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Number of Players 1-4
Playtime 60-90 Min
Suggested Ages 12+
Designer(s) Bernd Eisenstein
Publisher Irongames

SHOBU is a beautiful abstract strategy game for 2 players. The game offers 4 square wood boards (2 of each color) and 16 natural river stones for each player, in two colors, with a rope splitting the play area in half.

Your turn happens in two parts. First, a player moves one of their stones up two spaces in any direction, including diagonally, in what is called a passive (or set up) move. Second, players take a more aggressive move, which must be the same direction and number of spaces as the first move. It is this second move that lets players push stones across the board - or off the board's edge. Remove all four of your opponent's stones from only one of the four boards to win.

SHOBU offers the feeling of GO or CHESS but brings its own unique challenge. It feels instantly familiar and yet is wholly distinct and engaging.

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