King of Tokyo

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King of Tokyo
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Designer(s)Richard Garfield[1]
Publisher(s)IELLO[1]
Players2 to 6[1]
Playing time30 minutes[1]

King of Tokyo is a tabletop game using custom dice, cards, and boards, designed by Richard Garfield and released in 2011.[1] A New York City-based edition, King of New York, was published in 2014.[3] A new version of the game was released in 2016, with all new artwork and characters, as well as mutant monsters, gigantic robots and other creatures.

Gameplay[edit]

Players choose one of six monsters (Alienoid, Cyber Bunny, Giga Zaur, Kraken, Meka Dragon, and The King; in the second edition Cyber Bunny and Kraken are replaced by Cyber Kitty and Space Penguin) which comes with a scoring board. The winner is the first player to reach 20 points, or the only player to have any health.[4][5]

Players throw 6 dice, and may reroll some of them[4] as in the dice game Yahtzee.

Die faces are power, health, attack, 1, 2, and 3. With power dice, players collect power tokens to buy power cards with. With health dice, players outside Tokyo heal damage done to them. With attack dice, players outside Tokyo attack players in Tokyo, or players in Tokyo attack players outside. Three 1 dice score 1 point, three 2s score 2, and three 3s score 3. Any additional same-numbered die scores 1 additional point.[4]

Expansions[edit]

  • 2012's Power Up! introduced 56 evolution cards, 7 tokens, and a new monster: Pandakaï.[6] Re-released in 2017 with updated art to match 2nd edition of King of Tokyo and including 72 evolution cards.
  • 2013's Halloween collector pack includes 2 new monsters (Pumpkin Jack and Boogie Woogie) and their 16 evolution cards, 12 new costume power cards, promo card for King of New York, and 6 orange dice.[7][8] Re-released in 2017 with updated art to match 2nd edition of King of Tokyo.
  • 2017 - Monster Pack 1: Cthulhu is a small expansion for both King of Tokyo and King of New York. It includes a new Monster (Cthulhu) with a player board and Evolution cards to use with the Power Up expansion to either base set. It also includes double-sided Cultist/Temple tiles (when you obtain a tile, you get a bonus) and Madness tokens (given out by certain Evolution cards to affect other players' dice rolls).
  • 2017 - Monster Pack 2: King Kong is a small expansion for both King of Tokyo and King of New York. It includes a new Monster (King Kong) with a player board and Evolution cards to use with the Power Up expansion to either base set. It also includes Tokyo Tower for King of Tokyo and Empire State Building for King of New York. As an alternative victory condition, players try to obtain levels of the buildings during their turns and if they obtain all 3 levels they win the game.
  • 2018 - Monster Pack 3: Anubis is a small expansion for both King of Tokyo and King of New York. It includes a new Monster (Anubis) with a player board and Evolution cards to use with the Power Up expansion to either base set. It also includes a Die of Fate (pyramid shaped die that causes certain effects when rolled with other dice), Curse Cards (revealed when a certain face appears on the Die of Fate), and the Golden Scarab Card.
  • 2019 - Monster Pack 4: Cybertooth is a small expansion for both King of Tokyo and King of New York. It includes a new Monster (Cybertooth) with a player board and Evolution cards to use with the Power Up expansion to either base set. It also includes a Berserk Die.

Variants[edit]

  • 2014's King of New York introduces six new monsters (Captain Fish, Sheriff, Kong, Mantis, Rob, and Drakonis) attacking the boroughs of New York City. The new game features to this stand alone game include buildings to destroy and human military forces that can fight back.
  • 2016's King of New York: Power Up is a similar expansion to the Power Up for King of Tokyo and adds a new monster: Mega Shark, and provides 112 evolution cards (56 for King of New York, and 56 for King of Tokyo) for Mega Shark and the six other monsters in the King of New York base game.

Awards[edit]

  • Golden geek
    • Best Children's Game (2012)
    • Best Family Board Game (2012)
    • Best Party Game (2012)
  • Ludoteca Ideale (2012)
  • Nederlandse Spellenprijs: Best Family Game (2013)[1]

Honors[edit]

  • Golden geek
    • Best Party Board Game Nominee (2011)[9]
    • Best Board Game Artwork/Presentation Nominee (2012)[9]
    • Best Children's Board Game Nominee (2012)[9]
    • Best Family Board Game Nominee (2012)[9]
    • Best Party Board Game Nominee (2012)[9]
    • Best Thematic Board Game Nominee (2012)[9]
  • Japan Boardgame Prize Voters' Selection Nominee (2011)[9]
  • Lucca Games Best Family Game Nominee (2011)[9]
  • Lys Grand Public Finalist (2011)[9]
  • As d'Or - Jeu de l'Année Nominee (2012)[9]
  • Gouden Ludo Nominee (2012)[9]
  • Boardgames Australia Awards Best International Game Nominee (2013)[9]
  • Juego del Año Tico Nominee (2013)[9]
  • Nederlandse Spellenprijs Best Family Game Nominee (2013)[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "King of Tokyo". BoardGameGeek. Retrieved 2013-10-31.
  2. ^ "King of Tokyo statistics". BoardGameGeek. Retrieved 2013-10-31.
  3. ^ "King of New York". Board Game Geek. Retrieved 2014-01-03
  4. ^ a b c "King of Tokyo rules" (PDF). Iello. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-11-02. Retrieved 2013-10-31.
  5. ^ Wells, John. "King of Tokyo- Review". Splitkick.com. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  6. ^ "King of Tokyo: Power Up!". BoardGameGeek. Retrieved 2013-10-31.
  7. ^ "King of Tokyo: Halloween". BoardGameGeek. Retrieved 2013-10-31.
  8. ^ "King of Tokyo: Holloween". Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "King of Tokyo". Retrieved 31 December 2013.

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