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Wu Wei

Journey of the
Changing Path

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Regular Price: $69.00

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Wu Wei

Wu Wei

Journey of the
Changing Path

Journey of the
Changing Path

USD 69.00

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Wu Wei: Journey of the Changing Path


Wu Wei: Journey of the Changing Path


In this tabletop adventure, masters secretly train students to become martial arts lineage holders while an ambitious new emperor tries to unify his people under one banner. Leap into the world of Wu Wei and sharpen your skills with new strategies and rapidly changing circumstances.

In this tabletop adventure, masters secretly train students to become martial arts lineage holders while an ambitious new emperor tries to unify his people under one banner. Leap into the world of Wu Wei and sharpen your skills with new strategies and rapidly changing circumstances.

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How To Play

Lead your student on a journey to earn five animal cards while your master maintains your lineage marker and cultivates chi. Once you have all five animal cards and your lineage marker, you can move your student and master to the center octagon. The first player to do so has successfully passed on their martial arts lineage, and wins the game!

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Structure Of Play

Wu Wei: Journey of the Changing Path is played in a series of rounds. In each round, players take turns in clockwise order, beginning with the starting player. As the seasons change, a gathering will be triggered every winter, during which turn order is reassigned. The game continues in this way until one player wins.

Meditate


Check to see which piece you can move. If you cannot move, you suffer a penalty.

1

Move


Move one, two, or three spaces without retracing your steps. You can add movement using chi pieces and alchemy.

2

Align With Nature


Ending your turn on a town, palace, or temple allows you to change the type of chi you can spend, build walls, or change the season (which limits movement on the board).

3

Develop Discipline


Collect an animal card when you end your turn on the same space as a master. Each card has a special power that you can use once per game.

4

Multiple Scenarios

As you leap into the world of Wu Wei, you’ll need to choose a game mode. For your first game, INITIATE LEVEL is highly recommended. The MASTER LEVEL adds two challenging complications and is considered the standard level of play. Advanced players may want to try EMPEROR LEVEL, which allows for an extra player who takes on the role of the emperor.

Initiate Level


The INITIATE LEVEL is meant for new players. This level focuses on collecting animal cards, harnessing the power of chi, and bidding for first player rights. At this level, you will learn how to move with the seasons, build walls, and cycle through the five elements.

Master Level


The MASTER LEVEL is meant for players ready to graduate from being initiates. This level introduces cultivating chi and balancing the dynamic nature of yin and yang. At this level, you also have to weigh the benefits of moving one character versus the other.

Emperor Level


The EMPEROR LEVEL is for advanced players looking for new challenges. This level introduces a formidable new force: a player-controlled emperor. As the game progresses, the emperor grows more difficult to overcome. The other players must slow the emperor’s progress and avoid conscription.

Solo Play Mode

In the solo play mode, there are three successive stages: Evolving Traditions, Warring States, and Emerging Empire. You can attempt any of these as a single session, and there are options for fine-tuning the difficulty level (Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced) within each stage.

You can also attempt a solo campaign, in which you must overcome all three stages, in progressive order. There are additional rules in play — including carryover effects between stages — when you attempt the campaign.

Evolving Traditions


The old masters are disappearing and you must learn all of their styles before they are lost forever. Preserve the animal forms in order to keep Kung Fu alive.

Warring States


The kingdoms of the North, South, East, and West are at war with each other. They conscript the people to build walls on the borders, depleting the land’s resources. You must transcend these divisions in order to keep Kung Fu alive.

Emerging Empire


The Emperor has united the kingdoms and turned his attention to industrialization. Farming, roads, and construction begin to change the landscape, sacrificing natural beauty in the name of progress. You must balance the five elements and combine all five martial arts traditions to continue the eternal evolution of Kung Fu!

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  1. Paul C.

    Beautifully made, Elegantly Designed

    Paul C.

    Wu Wei is a gorgeous strategy game. Easy to learn, with a ton of depth and strategy behind it, it is great for both beginners and hardcore tabletop gamers. The construction of the board and inlay pieces is top-notch, and the art and graphic design is perfectly on-theme and elegant.

    It is a big, beautiful game, and if you love strategy games, you will love Wu Wei.

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  2. Gabrielle

    This is a fantastic game!

    Gabrielle

    It’s visually stunning for a board game, the concepts are well thought-out, and it’s simply fun to play. In my household we’re a bit obsessed with it to be honest – family gatherings, get-togethers with friends, rainy days, game nights – it’s typically the first board game we reach for. Wu Wei has even become an essential aspect of how we celebrate holidays in my family – everyone wants to be this year’s winner. Admittedly, we’ve become a bit of board game enthusiasts after playing Wu Wei, but the game remains enjoyable even for the casual board gamer. I highly recommend this game.

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  3. Carrie

    I loved playing this game!

    Carrie

    The design is beautiful and overall it has an engaging theme. I felt I could follow the instructions and learn how to play quickly, but also look forward to playing it more times and develop my understanding of strategy and the intricacies of the game. I would definitely recommend!

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  4. Matt

    So much fun. Great cohesion between themes and mechanics.

    Matt

    On its surface this is a game about resource gathering and board control. But where this game differs is in the constantly shifting conditions by which those resources and spaces on the board change. One moment you can be sitting on a pile of tokens that give you a huge advantage and you’re standing in a corner of the board that gives you a great position… And then something might happen that will totally upend the control that you thought you had. That’s what makes it so different and special. It’s not a game for people who have strict strategies that they follow like a playbook… It rewards players who are able to keep to their core philosophies of how to manage situations. This interplay is what makes the Taoist philosophy behind the martial arts theme into more than just fun window dressing. It totally informs the function and flow of the game play. Individual games don’t take very long and there are multiple levels of difficulty with different rule sets for each. A fun, easy to get into surprise for your game nights.

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  5. Jessica Bennick Shevlin

    Addicting!

    Jessica Bennick Shevlin

    There is a slight learning curve with this game, as with most in depth and awesome games, but once I got the hang of it, I didn’t want to stop playing! This is a perfect game night addition to any board game fan’s collection! Highly recommended! I can’t wait to play again!

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Details

Game Design and Development

Justin Waggle

Character Paintings and Box Art

Matthew Waggle

Animals, Elements, and Terrains

Yan Li

Solo Campaign Development

Mike Mullins

Rulebook Editing

Dustin Schwartz

Components

Rulebook, 1 Game Board, 3 Tracker Boards, 36 Punchboard Octagons (24 Terrains, 3 Center, 8 Walls), 40 Wood Tiles (2 Yin-Yang, 4 Directional, 5 Temples, 5 Palaces, 20 Towns, 4 Towers), 25 Animal Cards (mini), 6 Player Aid Cards (poker size), 3 Status Trackers (plastic), 1 Gathering Marker (wood), 14 Player Pieces (20mm 6-sided dice), 5 Lineage Markers (20mm 4-sided dice), 180 Chi Tokens (plastic), 5 cloth bags for chi tokens, Custom Box Insert (plastic)