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
Stay updated & get a special gift
Subscribe to know when Tang Garden goes live on Kickstarter and get a limited edition Apricot tree decoration card and miniature if you back the game.
Additionally, to commemorate Earth Day we will plant a tree with Trees for the Future for every subscription we receive. For more information on this initiative please visit our press release.
Discover Tang Garden
Join our competition to explore Tang Garden by returning each week and get a golden lantern! Each lantern will give you a chance to be one of the three winners of a retail copy of Tang Garden.
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.