Reviewed by Herb Levy
GUGONG (Tasty Minstrel Games, 1 to 5 players, ages 12 and up, 60-90 minutes; $59.95)
Few cities conjure up such visions of awe and mystery as the Forbidden City of ancient China. This city, known as Gùgōng, was also riddled with corruption! To correct that blight, the Emperor forbade bribery, an offense made punishable by death! But even so strict a penalty did not eradicate this crime; it just took on a disguise – as gifts! It is this gifting that powers the action as players as heads of Chinese families seek to gain influence and power in this new game designed by Andreas Steding: Gùgōng.