Fujian Trader is a victory point based, gateway game. The theme and mechanics are based upon the re-discovered Selden Map, which depicts trading routes in China and had been lost for nearly 300 years.
In Fujian Trader, players assume the role of Ming-era merchant families following trading routes in the East China Sea. Victory points are gained by trading (or raiding) the goods of iron, silk, and rice for silver and influence. To win, players must accrue the most victory points in order to successfully endure the Manchu invasion and subsequent Ming Empire collapse at the end of the game.