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Sengoku Roku - Power Politics in Old Japan

by Jim Wallman
De Ark van Oost, Nijmegen, This game is planned for the 2nd of July 2022.
Battle of Azukizaka


This game is about the political and military activity during the Sengoku Era of Japanese History (roughly speaking the second half of the 16th century). This is an age of land-grabbing lords (daimyo), incessant warfare and power plays. We start the game in year 19 of the Tenbun Era. The current Shogun, Ashikaga Yoshiteru, is only 16 years old and currently in exile.

Much of the game is about the power politics of the time, the forming and dissolution of alliances and consequent military activity. However, it is important that under all circumstances, correct behaviour and etiquette is observed. An impolite man is an unlucky man.

Another part of the game has to do with economics as each controlled province provides rice income and possibly cash income. With this income, troops can be levied, and castles/fortresses maintained or built.

Player teams come in 3 kinds. First, seven or more player teams represent the most important clans of the time. Second, two of the teams represent large, influential and military strong temples of warrior monks (Sohei). The last team is formed by the Bakufu (The Shogun's military and civil administration, which serves the Empire, not the Emperor).

Uesugi Kenshin, Daimyo of the Uesugi renowned for his honour


Clan player teams

The clans that will be played are Hojo, Miyoshi, Oda, Takeda, Uesugi, Mori and Imagawa. We can add more clans if we really have a lot of players. Players can take the role of:

  • Leader (Daimyo)
  • General (Taisho)
  • Clan elder (Samurai)
  • Heir (Samurai)
  • Chamberlain

Sohei player teams

The two Sohei teams will be Enryaku-Ji and Hongan-Ji. Players take the role of:

  • Abott
  • Senior Monk

Bakufu player team

The players of the Bakufu player team take the role of civil servants.


Each team has a Team Control umpire attached to it. Apart from these umpires, we will have a Map Control umpire, a non player Daimyo umpire, an Intelligence Umpire and a Game Control umpire.

Location and game fee

The game will be played on the 2nd of July, 2022 in Wijkcentrum De Ark van Oost, Cipresstraat 154, 6523HR Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Due to the Corona virus outbreak in 2020, we had to postpone this game. Costs to participate in the game are €20,– for players and €10,– for umpires. The game material will be distributed as pdfs by email. On the day itself you will also receive a small personal briefing.

sengoku/introduction.txt · Last modified: 2022/05/16 13:03 by marcs