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ZhanGuo: The First Empire

ZhanGuo: The First Empire

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1-4 players | 60-120 min | ages 14+

Hand management, area majority, multi-use cards

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In 221 B.C., all the so-called Warring States are brought together: this is the birth of the vast Chinese empire, ruled by Qin Shi Huangdi.

A single life cannot suffice for such a vast empire: he sends ships to distant lands in search of the legendary elixir of life, and he builds a huge mausoleum containing the scale reconstruction of his empire : in defense of it for eternity, he deploys an impressive terracotta army…

Go along with the Emperor's plans to offer your family a place in the Terracotta Army. To help you in this challenging task, 6 cards will be at your disposal every round: they will give you permanent support during the rest of the game or will obtain you the Emperor’s approval for your actions.

At the end of the game, the player who made the greatest contribution to the Emperor’s cause by scoring the most Victory Points (VP) will be the winner!


  • 207 tokens & tiles
  • 175 cards
  • 145 wooden pieces
  • 1 double-sided game board
  • 1 Court board
  • 4 player boards
  • 4 player aids
  • 1 scorepad
  • 2 rulebooks (English & French) (download here)

Game info

Dimensions: TBA in

Weight: TBA lbs

Release date: October 4, 2023

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  • Board Game Sanctuary

    "There's a cool use of card synergy that I haven't seen a lot in other games before."

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  • Opinionated Gamers

    "Zhanguo: The First Empire is my frontrunner for Game of The Year 2023 – it would take a titanic effort to knock it from this spot."

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  • Meeple Mountain

    "Give Zhanguo: The First Empire a look if you think it will hit your group’s sweet spot; investing in multiple plays will yield great results for fans of heavyweight decision-making."

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  • Board Game Quest

    "If you’re a modern Eurogame lover who appreciates amazing production, cherishes tried-and-true designs, and appreciates cruel yet indirect player interaction, go buy this game. You will not regret it."

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