7 Ronin is an asymmetric 2-player game in which the attacking player control a group of ninja attacking a village defended by seven ronin (masterless samurai) controlled by the defending player. The ninja player wins by occupying five of the village’s ten areas, while the ronin player wins by surviving eight rounds.
Each turn starts with the players distributing their forces over the village areas simultaneously and separately. Their choices are then revealed, and combat resolved. Each of the ronin have a different special ability to aid the defender, while each of the village areas have a special ability usable by the attacker once it has been occupied.