Samurai Action Card Game
 
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Head-to-head samurai action card game

You are samurai on a quest to become supreme military commander of Japan. Wield cards to attack, defend, and even reflect your rival’s strikes. Call upon the power of supernatural kami to aid you in battle. Master the ways of the blade to dominate foes, honor the kami, and rise as shōgun.

 
 
 
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Turn-Based Action

Wield cards to attack, defend, and even reflect your rival’s strikes in your quest to become the next shōgun.

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Unique Kami Powers

Summon kami, supernatural beings or phenomena capable of tide-turning abilities and kamikaze attacks.

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Innovative Stance Mode

Outsmart your opponent by playing the right card in Stance Mode, an action that occurs when your rival takes a turn.

 
 
 
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DAIMYŌ EDITION

Take up your quest to become shōgun with the definitive version of Katana. Each copy includes three distinct decks of cards—Action, Kami, and Shrine—hand-painted wooden health and armor tokens, and instructional Samurai and Quick Start guides. The game comes in a sliding drawer box.

INCLUDES

  • Action deck (50 cards)

  • Kami deck (12 cards)

  • Shrine deck (24 cards)

  • Health tokens (10)

  • Armor tokens (12)

  • Samurai’s Guide

  • Quick Start Guide

  • Drawer box

 
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RŌNIN EDITION

Get your game on whenever, wherever with this travel version of Katana. Each copy includes a single deck with Action, Kami, and Shrine cards. Health and armor cards are also included, along with an instructional Samurai’s and Quick Start guides packaged in a convenient tuck box.

INCLUDES

  • Action cards (50)

  • Kami cards (12)

  • Shrine cards (24)

  • Health cards (10)

  • Armor cards (12)

  • Samurai’s Guide

  • Quick Start Guide

  • Tuck box

 
 

FAQ

Can I play multiple cards when attacking or defending?

No, you play only one card at a time. An attacker may play one offensive card, whereas an defend may only respond with a single card; once played, the two cards are discarded.

A battle ends when either the attacker runs out of cards to play or the defender fails to play a defensive card. If an attack card is played and the defender does not play a card in defense (either through lack of cards or voluntarily as a strategic consideration), the damage must be absorbed; however, the attacker cannot continue attack playing cards as the battle ends with the successful blow.


What is the purpose of kami health configuration?

The relative battle stance of a kami is signaled by their configuration of health tokens. The aggressive battle powers of Fudo Myoō are balanced by a weak row configuration of tokens completely vulnerable to attack; on the other end, Futsunushi’s column is highly defensible and relates to its status effect powers.

More pointedly, the configuration of health tokens is key to battle. You can only attack your opponent’s tokens with a front edge exposed to you. Conversely, only the stacks of health and armor tokens with a front edge exposed to your opponent can be attacked.


How do I know what tokens to attack?

You can only attack your opponent’s tokens with a front edge exposed to you. Conversely, only the stacks of health and armor tokens with a front edge exposed to your opponent can be attacked.

This should influence armor strategy, as placing armor on protected health is less useful than deploying armor on the front edge of your configuration. For example, placing armor at the front of Futsunushi’s column configuration boosts defense, whereas the same benefit cannot be gained from the row of tokens dictated by Fudo Myoō.


How can I get a copy of the game?

Although the Kickstarter campaign has concluded, Katana will soon be available direct from the designer on this website. If you are a retailer interested in placing an order for multiples, please contact us via e-mail.

 
 
 

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