GMT Games Sekigahara–The Unification of Japan Review

Written by : Richard Mataka Sr. (Facebook) 


Available from GMT Games

Game Design Matthew Calkins

MSRP  $59.00

Sekigahara is a 2 player block game that depicts the Japanese campaign in 1600 that founded the Tokugawa Shogunate. Each historical leader assembled a coalition of daimyo’s and fought a 7 week contest that would decide who would control Japan. In the game, one player will assume the role of Tokugawa Ieyasu who was the most powerful daimyo in Japan, while the other will be Ishida Mitsunari who was the champion of the warlord’s child heir. The war was decided at the crossroads of Sekigahara where disloyalty and defections turned the tide of battle from Ishida to Tokugawa. How will you fair? Can you repeat history or will Ishida and the child heir rule Japan!

Physical Components

The physical components of Sekigahara are quite impressive. The game contains the following items;

  • 1 22×34 inch mounted map
  • 1 ½ sheets of stickers
  • 96 rectangular blocks (48 gold and 48 black)
  • 20 small block cubes, 10 of each color
  • 2 gold disks
  • 1 square block
  • 2 deck of cards (one of each player)
  • 2 draw bags
  • 2 reference cards
  • Rulebook



Each block in the game represents approximately 5000 warriors or the block can represent a single daimyo (leader) with its noboi (banner) shown. The historical name of the leader is located on the cards with its associated symbol that will be used in the game. The strength of the block can vary from



between 1 and 4 and some blocks have an attached gun or cavalry ability which is indicated by the symbol of a gun or cavalry symbol. Finally, each turn of the game equals a single week.

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