Arctic Scavengers
Arctic Scavengers
players: 2 – 5
preparation: 3 minutes
learning: game length: 5 – 10 minutes
45 – 60 minutes
Contents – Basic Game
1 rule booklet
1 rule summary
1 junkyard mat
1 contested resources mat
1 initiator card
149 playing cards
20 refugees
69mercenaries (10 brawlers, 8 hunters, 8 saboteurs, 8 scouts, 5 group leaders,
5 sniper teams, 5 thugs, 20 scavengers)
46junkyard cards (7 junk, 4 multitools, 4 nets, 6 spears, 4 pickaxes, 6 shovels, 6 medkits, 9 pills)
14 contested resources (2 wolf packs, 2 grenades, 2 sled teams, 2 field crews, 6 tribe families)
Contents – HQ Expansion
1 expansion rules summary
1 engineering schematics mat
1 storage cover
49 playing cards
12 buildings (3 each of bunkers, armories, pharmacies, hydroponic gardens)
10 tribal leaders
8 junkyard cards (4 rifles, 4 toolkits)
8 medics
8 engineers
3 gangs (1 each of the Gearheads, the Pharmers, the Masons)
The Story
In the year 2097, the entire earth was enveloped in a cataclysmic climate shift plunging the
globe into another ice age. Over 90% of the world’s population was eliminated, driving the
survivors to band together into loose communities and tribes.
Each player is the leader of a small tribe of survivors. Resources, tools, medicine, and
mercenaries are all in scarce supply. Each tribe is pitted against other tribes in a fight for
survival. The players build up their tribes, skirmish against other players’ tribes, and can even
bluff on the way to victory.
The leader who gathers the largest tribe will win the game!
Game Play Overview
Players work to build their tribes as large as possible by hiring mercenaries, scavenging junk
piles and winning skirmishes against other players’ tribes. Each tribe member card in a tribe
represents the number of people shown on the card. The player with the largest tribe (most
people) at the end of the game is the winner.
Anatomy of an Arctic Scavengers Card
The cards are designed to make it easy to identify the different types of cards, make sorting and
game setup quicker, and facilitate faster decision-making during the game.
card typesupply pile icon
card title
or card cost
standard action
card actions
action modifier
disabled action
number of
tribe members
some cards have special
instructions here
special actions or instructions
expansion marker icon
blank = basic game
star = HQ expansion
Understanding the above card anatomy
Green labels in the above graphic indicate something that is always present on a card. Red
labels indicate something that may or may not be present, depending on the card. Gray labels
are used to describe the sub-types of card actions.
Every card has a type (person, tool, medicine), title, image, and actions. Standard actions
can be performed by this card alone, action modifiers must be combined with another card,
and disabled actions cannot be used. Some cards will be sorted based upon supply pile icon,
others by card title. Some cards have other identifiers (instructions, cost, and number of tribe
members represented by the card).
Game Preparation
Arctic Scavengers can be played by 2 to 5 players. Each player takes an identical starter deck
representing her tribe. That deck consists of 10 cards:
4 refugee cards
3 scavenger cards
1 brawler card
1 spear card
1 shovel card
Remove any additional refugee cards from the game. Sort the remaining cards into three
categories: contested resources ( ), junkyard ( ), and mercenaries. Shuffle the contested
resources cards
and place them face-down on the
mat to form the contested resources
stack. Shuffle junkyard cards
to form the junkyard pile and place them face-down on the
mat. The remaining cards (the ones with character portraits and a cost listed) are the
mercenaries. Sort them into 8 separate stacks, by mercenary type. Place them face-up on the
playing surface in separate stacks.
Each player shuffles her deck of 10 cards and places it face-down in her play area. Randomly
select a player and hand her the initiator card. This player will serve as the initiator for the first
When Playing with only Two Players
• Remove two cards of each kind from the junkyard (i.e. 2 junk, 2 medkit, 2 pickaxe, etc.)
• Eliminate all contested resources peeking
• The number of tribe members a player brings to a skirmish is no longer relevant
• Skirmishes must be won by 2. If not, then it is a tie and the players place the contested
resource on top of the junkyard and then shuffle the junkyard
Playing the Game
Each round of Arctic Scavengers has three phases, played in the order shown below:
Drawing Phase
1)Discard all cards from the previous round.
2)Each player draws 5 cards from the top of her deck, shuffling the discard pile and
adding it to the deck when her deck becomes exhausted.
3)Beginning with the third round, and continuing for the remainder of the game, the
initiator peeks at the top card on the contested resources stack and then returns it to the stack.
Resource Gathering Phase
4)The initiator takes the first action and uses any number of cards to gather resources.
5)The initiator announces how many of her cards will remain for the skirmish.
6)Play continues with the other players, in clock-wise order, and they execute steps 4 and 5.
Skirmish Phase (Round 3 and following)
7)Once all players have taken their resource gathering actions, players reveal their remaining
cards for the skirmish and a winner is determined.
8)The winner of the skirmish takes the top card from the contested resources stack and
adds it to her discard pile.
9)The initiator passes the initiator card to her left-hand opponent, starting a new round.
The game continues like this until the last contested resource card is won.
No Skirmish until the Third Round
The game begins with two rounds of resource gathering (digging in the junkyard, hunting for
food, and hiring mercenaries). In the first two rounds, there is no skirmishing. This allows each
player to get a solid foundation prior to skirmishing over the contested resources.
Peeking at the Contested Resources
Beginning with the third round, the initiator looks at the top card of the contested resources
stack. The player does not reveal this card to the other players. After looking, the player returns
the card, face-down, to the top of the stack. This provides the first player of each round with
special insight regarding what resource will be contested over during the skirmish phase.
Gathering Resources
The first phase of each round involves gathering resources. There are three primary resource
gathering actions: dig, hunt, and hire. Dig allows the player to retrieve cards from the junkyard,
hunt enables the player to get food (used as currency during that round), and hire uses a
combination of Food from hunting and medicine
from the player’s hand to serve as
currency for hiring mercenaries to join the player’s tribe.
Announcing Cards
Players save cards not used for resource gathering for the skirmish. After a player has
performed her resource gathering, she puts all cards already used in her discard pile to clear her
play area. She then places her remaining cards in her play area, face down, and announces the
number of cards she is taking to the skirmish.
Sometimes a player has additional tools that cannot be used, or refugee / tribe family cards
that have no tools. The player should carry these into the skirmish anyway. This presents an
apparently stronger hand to her opponents and may impact the decisions that they make.
Winning a Skirmish
When resolving a skirmish, the player with the highest fight score wins. Several factors affect a
player’s fight score: each player totals the attack abilities of each of her tribe members, adding
the modifiers, and factoring in special actions such as disarm and snipe (explained later).
Winning the Game
When the final contested resource card has been won, the game is over. The winner is the player
who has built the largest tribe. Players determine the size of their tribes by counting the
number of tribe member icons on the lower right corner of every card in their decks. If there
is a tie, then the player among those tied with the most contested resource cards is the winner. If
there is still a tie, the player among those tied with the largest number of cards in her deck is
the winner.
If there is still a tie, the tied players rejoice in their shared victory.
Key Concepts
Arctic Scavengers uses a handful of basic rules. Detailed rules will follow, but these form the
core rule set.
A player may take multiple actions in a round
Multiple cards used in a single action increase the potency of that action
A player may only perform a given action (dig/hunt/draw/hire/etc.) once per round
Once a card has been used to perform an action, it may not perform another action that
• To be useful, tools, group leaders, and any card with a modifier (i.e. +1, +2, +4) must be
combined with another card that has the base ability.
• Only one tool card may be used by a tribe member card, even if that card represents
multiple people.
• When a player needs to draw more cards than are available in her deck, she first draws all
cards from her deck, then shuffles her discard pile to create a new deck and continues.
Game Details
Now that you understand the game flow, this section describes in detail the various actions
that are available and the game scenarios that players are likely to encounter.
Resource Gathering Phase
During this phase, each player plays any number of cards from her hand in order to add more
resources (cards) to her deck. Gathering starts with the player that has the initiator card (lying
in her play area) and play continues in clockwise order.
There is no limit to the number of actions that a player can take during the resource gathering
phase, although no action may be taken more than once.
The player draws one or more cards from the top of the junkyard stack. The player may choose
one to place in her discard pile and returns any other cards to the bottom of the junkyard pile.
The number of cards is determined by the sum of all the dig numbers displayed on the card(s)
played from the player’s hand. As with other actions, draw may only be used once per round.
For example: Natalie plays a brawler card in her play area and declares a dig action. Since a brawler has
a dig value of 1, Natalie draws one card from the junkyard and places it in her discard pile. If Natalie
were to also play a shovel, then the combined dig score would be 3, as shovel adds 2 to dig. Thus, Natalie
would draw 3 cards from the junkyard, select one to keep (place on her discard pile) and return the other
2 to the bottom of the junkyard.
The player draws one or more cards from her deck, adding them to her hand. Multiple cards
may be combined to draw several cards. As with other actions, draw may only be used once
per round.
For example: Anna plays a scout with a draw of 2 and a sled team with a draw of 2 in her play area.
This combination enables Anna to draw 4 cards from her deck and add them to her hand. Anna could
also play two scavengers and a scout to yield the same result.
The hire ability is a free action (no card is needed to grant this action) in which a player takes
a mercenary card from the face-up piles of cards. The player must be able to pay the cost
displayed on the card. There are two currencies: food and medicine (meds). Food is created in
real-time using the Hunt action (described below). Meds are provided in the form of medicine
cards (pills and medkit) that must be played from the players hand in order to complete the
purchase of a mercenary. Medicine cards do not require an associated person to spend. Each
player may only hire one mercenary per round, and the player immediately adds the card
to her discard pile.
The hunt ability generates food during the round that can then be used as currency for
purchasing a single mercenary card. The amount of food generated is determined by summing
all hunt abilities played from the player’s hand. The player can assign tools to the mercenaries
to improve their hunt abilities.
For example: Natalie plays two scavenger cards and a spear card. Each scavenger has a hunt of 1 and the
spear grants one of those scavengers an additional hunt of 1. Her combined hunt score is 3. Natalie can
now spend 3 food this round to hire a mercenary card.
The trash ability is a free action (no card is needed to grant this action) that allows players to
take any number of cards from their hands and add them to the junkyard supply pile. The
player does not draw cards from her deck to replace these cards.
Special Actions
Some cards may grant special actions that can be used during the resource gathering phase.
These cards are saboteur (disarm another player’s tool) and sniper team (snipe another player’s
tribe member).
Shuffling the Junkyard
Throughout the course of the game, players may add cards to the junkyard. This can occur
when players use the Trash action (see above) or when skirmishing for a contested resource (see
below) ends in a tie. When cards are added to the junkyard, players place them face-down on
top of the junkyard and then shuffle the entire junkyard deck.
Using Tools
Each player starts with two tools – a spear and a shovel. Players can find additional tools by
digging in the junkyard. Tools cannot perform actions on their own (these are inanimate,
objects after all). A tribe member can use a single tool that enhances the ability of the action
the tribe member is performing. Using a tool does not grant a tribe member an ability that she
cannot inherently perform.
For example: Anna could combine her scavenger (dig 1 / draw 1 / fight 1/ hunt 1) with a shovel (fight
+1 / dig +2) to achieve a dig of 3. If Anna would prefer to use her scavenger to hunt, the shovel could not
be used to improve the scavenger’s hunt value, since the shovel does not have the hunt ability. Thus, Anna
could not use the shovel this round to dig unless she has another tribe member card (perhaps a refugee)
capable of digging that could use the shovel.
Playing Multiple Cards
Playing multiple cards for an action improves the results. This could involve playing multiple
people or people with tools. The total of all ability values played is used to perform that action
(provided that the total is 1 or greater).
Taking Multiple Actions
Although many cards support multiple actions, once a card has been played for a given action
it cannot be used for another action during that round.
For example: if Natalie plays a refugee card, this can be used to either dig in the junkyard or hunt for
food. Under no circumstances could she use the card for both actions.
Skirmish Phase
Once all the players have completed their resource gathering actions, the skirmish phase
begins. All players simultaneously reveal the cards that they have saved for the skirmish. The
sum of the fight values from all of a player’s cards represents the strength of that player’s attack.
All rules related to tool usage also apply to tools used as weapons during the skirmish phase
(see ‘Using Tools’ above).
Skirmishes are resolved by starting with the Initiator and having her declare any actions
performed by her units (including saboteurs and sniper teams). Play then passes to the next
player in clockwise order to declare actions for her units (provided that they were not sniped or
disarmed by the previous player). This continues until all skirmish actions have been resolved.
Then the total remaining fight values are summed and the player with the highest fight value
wins. The winning player draws the top card from the contested resources supply pile and adds it
to her discard pile without revealing it to the other players.
Resolving Ties During the Skirmish
In the event of a tie, each player sums the number of people involved in the skirmish (this
includes refugees and tribe families that may not be directly contributing to the fight score)
and the player with the most people involved wins the skirmish. If players are still tied, then
the skirmish is considered a deadlock. The players place the top card from the contested
resources pile into the junkyard pile without looking at it. The players shuffle the junkyard and
the round ends. The player with the initiator card passes it to the left to begin a new round.
Card Details
= contested resource
= junkyard
= starting card
Mercenary Cards
A flexible unit with an emphasis upon fighting.
hunter A unit that can hunt or fight.
group leaders A multi-purpose unit that can increase the effectiveness of one other unit by
modifying an action.
saboteur A specialized attack unit that renders one opponent’s tool (the shovel, spear,
wolf pack, grenade, etc. is discarded) as ineffective for that round. This card
may be used during the resource gathering phase OR the skirmish
phase. The saboteur is used to attack one other player and prevent her from
using a single tool (the attacking player must declare the attack). The player
plays the card from her hand or from the cards committed to the skirmish.
If this skirmish has not started, the saboteur card is discarded after use.
scavenger A weak, but flexible unit.
scout A flexible unit that can draw or fight.
sniper team A specialized attack unit that renders one opponent’s tribe member (the
mercenary, refugee, or tribe family card is discarded) ineffective for that
round. If multiple players are involved in a skirmish, the sniper can target
only one single opponent’s card (rather than one card per opponent). The
sniper team may be used during the resource gathering phase OR the
skirmish phase to snipe an opponent’s card. This action is played from the
player’s hand or from the cards committed to the skirmish. If the skirmish
has not started, the sniper team card is discarded after use.
thugs A flexible unit that is highly proficient at fighting.
Other Tribe Member Cards
field crew A flexible, multi-purpose unit.
sled team Enables a player to draw more cards from the deck or contributes to
tribe family
Represents 3-5 people (very important for winning the game). Can equip
tools to fight or hunt, or can be used during the skirmish to break a tie.
A weak unit that can dig or hunt if equipped with a tool. May also help
break a skirmish tie.
Tool Cards
These cards modify actions, they cannot grant actions.
grenades An extremely potent weapon
multitool A flexible tool that can modify actions
shovel Hunting tool with limited fight modifier
Fighting tool with limited digging modifier
/ Digging tool with limited fighting modifier
wolf pack Fighting tool with limited hunting modifier
Powerful hunting and fighting tool.
Medicine Cards
Medicine is played from the player’s hand as currency to complete a hire action.
Provides two meds when hiring mercenaries
Provides one med when hiring mercenaries
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to hire thugs?
Thugs can be hired using any combination of food and meds totaling 6 units.
What are you supposed to do with junk cards?
Sometimes players dig junk out of the junkyard. Players do not have to hold onto these cards.
They may immediately discard them at the bottom of the junkyard (they do not get another
Can group leaders, or snipers carry tools?
No. A card must have a base ability in order to improve it with a tool.
Do group leaders count as a tool when counting equipment limits?
No. A tribe member card could use a tool AND have a leader increase their action.
Can group leaders enhance a tribe family or refugee?
Yes. A refugee combined with a group leaders card becomes capable of dig or hunt. A tribe family
enhanced by group leaders can attack or hunt.
What can a saboteur disarm?
Any card with a tool icon
What can a sniper team attack?
Sniper teams can only attack people (i.e. card with a person icon
in the upper-left).
What happens to the tools held by sniped people?
After a snipe action is performed, the sniped player may rearrange the available tools as desired.
For example: Player 1’s brawler is holding a grenade (+3 fight) and gets sniped by Player 2. Player 1 also
has a scavenger in play holding a spear (+2 fight). The scavenger drops the spear in favor of the grenade.
How is a skirmish resolved when multiple saboteurs and/or sniper teams are in play?
Skirmishes are resolved by starting with the Initiator and having her declare any actions
performed by her units (including saboteurs and sniper teams). Play then passes to the next
player to declare actions for her units. If a player with a earlier turn order snipes another sniper
or snipes a saboteur of a later turn order, then those units will not have an opportunity to
exercise their special abilities. Sniping a sniper team or saboteur of a earlier turn order will only
impact the number of people for the purposes of breaking a tie.
For example: The initiator used a saboteur to disarm Player 3’s grenade Player 2 has no special actions.
Player 3 uses a sniper team to snipe the initiator’s saboteur. Doing so reduces the number of people that
the initiator has, but does not prevent the disarm action from occurring. Player 4 then uses her sniper
team to snipe Player 5’s sniper team. Player 5 will not be able to use her sniper team this round.
Can wolf packs operate independently?
The wolf pack cannot since it is a modifier card (notice the +fight / +hunt). Also note the tool
icon in the upper-left corner.
Sample Round Walkthrough
Player 1 draws: brawler (fight 2 / dig 1), shovel (fight +1 / dig +2), 2 refugees (dig 0 / hunt 0),
pills (meds 1)
Player 1 performs a dig action, using a refugee and a shovel for a dig of 2. Two cards are drawn
from the junkyard – a net (fight 1 / hunt 2) and junk (nothing). The player takes the net card,
places it in her discard pile, and places the other card on the bottom of the junkyard. The
player clears the playing surface, taking the refugee and shovel cards and placing them in her
discard pile. The player then announces that three cards are being reserved for the skirmish
(brawler, refugee, and pills) and places these cards face-down on the table.
Player 2 draws: scavenger (dig 1 / draw 1 / fight 1/ hunt 1), spear (fight +2 / hunt +1), 2 refugees
(dig 0 / hunt 0), tribe family (fight 0 / hunt 0)
Player 2 performs a dig action, using a scavenger for a dig of 1. The player also performs a
hunt action, using a refugee and a spear for a hunt of 1. The player draws 1 card from the
junkyard (dig of 1) and places that card face-down in her discard pile. The player then uses
the 1 food generated by the hunt action to hire a scavenger (cost is 1 food) and places this card
in her discard pile. This leaves a tribe family and refugee for the skirmish phase. These cards
cannot fight (no attack can be made unless the fight total is at least 1). The player does not
communicate this however. Instead, the player bluffs and declares that two cards are going to
the skirmish.
Player 3 draws: 2 scavengers (dig 1 / draw 1 / fight 1 / hunt 1), spear (fight +2 / hunt +1), shovel
(fight +1 / dig +2), medkit (meds 2)
Player 3 performs a hunt action, using a scavenger and a spear for a hunt of 2. This generates
two food to purchase a mercenary card. The player also plays a medkit card, representing two
meds. The player then initiates a hire action, with two food and two meds to spend on a single
purchase. In this case, the player chooses to purchase a scout (fight 2 / draw 2). The player
places the scout card and all cards played on her discard pile. The player then announces that
two cards are being reserved for the skirmish (a scavenger and a shovel) and places these cards
face-down on the table.
The skirmish phase begins and each player reveals their cards and combines their Fight values.
Player 1 has a Fight of 2 (Brawler contributes 2 and Refugee does not have a fight score). Player
2 has a Fight of 0 (Refugee and Tribe Family have a fight score of zero). Player 3 has a Fight of
2 (provided by the Scavenger wielding a Shovel). Players 1 and 3 are tied with a Fight of 2. The
tie is broken based upon the number of people involved in the skirmish. This tips the scale in
favor of Player 1 who brought 2 people to the fight (Brawler and Refugee).
Basic Premise
The first expansion for Arctic Scavengers introduces the notion of a base camp or headquarters
for each tribe. This base camp consists of a Tribal Leader (complete with special abilities)
and the potential to construct buildings that can be used strategically during game play.
Additionally, the game introduces alternative victory paths, new mercenaries, new tools, and
the addition of the “engineering schematics” deck.
Game Play Overview
This expansion does not dramatically alter the core game mechanics or objectives. All cards
and mechanics from the original game are involved, the contested resources still represent the
game timer, and the winner is still determined based upon amassing the largest tribe.
The expansion is organized into modules. Players may want to play the expansion progressively
in modules in order to ease into the various new elements the expansion introduces.
Module #1 – Medics, Tools, and Gangs
1.Set up the game in the standard fashion.
2.Add the stack of medic cards alongside the other mercenary cards.
3.Shuffle the 8 new junkyard cards into the junkyard deck. For now, ignore the special ability
of the toolkit.
4.Locate the gearheads and pharmers. Place them on the table next to the mercenary stacks.
Medics (new Mercenary)
Medics are quite versatile. They have a draw of 1 (like a scavenger), can be played from the
hand during a hire action to represent 1 med (like pills), and they can also be played from the
hand to save another tribe member card from a sniper attack (they could even be used to save
another player’s tribe member from sniper attack).
Save (new Action)
Save – protect a tribe member or leader from a snipe attack.
Rifle (new Tool)
A versatile tool that is good at hunting and fighting. This is the first tool from the junkyard to
grant a +2 in two categories.
Toolkit (new Tool)
A toolkit can be used to enhance digging (either junkyard or engineering schematics) or can be
handed to any tribe member that is used to speed up the building process on a building. The
toolkit enables additional cards to be removed from one building that is under construction.
Gangs (new Game Concept)
Three gangs are introduced in this expansion. Each gang is watching the struggle for survival
amongst these various tribes from a safe distance. Once all of the contested resources have been
gathered, then these tribes will choose to form an alliance with whichever tribe best meets their
needs. Each gang is motivated by different things (tools, medicine, buildings). Winning a gang
could easily make the difference in a closely contested game.
The Gearheads “Most tools” is determined by adding up all the cards with a tool icon from
each player’s deck. Ties are broken by counting the total number of tools that
are contested resources.
The Pharmers “Most Meds” is determined by adding the total ‘meds’ value of all pills and
medkits in a player’s deck. Ties are broken by counting the total number of
The Masons “Most buildings” is determined by adding the total number of completed and
enabled buildings each player has in their headquarters. Ties are broken by
adding up the total number of engineers.
Module #2 – Engineers and Buildings
1.Set up the game just as you did for Module #1.
2.Add the stack of engineer cards alongside the other mercenary cards.
3.Shuffle the 12 building cards together (indicated by the building icon
in the upper-left
corner) and place then face-down next to the junkyard deck (they form a 3rd pile of cards
next to the junkyard and contested resources piles)
4.Add the 3rd gang card (masons) next to the other 2 gangs.
5.The ‘special’ ability from the toolkit can now be used (since it works with buildings)
Engineers (new Mercenary)
Engineers can dig in the junkyard for resources, but the primary use of their dig action is to dig
in the engineering schematics pile (in fact, they are the only mercenary capable of such digging).
Other cards with a dig ability can be combined with the engineer to improve engineering
schematics digging. Much like the junkyard, only 1 card may be selected as a result of a dig in
the engineering schematics pile. The player places this card face-up in her play area to represent a
construction project for a building that is currently underway. A number of cards equal to the
building’s ‘build time’
are drawn from the top of the player’s deck and placed face down on
top of the building which is under construction. This represents the build timer. Finally, the
engineer card is placed in the player’s discard pile.
To learn more about buildings, see ‘Buildings’ below.
Buildings (new Game Concept)
Players can use engineers (see above) to construct buildings at the player’s headquarters. These
buildings take time to build, but once built offer the player strategic advantages in certain areas.
Constructing Buildings
The process of constructing a building is as follows:
1)Play an engineer card
2)Use the engineer’s dig (combined with any modifiers) to draw cards from the engineering
schematics pile equal to the dig value
3)Select a maximum of 1 card to build and return the others to the bottom of the engineering
schematics pile
4)Place the new building card face-up in your play area
5)Draw cards from the player’s deck equal to the building’s build time and place those facedown on top of the new building
6)Discard the engineer card
7)At the start of the player’s next round, remove 1 card from each building that is under
8)Starting with the round following the initial building placement, additional tribe members
(and toolkits) may be played from the player’s hand to accelerate construction on one
building. Each tribe member played can remove 1 card from a building that is under
construction. If wielding a toolkit, then 2 additional cards may be removed. Tribe members
that work on construction projects may not take any other actions that round and are
immediately discarded.
9)Once a building has zero cards stacked on it, it is complete and immediately goes into
Building Types
Armory Enables up to two tools to be stored under this card to be retrieved at any
time (except during the skirmish). One or two cards may be placed in this
building at a time.
Bunker Enables up to three tribe member cards to be stored under this card to be
retrieved at any time (except during the skirmish). Up to three cards may be
placed in this building at a time.
Hydroponic Generates 1 food each round to be used as part of a hire action.
Gardens Food does not accumulate from round to round.
Pharmacy Enables up to two medicine cards (pills or medkit, but not tribe members
such as medic) to be stored under this card to be retrieved at any time (except
during the skirmish). One or two cards may be placed in this building at a
Using buildings
Typically, buildings may only be used during a player’s turn. Buildings may never be used
during the skirmish. During another player’s turn, the only building which a player may access
is the bunker.
For example: a sniper team could be retrieved from a player’s bunker and used during another player’s
turn in order to interrupt that player’s resource gathering action.
During a player’s turn, that player may place cards into the bunker, armory, or pharmacy.
Likewise, cards may be retrieved from these buildings. Once a player has committed cards to
the skirmish, no cards may be placed into a building by that player nor can cards that come
out of a building be added to the skirmish set. Once a player has committed cards to the
skirmish, no change may take place in those cards except for the case of using a saboteur or
sniper team from the committed cards to interrupt another player’s resource gathering.
The hydroponic garden comes into effect each round and generates food in real time in much
the same way that a hunt of 1 generates food (although it does not involve hunting and thus
does not benefit or suffer from hunting-related modifiers).
Store (new Action)
Take one or more cards of a given type from your hand and place them, face-down, under a
completed building. Do not exceed building capacity or violate type.
Retrieve (new Action)
Take one or more cards from an active building and place them in your hand. This action can
occur any time during a round so long as the skirmish has not been initiated.
Module #3 – Tribal Leaders
1.Set up the game just as you did for Module #2.
2.Shuffle the tribal leader cards together, and deal two, face-down, to each player. From those
two, each player keeps only 1 to represent her tribal leader (players may look at them to
decide). The card that is kept is placed face-up in the player’s play area for everyone to see.
The other card is set-aside as it will not be used this game.
Tribal Leaders (new Game Concept)
The introduction of tribal leaders provides players with a unique capability that no other player
in the game will have. A leader might grant special abilities to a tribe’s refugees, provide unique
protection against certain kinds of attacks, or grant the player other advantages. At the start of
the game, each player chooses one tribal leader (out of two provided to him/her) to lead the
tribe to victory. The selection of a tribal leader may have a profound impact upon strategy and
game play.
Butcher / Cannibal / Fanatic
Cards that are removed from play cannot return to the game and do not count toward final scoring.
Butcher / Cannibal / Sergeant at Arms
These leaders can use their special abilities without the need for playing a refugee.
Excavator / Fanatic / Gangster / Mentor / Organizer / Peacemaker / Ranger
Requires the use of a refugee to utilize the leader’s special ability.
Butcher / Cannibal / Fanatic / Mentor / Organizer / Peacemaker
These leaders grant abilities that can only be utilized once per round.
Excavator / Gangster / Ranger / Sergeant of Arms
These leaders grant abilities that are always in effect and could impact multiple cards in a
given round.
Module #4 – Dirty Deeds
1.Set up the game just as you did for Module #3.
2.Add two new rules.
A saboteur may attack a building that is completed and disable it, rendering it unusable
(flip the building’s card over to reveal its back, indicating that the building is disabled). If a
building is disabled, its abilities cannot be used and cards cannot be added or removed from
the building. To repair the building, a person card must be played from the player’s hand to
work on the building and then immediately discarded.
A sniper team may attack a tribe leader, wounding him (turn the leader’s card over to indicate
he or she is injured). This removes the leader’s advantage until a med is applied against the
leader to heal him.
Credits and Acknowledgements
This game could not be been made possible if it were not for the time, energy, and
commitment of friends, family, consultants, and the fantastic array of playtesters that were
willing to play the game over and over and provide feedback and fresh insight.
Special thanks go out to the following people that helped make this game possible:
Chris White
Dylan Gould
Elizabeth Gabhart
Ingrid Norsic
Jon Rosen
Lance Bailey
Mike Cooper
Quinn Munnerlyn
Robert Virata
Shea Parkes
Todd and Crystal Dunlap
David Turner
Everyone at the South Arlington Gamers Guild
The regulars at my Friday game nights
Game Designer – Robert Kyle Gabhart
Art and Graphic Design – Martin Hoffmann
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Arctic Scavengers™ is a trademark of Driftwood Games and is licensed to Rio Grande Games.
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according to U.S. Law and wholly owned by Rio Grande Games.
©2012 Rio Grande Games,
All Rights Reserved
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