to be just as enthousiastic as me, we’ll have another great game to pledge for.
Already read the rules. It looks really great.
I think there are two mistakes in the rulebook.
On page 9 where it says “Starts the with” I guess it’s “Starts the game with”.
All the characters give VP. I guess you mean coins?
I am super enthused about a game that does not involve violence. That being said, this looks very intriguing and the artwork is great!
As far as the game goes, this game is truly beautiful. I’m not usually into this type of game, but I’m seriously considering backing this. I would say that having to scroll through all the comments to make a comment was a little annoying. You may consider making it so that you put in comments at the top of it.
Beautiful looking game and components.
I am already picturing players squatting down eye level with the table to see the same scenic views as the character minatures.
Looks good! Love all the color.
This game looks amazing! Hope you send out a countdown to the kickstarter launch so that I really don’t miss on it! Thanks and all the best to you for the campaign!
This Game Looks So Beautiful
I would like to get a CD with soundtrack for playing on KS as SG 🙂 Looks amazing!
Love the artwork! Cannot wait to give it a go.
What a gorgeous game! I will definitely be keeping my eye out for this one and letting my friend know. 😀
The rules make me like this game even more. Can’t wait to see what extras the KS will have in store !
Absolutely stunning. Cannot wait for the Kickstarter… hopefully it comes soon whilst I have spending money hehe. Great design guys, and the rules sold me.
This game looks absolutely beautiful! Very artistic! I’m looking forward to the launch!
Well, this game looks cool. I couldn’t wait to see the rules. Now they’re finally here. 🙂
The competition ended without ever handing out the Rules lanterns?
Ah, it came back! 🙂 I was beginning to worry something had happened…!
This game looks beautiful!
Backed DMD on KS, and am really looking forward to this. What a gorgeous game! And such an interesting theme. This will go over well in my gaming group.
Beautiful idea and execution.
This looks amazing, can’t wait to back it.
Reminds me of Photosynthesis and Barenpark!
Excited to see quality complonents!
I’m supposed to be weaning myself off board game Kickstarters, but HNNNGGG
Looks beautiful. One concern for me would be fitting the panoramas into slots/slits on the board – these can get damaged over many plays.
Looking forward to seeing the rules