How To Play: Ghost Stories

Our Ghost Stories strategy guide covers everything from the basics of How To Play ghost stories to advanced tactics. We delve into choosing the right Taoists, managing ghost threats efficiently, and maximizing village tile benefits. Packed with humor, personal anecdotes, and straightforward advice, this guide promises to keep you entertained while honing your ghost-busting skills.

Hey fellow board game enthusiasts! Ever find yourself in the thick of ghostly chaos, scratching your head on how to survive another round of Ghost Stories? Fear not! I’ve gathered all my game nights’ wisdom to bring you a guide that not only outlines the rules but arms you with the best strategies to clinch that win against the spooky masses. Ready to become the ghost-busting legend? Let’s roll!


What’s in the box

  • 1 game board
  • 9 Village tiles
  • 4 Taoist boards
  • 4 Taoist figures
  • 8 Ghost figures
  • 1 Curse die
  • 1 Buddha figurine
  • 4 inactive Power tokens
  • 8 Tao dice
  • 4 Qi tokens
  • 24 Ghost cards
  • 9 Village tiles
  • 3 Tao tokens
  • 2 Haunter figurines
  • 20 Qi tokens
  • 4 Yin-Yang tokens
  • 10 Incarnation of Wu-Feng cards
  • 1 First Player token
  • 1 Enfeeblement Mantra token
  • 2 Haunter crystals
  • 1 rule booklet

How To Play Ghost Stories: Rules Summary


  1. Place the game board in the center of the table.

  2. Each player chooses a Taoist monk and takes the corresponding board and figures.

  3. Shuffle the ghost cards and create a draw pile.

  4. Arrange the village tiles in the middle of the board.

  5. Place the Buddha figures, Yin-Yang tokens, and Qi tokens nearby.


  1. Players take turns in clockwise order, starting with the oldest player.

  2. On your turn, move your monk up to two tiles and perform one action, such as fighting a ghost or activating a village tile.

  3. Draw a ghost card at the end of your turn and place it on the board. If it’s a haunted tile, follow its instructions.

  4. Use your Taoist’s special ability wisely to aid in your fight against the ghosts.


  1. Players win by defeating the incarnation of Wu-Feng, the final boss, after surviving through the deck of ghost cards.

  2. To defeat Wu-Feng, players must use Tao tokens matching the color of Wu-Feng’s card.

Special Rules & Conditions

  1. If all Taoists are out of Qi points and cannot be healed, the players lose.

  2. Players can exchange Tao tokens and advice, but cannot give away their action or movement.

  3. Use the Yin-Yang token to activate any village tile immediately, regardless of your monk’s location.

  4. Be strategic with Buddha figures; they can eliminate ghosts immediately when placed correctly.

With these rules, you’re ready to take on the haunted horrors of Ghost Stories. Remember, the key to victory lies not just in knowing the rules but in how well you can adapt and work together as a team. Good luck!

Best Ghost Stories Strategies

Mastering Taoist Tactics for Victory in Ghost Stories

Winning Ghost Stories often hinges on selecting the right Taoists. Each Taoist’s unique ability can turn the tide in this cooperative board game. Here’s how to choose wisely:

Consider the Game Phase

  1. Early game? Go for Taoists with abilities that help in setting up a strong defense against incoming ghosts.
  2. Mid to late game? Choose Taoists that enhance exorcism capabilities or offer healing.

Analyze Your Team’s Strengths

  1. Pick Taoists that complement your friends’ strategies. Balance is key to overcoming the game’s challenges.

Adapt to the Ghosts’ Threats

  1. Facing lots of ghosts with nasty abilities? Some Taoists are better at dealing with specific threats. Choose accordingly.

The Art of Ghost Management: Winning Strategies

Identify Key Threats Early

First off, always spot the biggest threats on the board. These can snowball if left unchecked.

  1. Look for ghosts with abilities that can disable your Taoists or summon more ghosts.
  2. Target these ghosts first to keep the situation under control.

Balance Your Board

Next, keep your ghost load balanced. Don’t let one Taoist get overwhelmed.

  1. Move around and support each other to tackle ghosts as a team.
  2. Use your abilities where they’re most needed.

Use Your Resources Wisely

Last, make the most of your resources. Village tiles can be game-changers.

  1. Plan your visits to the village to acquire useful items or powers.
  2. Remember to use your Tao tokens and special abilities at the right time.

Mastering Village Tiles for Victory in Ghost Stories

Winning Ghost Stories isn’t just about fighting ghosts; it’s also about smart use of village tiles. Here’s how:

Choosing the Right Moment

  1. Always evaluate the board before using a tile. Timing is key.
  2. Save specific tiles for dire situations.

Strategic Placement

  1. Position your Taoists to access crucial tiles quickly.
  2. Anticipate where ghosts might block tile access and plan accordingly.

Combining Tile Powers

  1. Combine tile abilities for powerful effects.
  2. Learn which tiles complement each other best.

## Winning Against the Unearthly Odds

So, there you have it, fearless Taoist warriors! You’re now armed with strategies, laughter, and a bit more wisdom on your quest to kick some serious ghost booty in Ghost Stories. Remember, it’s not just about the ghosts you’re bashing but the friends you’re laughing with along the way (or yelling at—hey, we’ve all been there). Keep your wits sharp, your Tao tokens closer, and your village tiles strategic. Who knows? With a bit of luck and a lot of teamwork, you might just save the village and live to brag about it. Until the next eerie night descends upon us, keep those dice rolling and ghosts moaning!

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Jamie Hopkins

With years of dice-rolling, card-flipping, and strategic planning under my belt, I've transformed my passion into expertise. I thrive on dissecting the mechanics and social dynamics of board games, sharing insights from countless game nights with friends. I dive deep into gameplay mechanics, while emphasizing the social joys of gaming. While I appreciate themes and visuals, it's the strategy and camaraderie that truly capture my heart.