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.

Player Boards

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.

Game Board

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.

219 Comments on “Discover our newest title: Tang Garden”

  1. I love the games that Thundergryph produces; each one is a unique, beautifully designed gem that is perfect for game collections everywhere!

  2. This looks very promising! I’m really looking forward to this! (Although my bank account is not! 😉 )

  3. Thundergryph Games has given Tang Garden the best shape possible. For me it’s a dream and a honor to work with this wonderful team!

  4. Does this kickstarter start a new batch of kickstarters for the sake of rewards based on return backers? (Like Pot De Vin was?)

  5. This game looks so beautiful! Definitely sounds like something my husband and I would enjoy playing together. I only wish there were some adorable baby animals, some sort of wild life, even insects or reptiles, found in China. IMO part of the beauty of spending time in a garden is watching the animals/creatures that make their homes within the garden so if there’s a way to add that into the game, it would definitely add to the game’s lovely theme. Just a thought. 🙂

  6. I think I’ll have every single game from ThunderGryph Games, every single one is a gem beautifully crafted, it’s amazing how every little game looks like a little treasure worth keeping 😉 I haven’t received yet any of your games though, but I’m eager to learn if the gameplay in all of them will be just as beautiful as the art.
    Tang Garden is looking no less gorgeous. I’m super interested in the theme and curious to learn more about the gameplay. Lovely artwork.

      1. And I have to thank you for the beautiful work you are sharing with us, truly 🙂
        They are not on my way yet, but soon they’ll be I guess! 😀

  7. As always, the game looks stunning and I can not wait to check it out further! I’m already thinking it will be a great addition to my collection alongside Tao Long, Dead Man’s Doubloons, and Overseers!

  8. It looks really beautifull.
    Would you consider selling it in bigger scale (so that i could use your 3d models for some figurine-based wargame as well ? 🙂

    1. That’s a very interesting question Lokee! I’m curious to know if there could be a market to make a production for them.

  9. Really intrigued by doing a naturescape euro game, all the Thundergryph games look amazing and are amazongly well produced. Excited to see what you guys put together here

  10. Not seen many games like this, it looks beautiful! I’m quite interested to find out more about it!

  11. This is an awesome looking game – well done to the illustrator!
    I love the “earth hour” support and the global citizenship you have-worth the price of the game.
    Great work and good luck team.

  12. Backed Tao Long and I LOVE it. I backed Spirits of the Forest and I’m sure I’ll LOVE it too. I love everything I’m seeing in regards to Tang Garden so far. If the price is right I’ll definitely be a backer.

    Imagine playing a game of Tao Long in the Tang Garden surrounded by the Spirits of the Forest while the Overseers watch from above! Seems like a great opportunity for some subtle tie-ins / crossovers there.

  13. He comprado y patrocinado todos los juegos hasta la fecha de ThunderGryph Games, pero desde que vi el arte de Tang Garden me tiene enamorado. Es uno de los que más espero para este año y a medida que se más cosas de él me gusta más. Minis, modo solitario y menos de una hora, este cae el día 1.

  14. Hi Gonzalo!
    Happy to see another beautiful ThunderGryph Games creation coming on ks: curious to know more about the game and looking forward to the campaign!
    I noticed that there is no entry on bgg yet (not even in the submission queue) I was wondering if I can do it or you are planning to do soon: let’s start the hype train! 🙂

  15. Beautifull game, i had a look at your past project, Spirit of the forest, and it’s gorgeous. What a shame i missed it. i will try to get this one ! 🙂

  16. Many things excite me about this game. The art is beautiful and the theme is a breath of fresh air. Although I am sure i will enjoy playing with others, I am also looking forward to hear more about solo mode, as this seems like the perfect game to wind down with after work.

    1. Thank you for your kind words, the solo mode is really nice, I’m sure you will love it 🙂

  17. Mr testini designed Xian Terracotta Army, which I like very much.
    Get the rulebook done by Paul grogan.

  18. Looking forward to this! Looks like it might be one of the better games (have yet to be disappointed by you guys though)

  19. Hey 🙂 This looks so nice! I realy like the Theme! This could possible be my first kickstarter!
    If you plan on any kind of insert for this lovely game I’d like to ask you if it is possible to leave some space for the slot where you put the cards in so they would still fit inside nicely if sleeved. (sorry for bad english)

  20. I really love the style of this game, the theme is lovely and sounds like interesting gameplay, I can’t wait to find out more about it.

  21. Another beautiful looking game from Thunder Gryph! I can’t wait till it hits Kickstarter, it just looks amazing!

  22. Really excited about this. Looks like it will be a great game. Tao Long is one of my favorites, and every time we play games at my house, my wife asks about Spirits of the Forest. Looking forward to learning more

  23. I’ve backed all the other games and they were amazing, so I’m looking forward to this one as well!

  24. Omg, wow… I can’t even wait! ♡
    I’ve backed almost every game you’ve released and been supporting you since Day 1! So happy with the incredible things you’ve done! Can’t wait for this newest game – looks awesome! ♡♡♡

  25. Is the box going to contain the box art that’s shown? I really like it… I have been known to back games in the past based on nothing but the art 😅

  26. This looks nice.
    Any plans on a 5-6 player upgrade or kickstart pledge unlock ?
    We are always with a group of 5 to play games 😀

  27. The decorations looks so great, I’m pretty sure that the kickstarter campaign will be a success!!!

  28. Sadly, even though I came back multiple times yesterday, I did not receive an entry for the April 10th lantern

  29. It looks great. I wonder if the 3D trees aren’t an overproduction, but they will probably be worth it.

  30. I really love the artwork and 3d elements! I will definitely be checking this out on kickstarter!

  31. It looks interesting and all of your games have a great production so I’ll pay attention to the KS campaign, cheers.

  32. I did back the previous KS game, Spirits of the Forest, and I can’t wait to back for this marvelous game too!

  33. This game looks and sounds absolutely wonderful. For a while now I’ve been dreaming of a game where you make an manage a botanical garden, and this might just scratch that itch. I can’t wait to learn more.

  34. Looks amazing. Although I think more decorations, not more kinds, but 2 of each, would make it look nicer.

    1. Hello,
      in the game there will be more objects of the same kind, don’t worry 🙂

  35. The KS have some deluxe version like Tao Long or Spirit n the forest ?? I´m a backer from overseers, and I really like the box from your deluxe games… why this going to be diferent than the others ?? Now I cant put togheter all my thundergryp games :o( But I back the game, no worry XD
    Es una lástima que hayas decidido cambiar el tamaño de caja. El tamaño que usaste para los dos últimos era perfecto, e incluso overseers se puede poner al lado. Va a haber en este edición de lujo ?? que ya le juego es precioso de por sí, pero por saberlo… Entraré en el proyecto, como siempre. Mi enhorabuena por la editorial !!

  36. After the great success of Tao Long and SotF, I can’t wait to discover this one! It seems to be language free, can anyone confirm?
    (Hi Gon, been a while since SotF campaign, I never had the chance to tell you did great back then!)

  37. You guys make some really good games, both good looking and good to play, but I would really appreciate a few more titles to play with more than 4 players 🙂 (like overseers!)

  38. I’m feeling very Zen just resting my eyes on these peaceful game components, but I feel my heart pounding like a giant drum at the building excitement of Tang Garden coming to Kickstarter! Ooooommmm…….

  39. Really liking the coloured game times on the white game board. Eager to see the rules of play.

  40. This is one of four or five games that my wife has looked at and said “wow”. And that’s not just a comment on the visuals. The “gentleness” of the theme and game play are reminiscent of Tokaido, her favorite game. We’re both looking forward to the final product.

  41. Can’t wait to play this amazing good looking game !
    I’m a gardener and it’s the first time I discover a game around my daily passion.

  42. It looks very nice!!! I really like the components of the game and I’m happy there is the Italian version 🙂

  43. This looks absolutely gorgeous, stunning art. The campaign’s gonna be big, better get ready for that. 🙂

  44. This looks great! I just hope that I get all of what I ordered unlike past backings. I was on top of this company from Overseers since I had gotten the original Japanese version before the American Overseers was produced.

  45. Oh my GOD! This game seems so awesome! It looks better and better every time you update the new elements. I absolutely LOVE it!
    Can’t wait for the campaign to start! Is there any information I missed about when it will be on kickstarter?

  46. This looks absolutely gorgeous! We’re buying a house at the moment and this morning my wife said “ok, no more games for a while, ok?” and then when I showed her Tang Garden, she said “oh, we HAVE to back that though!” Heh, looks like you’re on another winner, Thundergryph 😀

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