- 13 Wheat Tiles
- 12 Cow Tiles
- 3 Iron Tiles
- 3 Forest Tiles
- 3 Desert Tiles
- 1 City Tile
- A full set of Black and White Go pieces (Pawns)
- Black and White pennygems (Knights)
- A "first player" token
Set up 5 wheat tiles and 4 cow tiles in a 3x3 grid in a checkerboard pattern. Each player starts with 5 Go pieces of his respective colour. Give the first player token to a player at random.
- Players place pieces on their turn. They may place on any open space, OR may capture a space from the opponent if they control more pieces in the space itself plus the four adjacent tiles that said opponent.
- Knights each count as 2 pieces towards this count.
- Captured pieces are placed off to the side. They may be used again by the player next round, but are lost for this round.
- If a player has pieces remaining, but no possible moves, they may take a tile from the supply and place it with the piece on it.
- You may not place any tile adjacent to an identical tile.
- When placing a tile, at least 3 of the surrounding 8 pieces must be in play already.
- If a player has no pieces remaining, he must pass his turn
End of Round:
Once both players have placed all of their pieces, the round ends. The following things take place:
- For every 3 Wheat and every 3 Cows a player controls, he receives 1 extra pawn (they must be 3-of-a-kind, unmatched tiles are worthless)
- For every Forest and Iron tile combination a player controls, he may upgrade 1 pawn into a Knight
- The player who controls the City tile may demote an opponent's Knight back into a Pawn (or just nullify a Forest-Iron combination)
- Desert tiles confer no direct advantage.
- Players take all of their pieces back in hand.
- The First Player token is passed.
Ending the Game:
The game ends when one of the following conditions occurs:
- One player has at least 3 more pieces than his opponent at the start of a round (he wins)
- A player has at least 5 Knights, and more knights than his opponent (he wins)
- No tiles remain in the supply at the start of a round. The winner is the player with the most pieces (knights only count as 1 piece each)
- A player loses control of the city during a round (he loses)