Tanuki in the GardenDesigned by: George Jaros
Tanuki in the Garden is played in a manner very similar to other well known path games, but with some significant changes. Players are still drawing tiles with paths on them and trying to avoid crashing and running off the board, however there is no player elimination. Paths that lead off the board will circle back around and players continue moving. The goal in Tanuki in the Garden is to collect as many Shiitake as possible.
In Tanuki in the Garden, players take on the role of Shinto Priests strolling through a Kaiyū-shiki-teien Garden, collecting Shiitake Mushrooms for use in the evening’s dinner. The first player to acquire enough Shiitake is the winner. Each of the 4 paths on each tile will have a symbol on the path. Symbols can be Shiitake, Tanuki Dens, or Ashi-magaris. As players move along paths they collect Shiitake that they come across, or are harmed by obstacles they encounter. There are also Tanuki that prowl around the garden trying to steal Shiitake from players. If players encounter a Tanuki Den they will lose Shiitake and encountering Ashi-magaris slow players down.