Danny, the Zia Comics game guru, teaches us how to play Honshu by BlackRock Games. This is a game for 2-5 players age 8 and over. It should take 30-40 minutes to complete one game.
Honshu is a trick-taking, map-building card game set in feudal Japan. Players are lords and ladies of noble houses seeking new lands and opportunities for fame and fortune.
One game of Honshu lasts twelve rounds. Each round is divided into two phases. First, map cards are played in a trick. The player who played the highest valued card gets to pick first from those cards played. Then players use the map cards picked to expand their personal maps. Each player must expand their personal maps to maximize their scoring possibilities.
Manipulating your position in the player order is crucial for mastering Honshu.