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Mistfall is a fantasy board game for 1-4 players that takes place in a mythical land of dangerous adventures, dire enemies and eldritch magic.
All players assume the roles of Heroes, who will struggle as a team to move through perilous, monster-ridden locations and prevail against the tests they are put to through various encounters. Aiding each other in combat and overcoming the difficulties of the game, players will try to guide their
Heroes to the location of a special Quest Encounter, and then succeed at it before their time runs out and the cold Mists swallow yet another part of
Valskyrr – a snowy wilderness home of a proud people making their stand against the darkness.
Keywords are italicized words that appear on many different game elements. Keywords have no implicit meaning but they are often referred to by specific game effects. Simply put, whenever an effect refers to Combat,
Arcane or Ranged cards, that effect will interact specifically with any card that has this keyword.
Please note that a keyword may appear on a card no more than once.
No card can ever have 2 or more identical keywords, even if an effect temporarily grants that card a keyword that it already possesses.
Drawing and Discarding Cards
Mistfall is a game played fully cooperatively. This means that all players will either share a common victory or a defeat.
All players win the game, if they manage to successfully finish the Special Encounter introduced by the chosen Quest.
All players lose the game if any 1 Hero is eliminated before the
Quest Special Encounter becomes the Active Encounter, if all
Heroes are eliminated when the Quest Special Encounter is the active Encounter, when the marker cube on the Time Track
reaches or passes the final space of that track.
Before reading the rest of the rules, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the following basic concepts of Mistfall:
Mistfall includes many different decks. Each deck comes with their own discard pile. Whenever any card is discarded from any Area or hand , that card must be discarded to the proper discard pile.
Whenever a player is simply asked to draw cards, this implies that the player will be drawing from their own deck. Any other case will be specified by the effect description.
Hero Decks and Burying Cards
A deck of Hero Cards serves a double purpose: it is both all a Hero can do and their Life . Heroes (unlike Enemies) have no Life values. They are eliminated only after their deck and discard pile are fully depleted and they are forced to Bury cards as an effect of damage being dealt to them.
Burying a card means placing the card in the Burial pile: a special type of pile separate from the regular Hero discard pile. This effectively means that every player has 2 separate stacks of discarded cards. Consequently, whenever a player discards cards, they are placed on top of their discard pile, and whenever a player Buries cards, they are placed on top of their
Actions and special abilities create effects – essentially anything that happens within a game, from dealing damage to drawing and discarding cards is either an effect or a consequence of an effect.
Generally, a single effect can target only one card. Unless an effect specifically allows or forces the players to choose multiple targets, by default, any Action or special ability resolved will target a single Hero,
Enemy, deck, discard pile, etc.
For a card to be in play, it needs to be face up in one of the Areas (for
Feat, Gear and Enemy cards), or it needs to be an Active Encounter
(for Encounters). Cards in player hands, any decks and any discard piles
(including the Burial pile) are not considered to be in play. As a general rule, only game elements currently in play may be targeted by effects, although some effects allow or force players to manipulate cards that are discarded, Buried or being part of a given deck.
Cards in hand are also not in play, although players may play them, thus introducing them into play for the duration of their effects (or until they are removed from a Hero Area .
Card Rules Override Game Rules
If a text on a card directly violates these rules, the card always takes precedence. If a card text conflicts rules on another card, the negation takes precedence. So, if a card effect is allowed to target any Enemy, it is still not allowed to target an Enemy that cannot be targeted by any card effects.
Whenever the players are told to Disperse Enemies, they simply discard all Enemies in play.
Always Round Up
If any game situation demands for any number to be halved ½, always round up. So, a halved 5 is a 2, and a halved 1 is a 1.
Players Make the Choices
To prepare a game of Mistfall carefully follow the setup below:
If any game situation demands from the players to make a choice between two or more equally viable options (like choosing one of the Enemies attacking their Hero), the players are always free to choose the option that most suits them. This also applies to any game effects that might happen at the same time. In such a case, the players are free to choose the order of these effects.
Start by choosing a quest to play. If it is your first time playing Mistfall, we strongly recommend that you play the Into the Wilds introductory quest first. Take the Quest Reference card and the Special Enemy card and set them aside.
Each player chooses a Hero and takes their Hero Charter, the deck of Basic
Hero Cards (Feats and Gear), the deck of Advanced Feats, the decks of
Reward Gear and one marker cube. All cards belonging to each hero can be recognized by their symbol ( ). Each player than places their Hero Charter in their Hero Area, and places their marker cube on the darker space of their Enemy Focus track.
Each player should locate the Basic Gear listed on their Hero Charter, remove the specified cards from their Basic Hero Cards deck and place them face up under their Hero Charter. The rest of the Basic Hero Cards should be shuffled and placed on the designated space next to the Hero
Charter. Each player also places all their Advanced Feats on a face up stack within easy reach.
Each player shuffles their personal Hero Reward cards, draws 1 card face down and shuffles it into the General Rewards deck. Any leftover Hero
Reward cards should be returned to the game box face down. They will not be used during this game. The Reward Deck should then be placed within easy reach of all players.
Note: The Quest you choose to play will tell you which Special Enemy and
Quest Special Encounter to use and how to set them up.
Shuffle the Encounter and the Time cards separately to form two face down decks. Place them on the table within easy reach of all players, leaving ample space for a separate discard pile for each of these decks.
Follow the Quest instructions on how to set up your Locations and where to place the Party Pawn.
Separate the tokens into Wounds , Objective / Resolve , Burning
, Daze , Poison and Weakness and place them in piles to form the Token Banks. Unless the Quest instructs you to do otherwise, place 1
Resolve Token in the middle of the table, forming your starting Resolve
Each Hero has a Draw Limit of 5 cards. Players should now check their
Draw Limit on their Hero Charter and draw that many cards to form their initial hand .
You are now ready to play Mistfall.
Regular Enemy cards should be separated into three decks according to their card backs. Shuffle each deck separately and place it on the table, leaving ample space for a separate discard pile for each of these decks.
Example of a Setup
Here is how a setup of the game would look like. Please note that for demonstrational purposes all Locations and all decks are face up. Also, for the same reason, there are already three Enemies in the Quest Area
[symbol]. These would not be there in the beginning of the game.
1. Quest Special Encounter
3. Hero Charter with the deck
(right) and starting gear (below).
4. Leave space for Enemies entering the Hero Area here.
5. Token bank.
6. Enemies in Quest Area (shown here for demonstration).
7. Quest Charter.
8. Encounter deck.
9. Time deck.
10. Reward deck.
11. Advanced Feat stacks (one per
12. Enemy decks.
A game of Mistfall is played not only on a board, but also in a number of different Play Areas.
Each player has their own Hero Area which stores their Hero Charter, their deck, discard and burial piles, and their tokens. A part of the Hero
Area is also designated for Enemy cards. Each Hero Charter assigns specific spaces for most cards and decks a player may use.
The Quest Area includes the board constructed using the Location
Tiles during game setup, the Quest Charter and any Enemy cards that were drawn from their respective decks and put into play. If there is currently an Active Encounter in play, its card will be situated face up on the Active Encounter space of the Quest Charter. The
Quest Area is also where players will store their Resolve Pool.
Note: When arranging your table, make sure that you have enough space to place revealed Enemy cards, as the order in which they were drawn corresponds to some important rules of the game.
There are two general types of Hero Cards in Mistfall: Feats and Gear.
Basic Feats and Basic Gear form a player’s starting deck and tableau.
Advanced Feats are bought during the game from a separate stack belonging to the specific Hero. Reward Gear is gained whenever the game allows for drawing cards from the Reward Deck, usually after successfully completing an encounter.
Hero Card Anatomy Key
1. Card Title
2. Hero Symbol
3. Hero Area Restriction
4. Resolve Cost
6. Feat / Gear Symbol
8. Card Text
The Basic Feat cards form the bulk of any Hero Deck. They represent manoeuvres or powers a player has at their disposal. The Advanced Feat cards all start in a separate face up stack and can be bought during the game. The Resolve Cost indicates how many Resolve tokens should be returned from the Resolve Pool back to the token bank in order to buy that specific card. The Hero Area Restriction limits the number of cards of a given type that can be present at the same time in the same Hero Area.
Every Hero starts the game with some of their Basic Gear in their Hero
Area, and the rest in their Hero Deck. The Resolve Cost present on all
Reward Gear cards (both the golden Reward Gear belonging to specific
Heroes and the silver Transient Reward Gear) indicates how many Resolve tokens players may add to the Resolve Pool if they decide to forfeit the reward and return it to the Reward Deck. The Hero Area Restriction limits the number of cards of a given type that can be present at the same time in the same Hero Area. The Hero Symbol on a golden Reward Gear card signifies the Hero the card belongs to. All Reward Gear cards without a Hero Symbol are considered General Rewards.
There are two types of Enemy cards in Mistfall: Regular Enemies and
Special Enemies. Regular Enemy cards are drawn during every encounter from their respective decks. Special Enemies are usually stronger opponents the players need to eliminate in order to succeed in their current quest.
Enemy Card Anatomy
1. Resolve Reward
3. Card Title
4. Battle Box
5. Enemy Type: Regular Enemy / Raging Enemy / Special
7. Abilities and Vulnerabilities Box
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8
Heroes will face Regular Enemies almost every turn during their Quest.
All Enemies have a Battle Box that outlines the type of their attack and defence, a Life value, as well as a Resolve Reward – the number of Resolve tokens players will add to the Resolve Pool if that Enemy is eliminated.
A Special Enemy is easily recognizable by the lack of the Life value. The reward for eliminating a Special Enemy is usually detailed on the active
Encounter card (most often it is directly related to finishing the game). The
Life value of a Special Enemy can always be found in the Quest rules and on the Quest Reference Card.
Time Card Anatomy Key
1. Card Title
2. Card Type (Time Card)
3. Text Box.
A Raging Enemy (denoted by the Raging Enemy symbol ) is in fact not a separate Enemy class and for all intents and purposes should be treated as either a Regular or a Special Enemy (depending on other Enemy symbols on the cards). Some effects and abilities will, however, refer to Raging
There are two types of Quest Cards: Encounters and Time cards. A new
Encounter card is drawn at the start of the Travel Phase, if the Active
Location is Perilous and there is no Active Encounter card in Quest Area.
A Time Card is drawn at the end of every round.
Encounter Card Anatomy Key
1. Card Title
2. Encounter Type: Regular / Special
3. Starting Enemies (number and type)
4. Reinforcement Value
5. Rules Box
During setup, Location tiles will be placed on the table to create a unique environment for the party to explore.
Location Tile Anatomy
1. Location Name
2. Location Keywords
3. Location Special Ability
4. Location Restoration Value
Every Encounter card details what types and numbers of Enemies the
Heroes will be facing as long as it is the Active Encounter. The Starting
Enemies number and type denotes how many Enemies will be drawn and from which Enemy deck. The Reinforcement Value shows how far will the marker cube move on the Time Track of the Quest Charter.
A Time card is drawn at the end of every round. The Time Track Value is then immediately applied and the marker cube on the Time Track is moved, after which any possible Time Track effects are resolved. Then, any possible Event part of the card is resolved.
Player Aid Cards do not interact with any other game elements. They simply serve as reminders of both general, and Quest specific rules.
Every Hero comes with a unique Hero Charter placed in the centre of their
Hero Area at the start of the game. A Hero Charter is used to determine the player’s Starting Gear in the Hero Area, as well as current Enemy Focus level and any Conditions a Hero might be suffering or benefitting from. A
Hero Charter also lists Hero Special Abilities and Gear Proficiencies, as well as Hero Restoration Factor.
Hero Charter Anatomy (see image below)
1. Hero Name and Class
2. Enemy Focus Track
3. Hero Special Abilities
4. Hero Gear Proficiencies
5. Hero Area Starting Gear
6. Restoration Factor
7. Hero Symbol
Quest Charter Anatomy (see image below)
1. Time Track
2. Reinforcement Track
3. Active Encounter Space (with Encounter Aftermath Reminder)
108 Game Tokens including:
6 Quest Tokens (with the letters A, B, C, D, E and F).
A Quest Charter helps with tracking the current state of the Quest.
The Time Track is the game’s doom clock, showing how much time the
Heroes have left until they are defeated. The Reinforcement Track details the number of Enemies added to the Hero Area every turn. The Active
Encounter Space houses the current Active Encounter.
Mistfall uses a set of symbols to depict different types of game elements.
Some of the symbols appear in two different versions: a full colour one that can be seen on cards, boards or tokens and smaller, black and white versions appearing as part of a text. For all intents and purposes these symbols should be treated identically.
36 Wound Tokens (double-sided, values 1 and 2)
- Physical Damage
- Magical Damage
- Physical Defence
- Magical Defence
- Enemy Focus
- Player Hand
- Hero Area
- Quest Area
- Hero Number
- Regular Enemy Symbol
- Raging Enemy Symbol
- Special Enemy Symbol
- Left/Right arrow
6 Objective / Resolve Tokens (double sided)
36 Condition Tokens ( ) (double sided, values 1 and 2)
Hero Charter Anatomy
3 2 1
Hero Number Value
The Hero Symbol is used specifically throughout the cards and other game elements to scale different in game values depending on the number of Heroes. Whenever it is used, players should read it as a number with a value equal to the number of Heroes that started the game.
6 4 7 5
Quest Charter Anatomy
With 2 Heroes, a 2 +1 value equals 5. With 3 Heroes, the same 2 +1 value will equal 7.
10. If for any reason the appropriate Enemy Deck does not contain enough Enemies that can be legally placed in the Quest Area during this phase, reshuffle all Enemy Decks and move the marker cube on the Time Track a total of 2 spaces to the right ( 2 ).
Numbers and Arrows
A symbol can be preceded by a number or a number and an arrow. A number simply indicates how many of the elements the symbol depicts are meant
(2 means 2 Physical Damage).
An arrow ( or ) followed by a number shows how many spaces and in which direction a marker cube should be moved on a track denoted by the symbol ( 1 means that the marker cube on the Enemy Focus track should be moved two spaces to the right). An arrow pointing left may also be followed by ½ - in such a case, look at the current position of a marker cube, divide the position number by half (always rounding up) and move the marker cube that many spaces to the left.
It is the start of the Reinforcement Phase and The Rising Dead is the
Active Encounter. The Reinforcements box instructs the players to move the marker cube on the Reinforcement Track one space to the right
( 1 ), which moves the marker cube into a space with the number 3.
Immediately afterwards the players start drawing from the Blue Enemy
Deck, looking for Enemy cards with the Mindless keyword. The first card drawn is the Vampire Hound without the Mindless keyword, so this Enemy is immediately discarded without any effects. The next three cards are The
Bonesorrow Warrior and two Cursed Walkers. These cards are placed (one by one) in the Quest Area , next to the Bonesorrow Shooter already present their, expanding the Enemy line to the right.
The marker cube on Arani’s Enemy Focus Track is on the fifth position, when an effect instructs her player to ½ . The Arani player divides 5 by 2 and rounds up, and then moves the marker cube 3 spaces to the left on the Enemy Focus Track.
2. Travel Phase
During this phase players draw new Encounter cards, and decide whether the party will relocate into an adjacent Location. Also, if a new Encounter is drawn, players set up the new Encounter, which involves drawing and placing new Enemies in the Quest Area .
Within this section you will find a detailed structure of a round, with a step-by-step explanation each of the game’s seven Phases. To play the game you will also need to read the Advanced Game Concepts section of this rulebook, where some of the mechanisms are explained in greater detail.
If any element of the game (such as: types of Damage, Restoring cards or progressing through an Encounter) has not been sufficiently explained up until this point and you find its explanation in the Round Structure section vague, you will be able to find its detailed description later on, in the Advanced Game Concepts.
1. Reinforcement Phase
During this phase players check if new Enemy cards need to be drawn and placed in the Quest Area .
1. If there is no Active Encounter in play, move the marker cube on the Reinforcement Track to the starting position (maximum to the left).
2. If there is an Active Encounter in play, move the marker cube on the Reinforcement Track as indicated by the Active Encounter
3. Check the large number on the space that is currently occupied by the marker cube on the Reinforcement Track .
4. Start drawing Enemy cards from the appropriate deck (Black,
Green or Red), as specified in the Starting Enemies box of the
5. Each drawn Enemy that shares no keywords with the Starting
Enemies box of the Active Encounter is immediately discarded (that
Enemy does not enter play).
6. When placing Enemies on the table form a line by placing the first
Enemy drawn furthest to the left and adding new Enemies to expand to the right.
7. If there were any Enemies on the table before the Travel Phase, continue by adding new Enemies to the existing line.
8. Stop drawing when the number of Enemies placed in the Quest
Area this phase is equal to the large number on the space currently occupied by the marker cube on the Reinforcement Track .
9. If the Enemy deck is depleted, immediately reshuffle the appropriate discard pile to form a new Enemy deck.
1. Relocating the party marker is always optional.
2. The party marker may be relocated to any adjacent Location, both revealed and unrevealed.
3. Immediately before relocating the party marker, players may discard up to 4 Resolve from the Resolve Pool to reveal 1 adjacent
Location for each 1 Resolve so discarded.
4. Immediately before relocating the party marker, players may discard a number of Resolve tokens equal to the number of players
to instead relocate the party marker to any unrevealed, Perilous or
Overrun Location that is linked to the Active Location by a contiguous line of adjacent, revealed Safe Locations.
5. If there is an Active Encounter in play, discard it (and return any
Objective tokens to the token bank) and apply the Retreat Penalty of the Encounter.
Entering a New Location
1. If the Location is unrevealed, reveal it immediately.
2. Any Location revealed as a result of Party Relocation (or due to any effect) is by default Perilous – place 1 Wound token on that Location to indicate its current status.
3. Any Location revealed before the Travel Phase, retains its current status (Safe, Perilous or Overrun).
4. Immediately after relocating the Party Disperse Enemies by discarding all Enemy cards from the Quest Area and all Hero Areas
5. Resolve any effects triggered on entering a new Location.
6. The new party Location becomes the Active Location.
1. Check if there is an Active Encounter.
2. If there is an Active Encounter in play, do not draw a new
Encounter this turn.
3. If there is no Active Encounter, check the Location Status. If the
Location is Safe (indicated by no Wound tokens on the Location) do not draw a new Encounter this turn.
4. If there is no Active Encounter and the Location is either Perilous or Overrun (indicated by 1 or 2 Wound tokens respectively), immediately draw a new Encounter.
1. Draw Encounter cards one by one.
2. If an Encounter card drawn shares at least 1 keyword (like:
Borderlands, Deadlands or Wildlands) with the Active Location, put that card into play.
3. If the Encounter card shares no keywords with the Active Location, discard it and draw another Encounter (the discarded Encounter does not enter play).
4. Repeat this process until an Encounter that can be legally put into play is drawn. If the Encounter deck is depleted, immediately reshuffle the discard pile and continue drawing.
3. Pursuit Phase
2. If the Enemy Focus of two or more players with the highest
Enemy Focus Value is tied (the marker cubes on their Enemy Focus
Tracks are on the same positions), players may break the tie the way that benefits them the most.
3. Enemies do not Pursue Heroes whose Enemy Focus equals 0
(the cube on the Enemy Focus Track on their Hero Charter is on the leftmost position – the one with the Enemy Focus symbol).
4. When an Enemy enters a Hero Area , immediately reduce
Enemy Focus of that Hero by half (divide the number of the current position of the cube by half and move the cube on their Enemy Focus
Track that many spaces to the left: ½ ).
5. If there are no Enemies in the Quest Area or no marker cube on any Enemy Focus Track is beyond its starting position (leftmost space), then end the Pursuit Phase.
6. In the unlikely event of all Heroes starting the Pursuit Phase with the marker cubes on their Enemy Focus Tracks on the leftmost positions, no Enemies will enter their Hero Areas this phase.
1. Check the number in the Starting Enemies box on the Encounter
2. Start drawing Enemy cards from the appropriate deck (Black,
Green or Red).
3. Each Enemy that shares at least 1 keyword with the Starting
Enemies box of the Active Encounter (like: Beast, Mindless or Brigand) is placed in the Quest Area .
4. Each drawn Enemy that shares no keywords with the Starting
Enemies box of the Active Encounter is immediately discarded (that
Enemy does not enter play).
5. When placing Enemies on the table form a line by placing the first
Enemy drawn furthest to the left and adding new Enemies to expand to the right.
6. If there were any Enemies on the table before the Travel Phase, continue by adding new Enemies to the existing line.
7. Stop drawing when the number of Enemies placed in the Quest
Area this phase (so not including the ones present there at the start of this phase) is equal to the Starting Enemies number.
8. If the Enemy deck is depleted, immediately reshuffle the appropriate discard pile to form a new Enemy deck.
9. If the Active Location has any special Setup Rules, follow them after drawing the Starting Enemies.
10. If for any reason the appropriate Enemy Deck does not contain enough Enemies that can be legally placed in the Quest Area during this phase, reshuffle all Enemy Decks and move the marker cube on the Time Track a total of 2 spaces to the right ( 2 ).
During this phase Enemies move from the Quest Area into individual
Hero Areas according to their order in the Enemy line and the current
Enemy Focus of each individual Hero.
At the start of the Pursuit Phase there are 4 Enemies in the Quest Area
(from left to right): a Wild Icehound, a Ghoren Warrior, a Ghoren
Smallhorn and a Tracker Hound.
There are also 3 Heroes: Fengray (marker cube on the 2 position of the
Enemy Focus Track ), Celenthia (marker cube on the 1 position of the
Enemy Focus Track ) and Crow (marker cube on the 0 position of the
Enemy Focus Track ).
The leftmost Enemy (the Tracker Hound) moves into Fengray’s Hero Area
, as Fengray currently has the highest Enemy Focus Value . The value is immediately reduced by half, so the marker cube on Fengray’s Enemy
Focus Track is immediately moved to position 1.
Now the leftmost Enemy is the Ghoren Smallhorn. As both Fengray and
Celenthia have their Enemy Focus Values equal (and both tie at the highest Enemy Focus Value), they may choose whose Hero Area the Smallhorn will enter. They mutually agree that this Enemy will enter
Celenthia’s Hero Area . Her Enemy Focus Value is immediately reduced by half. Since 1 halved and rounded up is still 1, her marker cube is moved to the 0 position of the track.
Next, the Ghoren Warrior enters the Hero Area belonging to Fengray, reducing his Enemy Focus Value by half, which moves the marker cube on Fengray’s Enemy Focus Track to the 0 position.
At this point all Heroes have an Enemy Focus Value equalling 0, which means that the Wild Icehound will remain in the Quest Area . None of the Enemies entered Crow’s Hero Area , as the Seeker started the
Enemy Pursuit Phase with the Enemy Focus Value of 0. The Pursuit
Phase ends immediately.
1. Enemies move individually from the Quest Area to Hero Areas
2. Enemies that start this phase in any Hero Areas do not move.
3. Always move the leftmost Enemy from the Enemy Line.
4. Multiple Enemies may move subsequently during a single Pursuit
5. Whenever an Enemy returns to the Quest Area from any Hero
Area for any reason, place that Enemy in the rightmost position of the Enemy line.
6. If multiple Enemies return to the Quest Area at the same time
(as a result of a single card effect or ability), players may choose the order in which they are added to the Enemy line.
1. If there is at least 1 Enemy in the Quest Area , the rightmost
Enemy will move into the Hero Area of a Hero with the highest
Enemy Focus Value (the further to the right on an Enemy Focus
Track a marker cube is situated, the higher the Value).
4. Hero Phase
The Hero Phase is the main phase of a round, during which each player gets a chance to act with their Hero. This is the time most cards will be played, most damage dealt and most Objective tokens placed on Active
Hero Phase General Breakdown
1. Players choose which Hero to activate.
2. The owner of that Hero becomes the active player and plays out their Hero Turn.
3. Each hero turn is played to completion before another hero turn starts.
4. After each player played their hero turn once, the Hero Phase ends.
The Hero Turn
1. Resolve any “At the start of your/every Hero Turn” effects and abilities.
2. Resolve Actions and purchase Advanced Feats.
3. Resolve any “At the end of your/every Hero Turn” effects and abilities – you may not resolve any more Regular Actions and Fast
Actions or purchase any cards until your next Hero Turn.
4. Draw up to your Draw Limit from your deck.
No Hero is allowed to resolve any Reflexes during any Hero’s draw step.
Actions during Hero Turn
During their Hero Turn, between the start and the end of the Hero Turn the Active Player may:
• Resolve up to 1 Regular Action.
• Resolve any number of Fast Actions.
• Resolve any number of Reflexes.
• Purchase any number of Advanced Feat cards from the Advanced
Feats deck belonging to their Hero.
A player is allowed to resolve Fast Actions and Reflexes before and/or after their Regular Action. Resolving any Actions is not mandatory – a player may even do nothing during their Hero Turn.
1. Disperse Enemies by discarding all Enemy cards from the Quest
Area and all Hero Areas .
2. Improve the Active Location (by removing 1 Wound token from the Active Location if possible).
3. Players draw a total of 2 rewards.
4. Each Reward card may be taken into a player hand or placed under the Reward deck in exchange for a number of Resolve tokens equal to the card Resolve value. Rewards may not be handed in this way later in the game.
5. If the Active Location is Safe (there are no Wound tokens in the Location tile) each player Restores a number of cards equal to the
Restoration value of their Hero plus the Restoration value of the
6. Each player draws up to their Draw Limit.
7. Discard the Active Encounter card.
8. End Encounter Phase.
5. Defence Phase
During this phase Enemies in Hero Areas activate and attack, dealing damage to Heroes, and any conditions are resolved.
Defence Phase General Rules
1. Each Enemy in a Hero Area must be activated once to attack.
2. Enemies in the Quest Area do not activate.
3. Enemies can be activated in order chosen by the players.
4. After all Enemies in all Hero Areas were activated once,
Conditions are resolved.
During the Encounter Phase the players check the active Encounter –
Ambush! – to see if they can end it successfully this turn. Since there are 2
Heroes in the game, they need a total of 5 Objective tokens (2 +1) to successfully end the Encounter. Unfortunately, there are only 2 Objective tokens on the card. However, an alternative option is having no Enemies in play, and since there are no Enemy cards in any Hero Areas and no
Enemies in the Quest Area , the players can immediately perform the
Encounter Aftermath and discard the active Encounter card.
7. Time Phase
1. Activate 1 Enemy in any Hero Area .
2. The activated Enemy deals Physical or Magical Damage according to their Combat box.
3. The Hero whose Hero Area the attacking Enemy is currently in, becomes the target of the attack.
4. Each Enemy activation must be resolved to completion before another Enemy is activated.
5. After each Enemy in all Hero Areas was activated once, resolve
1. Activate Enemy card or a Hero Charter with any number of
2. Resolve the effects of all Conditions that inflict any wounds.
3. Discard any 1 single Condition token (or flip a double Condition token to its single side) from the activated Enemy card or Hero Charter.
4. Each Enemy card and each Hero Charter must be activated once to resolve all possible conditions.
5. After all Enemy cards and Hero Charters were activated to resolve
Conditions, end the Defence Phase.
During this phase the players draw a Time card to move the marker cube on the Time Track and resolve any of the card effects.
Resolving a Time Card
1. Check the Time value of the card drawn.
2. Move the marker cube on the Time Track accordingly.
3. Resolve the possible Event part of the Text Box.
4. Time Track effects are resolved in the order they appear on the track.
5. Resolve any effects from the symbols on the Time Track the marker cube passed or stopped on.
6. Each effect must be resolved to completion before resolving another effect.
7. If at any point the marker cube on the Time Track stopped on or passed the final space, the game is over and all players lose.
Following is an explanation of some of the more advanced rules needed to play a game of Mistfall.
6. Encounter Phase Advanced Feats and Reward Gear
During the Encounter Phase players check if they satisfy any of the conditions that would allow them to successfully end an Active Encounter
(if one is in play), Restore and receive Rewards as a result of an Encounter
1. Players check the End section of the Encounter card.
2. If the End conditions are satisfied, the Encounter ends immediately and players proceed to Encounter Aftermath.
3. If the End conditions are not satisfied, end Encounter Phase.
A player may buy any number of Advanced Feats during their Hero Turn:
1. Each Advanced Feat has a Resolve Value – a number of Resolve
tokens that need to be returned to the token bank from the Resolve
Pool in order to purchase that card.
2. A player may only purchase cards from their own Advanced Feats stack.
3. A player may buy any Advanced Feats: their order in the stack does not matter.
4. A player may never buy Advanced Feats out of their Hero Turn
(when they are not the Active Player) or after they draw cards to replenish their hand.
5. A purchased Advanced Feat card is place in the purchasing player’s hand and may be used immediately.
6. Similarly to purchased Advanced Feats, Reward Gear cards kept by players are also moved directly into their hands .
7. For a player to be able to take a Reward card, that Reward card must share at least 1 keyword with the Gear Proficiencies entry of their
Transient Reward Gear
All General Rewards are categorized as Transient Reward Gear. This signifies that such a card is returned to the Reward Deck after resolving one of its Actions. The Action that returns the card to the deck will instruct the player to do so.
During their Hero Turn, the Celenthia player resolves the Fast Action of the Invisibility Potion card and places it in their Hero Area . Then, the player uses the Reflex of this card to move all the Enemies from their Hero
Area to the Quest Area . As the Reflex instructs the player to place the card at the bottom of the Reward deck after resolving the Action, the card is then placed there.
There are three types of Actions in Mistfall: Regular Action, Fast Action and Reflex. Although each of these types may work differently, whenever a bold “Action” appears in any type of an in game text, it refers to each of the above types.
Effect Source and Target
Any effect of an Action originates from 1 specific source to reach exactly
1. In case of player Actions, the source of the effect is either a player card or a Hero Charter ability. Even if an effect is modified by other cards (such as damage dealt being modified by other cards), the card that carries the original effect is its source.
2. In case of Enemy attacks and special abilities, as well as any
Encounter Special Rules effects, the Enemy card or the Encounter in question is always considered the source of the effect.
3. Any effect specifies which game elements it can target: damage dealt by Hero Actions can be targeted at Enemies and some Encounter cards, other effects (such as Restoration) target other Heroes, and
Enemy or Encounter special abilities may target both Heroes and
4. If an effect can target multiple game elements at the same time, this will be clearly indicated. By default, each effect can have only 1 target.
Any type of an Action is always preceded by an encircled number: (usually ranging from to ). This is the Action range, which denotes which game elements an Action can influence:
1. Range Actions may target the Hero Area belonging to the player resolving the Action, including their Hero Charter with its
Enemy Focus Track , any Feat, Gear and Enemy cards in their Hero
Area , their hand , deck, discard and Burial pile, whenever relevant.
2. Range Actions may target the same game elements as the Range
Actions, as well as their counterparts in any other Hero Area and
(in case of cards that target Enemies) any Enemies in the Quest Area
3. Longer ranges (like or ) work the same way as range and are usually a product of a modification. They exist as a countermeasure to some Enemy and Encounter abilities that may decrease effective range of some Actions.
The Arani player has the Chainmail card in their Hero Area and a
Divine Protection card in their hand . When Arani is dealt damage, she can use the range Reflex of the Chainmail card to cancel some of that damage, but cannot use this Reflex to cancel damage dealt to any other Hero. However, the Arani player may use the range Reflex of the
Divine Protection card to cancel some of the damage dealt either to Arani, or to any other Hero.
Apart from range, each Action is also preceded by a hand or Hero Area
1. Hand Actions may be resolved only if the card in question is in the player’s hand . After resolving a Action, the card it is printed on is discarded (unless otherwise instructed by any of the resolved effects).
2. Hero Area Actions may be resolved only if the card in question is located face up in a Hero Area . The only player that is allowed to resolve the Action is the owner of the Hero Area that includes the card in question. As a general rule, any card with Actions that may be resolved from the Hero Area will also feature an Action that allows the player to place the card in their Hero Area . After resolving a
Hero Area Action, the card it is printed on remains in the Hero
Area (unless otherwise instructed by any of the resolved effects).
3. As a general rule, Actions may not be resolved from other players’
Hero Areas and any players’ discard or Burial piles.
The Fengray player has three cards in their hand : War Sword, Lunge and Strong Punch. The Lunge and Strong Punch cards can be played for any of their Actions out of the player’s hand . In order to use any of the War Sword’s Regular Actions, the player needs to first use its Fast
Action, which allows the player to place the War Sword card in their Hero
Area . If the Fengray player then decides to make use of the first Regular
Action of the War Sword, they will resolve the Action and then place the card on top of their deck.
Hero Area Restrictions
Whenever a card is placed in any Hero Area , the owning player must immediately check any possible restrictions:
1. Count the cards of the same Restriction type (A, B, C, etc.) as the one just placed (including the placed one).
2. Observe the lowest number following the type letter: the number of cards of that exact type in the Hero Area may not exceed that number.
3. Discard any combination of cards from the Hero Area until no
Restriction numbers are exceeded.
The Arani player currently has 3 cards in their Hero Area : Divine
Protection, Blessing of Fire and Hammer of Dawn – all of them with the
F3 Hero Area Restriction. In their hand , the Arani player also has the
Blessing of Restoration card, also with the F3 Hero Area Restriction. If that player places Blessing of Restoration in their Hero Area , they will have to immediately discard one of the F3 Hero Area Restriction cards, to reduce their overall number to 3.
Depending on the type of a Action (Regular Action, Fast Action or
Reflex), their effect may be resolved at different moments of the game.
1. A Regular Action may be resolved only during a Hero Turn.
2. Each player during their Hero Turn may resolve no more than 1
3. A Regular Action must be resolved to completion before any other
Fast Action or Regular Action may be resolved.
1. A Fast Action may be resolved only during a Hero Turn.
2. Each player during their Hero Turn may resolve any number of
3. A Fast Action must be resolved to completion before any other
Fast Actions or Regular Actions may be resolved. A Fast Action or a Regular Action generally cannot be used to modify or add to other
1. A Reflex is a special type of Action that may be resolved at any time (with the exception of the time any player is drawing cards from their Hero’s deck).
2. Any Reflex from a single copy of a card may be used only once to modify one specific effect.
3. Multiple Reflex effects may be used to modify a single effect, but each has to originate from a different source (even if the different sources are copies of the same card).
The first Regular Action of the Shieldbearer’s War Sword card allows a player to deal damage and gives them the option of discarding some cards with the Combat keyword for additional damage. However, the player must also generate some Enemy Focus as instructed by the Regular Action and is obliged to than place the War Sword card on top of their deck – these elements of the Action are not optional.
A Hero card effect modified by any other effects automatically receives all of the keywords of any cards that modified it. Simply put, if a Blunt card Action effect is modified by a Flame card effect, the modified card receives the Flame keyword for the duration of the Action resolution. As no keywords may ever appear more than once on any card, transferring a keyword already present on the target card has no effect.
Damage, Wounds and Healing
Many game effects in Mistfall deal damage to Heroes, Enemies and (in some rare cases) Encounter cards. This section details dealing damage, converting damage into Wounds, healing and eliminating Enemies, as well as defeating Heroes.
The Crow player is resolving a Fast Action of a Dagger card in their Hero
Area to deal damage to an Enemy. That player also has a Short Blade
Mastery card in their Hero Area , with a Reflex that adds additional damage to the Dagger Fast Action. However, the player cannot use a Fast
Action of another Dagger card in their Hero Area to add even more damage, as Fast Actions have to fully resolve before resolving any other
Fast or Regular Actions, and are thus not allowed to modify other effects.
1. Whenever a player resolves an Action or any other effect that deals any damage, that player’s Hero is considered to be attacking.
2. Whenever an Enemy is dealing damage to a Hero, that Enemy is considered to be attacking.
Some Actions specifically allow players to resolve other Actions of different cards. In such a case, a Regular and Fast Actions may start to resolve before other Actions are completed.
Types of Damage and Defence
There are two types of damage in Mistfall: Physical Damage and
Magical Damage . Both types of damage in essence work the same way.
However, some effects or abilities cancel only one type of damage:
1. Any Actions or special abilities that cancel damage detail which type of damage (Physical or Magical ) they may cancel.
2. Every Enemy card comes with a battle box that details (in the form of Physical Defence and Magical Defence ) how many damage of each type is cancelled whenever that enemy becomes a target of an attack.
When resolving an Action that creates a number of simultaneous or consecutive effects, all effects must be applied, unless the Action allows a player to choose only some of its effects (by using the word: “may”). So a player cannot decide not to gain Enemy Focus after dealing damage, unless the card specifically allows for such an option.
Multiple Action Cards
Some cards include a number of different Actions. Generally, a player may choose only one of those Actions to resolve before discarding the card (in case of hand Actions) or before resolving another Action (in case of
Hero Area Actions).
Crow’s Misdirection card allows a player to either switch positions of
2 different Enemies or move 1 Enemy card from their Hero Area to the Quest Area . After resolving any 1 of those Actions, the player immediately discards the card. They are not allowed to use both of them at the same time.
1. A Hero deals damage while resolving specific Actions of their Feat and Gear cards, as well as Hero Charter special abilities.
2. An Enemy deals a set number of damage during the Defence Phase of every turn whenever activated. The type and number of damage dealt is outlined in the Combat Box of every enemy card.
1. A Hero cancels damage only while resolving specific Actions
(usually Reflexes) or special abilities that allow the player to cancel a specific number of damage (like 2 or 3 ) dealt to their Hero.
2. An Enemy cancels a set number of damage whenever becoming a target of any attack. The numbers and type of damage cancelled automatically is detailed in the battle box (like 2 or 1 ).
3. When the same enemy is dealt damage consecutively even during the same Round or Phase, their defence applies to each attack separately and in full, so two separate attacks each dealing 2 Physical Damage to a single Enemy will be fully cancelled if that Enemy has a Physical
Defence of 2 or more.
Keywords in Actions
Some Actions require or give the player an option to modify their effects through discarding a number of cards with a specific keyword (like Arcane,
Combat or Divine). In such a case, the discarded card creates no additional effect and is for all intents and purposes treated as a card that has no
Actions. Any card discarded this way is immediately placed on top of the discard pile.
Fengray is being attacked by a Ghoren Warrior. This Enemy deals 3
Physical Damage when activated to attack. The Fengray player uses the Reflex of a Chainmail card in their Hero Area to cancel 1 Physical
Damage dealt, and then resolves the Reflex of the Block card in their
hand to cancel 2 Physical Damage (since the Shield card is in
Fengray’s Hero Area ). Thus all 3 of the Physical Damage dealt by the
Ghoren Warrior is cancelled.
Next round, during their Hero Turn, the Fengray player retaliates by attacking the Ghoren Warrior in their Hero Area . The player resolves the second Regular Action of the War Sword card in their Hero Area and decides to discard 2 cards with the Combat keyword (a Toughness card and a Lunge card), dealing a total of 5 Physical Damage . The Physical
Defence of the Ghoren Warrior is equal to 2, so 2 Physical Damage dealt is cancelled.
than that Enemy’ Life value, that Enemy is immediately eliminated.
When eliminating an Enemy:
1. Place the eliminated Enemy in the proper discard pile.
2. Add a number of Resolve tokens to the Resolve Pool equal to the
Resolve value of the Enemy.
If multiple Enemies are eliminated by a single effect (such as an Action that deals damage to multiple Enemies), players should find the eliminated
Enemy with the highest Resolve value and add a number of Resolve tokens to the Resolve Pool as if only that Enemy was eliminated. Any other
Enemies are discarded without further effects.
Whenever any of the damage dealt to a Hero or an Enemy is not cancelled, that damage is converted into Wounds . However, Hero and Enemy
Wounds work differently:
1. For each 1 damage dealt to their Hero which they were unable or unwilling to cancel, a player must move 1 card from their hand , their discard pile or the top of their deck into the Burial pile (Burying that card).
2. For each 1 damage dealt to an Enemy above their relevant defence
(Physical or Magical ), 1 Wound token is placed on that Enemy card.
The Celenthia player uses the Chain Lightning card to eliminate a
Bonesorrow Warrior and a Bonesorrow Magus. Before discarding the
Enemies, players check the Resolve Values on the Enemy cards. Since
Bonesorrow Magus has the Resolve Value equal to 2, exactly 2 Resolve
tokens are added to the Resolve Pool. The Bonesorrow Warrior (with a
Resolve Value of 1) is discarded without effect.
The Physical Defence of the Ghoren Warrior cancelled 2 Physical
Damage dealt using the War Sword card. 3 Physical Damage is immediately converted into Wounds and placed on the Ghoren Warrior card.
Later in the same round, Fengray is attacked by a Ghoren Smallhorn. The player decides not to cancel any damage, so now he must Bury (move from their hand, deck and/or discard pile) a total of 2 cards. The player decides to Bury a Toughness card from their hand a Lunge card from their discard pile.
Enemies are considered to heal whenever an effect removes any number of
Wounds from an Enemy card. Note that Enemy Life values are not changed by the number of Wound tokens on their cards (but may be changed due to specific effects).
Note on Special Enemies
You may use alternative methods to track the Life of Special Enemies
(like a Wound track). For all intents and purposes, placing and removing
Wounds on a Special Enemy has the same effect as on a regular Enemy, regardless of the tracking method.
Some Enemy cards include a Vulnerabilities section: a list of keywords preceded by a number of Wound symbols. Whenever an Enemy becomes target of any effect of a Hero Action resolved by a player:
1. Observe the keywords (and possibly transferred keywords) on the card that is the source of the effect.
2. For any 1 keyword that matches any of the keywords listed as
Vulnerabilities, place 1 Wound on that Enemy card for each Wound
symbol preceding the keyword immediately, regardless of any defence (remember that no keyword may be listed more than once).
3. Even if the Enemy was eliminated the Action that targeted that
Enemy must be resolved (to generate Enemy Focus , possibly target other Enemies or resole any other effects) to its completion.
Unlike Enemies, Heroes in Mistfall have no set Life values. Instead, their Feat and Gear cards serve both as their in game abilities and their life trackers. As Heroes play their cards and are dealt damage, more and more cards end up in their discard pile and in their Burial pile. To move those cards back into their deck, a Hero needs to become a target of a Restoration
Whenever a Hero becomes a target of a Restoration effect (from an Action resolved by a player or as part of an Encounter Aftermath), for each 1
Restoration point that player may either:
1. Move any 1 card from their Burial pile to their discard pile.
2. Move any 1 card from their discard pile to the bottom of their deck.
A player may decide to use their Restoration points any way they see fit, even ignoring some or all of the Restoration points received or using 1
Restoration point to move a card from their Burial pile to their discard pile and then immediately another 1 Restoration point to move the same card from their discard pile to the bottom of their deck.
The Celenthia player decides to attack a Bonesorrow Shooter using the
Regular Action of the Fire Bolt card in their hand . Since the Bonesorow
Shooter is vulnerable when targeted by Blunt and Flame cards, 1 wound
is placed on the Enemy card as the Action resolves, regardless of any defence.
Whenever a Hero is dealt at least 1 damage that no player is able or willing to cancel, and there are no cards in that Hero’s hand , deck and discard pile, that Hero is defeated. If a Hero is defeated when the final
Special Encounter is not the Active Encounter, all players lose the game immediately. When the final Special Encounter is the Active Encounter, all Heroes must be defeated in order for the players to lose the game.
When the number of Wounds on an Enemy card is equal to or higher
Crow becomes a target of the Minor Heal Fast Action, which allows him to Restore a total of 2 cards. The player looks through their discard pile and their Burial pile and decides to use 1 Restoration point to move a
Dagger card from the Burial pile into the discard pile and then use the remaining Restoration point to move the same Dagger card from their discard pile to the bottom of their deck.
Returning Restored Cards
Whenever a player returns any number of cards from their discard pile to the bottom of the deck, that player may choose the order the cards will be placed there. This means that players may (and are encouraged to) effectively stack their decks whenever Restoring.
Crow becomes one of the targets of the Greater Heal Fast Action and receives 3 Restoration points. The player decides to return a Dagger, a Double Stab and a Misdirection from their discard pile to their deck, choosing for the Dagger to be first, followed by the Misdirection and the
Double Stab cards.
Conditions are a special type of tokens placed on Hero Charters and
Enemies by various effects.
There are four types of Conditions in Mistfall:
1. Burning - At the end of the Defence Phase place 1 Wound token on an Enemy card for each Burning Condition token on that
Enemy. At the end of the Defence Phase deal 1 damage that cannot be cancelled to a Hero for every Burning Condition token on their Hero
2. Poison - At the end of the Defence Phase place 1 Wound token on an Enemy card for each Poison Condition token on that
Enemy. At the end of the Defence Phase deal 1 damage that cannot be cancelled to a Hero for every Poison Condition token on their Hero
3. Daze - Whenever an Enemy deals damage, that Enemy deals
1 less damage for each Daze Condition token on that Enemy card.
Whenever a Hero deals damage, that Hero deals 1 less damage for each Daze Condition token on their Hero Charter.
4. Weakness - Whenever a players draws cards after the end of their Hero Phase, that player draws 1 card fewer if 1 or more Weakness
Condition tokens are on that player’s Hero Charter (the effects of multiple Weakness tokens do not stack). As a Reflex a player may remove all Weakness tokens from an Enemy to ignore any 1 special ability of that Enemy until the end of the current phase.
4. If the effect description does not end with a Calm symbol, the Enemy remains Enraged until Calmed by a specific effect or discarded from play.
Enraging an already Enraged Enemy has no further effect. If any effect forces a player to Enrage an Enemy if able, that player must first choose an Enemy that is not yet Enraged. To Calm an Enemy tilt the Enemy to the left (returning the card to its default position). Calming an Enemy that is not Enraged has no further effect.
A Ghoren Warrior becomes Enraged. As a result, this Enemy is immediately activated to attack the Hero owning the Hero Area the Ghoren Warrior is at this time. Afterwards, the Ghoren Warrior Calms immediately. If he is subsequently Enraged again, this procedure is repeated.
A Tracker Hound becomes Enraged. Since the Enraged ability text does not end with the Calm symbol, the Enemy remains Enraged until Calmed by a specific effect or discarded. While Enraged, the Tracker Hound deals a total of 3 Physical Damage (the regular 2 Physical Damage found in the battle box and the additional 1 Physical Damage from the Enraged ability) every time it is activated to attack.
Enemy Special Abilities
Most Enemy cards, apart from basic values, also include one or more special abilities. These abilities modify the rules of the game. However, special abilities (much like Actions) work only in specific settings:
1. Any ability that is preceded by a Hero Area symbol is ignored, unless the Enemy is in a Hero Area .
2. Any ability that is preceded by a Quest Area symbol is ignored, unless the Enemy is in a Quest Area .
3. Abilities preceded by both symbols ( ) are always resolved, regardless of the type of Area the Enemy is in.
Condition Resolving and Removal
At the end of the Defence Phase, resolve all Condition tokens on each
Enemy card and every Hero Charter. Regardless of the number and the types of Condition tokens on any card or Hero Charter, remove exactly
1 Condition token from each Enemy card and each Hero Charter after resolving Conditions.
Conditions may also be removed by some effects. In each case an effect will detail the types and numbers of Condition tokens removed.
There are three types of tracks used in a game of Mistfall: Enemy Focus
Tracks (each Hero Charter comes with an individual Enemy Focus
Track ), a Time Track and a Reinforcement Track , both printed on the Quest Charter.
A Ghoren Warrior in the Hero Area has 3 Condition tokens: 2 Burning
and 1 Daze . After all Enemies in Hero Areas were activated once to attack, Condition tokens are resolved. The 2 Burning Burning tokens place a total of 2 Wounds on the Ghoren Warrior card. Daze is a
Condition that does not deal any damage, so no further Wounds are placed. Now players must remove any 1 Condition token from the Ghoren
Warrior card. They opt to remove 1 Burning token.
General Track Rules
Every track consists of a number of spaces filled with either numbers or symbols. Each number is used individually by specific game elements, while each symbol:
1. Activates whenever a marker cube stops on or crosses a space with a symbol, while moving right .
2. Is ignored whenever a marker cube stops on or crosses a space with a symbol, while moving left unless it is the leftmost space of that track.
Whenever a track cube reaches the last space of a track, refer to the specific effect this has in the game.
Enraging and Calming Enemies
Some game effects (like Enemy Special Abilities) Enrage or Calm Enemies.
Enrage and Calm
To Enrage an Enemy:
1. Tilt the Enemy card to the right to indicate that the Enemy is
2. Resolve any Enrage effects immediately (in case of effects starting with Attack or Activate).
3. If the effect description ends with a Calm symbol, Calm the
Enemy immediately, by returning the Enemy card to its default
Moving Marker Cubes
An arrow ( or ) followed by a number shows how many spaces and in which direction a marker cube should be moved on a track denoted by the symbol ( 2 means that the marker cube on the Enemy Focus Track should be moved 2 spaces to the right). An arrow pointing left may also be followed by ½. In such a case, look at the current position of a marker cube, divide the position number by half (always rounding up) and move the marker cube that many spaces to the left.
Activating Track Symbols
1. If a marker cube stops on or crosses a space with a symbol, the effect of the symbol is resolved after any effects that caused the marker
cube movement are resolved to completion. In other words, an Action that makes the marker cube move is never interrupted by the effect of any symbol the cube stops on or passes.
2. If a marker cube crosses more than one space with a symbol in a specific order, the effects of any symbols crossed are resolved in that order.
Enemy Focus Track
An individual Enemy Focus Track is located on each Hero Charter. The marker cube on the Enemy Focus Track moves:
1. Left or right whenever any effect orders the player to move their marker cube (such as a card effect simply stating: 1 ).
2. Left by half ( ½ ) whenever any effect specifically orders the player to move their marker cube this way.
3. Left by half ( ½ ) whenever any Enemy enters the Hero Area
belonging to that Hero for any reason (such as when an Enemy enters a Hero Area during the Pursuit Phase).
Enemy Focus Track Symbols and Numbers
There are 3 types of symbols on each Enemy Focus Track :
1. The Reinforcement Track symbol immediately moves the marker cube on the Reinforcement Track exactly 1 space to the left.
2. The Raging Enemy Symbol requires the owner of the Hero
Charter to immediately Enrage a Raging Enemy of their choice in their Hero Area , if able.
3. The Track End Symbol 7 which immediately moves the marker cube 7 spaces to the left.
4. The Track End Symbol is the only symbol resolved immediately: the marker cube continues its movement from the 6 th
position of the
Enemy Focus Track . Please note that no symbols are activated when the marker cube moves left.
5. The numbers on the Enemy Focus Track are printed for ease of play and have no in game effect.
Reinforcement Track Symbols and Numbers
There exactly one symbol on the Reinforcement Track :
1. The Time Movement Symbol ( 1 ) immediately moves the marker cube on the Time Track exactly 1 space to the right.
2. The marker cube on the Reinforcement Track does not move left after reaching the final position. Instead, move the marker cube on the
Time Track exactly 1 space to the right for each space the marker cube was unable to move on the Reinforcement Track .
3. The large number in every Reinforcement Track space denotes the number of Enemies that should be placed in the Quest Area during the Reinforcement Phase.
4. The small numbers in every Reinforcement Track space are printed for ease of play and have no in game effect.
The Time Track is located on the Quest Charter. The marker cube on the Time Track moves:
1. Right by a number of spaces indicated on a Time Card drawn during the Time Phase.
2. Right whenever the marker cube on the Reinforcement Track
moves into its last space or attempts to cross it (move the marker cube on the Time Track a number of spaces equal to the number of spaces the cube would still move, if it was not on the last space of the
Reinforcement Track ).
3. Left or right whenever any effect orders the player to move the marker cube on the Time Track (such as during suffering of some
During the Pursuit Phase, a Cursed Walker enters the Hero Area of
Fengray, reducing the Enemy Focus value by half ( ½ ). Since the marker cube is on the eighth space of the track, it is now moved to the fourth space. The Reinforcement symbol is ignored, since the cube is moving from right to left.
Later on, during their Hero Turn, the Fengray player decides to attack the
Cursed Walker. The player resolves the Regular Action of the War Sword card in their Hero Area (discarding Toughness and Lunge as part of the
Action - both cards possessing the Combat keyword), which generates a total of 4 Enemy Focus . Since the marker cube crossed the space with the Reinforcement symbol (but this time moving from left to right), after the Action is fully resolved, the marker cube on the Reinforcement
Track is moved one space to the right.
Time Track Symbols and Numbers
The Time Track introduces a number of symbols:
1. The Hero Number Symbol is used only to establish the setup position of the marker cube – it has no further meaning.
2. The leftmost space time and Resolve symbols indicate that if the marker cube moves into that space it immediately stops and moves exactly 2 spaces to the right (any other movement is ignored) and players add 1 Resolve token to the Resolve Pool.
3. The Raging Enemy Symbol requires each player to immediately
Enrage a Raging Enemy of their choice in their Hero Area , if able.
4. The final space indicates the end of the game and an immediate player defeat.
5. The numbers on spaces are used by the Time Cards, with the highest number crossed (or currently occupied) by the marker cube being used in place of a symbol appearing in the text of a Time
The marker cube is on the last position of the Reinforcement Track and The Black Coach is the active Encounter. During the Reinforcement
Phase the marker cube would have moved 1 space to the right, but since it is already on the rightmost position of the
Reinforcement Track , the marker cube on the Time Track is moved instead.
The Reinforcement Track is located on the Quest Charter . The marker cube on the Reinforcement Track moves:
1. Exactly 1 space to the right whenever a marker cube on any Enemy
Focus Track stops on or crosses a Reinforcement symbol.
2. A number of spaces to the right as specified by the Starting Enemies
Box of an Active Encounter card during the Reinforcement Phase.
3. Left or right whenever any effect orders the players to move the marker cube.
4. All the way to the left after drawing Enemies at the end of the
5. All the way to the left if the Reinforcement Box of the Active
Encounter card is empty during the Reinforcement Phase.
6. All the way to the left if there is no Active Encounter in play during a Reinforcement phase.
The game board in Mistfall is created using Location tiles set up according to the Quest currently played. Each Quest includes a number of randomly set up Location, a revealed Starting Location and one Special Location the players must reach in order to win the game.
A Location is considered Active when the Party Pawn is located on that
Location Tile. The Active Location influences the types of Encounter cards that may become Active Encounters.
At any time each revealed Location displays one of three possible statuses:
1. Safe: indicated by no Wound tokens on that Location tile.
2. Perilous: indicated by 1 Wound token on that Location tile.
3. Overrun: indicated by 2 Wound tokens on that Location tile.
A Perilous or Overrun Location will require the players to draw a new
Active Encounter if no Active Encounter is in play during the Travel
Phase. A Perilous Location will usually require successfully finishing 2 consecutive Encounters to become Safe.
Improving and Degrading Locations
Different effects (usually Encounter card effects) may order players to
Improve or Degrade a Location:
1. When Improving a Location, remove 1 Wound token from the Active Location (unless specified otherwise), if able. Hence, an
Improved Overrun Location becomes Perilous and an Improved
Perilous Location becomes Safe. Improving a Safe Location has no further effect.
2. When Degrading a Location, add 1 Wound token to the Active
Location (unless specified otherwise), if able. Hence, a degrade Safe
Location becomes Perilous and a degraded Perilous Location becomes
Overrun. Degrading an Overrun Location moves the marker cube on the Time Track exactly 3 spaces to the right ( 1 ).
A Location is considered to be adjacent to any other Location it shares a side with, regardless of the status of any of the Locations. In other words, Locations are orthogonally (but not diagonally) adjacent. Hence, a contiguous line of Locations consists of any number of adjacent Locations.
Progressing Through an Encounter
1. The Progression section of the Active Encounter details specific ways in which player may place Objective tokens on the Encounter card.
2. The End section of the Active Encounter details any conditions that need to be met in order to successfully end the Encounter (usually giving a number of Objective tokens on the Encounter card that needs to be met or exceeded or having no Enemies in any Areas).
3. Some Encounters may be attacked by Heroes. In such a case, the
Active Encounter may be targeted by any effects that normally deal damage to Enemies, but may not be moved or discarded by any such effect. They are always considered to be in range from every Hero.
Encounter Retreat Penalty
Some Encounters require the players to resolve negative effects if the
Party Pawn is relocated before successfully ending the Encounter. Most
Encounters will Degrade the Active Location while some will create no further effects or outright disallow players to relocate.
It is Crow’s Hero Turn and Wind of Death is the active Encounter. There is 1 other Hero in play, and 4 Objective Tokens are already on the
Encounter card. On their turn, the Crow player manages to eliminate a Bonesorrow Archer, which immediately places 1 Objective Token on the Encounter card. Then, the player also discards 1 card in order to place another Objective Token , bringing the total number of Objective
Tokens on the card to 6. Since this is how many Objective Tokens are needed to successfully end the Encounter, the players will be able to discard it during the Encounter Phase of the current round.
Gathered below are all the rules of playing an Action with a detailed breakdown of the timing of specific effects. If during game you will encounter any difficulties with assessing the exact order of multiple things going on while resolving a complicated Action, refer to this section to find clarifications.
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The player picks a card in their hand or Hero Area and chooses an
Action (if multiple are available) to resolve.
Each Encounter instructs the players on what are the conditions that need to be met to successfully end the Encounter. Most often, a number of Objective tokens is required in order to proceed to the Encounter
Aftermath, which allows the players to draw Rewards, Restore cards and Improve the Active Location.
C hoose imBedded
Some Actions allow a player to immediately make use of an Action of another card. In such a case, go through this procedure starting from the first point until completion, before completing the Action that allowed the player the imbedded Action.
An Encounter is considered to be Active from the moment it has been drawn and put into play. There can never be more than 1 Active Encounter at any time.
Every Quest comes with 1 Special Encounter listed in the Quest description. In order to win the game, players need to successfully end that
Special Encounter. During setup, the Special Encounter is placed next to the board. When the Location designated as the Final Location is reached, players draw and set up the Special Encounters, disregarding any normal rules for drawing and placing Encounters into play (such as a common keyword on both the Location tile and the Encounter card).
d isCard Keyword Cards
Some Actions allow for or require other cards to be discarded in order to either improve or at all resolve the Action effect. In such a case, discard any relevant cards immediately.
r eflex modifiCations
Resolve any available Reflexes that may influence the original Action. If you resolve a Reflex on a card in a player hand , place that card near the relevant pile but do not discard it yet.
r esolve effeCt
After arriving at the final effect of the card, resolve it in its entirety.
d isCard used Cards
Discard all of the cards played out of player hand (unless specifically instructed otherwise). When discarding multiple cards at the same time, players may choose the order in which they are placed in the discard pile.
Cards in a Hero Area are not automatically discarded after resolving an Action printed on them – there are specific instructions included in an
Action. If no instruction is given, the card remains in the Hero Area .
Move the marker cube on the Enemy Focus track a number of spaces to the right as detailed by the Action chosen, and any possible modifications
(from cards discarded for their keywords, Reflexes and any possible special abilities). Please note that some Actions do not generate Enemy
Focus , and some will actually allow the player to move the marker cube to the left. Observe any symbols the marker cube moves through or ends its move on. Resolve any symbols effects in the appropriate order (first crossed
– first resolved).
Helpful Tip: It is often more comfortable to move the marker cube on the
Enemy Focus track as you discard cards and resolve effects that modify the Action. When you do this, remember to resolve any symbol effects after the Action is fully resolved.
Extended Example of Playing an Action.
The Fengray player is getting ready to fell a Ghoren Warrior
The Lunge Regular Action allows the player to use a Regular Action of a
Weapon card in their Hero Area as an imbedded Action. Since there is a War
in Fengray’s Hero Area , the player decides to make use of its first
Regular Action, which deals 2 Physical
Damage . Since this Action deals
Physical Damage , the Lunge card adds additional 2 Physical Damage to it, which means that the Ghoren Warrior will be dealt a total of 4 Physical Damage
. That is not enough to eliminate the
Enemy, so the player also discards 1 card with a Combat keyword from their hand
(in this case it is the Toughness card
), adding 1 more point of Physical
Damage for a total of 5. This is enough to eliminate the Ghoren Warrior. The
Enemy card is discarded
, and 1
Resolve is added to the Resolve Pool
The Lunge card is now discarded
The marker cube on the Enemy Focus
Track is moved a total of 4 spaces to the right (1 for the Lunge Action, 2 for the War Sword Regular Action and 1
. for the Toughness card discarded for its
Combat keyword). This moves the marker cube on the Enemy Focus Track from position 8 to position 12, crossing over a Raging Enemy symbol
(after fully resolving the Action) the
Fengray player will have to choose a
Raging Enemy from their Hero Area to immediately Enrage . and the War Sword card is placed on top of the Fengray player’s deck
in one strike, using the Regular Action of the Lunge card of , but that is enough, since the Ghoren Warrior is in Fengray’s Hero Area . Also, the player needs to deal a total of 5 Physical Damage
(the Life value of the Ghoren Warrior equals 3, but this Enemy has a total of 2 Physical Defence ).
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Welcome to the Quest Guide. This booklet outlines the setup and any special rules of different quests used in Mistfall.
For Your First Game
We strongly recommend that you play the Into the Wilds Quest for your first game. It does not use all of the game elements and is significantly shorter than The Abomination quest.
While investigating strange happenings of the last few days, you leave the
Frostvalley Keep and make for Hearthfire Inn – a final outpost in the wild north. Among the scouts and the few people who still live here word has it that a mad beastman shaman has been gathering a warband and is ready to strike at a neighbouring fortified village within a few days. You need to stop him before it is too late.
Quest Special Setup
This quest is played using only one Enemy deck and a smaller set of encounters. While following the normal setup found in the rulebook, remove the Blue and Red Enemy decks from the game. Also, the only
Encounters used are those with the Wildlands keyword: remove all others
(including the ones where the Wildlands keyword is accompanied by another keyword) from the game.
Choose 1 Hero specific Reward card for each Hero and place it face down in the middle of the table. Add 6 random Transient Reward Gear cards and shuffle the newly formed Reward deck together. Any other Reward cards are removed from the game.
A group of scouts has recently returned to Frostvalley Keep bearing ill tidings: one of the reinforced villages in the further north has been completely wiped out by an attack likes of which they have not seen in a long time. The only survivor of the massacre was driven to the edge of madness, but from his incoherent words you managed to piece together some clues. The village was attacked by the undead led by an abominable creature of the Mists, who the survivor referred to as Margath: a mad warrior who reputedly died almost a decade ago.
The Frostvalley Keep archivist were able to shed more light on the story: apparently,
Margath was transformed after being taken by the Mists, but scattered around the lands there should still be some clues that might help in defeating him. The scouts said that they managed to track Margath to a desecrated temple, where the
Mists are sending more undead to follow him into other raging battles. You have to leave immediately to end the forsaken beast’s existence once and for all.
Choose 1 Hero specific Reward card for each Hero and place it face down in the middle of the table. Add 8 random Transient Reward Gear cards and shuffle the newly formed Reward deck together. Any other Reward cards are removed from the game.
Place the Hearthfire Inn and the Desecrated Temple Locations to the side and shuffle all other Locations together. Form a 3 by 3 grid, placing the Desecrated Temple Location face down in the top left corner (1) and the Hearthfire Inn face up in the bottom right corner (2) of the grid.
Quest Token Setup
Use the A, B, C and D Quest tokens. Shuffle them face down and place 1 randomly on Locations (3), (4), (5) and (6).
Remove all Locations without the Wildlands or Haven keyword from the game. Shuffle 3 Wildlands Locations face down and place them in a line.
Place the Hearthfire Inn (the Haven Location) face up at the leftmost end of the line. Place the Party Pawn on that Location.
Special Encounter and Enemy Setup
Place the Into the Wilds Special Encounter on the rightmost Location tile. Place the Ghardhak the Charred Special Enemy card next to the
Location. Players may reference these cards at any time, but they are not considered to be in play until Into the Wilds becomes the Active
Special Encounter and Enemy Setup
Place The Abomination Special Encounter on the (1) Location tile. Place the Margath the Abomination Special Enemy card next to the Location.
Players may reference these cards at any time, but they are not considered to be in play until The Abomination becomes the Active Encounter.
Special Encounter and Enemy Rules
1. Ghardhak the Charred Bodyguards special ability explanation:
No player may target this Enemy by any card that directly deals or , or places a Condition token on an Enemy. Ghardhak may be targeted by cards that will exploit his Vulnerability (Divine cards), as long as the resolved effect does not deal or directly. This rule is ignored when Ghardhak is in an Area without any other Enemies.
2. Ghardhak the Charred Enrage ability explanation:
When Enraged, Ghardhak deals damage to all Heroes regardless of which Area he is in, as long as he gets to attack normally during the
3. Ghardhak the Charred Life: = 2 +2
Quest Token Rules
When a Location with a Quest Token is revealed (turned face up when it becomes Active Location or when it is scouted), reveal any Quest
Tokens on that location as well. Whenever a Location with a Quest Token becomes Safe that token is placed in the Quest Area . When Margath
the Abomination or Raging Abomination is in play, any of the Quest
Tokens in the Quest Area may be used (as a Reflex) to:
A, B – place 2 on Margath the Abomination or Raging Abomination
C – move the Reinforcements Track to 0 (leftmost position).
D – Move Margath the Abomination or Raging Abomination to any
Hero Area and ignore the Beastly Rage ability until the end of the round.
This Quest ends in Hero victory, when the Into the Wilds Encounter is successfully ended. No special rules apply.
Special Encounter and Enemy Rules
1. Margath the Abomination/Raging Abomination Beastly Rage special ability explanation:
After all normal Enemy attacks (including Margath’s/Raging
Abomination’s normal attack), the Margath/Raging Abomination
card is immediately moved to the Hero Area of the Hero with highest
Enemy Focus value (marker cube furthest right on the Enemy Focus
Track ). Enemy Focus of that Hero is reduce normally ( ½ ).
Then, Margath/Raging Abomination attacks that Hero. After resolving this ability, resolve Conditions normally.
2. Margath the Abomination Die Hard special ability explanation:
When the number of Wound tokens on Margath becomes equal to or exceeds his Life value, remove all of the Wound and Condition tokens from his card and flip the card to the Raging Abomination side immediately. The Raging Abomination enters play with no Wound or
Condition tokens, regardless of any that were placed on Margath.
3. Margath the Abomination/Raging Abomination Life:
= 2 +2
This Quest ends in Hero victory, when The Abomination Encounter is successfully ended. No special rules apply.
Pleas feel free to write to Błażej Kubacki with any Mistfall rules related questions at [email protected] .
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