d0 GamesDevelopment Level: Late Beta Test
Emissary is a mid/heavy weight 2-8 player game set in ancient China's Warring States period and takes roughly 90 minutes to play (after a 45 minute teach). Players battle for control of the kingdom through diplomacy and warfare in this deterministic area control game. Inspired by games like Ankh, Game of Thrones, Kemet, and Scythe, Emissary stands out with its ZERO randomness, heavy focus on strategic decision making, and a focus on political relationships. Perfect for fans of 'decision salad' type games with a unique historical setting. The game takes place over the final 10 years of the Warring States period (230 BCE - 221 BCE). Each player will assume control of one of the 7 states fighting for control of China (Qin, Qi, Chu, Wei, Yan, Zhao, Han) or the vicious barbarians to the north (Xiongnu). During each year, players will issue orders to their armies. Orders are on cards that are part of your hand and are mostly identical among all players. This allows you to strengthen your military forces.