GCT Studios have created a new, two-player starter set for their histori-mythological game Bushido, set in the Age of the Samurai, with a fantasy twist.
Encased within a fairly sturdy box, the first thing you notice are the metal models as they clunk onto the table. There are three figures for each of the two factions, all 32mm-sized and covering a number of key aspects of the characters in the game. Inside the box are the various card decks, used for play. The figures come with suitable bases.
The next up is the 95-page softback pocket rulebook, which is beautifully presented in a traditional Japanese style. It contains all the necessary rules, examples and artwork required. This is a ‘cut-down’ version of the full-sized rulebook, but one that manages to pack a lot into its less than a hundred pages.
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Next come the punchboard tokens, double sided and printed onto a durable card. These are used to record statuses, record damage and everything else.
Finally, we have the character and equipment cards for each of the factions. These record all the stats and game information, plus options for equipping each of the characters to suit the scenario being used.
Having mastered the factions and rules in the starter set, you can then access the new Faction Starter Sets. Here we have examples of two of them, the human Minimoto Clan and the goblinoid Savage Wave. Again, these are 32mm-sized figures, and come with full colour cards which define each of the characters and their equipment cards. The figures are well sculpted once again, packed full of character.
Overall, this is a sensibly packed starter and additional boxed sets, that cover all the relevant rules and concepts, whilst also providing an access point to the whole variety of possibilities provided. The world of Bushido is a fascinating slice of Japanese mythology which offers a wealth of playability.