A simple yet stylish game of tactics, strategy and a little luck for 2 players.
Following either the dice with white pips or black pips place the tile with the same colored dots alongside the dice.
Utilizing the three action cards offensively, defensively or to turn the tables, use up all the tiles in your hand before your opponent to win!
Bossa has two set of rules: the Novice Rules*, which are easy to play with, and the Regular Rules*, which are more thoughtful and fun to play with.
The STANDARD edition is the most compact and casual of Bossa’s six editions.
*The game rules were revised and renamed in 2023.
“Expansion Kit” is also available for more strategic and tactical play by adding expansion chips.
A two player game with dice and tiles.
Decide each player’s dice color, then according to the dice pips’ color and number place corresponding tiles alongside their dice.
Utilizing 3 action tiles, avoid being backed into a corner and play your tiles. One more or one less tile only can be placed alongside previously place tiles.
The player who uses all the tiles in their hand or has 6 rows of tiles on their own color line takes the win.
Bossa has two set of rules: the “Regular Rules” and the “Novice Rules” for beginners.
Instruction Video: Regular Rules [English]
Instruction Video: Novice Rules [English]
Each player starts with 4 dot tiles and 1 of each of the 3 types of action cards and rolls one dice
The player with the higher roll has the choice of “designating their own color line (white or black)” or “taking the first play”.
The corresponding dice color is placed in front of each player and becomes the starting point for the black or white line respectively.
Each player then places a tile or tiles next to an ascending or descending position. (Tiles can be placed on either your own or the opponent’s line.)
On your turn, you draw a tile from the pile, combine the tiles in your hand, and place it on either the white or black line.
You can also use one of the three types of action cards.
The dots on the tiles are used counting only the color of either white or black. Multiple tiles can be combined. In the photo, two tiles are used to make “White 5” (White 3 + White 2 = White 5).
*When placing tiles only one more or one less than previously placed tiles may be placed. The “White 6” following the example in the photo must be placed with one or three tiles, not two.
Utilize the three types of action cards “Redraw” (from the pile), “Exchange” (with the opponent), and “Stack” (on a tile or tiles already in play) tactically to avoid being backed into a corner and play your tiles.
Players alternate turns and the player who uses all the tiles in their hand or has 6 rows of tiles on their own color line takes the win. If a player cannot make a move, that player loses.
Luck of the draw is also a factor in victory!
*The detailed game rules are at the bottom of this page.
The STANDARD edition is the most compact of Bossa’s six editions.
The size of the box is only 3.4(w)x 3.4(h) x 1.1(d) inches / 87(w) x 87(h) x 28(d) mm. Easy to carry! You can take Bossa with you wherever you go.
Play time is short, only 5 to 10 minutes per game, so it can be enjoyed casually. For example, on a table in a cafeteria during lunch or break time, or on a counter in a bar or pub after work.
For handling and durability, the face side of the STANDARD edition dot tiles are finished with a gloss-coated layer and the back side with a matt-coated layer. Made in Japan.
Read more about the features of the Standard Edition in this column.
→ Going out with Bossa: the advantages of STANDARD edition
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Bossa has two set of rules: the “Regular Rules*” and the “Novice Rules*” for beginners.
*In the 2023 revision, the “(former) Advanced Rules” were renamed “Regular Rules” and the “(former) Basic Rules” were renamed “Novice Rules”. Based on the former rules, some minor changes (victory and tie conditions) and additions (clarification of handling of non-existent dot colors) have been made to the rules.
Game design: Banana Moon Studio Sapporo
Team leader / Creative director: MAEDA Hiroshi
Planner / Production manager: MAEDA Kumiko
Planner / Graphic designer: YOSHIDA Kinuka, ISHIJIMA Haruna
Researcher: SUGIOKA Rino
Translator: Darcy LEWIS
Game development adviser: SAITO Tomoyuki (RareSightGames)
Production adviser: TADOKORO Masayuki (Shichisei Sangyo)
Special thanks: Pippd.com