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Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Early Access

Four Gardens Arrives in April from Arcane Wonders

Four Gardens (Arcane Wonders)This Spring will see an Asian themed game of landscaping beautiful panoramas arrive from Arcane Wonders. In Four Gardens, players will compete to complete landscape cards in order to please the gods and gain the most prestige. The game is for two to four players, ages 10+, plays in around 45 minutes, and carry an MSRP of $39.99 when it hits stores in April.

About the game:

Long ago, in a beautiful Eastern kingdom, a queen and her people pleased their Gods by building a mystical pagoda. The pagoda housed the four Gods and towered strong over the magnificent kingdom. As time passed, the queen fell ill, and she summoned her people to compete for her crown. The crown would be passed on to the person who could build the most pristine garden around the pagoda. The heir would be chosen by the four Gods themselves.

The goal of Four Gardens is to accumulate the most points on the score board by completing landscape cards and finishing sets. Each finished set creates a panoramic view of a garden, and these sets are called (no surprise) “panoramas”.

Players can finish panoramas by first laying groundwork cards, acquiring resources by turning the 3D pagoda, and allocating those resources to satisfy the requirements of each groundwork card. Once satisfied, a groundwork card becomes a landscape card. Multiple landscape cards laid in the correct order create a panorama. Each God has their own satisfaction meter which expresses their goodwill towards the gardens and their builders. Players try to please the Gods by completing landscape cards and finishing panoramas.

Jeff McAleer

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