So sorry... this game is SOLD OUT 😢

Fuji Koro Deluxe Edition. Wow!

Stellar Craftsmanship. Elegant Mechanics. Seamless Theme.

Ka-BOOM! ?

This game is HUGE… and awesome!

Straight out of the gate let me share that the game box itself weighs over 18 pounds and measures 14 x 14 x 10 inches. Yeah… that is one HECK of a presence! Just looking at the game box itself is like coming down on your birthday as a 10-year-old kid and seeing what is obviously a shiny new bicycle wrapped top to bottom in colorful wrapping paper with a huge bow on it! ??

You hopefully know what I mean… every chemical in your brain firing off telling you “This is going to be AWE-SOME!!!!!!” as that huge smile grows across your face!

There is enough wood here to build a tree fort!! I mean, seriously! ???

The Deluxe version of this game features 3mm cardboard components, spot UV embossing, an extra-large double-sided game board, the Samurai miniatures, 13 dragon miniatures, a custom Meeplemaker cardboard insert for the game box, wooden VP markers, duotone transparent acrylic lava tiles, a wooden countdown token, a custom wooden dragon health token, wooden action discs, monk discs, scroll tokens and magical blueprints – all with heat transfer print (aka no stickers to place!), as well as 65 premium card sleeves!!

So… this is definitely a deluxe version that any Upstart would be PROUD to have in their collection… but how is the game itself?

First, given my significant “wooden bits” affliction, I would buy this game even if it was just a box of components that didn’t fit together in any meaningful game-play manner. It is just chock full of component’y goodness! But, fortunately no one has to worry about whether or not they should buy this just to have some cool bits sitting around because the game play is also fantastic!

Thematic integration is on point.. and is only enhanced by the detailed miniatures, the beautiful lava tiles, and the endless supply of wooden bits! Everything in the game ties in seamlessly to the theme – period! Now, sending a Samurai to Mt Fuji to collect resources and hunt dragons may not tie in perfectly to the long and cultured history of Japan… but by Gosh, if Samurai DID go into the mountains to fight dragons, this is how it would have been done! ??

Euro meets dungeon crawler with Clank/Downfall of Pompei “let’s get the heck out of here!” ending…

Player turns are very straightforward… and keep things moving with limited off-turn down time. Win! On your turn you must perform two actions; selecting from the four available – move, explore, gather, and rest.

Using combinations of these actions players will explore the land… gathering resources to craft their sandals, weapon, and armor; befriending monks that unlock certain upgrades; stumbling onto dragons and temples; and gathering sacred scrolls and magical blueprints to craft those oh-so-tasty magical weapons!

Everything hums along peacefully as players explore, craft, and battle…

…but then once one player scores 30 points on the ol’ point track, Mt Fuji begins to erupt! Lava tiles start coming onto the board- making movement a tad more precarious – as everyone now has 8 rounds to escape the volcano and get back to the safe-haven of a temple!

I love the game, “Downfall of Pompei” and this part of Fuji Koro feels a lot like that moment when the volcano erupts and everyone runs from Pompei hoping to maximize points as they escape the city. It’s a fantastic twist where everyone at the table starts to feel that heart-racing tension to get the heck out as things go from Euro-mechanic driven dungeon exploring to a frantic race!! So SOLID! ??

A word about crafting… from the creators of Mine Craft.

OK, so it’s really just a note from me… but still, maybe that caught your attention!

I REALLY love the gear crafting aspect of this game!!  All this crafting occurs in these cool grids using the wooden resource cubes to literally create a little physical representation of the weapon or what have you. ❤️

As the game progresses you’ll have these cool little Mine Craft like items made from resource cubes and as you add new resources, you will shift stuff around to upgrade or enlarge your gear to enhance its functionality. So cool!!!   [try to picture lining up a bunch of cubes to represent the shape of a sword] I’m serious… I LOVE THIS!!!

Furthermore, if you craft something that matches the exact size/dimensions of one of the gear cards displayed to the side of the game board, you will be able to claim that card. These cards provide persistent bonus actions that stack onto the base actions of the game – sweet!

Magical blueprints can be gathered at the temples that appear in the game… and once possessed, if your gear matches the magical blueprint you get to upgrade the item to its magical version; increasing its strength/power… and scoring added points at the end of the game so long as you maintain the magical nature of this item (by ensuring that the resource cube configuration of the magical item remains).

I’m hunting dragons….

But of course… all of this crafting isn’t just to have something cool to show you friends as you geek out! This gear helps you explore the land and fight dragons! And after all, fighting dragons is a big part of your life’s ambition in Fuji Koro!

And when those dragons come out you’ll be thanking the stars that you crafted that sweet magical sword – believe me! Now if you’re the sort that carries a plain iron 1d4 dagger in D&D just because… then I’m pretty sure you’ll be wanting to get the other players involved in a group effort to defeat said dragon… but hey, I leave that to you to decide.

Videos and what not…

Here’s a great how-to-play and full-game playthrough by JonGetsGames. Please note this is the base game and not the deluxe version…You can find the view HERE.

And here’s a brilliant unboxing video for the actual Deluxe version by Joel Wright with DevonDiceUK! The video can be found HERE.

Final notes…

An absolutely MASSIVE, deluxe game from a company with a SOLID track record in the crafting of deluxe games – Game Brewer! The wonderful people there are amongst my most favorite deluxe game producers… and they always have a Belgian Beer Hall set up at Essen Spiel.. so I mean,.. is there anything not to love about Game Brewer?!?!  Uh, no.

This game deserves a sacred (scroll) spot on your game shelf next to Gùgōng Deluxe… Yokohama Deluxe… Paris Deluxe… uh, you get the idea!

Every Upstart needs a copy of this on their shelf. You have been warned! ?

Ages: 12+
Players: 1 – 6
Play Time: 60 – 120 minutes
Designer Jerome Demeyere
Publisher: Game Brewer
At the time of this listing (AUG 2020)
selling for $165 – $200 on eBay.
Our Price: $149.55
Link to BGG: Fuji Koro Deluxe


So sorry... this game is SOLD OUT 😢


Fuji Koro Deluxe Edition is HERE! Ohhhhh… Game Brewer rocks!

Japan Hōei 4 (1707)

Mount Fuji is on the verge of erupting. Red hot lava will soon consume the three secret Seien-ji (聖煙寺), sacred temples hidden deep in the bowels of the volcano. The Shōgun is determined to preserve the precious heritage and sends his most noble and gifted samurai warriors on a quest inside the volcano to retrieve the valuable goods.

After a grueling climb through snowstorms and treacherous rocky terrain the samurai find the entrance that leads down into the cavern.

The volcano rumbles and the walls start shaking! The floor underneath their feet crumbles and our brave samurai fall into the huge cavern that contains the three temples, which are slowly sinking into the smoldering lava.

It is now up to our heroes to explore the cavern and find as many of the relics, sacred scrolls, and monks as possible, to bring back safely to the Shogun before the volcano erupts and all is lost forever.

Fuji Koro can be played in a competitive mode with 2 to 6 players or a cooperative mode with 1 to 6 players.

Players will try and gather sacred scrolls and blueprints for magical weapons, gather resources, craft the best possible gear, and try to get out of the volcano before it fully erupts.

To make matter worse, players will encounter fantastical dragons on their journey throughout the volcano, that they will have to try and defeat by themselves or with the help of other players.

The game continuous until the end phase of the game, which is triggered by one player reaching 30 victory points. Once that happens, players will have 8 final turns to escape the volcano.

To win the game, a player will have to score the most victory points by defeating dragons, exploring the cave, crafting the right weapons and bringing magical gear, dragon teeth and monks to the Shōgun during the end phase of the game.

—description from the publisher

Additional information
Weight 20.4 lbs
Dimensions 14 × 14 × 12 in

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