Orendao

a deft dueling game played with beautiful handmade tiles

The Myth

oh · ren · dow: the balance of power between you, your opponent and Nature orendao

It is said…

When you hunt the beast and you defeat the beast, your Orendao is greater than the beast’s. orendao - myth beast.png

It is said…

When the beast defeats you, the beast’s Orendao is greater than yours. orendao - myth nature.png

And it is said…

When nature defeats you both, nature’s Orendao is greater than you both. The Duel duel for control of the Elements in Nature orendao - elements - plain.png

Orendao is played with Elements: 12 tiles that hop, swap, cover or destroy each other. orendao nature fill (2).png

Orendao is played in Nature: a 3x3 space with Elements stacked on either side for drawing and discarding. orendao duel control-move (2).png

On your turn: Move and manipulate Elements in Nature. Nature responds: adding, removing, or changing the Elements. orendao duel win (2).png

To win: Outmaneuver and overwhelm your opponent. Remove their control of the Elements. Take care Nature doesn’t overwhelm you both. odao-void-1911-01.png Whose Orendao is greater?

Duel 3 rounds (15-30 mins)

It is said the Duelist whose Orendao is greater wins. If Nature overwhelms you both, it’s a draw. The Raw Series decks are a little rough around the edges. So are the rules.

This limited run was milled locally from sustainably harvested Western Maple. Comes with a deck, survival guide, and early access to refine the rules online. order your deck → avatar1.jpg Made by Jared C Chapman and the Hidden Hands

Orendao is the byproduct of countless conversations — and more than a few arguments — hosted and synthesized by Jared C Chapman.

The only direction has been to create a game that feels alive and timeless. Not tedious. Not frivolous. One that rewards reflection and exploration, rather than the endless pursuit of novelty.

These conversations have spanned several years among a fluid, multidisciplinary group of fascinating individuals defined by their commitment to meaningful work.

Many of them have never met.

Jared has dubbed them the Hidden Hands.

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Designed and Handmade in Port Townsend, Washington

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