Seikatsu is a competitive, tile-laying game by designers Matt Loomis and Isaac Shalev (Retreat to Darkmoor). Players are competing to create the most breathtaking view from the perspective of their pagoda. Featuring a one-of-a-kind, dual-aspect tile design, players must weigh the benefits of scoring flocks of birds now against the benefits of planting sets of flowers to be scored later. In a battle of serenity, tensions will be high as the best tile placement for you may also aid your neighbor. Who will have the best view of the garden? It’s all a matter of perspective!
Item Code: IDW01267
Releases August 2017
In Seikatsu, players take turns drawing circular tiles from a bag and placing them onto the spaces of the game board. These tiles depict four different species of bird and four different colors of flower. There are also koi pond tiles, which count as any bird when placed and as any flower color during endgame scoring. Whenever you place a tile, you score a flock if the depicted bird matches one or more adjacent birds—the larger the flock, the more you score. Flower color is considered at the end of the game, when Seikatsu‘s unique perspective-based scoring comes into effect. For each line of tiles leading out from your pagoda (your side of the board), that line scores based on how many tiles are in the group that contains the most flowers of a particular color. For example, a line of three blue flowers and two pink flowers will score 6 points for having a group of three matching (blue), while a line of all five pink flowers will score 15 points.
The combination of midgame and endgame scoring based on two totally different parameters means Seikatsu is a game that’s easy to learn but that will offer plenty of deep decisions and puzzle-like gameplay that gives players opportunities to come up with clever solutions.