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|Number of Players||3-5 players|
|Mechanics||Cooperative Play, Pattern Building|
You walk slowly around the garden, stepping carefully around the deliberately placed stones. A breeze loosens a few delicate pink petals from the tree at the edge of the garden and you smile as you watch them dance in the wind. Picking up a nearby rake, you gently push the fallen petals out of the way before dragging the rake back through the sand to recreate the elegant linear pattern. After slow and steady work moving the sand and adjusting the placement of the stones, the garden is complete and a feeling of serenity washes over you.
Narabi is a unique cooperative card game. With quick play, light strategy, and hundreds of card combinations for variety and new challenges, this card game is a must-have for any gamer’s library.
BUILDING A SERENE GARDEN
Creating a stone garden is a meditative experience, but it also takes concentration and the help of others. Working together, players build a peaceful stone garden with everything in its proper place. Some stones in the garden are dark or light, others are large or small. Stones will either be blank or have a value ranging from 0 to 9. Exchanging the stones one at a time, players must work toward the correct arrangement in as few moves as possible. A serene stone garden will have the stones in numerical order, either clockwise or counterclockwise. If players can achieve this order, they win. However, this isn’t as simple as just handing a player a 2 for their 5.
In Narabi, the stones in your garden can only be moved in certain ways. These movements are defined by the restriction cards. For example, a restriction card could say that a stone can only be exchanged with a stone that has a higher value. Another stone may only be exchanged with another stone that is numbered between 2 and 6. Each stone will have its own restriction that players must follow.
To begin a game, the restriction card deck and stone card decks are shuffled separately. Without looking at the restriction, one restriction card and one stone card are inserted into one of the included card sleeves. Once this has been done for all the stones, the combined cards are shuffled and distributed stone-side up to each player. Players will have three or four stones placed in front of them, depending on the player count.
After the initial order of stones is placed, players can read the restrictions on their own stones. Then, working together, players will create tranquility out of the disorder in as few moves as possible. With limited table talk, players can try to deduce the best movements allowed within each stone’s restriction then use their knowledge to strategically change the numerical order. A stone must switch positions on each player’s turn while still following the restriction attached to that stone. Once you reach a level of success, record the score, mix up the stones and restrictions for new challenges, and try again to progress toward a more harmonious state.
With limited knowledge of other player’s stones, a perfect stone garden can only be achieved through teamwork, memory, and strategic precision. Will you be able to achieve true serenity?