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THE MING VOYAGES (Surprised Stare Games, 1-2 players, ages 12 and up, 30-45 minutes; $22)
Back in the early 1400s, during the Ming Empire, China’s great fleet of ocean-going junks ventured west. Under Admiral Zheng He, the fleet certainly reached East Africa and possibly went further. In The Ming Voyages, designed by David Mortimer and Alan Paull, completing these voyages (in abstract) is the goal of one player: the Ming Emperor (not to be confused with the Emperor Ming – that’s a whole different kettle of fish).