Crowdfunding Spotlight: ‘Tsuro: Phoenix Rising’
Need a game to play in between lengthy friendship ending games? If you need something that plays quickly and has a little more zen I highly recommend Tsuro: Phoenix Rising by Calliope Games.
Tsuro: Phoenix Rising is the third installment of the Tsuro series.
The first game was Tsuro: The Game of the Path, followed by Tsuro of the Seas. Tsuro is one of the most relaxing games I have ever played. Unlike other games where they are advertised as relaxing and turn out to be stressful this one actually is calming. The feeling conveyed from playing any version of Tsuro can be compared to raking a zen garden.
In the original Tsuro: The Game of the Path, each person gets a place marker and they you lay tiles connecting the paths on them and the goal is for you not to go off the board, while maybe diverting your opponents off the board. Last person standing wins. This new version looks fantastic!
The tiles are double sided, so in addition to adding tiles you can flip tiles. In order to accommodate this new feature Calliope added a new game board that includes plateau circles inside the waffles structure. This allows the players to push on the edge of a tile popping in up and allowing people to flip or rotate tiles without disrupting the board. Unlike the old versions, you are not necessarily out of the game if your pawn leaves the board. Going off the board can be a strategic move because players can offer a life token to place their phoenix in a better position upon reentry. Players are trying to collect lanterns and convert them into stars, once a player has created 7 stars they win.
I also love that at the $55 pledge level, pledgers get a custom tray to keep all the pieces organized. The Kickstarter is live right now and it was fully funded with in the first day. So get online and get your copy of Tsuro: Phoenix Rising, you won’t regret it.