Standard edition
by Andreas Steding        art by Andreas Resch
 1-5   12+    90′               
  • Chinese (traditional)
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish


Note: Gùgõng was initially introduced as “the Forbidden City”. The name was changed before the first print.

China, 1570. China is under the reign of the Longqing Emperor, of the Ming Dynasty. The Emperor has inherited a country in disarray after years of mismanagement and corruption. Realising the depth of chaos his father’s long reign had caused, the Longqing Emperor set about reforming the government by re-employing talented officials previously banished by his father. The Emperor resides in the Forbidden city, which was the seat of many emperors under the Ming Dynasty. The Forbidden City is currently known as “Gùgõng” (Imperial Palace) by the people of China. Constructed from 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings and covers 72 ha (over 180 acres). It is also under the Ming Dynasty that the Great Wall of China was rebuilt, fortified and expanded. During this period, China was under heavy attack the Mongols, so maintaining the Great Wall was essential. Most of what we now have left of Great Wall, we owe to the Ming dynasty.

The country was already famous for its very intricate bureaucracy, but this also led to a lot of corruption. However, the Longqing Emperor tried to eradicate corruption as much as he could, by simply having it officially prohibited, and punishable by death.

This measure seemed successful at first, but as we all know, it is not so simple to keep perfect control over one’s “loyal” subjects. At the imperial court, the highest officials would pretend to uphold the ban on corruption, and instead of simply accepting money, a new custom saw the light of day: the exchange of gifts.

If a petitioner visited an official to present a request, they would also present a gift. And naturally, the official would return the honour by presenting a gift in return. If the gift of the petitioner was something quite valuable, like, say, a Jade statue, and the return gift from the official was a cheap paper fan, it was hard to regard this as an act of bribery. However, both knew very well how valuable the symbolism of said item could be…

“Gùgõng” uses this extraordinary custom as its basis. The players take on the role of powerful Chinese families trying to gain influence and power by bribing certain officials responsible for certain tasks, by offering suitable gifts.

A player wins by gaining an audience with the emperor. If several players succeed to do this, the player with the most VPs amongst those players wins the game.

Additional information

Weight 2 kg
Dimensions 29.5 × 29.5 × 7.0 cm

6 boxes per case

EAN Box: 5407004490335
EAN Case: 5407004490342

EAN Box: 5407004490397
EAN Case: 5407004490403

EAN Box: 5407004490410
EAN Case: 5407004490427

EAN Box: 5407004490359
EAN Case: 5407004490366

EAN Box: 5407004490434
EAN Case: 5407004490441

EAN Box: 5407004490458
EAN Case: 5407004490465

EAN Box: 5407004490472
EAN Case: 5407004490489


• 1 Game Board
• 1 Start Player Token & 1 Next Start Player Medal
• 38 Gift Cards
• 3 Destiny Tiles
• 1 Day Tracker
• 1 Rulebook
In each of 5 player colors:
• 1 Player Board
• 12 Servants
• 1 Foreman, 1 Traveller, 1 Envoy
• 1 Intrigue Marker
• 3 Grand Canal Ships
• 1 VP Disk

To order, please select a language first.

Chinese (traditional), Dutch, English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish

Video Reviews


 Gùgōng Rules standard edition English V1.0

 Gùgōng Rules standard edition Français V1.0

 Gùgōng Rules standard edition Nederlands V1.0

 Gùgōng Rules standard edition Deutsch V1.0

 Gùgōng Rules standard edition Spanish V1.0

 Gùgōng Rules standard edition Portuguese V1.0

 Gùgōng Rules standard edition Italian V1.0

 Gùgōng Rules standard edition Korean V1.0

 Gùgōng Rules standard edition Chinese V1.0

 Gùgōng Rules standard edition Japanese V1.0

 Gùgōng Rules standard edition Polish V1.0

Official Statement

Unfortunately there are 2 minor printing issues in the first print of Gugong:

  • 2 Ying Yang cards with value 7 have the same Wall action printed on them. This is not a real mistake. It’s a last minute change of the cards, but it’s unfortunate that they both have the same action now. These cards have been printed this way in 5000 Deluxe games and 12000 standard games.
  • The punchboards in the 12000 standard games contain 2 level 3 Decrees with the same print (8 VP). The rulebook shows a different level 3 Decree, that allows you to score 1 extra VP for each VP that you scored during the game. This Decree is missing in the standard game, not in the Kickstarted Deluxe game.

Both issues don’t affect the gameplay. They only have a minor influence on the gameplay variation. Nevertheless, we know that a lot of customers are disappointed about these changes and prefer a replacement. To meet the concerns of those customers, Game Brewer will produce extra Decree tiles and extra 7 cards. Game Brewer will distribute those tiles and cards at Spiel ’19 and GenCon ’19 and many other conventions where we will be present. You can check our conventions calendar on our website https://www.gamebrewer.com/news/events/

All tiles and cards have been send to our distributors, to get them to local game stores. Customers should always contact the store/website where they purchased the game to get the replacement components. If you purchased the game at our booth or our website, we will send you the components directly. 

For players who can’t wait to try the new card and tile, here’s a PnP file:

 Download the Gùgōng PNP Decree and gift card

Thank you all for understanding. We’re only humans, and we’ll do our best to prevent mistakes like this in the future by doing a better quality check before the files are send to the manufacturer.

Best regards,

the Game Brewer Team

November 17, 2018

updated on November 21, 2018

updated on March 12, 2019