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- For 2-4 players
- Takes 40-80 minutes to play
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The Old Sultan Just Died and Control of Naqala is Up For Grabs!
Crossing into the Land of 1001 Nights, your caravan arrives at the fabled Sultanate of Naqala.
-The oracles foretold of strangers who would maneuver the Five Tribes to gain influence over the legendary city-state.
-Will you fulfill the prophecy? Invoke the old Djinns, move the Tribes into position at the right time and the Sultanate may become yours!
Designed by Bruno Cathala,the game builds on a long tradition of German games with wooden Maples in a unique twist on the Worker Placement game genre. It's when, how and where you dis-place the Five Tribes of Assassins, Elders, Builders, Merchants & Viziers that will determine your victory or failure!
40-80 minutes to play
- 30 Tiles depicting the Sultanate of Naqala
- 2 Players Sets with 11 Camels and 2 Turn markers each
- 2 Players Sets with 8 Camels and 1 Turn markers each
- A bag of wooden Meeples with: -16 Yellow Viziers -18 Red Assassins -18 Blue Builders -18 Green Merchants -20 White Elders
- 10 Palaces & 12 Palm Trees
- 22 Djinn cards
- 54 Resource cards
- 96 Victory Coins
- 1 Bid Order & 1 Turn Order Track
- A Scoring Pad
- 5 Djinns & Turn Order Summary Sheets
- A Rules Booklet
Crossing into the Land of 1001 Nights, your caravan arrives at the fabled Sultanate of Naqala. The old sultan just died and control of Naqala is up for grabs! The oracles foretold of strangers who would maneuver the Five Tribes to gain influence over the legendary city-state. Will you fulfill the prophecy? Invoke the old Djinns, move the Tribes into position at the right time and the Sultanate may become yours! Designed by Bruno Cathala, Five Tribes is a bit more of a "Gamers' Game" than Days of Wonder's standard fare. The game builds on a long tradition of German games with wooden Maples in a unique twist on the Worker Placement game genre. While the rules are quite easy to learn and understand, implementing a winning strategy will take a calculated approach. In this worker displacement game, you score by carefully maneuvering the Five Tribes of Maples over the tiles that make up the ancient city-state of the Sultanate of Naqala. You need to look ahead to determine what moves will not only position you to score well, but put your opponents at a disadvantage. It's when, how and where you dis-place the Five Tribes of Assassins, Elders, Builders, Merchants & Viziers that will determine your victory or failure! Included are: 30 Game Tiles depicting the Sultanate of Naqala; a bag of 90 wooden Maples with Yellow Viziers, Red Assassins, Green Merchants, Blue Builders and White Elders; Palm Trees, Palaces and Camels; 22 Jinn cards; 54 Resource cards, plus 5 Djinns, Victory Coins, Scoring Pad Summary sheets and Rules Booklet.
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One particular strong point of this game is the ability for just two people to play! And, not just play like some other games claim but still have lots of fun doing so without diminishing the complexity of the game. In this case, each person gets two turns to bet and two turns to move. This in itself introduces a whole new way to plan, setup and execute your moves!
Since February, we played around 19 games thats almost three games a month with an average playing time of about 4 hours per game, some were a bit shorter but most were just about 4 or even longer... For some reason in my mind, this game relates to a complex version of chess. Every move you make with meeples is a trade off between available moves. The resulted meeple, tile, Djinn and magic item actions give you points. You win by accumulating the most total points. The beauty of this game is that there are many ways to win, by collecting: gold, resources, properties, Djinns, precious items, certain color meeples (yellow, purple and white) and certain property improvements. Lots of ways to win and lots of ways to play. The game is completely customizable from the board to resources to Djinns to meeples to (as an added chance bonus) magic/precious items. There is no single game setup that you will play that will be the same!
So, to sum it up, if you are looking for a party game, this is not the game you want but if you have time for a fun family adventure (even just two people), then you are in the right place! If you do buy this game, as with some other Days of Wonder games, remember not to throw away card board cutouts but use them under the plastic tray to keep game pieces from spilling into adjacent compartments (see pictures).
In this game, you are using meeples to move across a grid of tiles mancala-style, trying to capture a number of meeples of the same color. The different colors represent the different abilities of the meeples (red are assassins and can remove a meeple off the board or from a player's hand, white are elders and can score points or help pay for Djinn cards, etc). If you are able to remove the last meeple from a tile, you get to claim it and it scores you points at the end of the game.
It is easy to teach to newcomers and has so many different strategy angles that it hasn't gotten old yet.
Like all games from Days of Wonder, Five Tribes is a first class production from beginning to end. The artwork, the components, the tiles- every aspect of this game is amazing. Another Days of Wonder production that knocks it out of the park. What I really like about Five Tribes, however, is the way in which players can essentially play different games on their path to victory. One player can be trying to collect genies, while another is going for that yellow meeple victory. Another play can concentrate on gaining control of tiles on the board. There are just so many options. There is also a fun mechanic where each turn players bid for turn order. This can be very important as money can be used for points later in the game. This is a game that forces players to make tough choices- something that all great board games have in common.
Simply put, Five Tribes is one of the best games of 2014 and will no doubt amazing and delight players for years to come. If you enjoy a fun challenge with your friends, you'll want to pick up Five Tribes!