Japan 1707. Mount Fuji is on the verge of erupting. Red hot lava will consume the secret Taiseki-ji temple and Sanctuary of the Essential Teachings hidden in its bowls. The Shogun is nervous and has sent his most noble and gifted samurai warriors on a quest to salvage the last remaining and precious heritage.
After a grueling climb through snowstorms and treacherous rocky terrain the samurai find the entrance to the temple. Carefully they enter the dark passage into the mountain. The volcano rumbles and the walls start shaking! The floor underneath their feet crumbles and our brave samurai fall into what seems to be the remains of the temple, slowly sinking into the smoldering lava.
Now it is up to our heroes to explore the temple and find as many of the relics, manuscripts and monks to bring back safely to the Shogun before the volcano erupts and all is lost forever.
During the game you will explore the temple and build your character to deal with whatever or whomever stands in your way. When a certain amount of dragons is defeated or the entire temple is explored the lava starts to rise. Luckily your sherpa appears with a rope above the center tile. The players will need to get back and climb out before the volcano erupts. But beware, the sherpa can only pull up one player up to safety every round. Who will get to the Shogun first and who has the most to show for himself when he gets there?
At the end of the game, when everyone is either out safely or dead, the player with the most victory points (VPs) is declared the winner. Victory points can be scored both during the game and at the end.