Qin ComicWow! Review


In Qin, players colonize the Chinese hinterland, get more territory, and build an empire. As you they expand, players build pagodas to signify their authority. The first player to build all his/her/their pagodas wins the game. But rivals can conquer your land and replace your pagodas. Expand wisely to establish the Qin Dynasty!

This game comes with one double-sided board game, 96 pagodas, 72 tiles, and one rule sheet.

The instructions are simple enough. Chose one of three tiles from your hand and place in on the board, and then draw another tile to take its place. Each one shows two landscapes. Creating a territory of at least two spaces of the same landscape gives you the ability to seize the land. You can grow this territory, take over others’ territory, and connect your land to villages around the board. This enables you to build pagodas.

Qin is a really straightforward game with very clear instructions; it doesn’t allow much room for confusion. Because of this, the average play time is around a mere 30 minutes, if that. And with two different game boards, you’ll want to play another quick game once you’re done with the first.

Game designer Reiner Knizia does a fine job of making this game a fast and fun experience, using history as a basis for modern-day gaming. R&R Games, Inc. puts out a lot of games like this one—heavily influenced by a time or event in history. Such strong themes carry a lot of weight and nearly always make for a very enveloping gameplay experience.

The illustrations for the game, by Dennis Lohausen, are done just beautifully. The cover alone can tell you what the game is about, and it holds a lot of detail therein. From the architecture to the wardrobes of the three characters on the cover, we can clearly tell this game has something to do with China’s rich history.

The Qin Dynasty was the first of Imperial China (circa 221-206 BCE). They accomplished plenty of conquests to gain control of China. It was, however, the shortest dynasty in all of Chinese history (15 years with two emperors).

Pagodas are from South Asia/East Asia and show a definite Chinese root, with such intricate construction shown flawlessly in Lohausen’s artwork. The game board and pieces therein show a lot of clear and concise direction with regard to the gameplay, and make for a very easy-to-understand board game.

Overall, this is a great game to pass some time at any game night. Qin comes from a true historical background to bring the epic nature of the Qin Dynasty to your tabletop! If you haven’t already, head to your local game shop and pick up this gem!