Clash of Cultures

Clash of Cultures
Component Overview . . . . . . . 2
Game Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Basic Game Concepts . . . . . . . 4
Winning the Game . . . . . . . . . . 4
Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Units . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Culture & Happiness Level . . . . 4
Culture & Mood tokens . . . . . . . 4
Player Board & Player Aid . . . . 5
Regions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Cities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
City Moods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Playing the Game . . . . . . . . . . 7
A Game Round . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Actions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Advance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Found City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Activate City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Move Units . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Civic Improvement . . . . . . . . . 10
Cultural Influence . . . . . . . . . . 10
Status Phase . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Combat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Land Combat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Naval Combat . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Further Game Concepts . . . . . 13
Event Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Barbarians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Objective Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Action Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Wonders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Exploration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Advances Details . . . . . . . . . . 20
Variants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
1
Component Overview
Food limit until the
“Storage” advance
is acquired
EvEnt!
EvEnt!
MARITIME
EDUCATION
E vEnt!
WARFARE
stAtUs PhAse
1) Completed objectives?
“Build” units
“collect” resources
“increase city size”
AGRICULTURE
CONSTRUCTION
Farming
Mining
Fishing Port
Writing Academy
Tactics Fortress
Your cities may “Collect”
Food from Fertile spaces and
Wood from Forest spaces
Your cities may “Collect”
Ore from Mountain spaces
Your cities may “Collect”
Food from one adjacent
Sea space
Draw 1 Action + 1 Obj. Card
if you have any Gov. adv. or
upon getting your first one
• You may “Move” Armies
• You may use combat
effects on Action Cards
You may pay 1 Mood token
to avoid reducing a city’s
mood due to an Event Card
Cartography
Public Education
Siegecraft
Rituals
SPIRITUALITY
AAA : Get 1 Culture token and
1 Idea per region with at least
one of your Ships (once per turn)
Get 1 Idea resource when
“Collecting” from a city with
an Academy
Cancel a Fortress’s ability:
• to attack (pay 2 Wood)
• to cancel a “hit” (pay 2 Ore)
Resources (excluding Ideas)
can be spent as Mood tokens
for “Civic Improvement” at
a 1:1 rate
Warships
Free Education
Steel Weapons
Priesthood
Naval battles + Land battles
where Armies leave Ships:
Cancel 1 “hit” in 1st round
Get 1 Mood token when
buying an advance using
Gold, Ideas or a mix of both
(once per turn)
[Pay +2 Ore to acquire]
Your Armies do +1 “hit”
the 1st round vs. Armies
without “Steel Weapons”
Unit
Get a “Science” advance
without paying any Food
(once per turn)
settler
Philosophy
Draft
State Religion
Get 1 Idea when you get
a “Science” advance and
upon getting this advance
Each “Build” units action:
A single Army unit may be
paid for with 1 Mood token
“Increase City Size” with
a Temple without paying
any Food (once per turn)
Irrigation
• Your cities may “Collect”
Food from Barren spaces
• Ignore “Famine” events
• Reveal the top Wonder
• AAA : Activate a “non-angry”
city and build a Wonder
Sanitation (Engineering)
You are no longer limited
to two Food
• When “Increasing City Size”
pay 1 Food to get a Settler
• Ignore “Plague” and
“Epidemic” events
Husbandry
Roads (Engineering)
Navigation (Cartography)
Pay 1 Food (0 if you have
“Roads”) to “Collect” from
Land spaces up to 2 spaces
away (once per turn)
When you “Move” a unit/
group to/from your city:
• Move 2 spaces (pay 1 Food)
• Ignore terrain (pay 1 Ore)
Ships may “Move” around
the board to the nearest
Sea spaces in the direction
moved
ECONOMICS
CULTURE
Storage
3) Draw cards
4 Starting regions
16 Regular regions
DEMOCRACY
4) Raze size 1 city?
5) Determine First Player
Units & city-Pieces
Cost
Info
+1 die for combat
+1 die for combat. can only be built in
a sea space with a Port
City-Piece
Cost
settlement
Settler
THEOCRACY
Info
• the foundation of a city
• cannot be targeted by cultural influence
Art & Sculptures
Mathematics
Voting
Nationalism
Dogma
AAA : Exchange up to
3 resources into Gold or
Culture tokens (or a mix)
Pay 1 Cult. token to take a
“Cult. Influence” action at no
action cost (once per turn)
“Engineering” and “Roads”
can be bought at no Food
cost
Pay 1 Mood token to take a
“Civic Improvement” action
at no action cost
Get 1 Mood or Culture
token after “Building” at
least one Army or Ship
• New Temple = Free
“Theocracy” advance
• You have a limit of 2 Ideas
temple
Get one Mood or culture token
when built
Circus & Sports
Astronomy
Separation of Power
Totalitarianism
Devotion
Fortress
Trade Routes
During the first combat roll of a battle:
• +1 die for combat roll
• cancel a “hit”
Start of turn: Get 1 Food per
Settler/Ship within 2 spaces
of a unique foreign “nonangry” player city (max. 4)
“Civic Improvement”: Your
cities are considered one size
smaller than they are (min. 1)
“Cartography” and
“Navigation” can be
bought at no Food cost
Opponents cannot boost
“Cult. Influence” range/rolls
vs. your “happy” cities
Opponents cannot boost
“Cult. Influence” range/rolls
vs. your cities with Armies
Opponents cannot boost
“Cult. Influence” range/rolls
vs. your cities with Temples
Academy
Get 2 ideas when built
Civil Liberties
Absolute Power
Conversion
Pay 2 Mood tokens to take
an extra action (once per turn)
“Cultural Influence”:
• Success on a roll of 4+
• Success = Get 1 Culture token
Port
“Metallurgy” can be
bought at no Food cost
• AAA : Get 3 Mood tokens
• “Draft” advance: 1 Army
unit costs 2 Mood tokens
• city may “Build” ships
• “Fishing” advance: city may “collect”
1 Gold or 1 Mood token from a single
adjacent sea space instead of 1 Food
Metallurgy (Chemistry)
Economic Liberty
• “Steel Weapons” costs
neither Food nor Ore.
• Get 2 Ore if you already
have “Steel Weapons”
• Your first “Collect” action
each turn has no action cost
• Additional “Collect”
actions cost 2 Mood tokens
Monuments
Trade routes may in part or
completely produce Gold
instead of Food
Chemistry
1) Reveal the top Wonder
2) Pick a Wonder; only you
may build it and you do so
at no action cost
Taxation (Currency)
Drama & Music
AAA : Pay 1 Mood token
and get 1 Gold for each city
you have (once per turn)
Exchange a Mood token
into a Culture token or vice
versa (once per turn)
Turn Track
no combat. AAA : May found a city
ship unit
Bartering
Currency
8 Dice
AUTOCRACY
(1 Action + 1 Objective)
Move (3 units/groups)
Civic Improvement
Cultural Influence
Army unit
SCIENCE
Game ends here after
6th Round or if one player has
no cities.
2) Receive a Free Advance
Myths Temple
Engineering
Regions
Actions
Advance
Found City (needs a settler)
Activate City (then either):
Forced Labor
Fanaticism
Pay 1 Mood token to have
your “angry” cities act as
“neutral” this turn when
activated (“angry” cities can
still only be activated once)
Battle in a city with Temple:
• +2 CV on first combat roll
• Lost battle = Get a free Army
unit in one of your cities
Victory Points
1 VP per City-piece
1/2 VP per Advance
5 VP per Wonder
2 VP per Objective
Any Event VP
Player Board
Player Aids
4 Player Boards
4 Player Aids
Turn Marker
Tokens
20 Resource Indicators
4 Food
4 Wood
4 Ore
4 Ideas
40 Culture tokens
40 Mood tokens
4 Exhausted tokens
4 Culture indicators
4 Happiness indicators
1 First Player token
4 Gold
City-Pieces
35 Settlements
28 Temples
28 Fortresses
28 Academies
28 Ports
(7 Red, 7 Green, 7 Blue,
7 Yellow, 7 Brown)
(7 Red, 7 Green,
7 Blue, 7 Yellow)
(7 Red, 7 Green,
7 Blue, 7 Yellow)
(7 Red, 7 Green,
7 Blue, 7 Yellow)
(7 Red, 7 Green,
7 Blue, 7 Yellow)
Units
Wonders
Cards
7 different
Wonder
pieces
80 Army units
16 Settlers
16 Ships
(16 Red, 16 Green,
16 Blue, 16 Yellow, 16 Brown)
(4 Red, 4 Yellow,
4 Green, 4 Blue)
(4 Red, 4 Yellow,
4 Green, 4 Blue)
Component Limits :
2
All players are limited to the number
of components in the game. This
means that, for instance, one player
cannot build more than 16 Army
units or 7 cities.
Cubes
Event
Action
38 Event cards
42 Action cards
Objective
Wonder
32 Objective
cards
7 Wonder cards
192 wooden cubes
(48 Red, 48 Green,
48 Blue, 48 Yellow)
Game Setup
1. Set up the game board in accordance to the setups shown below. All regions are randomly placed face-down except for each
player’s starting region which is placed face up (pay attention
to which side the Mountain space is on). Regions placed face
down are known as “unrevealed” regions.
2. In 4-player games: Determine randomly who sits where.
3. Players get a Player Board, a Player Aid, cubes, city-pieces
and units in a matching color. Each player places the resource
tokens, and the Happiness and Culture indicators, on “0” on
The Scale (see page 5) of his Player Board — except for the
Food resource which starts on space “2”.
4. Each player places a cube on the “Farming”(Agriculture)
advance and “Mining”(Construction) advance. Every player
starts the game with these two advances.
5. Each player places a Settlement piece and a
Settler on the Fertile space of their starting region (see illustration right).
6. Shuffle all card decks thoroughly and
place them near the board.
Each player receives 1 Action card
and 1 Objective card (both hidden to other
players).
7.Place the Turn token on the first space of the
Turn Track.
8. Randomly determine a first
player (for example, highest roll
on a die) and give that player
the First Player token.
Objective
Actio
Food limit until the
“Storage” advance
is acquired
EvEnt!
AGRICULTURE
CONSTRUCTION
MARITIME
Farming
Mining
Fishing Port
Your cities may “Collect”
Food from Fertile spaces and
Wood from Forest spaces
Your cities may “Collect”
Ore from Mountain spaces
Your cities may “Collect”
Food from one adjacent
Sea space
Engineering
Irrigation
• Reveal the top Wonder
• AAA : Activate a “non-angry”
city and build a Wonder
2-Player
Setup
Sanitation • Your cities may “Collect”
Food from Barren spaces
• Ignore “Famine” events
Cartography
AAA : Get 1 Culture token and
1 Idea per region with at least
one of your Ships (once per turn)
(Engineering)
Warships
You are no longer limited
to two Food
• When “Increasing City Size”
pay 1 Food to get a Settler
• Ignore “Plague” and
“Epidemic” events
Husbandry
Roads (Engineering)
Navigation (Cartography)
Pay 1 Food (0 if you have
“Roads”) to “Collect” from
Land spaces up to 2 spaces
away (once per turn)
When you “Move” a unit/
group to/from your city:
• Move 2 spaces (pay 1 Food)
• Ignore terrain (pay 1 Ore)
Ships may “Move” around
the board to the nearest
Sea spaces in the direction
moved
Storage
Naval battles + Land battles
where Armies leave Ships:
Cancel 1 “hit” in 1st round
ECONOMICS
CULTURE
SCIENCE
Bartering
Art & Sculptures
Mathematics
AAA : Exchange up to
3 resources into Gold or
Culture tokens (or a mix)
Pay 1 Cult. token to take a
“Cult. Influence” action at no
action cost (once per turn)
“Engineering” and “Roads”
can be bought at no Food
cost
Trade Routes
Circus & Sports
Astronomy
Start of turn: Get 1 Food per
Settler/Ship within 2 spaces
of a unique foreign “nonangry” player city (max. 4)
“Civic Improvement”: Your
cities are considered one size
smaller than they are (min. 1)
“Cartography” and
“Navigation” can be
bought at no Food cost
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3-Player Setup
Monuments
Chemistry
Currency
Trade routes may in part or
completely produce Gold
instead of Food
1) Reveal the top Wonder
2) Pick a Wonder; only you
may build it and you do so
at no action cost
Taxation (Currency)
Drama & Music
AAA : Pay 1 Mood token
and get 1 Gold for each city
you have (once per turn)
Exchange a Mood token
into a Culture token or vice
versa (once per turn)
“Metallurgy” can be
bought at no Food cost
Metallurgy (Chemistry)
• “Steel Weapons” costs
neither Food nor Ore.
• Get 2 Ore if you already
have “Steel Weapons”
4-Player Setup
3
Basic Game Concepts
Important Terms
Resources
AAA: “As An Action.” This abbreviation is used on cards and
advances and means that you can perform some special action.
There are 5 types of resources in the game. Food, Ore and Wood
are collected by working the land close to your cities while Ideas
and Gold come through advances and buildings.
Army: Any single Army unit or group of Army units in the same
space. This includes Barbarian units.
Natural Resources
Special Resources
Battle: Whenever an Army enters a space with a foreign unit (including Settlers) or a city (including undefended cities). If there is
any opposition, the battle is resolved through combat rounds.
Capture: A city is captured when an attacking player Army is
alone in the same space as a foreign city. The city now belongs to
the invading player.
Food
Ore
Wood
Idea
Gold
City: Any settlement (consisting of at least a Settlement citypiece) belonging to a player or Barbarians.
The Idea resources can substitute Food when buying Advances
and the Gold resource is a “joker” resource which can be used as
any other resource.
Land Unit: Any unit (Army or Settler) that moves on Land spaces
(all types of spaces excluding Sea spaces).
Units
Region: The game board is made up of regions. Regions can be
either revealed (showing terrain) or unrevealed meaning that it is
unexplored and the players do not know what the region contains.
Spaces: Revealed regions are divided into four spaces. Each space
has a terrain type which produces a resource. Sometimes you may
be asked to count spaces between units or cities. When doing so
you may count through enemy cities, armies, and Sea spaces, but
you may not count across unrevealed regions.
The game features three types of units.
•Settlers: Can found cities but cannot fight.
•Army units: Can fight and capture cities.
•Ships: Can transport Land units and fight other Ships.
Culture & Happiness Level
The Culture and Happiness indicators mark the maximum number of Culture and Mood tokens you can have.
Winning the Game
The game ends after 6 Rounds, or before that if one of the players
has no cities left when entering the Status Phase. The winner is
the player with the most Victory Points (VP).
Each player counts his VP (including half points):
•1 VP per city-piece of yours on the board
•½ VP for each Advance you have
•5 VP per Wonder
•2 VP per Objective
•Event cards (only a select few offer VP)
If players are tied for points, then whoever built the Great
Pyramids Wonder wins. Otherwise, they go through the above list
one by one starting from the top. The winner is the player with
the most points from city-pieces, then if tied, you move on to
most points from Advances and so on. If still tied, it is regarded as
a joint victory.
Some advances have a blue (culture) or yellow (happiness) outline.
Whenever you buy such an advance, you move the respective indicator up along The Scale on your Player Board. Once you reach
8 (the highest number on The Scale) the indicator simply remains
there even when getting additional advances.
Culture & Mood tokens
Additionally, whenever you buy such an advance (blue or yellow
outline), you get a matching token (Culture token for advances
with the blue outline, and Mood token for those with a yellow
outline). If your Culture/Happiness Level is 8, you still get a
token even if the indicator stays where it is (although you still
cannot have more than 8 tokens of any one type).
Note: On page 23 is the Variable End Game variant where the game
can end earlier or later than Round 6.
The Mood tokens are used for the “Civic Improvement” action
and Culture tokens are spent on the “Cultural Influence” action
and when building Wonders. The back side of the Mood tokens
are red and feature an angry face used to indicate “angry” cites.
4
Player Board & Player Aid
Food limit until the
“Storage” advance
is acquired
EvEnt!
EvEnt!
EvEnt!
AGRICULTURE
CONSTRUCTION
MARITIME
EDUCATION
WARFARE
Farming
Mining
Fishing Port
Writing Academy
Tactics Fortress
Myths Temple
Your cities may “Collect”
Food from Fertile spaces and
Wood from Forest spaces
Your cities may “Collect”
Ore from Mountain spaces
Your cities may “Collect”
Food from one adjacent
Sea space
Draw 1 Action + 1 Obj. Card
if you have any Gov. adv. or
upon getting your first one
• You may “Move” Armies
• You may use combat
effects on Action Cards
You may pay 1 Mood token
to avoid reducing a city’s
mood due to an Event Card
Cartography
Public Education
Siegecraft
Rituals
AAA : Get 1 Culture token and
1 Idea per region with at least
one of your Ships (once per turn)
Get 1 Idea resource when
“Collecting” from a city with
an Academy
Cancel a Fortress’s ability:
• to attack (pay 2 Wood)
• to cancel a “hit” (pay 2 Ore)
Resources (excluding Ideas)
can be spent as Mood tokens
for “Civic Improvement” at
a 1:1 rate
• Your cities may “Collect”
Food from Barren spaces
• Ignore “Famine” events
• Reveal the top Wonder
• AAA : Activate a “non-angry”
city and build a Wonder
stAtUs PhAse
1) Completed objectives?
SPIRITUALITY
“Build” units
“collect” resources
“increase city size”
Sanitation (Engineering)
Game ends here after
6th Round or if one player has
no cities.
2) Receive a Free Advance
3) Draw cards
(1 Action + 1 Objective)
Move (3 units/groups)
Civic Improvement
Cultural Influence
Engineering
Irrigation
Actions
Advance
Found City (needs a settler)
Activate City (then either):
4) Raze size 1 city?
5) Determine First Player
Units & city-Pieces
• When “Increasing City Size”
pay 1 Food to get a Settler
• Ignore “Plague” and
“Epidemic” events
Warships
Free Education
Steel Weapons
Priesthood
Naval battles + Land battles
where Armies leave Ships:
Cancel 1 “hit” in 1st round
Get 1 Mood token when
buying an advance using
Gold, Ideas or a mix of both
(once per turn)
[Pay +2 Ore to acquire]
Your Armies do +1 “hit”
the 1st round vs. Armies
without “Steel Weapons”
Unit
You are no longer limited
to two Food
Get a “Science” advance
without paying any Food
(once per turn)
settler
no combat. AAA : May found a city
Husbandry
Roads (Engineering)
Navigation (Cartography)
Army unit
+1 die for combat
When you “Move” a unit/
group to/from your city:
• Move 2 spaces (pay 1 Food)
• Ignore terrain (pay 1 Ore)
Ships may “Move” around
the board to the nearest
Sea spaces in the direction
moved
Philosophy
Draft
State Religion
Pay 1 Food (0 if you have
“Roads”) to “Collect” from
Land spaces up to 2 spaces
away (once per turn)
Get 1 Idea when you get
a “Science” advance and
upon getting this advance
Each “Build” units action:
A single Army unit may be
paid for with 1 Mood token
“Increase City Size” with
a Temple without paying
any Food (once per turn)
Storage
ECONOMICS
CULTURE
SCIENCE
DEMOCRACY
AUTOCRACY
Bartering
Art & Sculptures
Mathematics
Voting
Nationalism
Dogma
AAA : Exchange up to
3 resources into Gold or
Culture tokens (or a mix)
Pay 1 Cult. token to take a
“Cult. Influence” action at no
action cost (once per turn)
“Engineering” and “Roads”
can be bought at no Food
cost
Pay 1 Mood token to take a
“Civic Improvement” action
at no action cost
Get 1 Mood or Culture
token after “Building” at
least one Army or Ship
• New Temple = Free
“Theocracy” advance
• You have a limit of 2 Ideas
Trade Routes
Circus & Sports
Astronomy
Separation of Power
Totalitarianism
Devotion
Start of turn: Get 1 Food per
Settler/Ship within 2 spaces
of a unique foreign “nonangry” player city (max. 4)
“Civic Improvement”: Your
cities are considered one size
smaller than they are (min. 1)
“Cartography” and
“Navigation” can be
bought at no Food cost
Opponents cannot boost
“Cult. Influence” range/rolls
vs. your “happy” cities
Opponents cannot boost
“Cult. Influence” range/rolls
vs. your cities with Armies
Opponents cannot boost
“Cult. Influence” range/rolls
vs. your cities with Temples
Civil Liberties
Absolute Power
Conversion
Monuments
THEOCRACY
Trade routes may in part or
completely produce Gold
instead of Food
1) Reveal the top Wonder
2) Pick a Wonder; only you
may build it and you do so
at no action cost
Taxation (Currency)
Drama & Music
AAA : Pay 1 Mood token
and get 1 Gold for each city
you have (once per turn)
Exchange a Mood token
into a Culture token or vice
versa (once per turn)
“Metallurgy” can be
bought at no Food cost
• AAA : Get 3 Mood tokens
• “Draft” advance: 1 Army
unit costs 2 Mood tokens
Metallurgy (Chemistry)
Economic Liberty
• “Steel Weapons” costs
neither Food nor Ore.
• Get 2 Ore if you already
have “Steel Weapons”
• Your first “Collect” action
each turn has no action cost
• Additional “Collect”
actions cost 2 Mood tokens
City-Piece
Cost
settlement
Settler
Info
• the foundation of a city
• cannot be targeted by cultural influence
temple
Get one Mood or culture token
when built
Fortress
During the first combat roll of a battle:
• +1 die for combat roll
• cancel a “hit”
Academy
Get 2 ideas when built
Port
• city may “Build” ships
• “Fishing” advance: city may “collect”
1 Gold or 1 Mood token from a single
adjacent sea space instead of 1 Food
“Cultural Influence”:
• Success on a roll of 4+
• Success = Get 1 Culture token
Pay 2 Mood tokens to take
an extra action (once per turn)
Info
+1 die for combat. can only be built in
a sea space with a Port
ship unit
Chemistry
Currency
Cost
Forced Labor
The Scale
Each player has a Player Board. The top part is called “The Scale”
and consists of boxes with numbers ranging from 0-8. At the
beginning of the game, you place your Culture and Happiness indicators on space “0” along with each Resource token (except for
Food which starts on space “2”). When you get more resources,
you move the tokens up The Scale, and you move them down
The Scale when you spend your resources.
The Culture and Happiness indicators move up The Scale when
you buy advances with either of their color.
Important: On box 2 (II), it says “Food limit until the “Storage”
advance is aquired”. This means that until you have the “Storage”
advance you cannot have more than 2 Food. Boxes 3 (III), 5 (V)
and 7 (VII) have the word “Event!”. This means that you must
draw an Event card whenever your Culture Level or Happiness
Level reaches this number! (See Event Cards on page 13). Both
indicators will activate an event, meaning that you can potentially
draw as many as 6 Event cards during one game.
Resources and Culture/Happiness Level can never exceed 8 or go
lower than 0.
Fanaticism
Pay 1 Mood token to have
your “angry” cities act as
“neutral” this turn when
activated (“angry” cities can
still only be activated once)
Victory Points
Battle in a city with Temple:
• +2 CV on first combat roll
• Lost battle = Get a free Army
unit in one of your cities
The three advance categories with the gray background are
Government types.
All of this is explained in detail on page 7.
Player Aid
The Player Aid is used for storing Mood and Culture tokens and
contains important reference information. Once you are familiar
with the game, you can play without it and instead store your
tokens on the last space of The Scale (VIII).
Regions
The board in Clash of Cultures is made out of several regions
placed face-down. These are revealed throughout the game making a unique landscape with each play. The only regions revealed
at the beginning are each player’s starting region.
All regions are separated into four spaces — each with one terrain
type providing a specific natural resource.
FertileFood
The second part of the Player Board contains the Advances. There
are 12 Advancement categories, each with 4 advances (pages 2022 show more details on specific advances).
MountainOre
Next to each of the top four advances in the “Maritime”,
“Education”, “Warfare” and “Spirituality” categories is the name
of a specific city-piece. This indicates that the advance is required
to be able to build that piece.
5 VP per Wonder
2 VP per Objective
Any Event VP
The red text next to some advances are pre-requisites required in
order to select those advances.
Advances
Some advances and cards use the abbreviation “AAA”. This stands
for “As An Action” and means that it costs an action to do what
the text says.
1 VP per City-piece
1/2 VP per Advance
ForestWood
Fertile
Mountains
Sea Food
(Requires “Fishing”)
Barren Food
(Requires “Irrigation”)
Forest
Barren
A Starting
Region
Note: Starting regions are two sided. The difference between the two
sides is the placement of the Mountain and the Forest space. Which
side is used depends on the map setup.
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Cities
Founding Cities
Settlers can found cities as an action. For details, see page 8.
City Size
Cities can be increased to size 5 (the basic Settlement piece plus
one of each four city-pieces). The size of a city is equal to the
number of city-pieces it has. For instance a city with a Settlement,
a Temple, and a Fortress piece would be size 3.
Port* (requires the “Fishing” advance)
• City may “Build” Ships
• “Fishing” advance: City may “Collect” one
Gold or one Mood token from a single adjacent
Sea space instead of Food.
* Ports can only be built in cities adjacent to a Sea space.The Port
city-piece must be placed so that it extends into a Sea space. This
specific Sea space is the one where you place the Ships built by the city.
The size of a city affects:
•How many resources the city can “Collect”
•How many units the city can “Build”
•How strong its “Cultural Influence” is (page 10)
Size Limit
To build large cities, you need a large civilization. A city cannot
increase to a size larger than the number of cities you have. For
instance, if you have three cities, none of your cities can grow to
more than size three. However, once a city has become a certain
size, it stays that size even if you lose a number of cities.
City-Pieces
Settlement
The Settlement piece is the foundation of all
cities and marks who owns the city.
As one of your actions you can increase the size of a city. This
growth is represented by one of four different city-pieces (see
Activate City: Increase City Size page 8). Each has a unique
benefit, but also requires you to have a certain advance before
you can build it. Fortresses and Ports only grant their advantages to the city where they are built.
Fortress (requires the “Tactics” advance)
During the first combat roll of a battle:
• +1 die for combat
• Cancel one “hit”
Academy (requires the “Writing” advance)
Generate 2 Idea resources when built.
Temple (requires the “Myths” advance)
Generate 1 Mood token or 1 Culture token
when built.
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City Moods
Cities can have three different mood states: “neutral” (which is
how all cities start out), “angry” and “happy”. A “happy” city is
indicated by placing a Mood token with the yellow side up on the
settlement piece while the red side is placed face up if the city is
“angry”. Cities without Mood tokens are “neutral”.
•“Happy” cities count as being one size larger when
“Collecting” resources and “Building” units. For instance, a
“happy” size 2 city could, when activated, “Collect” 3 resources
rather than just 2.
•“Angry” cities are regarded as size 1 for the above purposes
(“Build” and “Collect”). Additionally, they cannot grow in size,
and can only be activated once per turn.
The mood of a city is increased using the “Civic Improvement”
action (see page 10).
A city’s mood can decrease in the following ways:
•Multiple Activations: If you activate a city more than once
per turn, the mood of the city is reduced by one step each time
at the end of each additional activation. Thus, if you activate a
“happy” city a second time it becomes “neutral”. If you activate
it a third time, it be comes “angry”. A reduction in mood due
to multiple activations takes place as the last thing during an
activation.
Example: Phil has a “happy” size 3 city and he activates it to
“Collect” resources. This allows him to collect 4 resources (3 for the
size of the city, and 1 for being “happy”). He then activates it again
and gets another 4 resources.
However, after getting his resources the mood of the city is now
reduced to “neutral”. Activating it a third time would give him 3 resources (3 based on the size of the city). The city would then become
“angry”. It would only provide 1 resource on further activations until
its mood is improved.
•Event cards: Natural and cultural disasters such as earthquakes, famine and civil wars can reduce the mood of cities.
•Being conquered: If a city is captured by another player the
city becomes “angry”.
•Barbarian attack: If Barbarians manage to inflict one or more
“hits” on a city, the city’s mood is reduced (see Barbarians on
page 13).
Playing the Game
A Game Round
The Game is divided into Rounds and Turns. Every Round players
have three Turns.
Whenever you get an advance in a new category, you must pick
the top advance of the category — there are no exceptions. Once you
have the top advance you can freely buy any one of the remaining
advances in the category except for advances with a pre-requisites.
Why food?
All advances cost 2 Food. This is because, historically, a
surplus of food was essential to technological and cultural
development. It meant that fewer people had to devote
all their time to produce the food needed to survive, and
could instead pursue other ways of life such as being
craftsmen, clergymen, teachers, artists, thinkers or soldiers.
During a turn, a player may perform three actions, after which
the player to his left gets to perform his actions. When each player
has had three turns, each with three actions, the round ends with
a Status Phase. After the Status Phase, the next round begins. The
Turn marker is used to keep track of rounds and turns.
A 3 player game with Adele, Bill and Chris would go like this:
Round 1
Adele’s 1st turn: 3 actions
Bill’s 1st turn: 3 actions
Chris’ 1st turn: 3 actions
Adele’s 2nd turn: 3 actions
...
Bill’s 3rd turn: 3 actions
Chris’ 3rd turn: 3 actions
Status Phase — then on to Round 2
Five of the advances have red text next to them, listing a
pre-requisite advance within the same category. An example is
“Roads” which requires you to have “Engineering” first.
Food limit until the
“Storage” advance
is acquired
Government Types
AGRICULTURE
EvEnt!
EvEnt!
The three categories
with a gray background are Government
categories.
CONSTRUCTION
MARITIME
EDUCATION
Farming
Mining
Your cities may “Collect”
Food from Fertile spaces and
Wood from Forest spaces
Your cities may “Collect”
Ore from Mountain spaces
Irrigation
• Your cities may “Collect”
Food from Barren spaces
• Ignore “Famine” events
Specific advances
are required toDraw
access
Your cities may “Collect”
1 Action + 1 Obj. Card
from one adjacent
if you have any Gov. adv. or
and buy the Food
top
advance
in
a
Government
Sea space
upon getting your first one
Engineering
• Reveal the top Wonder
category. AnCartography
example is “Draft” Public Education
which
• AAA : Activate a “non-angry”
AAA : Get 1 Culture token and
Get 1 Idea resource when
city and build a Wonder
1 Idea per region with at least
“Collecting”
from a city with
can lead to “Nationalism”
(indicated
by
one of your Ships (once per turn)
an Academy
Sanitation the
arrow
leading
there).
Once
you
have
Free Education
Warships
• When “Increasing City Size”
pay 1 Food to get a Settler
Get 1 Mood token when
Naval battles + Land battles
• Ignore “Plague”bought
and
the top
advance
of a Government
buying an advance using
where Armies
leave Ships:
“Epidemic” events
Gold, Ideas or a mix of both
Cancel 1 “hit” in 1 round
per turn)
category, youNavigation can freely buy new(once
advances
Roads Philosophy
When you “Move” a unit/
Ships may “Move” around
within
the same
category,
just
like
regular
group to/from your
city:
the board to the nearest
Get 1 Idea when you get
• Move 2 spaces (pay 1 Food)
Sea spaces in the direction
a “Science” advance and
• Ignore terrain (pay
1 Ore)
moved
upon getting this advance
advances.
Fishing Port
Writing Academy
You are no longer limited
to two Food
Pay 1 Food (0 if you have
“Roads”) to “Collect” from
Land spaces up to 2 spaces
away (once per turn)
st
(Engineering)
WARFARE
SPIR
Tactics Fortress
Myths
• You may “Move” Armies
• You may use combat
effects on Action Cards
You may
to avoid
mood du
Siegecraft
Ritual
Cancel a Fortress’s ability:
• to attack (pay 2 Wood)
• to cancel a “hit” (pay 2 Ore)
Resource
can be sp
for “Civic
a 1:1 rate
Settler/Ship within 2 spaces
of a unique foreign “nonangry” player city (max. 4)
smaller than they are (min. 1)
“Navigation” can be
bought at no Food cost
Trade routes may in part or
completely produce Gold
instead of Food
Taxation (Currency)
AAA : Pay 1 Mood token
and get 1 Gold for each city
you have (once per turn)
vs. your “happy” cities
Any advancesChemistry
that grant abilities or
effects
• AAA :
Get 3 Mood tokens
“Metallurgy” can be
• “Draft” advance: 1 Army
bought atturn
no Food cost
unit costs
2 Mood tokens
lasting the whole
cease to have
effect
Metallurgy Economic Liberty
when
removed.
• “Steel Weapons” costs
Drama & Music
• Your first “Collect” action
Civil Liberties
Monuments
Currency
1) Reveal the top Wonder
2) Pick a Wonder; only you
may build it and you do so
at no action cost
Select the Advance action to buy an advance. The standard cost
for buying an advance is 2 Food (or Ideas which can substitute
Food 1:1 when buying an advance). Place a cube on the Player
Board next to any advance you buy. If it has either a blue border
(culture) or yellow border (happiness), you move the corresponding indicator up one step on The Scale and get 1 matching token.
Priest
[Pay +2 Ore to acquire]
Your Armies do +1 “hit”
the 1st round vs. Armies
without “Steel Weapons”
Get a “Sc
without
(once pe
Draft
State R
Each “Build” units action:
A single Army unit may be
paid for with 1 Mood token
“Increase
a Temple
any Food
AUTOCRACY
THEO
Nationalism
Dogm
Get 1 Mood or Culture
token after “Building” at
least one Army or Ship
• New Te
“Theocra
• You hav
Totalitarianism
Devot
Opponents cannot boost
“Cult. Influence” range/rolls
vs. your cities with Armies
Oppone
“Cult. Infl
vs. your
Absolute Power
Conve
Pay 2 Mood tokens to take
an extra action (once per turn)
“Cultural
• Success
• Success
Forced Labor
(Chemistry)
neither Food nor Ore.
• Get 2 Ore if you already
have “Steel Weapons”
each turn has no action cost
• Additional “Collect”
actions cost 2 Mood tokens
Fanati
Pay 1 Mood token to have
your “angry” cities act as
“neutral” this turn when
activated (“angry” cities can
still only be activated once)
Battle in
• +2 CV o
• Lost bat
unit in on
Example: Adele has three “Autocracy”
advances. Later in the game, she buys the
“Voting” advance (“Democracy” category). Rather than placing a
new cube there, she simply moves her three “Autocracy” advances and
places them within the “Democracy” category (one of them obviously
placed on “Voting”).
Exchange a Mood token
into a Culture token or vice
versa (once per turn)
1 - Advance
Steel Weapons
(Cartography)
ECONOMICS
CULTURENote: You canSCIENCE
only have advances DEMOCRACY
from one
Each turn a player can perform 3 actions. Bartering
Actions can be per-Art & Sculptures
Mathematics
Voting
Government
type.
If
you
buy
an
advance
in
Exchange up to
Pay 1 Cult. token to take a
“Engineering” and “Roads”
Pay 1 Mood token to take a
formed in any order the player wishes andAAA :
multiple
3 resources
into Goldtimes
or
“Cult. Influence” action at no
can be bought at no Food
“Civic Improvement” action
a second Government
category, transfer
the
Culture tokens (or a mix)
action cost (once per turn)
cost
at no action cost
(although “Cultural Influence” may only succeed once per turn).
Separation of Power
cubes from the
old category to advances
of
Circus & Sports
Trade Routes
Astronomy
Opponents cannot boost
“Civic Improvement”: Your
The six possible actions are:
Start of turn: Get 1 Food per
and
your
choice in“Cartography”
the new
category. “Cult. Influence” range/rolls
cities are considered
one size
1 - Advance
2 - Found City
3 - Activate City (select one)
• “Build” units
• “Collect” resources
• “Increase City Size”
4 - Move Units (max. 3 units/groups)
5 - Civic Improvement
6 - Cultural Influence
EvEnt!
(Engineering)
Storage
Husbandry
Actions
Pre-requisites
Access to City-Pieces
Note how the “Fishing”, “Writing”, “Tactics” and “Myths” advances each have the name of one of the city-pieces next to them.
This means that the advance is required in order to increase the
size of a city using that city-piece. (See Activate City: Increase
City Size, page 8).
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2 - Found City
When you have a Settler on a space where you want a city,
you can spend an action to found one. Replace the Settler with a
Settlement piece. Founding multiple cities must be done through
multiple actions (and multiple Settlers).
Settlers can found cities on non-Barren Land spaces with:
•No cities
•No foreign units
3 - Activate City
You can use an action to activate a city and do one of the following in that city: “Collect” resources, “Build” units, or “Increase
City Size”.
Collect Resources
You can “Collect” a number of resources equal to the size of
the city (+1 if “happy” and only 1 if “angry”).
You can “Collect” from the space that the city is located on
and spaces adjacent to that. You can only “Collect” resources
from a given space once per activation. Thus, a size 4 city
can “Collect” 4 resources, but only 1 Ore if it only has access
to one Mountain space. The type of resource you can collect
from a space depends on the terrain type:
Fertile
Mountain
Forest
If you activate the same city a second or third time during the
same turn, your citizens react negatively and you must reduce the
city’s mood by 1 step each time (see City Moods page 6).
Food
Ore
Wood
Build Units
You can “Build” a number of units equal to the size of the
city (+1 if “happy” and only 1 if “angry”). You can “Build”
any combination of units, though Ships can only be built in
a city that has a Port.
Settler
2 Food
Sea
Food
(Requires “Fishing”)
Barren
Food
(Requires “Irrigation”)
You can never “Collect” resources from spaces:
•With another city, regardless of the owner
•With foreign units
Army
1 Food, 1 Ore
Relevant Advances
Storage (Agriculture): You are no longer limited to two Food.
Irrigation (Agriculture): • Your cities may “Collect” Food from
Barren spaces • Ignore “Famine” Events
Ship
2 Wood
New Land units are placed in the city while Ships are placed
in the Sea space of the Port. If there is an enemy Ship there,
a Naval battle occurs immediately.
Husbandry (Agriculture): Pay 1 Food (0 if “Roads”) to
“Collect” from Land spaces up to 2 spaces away (once per turn).
Army Stacking Limit
Economic Liberty (Democracy):
• Your first “Collect” action each turn has no action cost
• Further “Collect” actions cost 2 Mood tokens
You may never have more than 4 Army units in the same
space (Army units on Ships don’t count). Ships and Settlers
have no stacking limits.
Increase City Size
To increase the size of a city, you must pay 1 Food, 1 Ore and
1 Wood. Select the city-piece you wish to represent the city’s
growth and add it to the city. Each city-piece has a special
ability, and requires a specific advance in order to add it to
your city (see Cities page 6)
Relevant Advance
Sanitation (Construction)
• When “Increasing City Size” pay 1 Food to get a Settler
• Ignore the “Plague” and “Epidemic” events
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Fishing (Maritime): Your cities may “Collect” Food from one
adjacent Sea space.
Limits
There are limitations to which cities can grow in size:
•“Angry” cities cannot increase in size.
• A city can’t grow to a size larger than the total number of
cities you have.
•Cities can only have one of each type of city-piece.
State Religion (Spirituality)
“Increase City Size” with a Temple without paying any Food
(once per turn).
4 - Move Units
The “Move” action allows you to move up to three units or
groups of units. A group is defined as a number of units moving
from the same space to the same space (at the same time). You
move units/groups in any order you wish. Units in the same space
do not have to move to the same destination (or at the same time),
but are regarded as two (or more) different groups if they don’t. A
battle occurs if your units move into a space with enemy units or
cities. Battles are resolved as they occur and must be completed
before moving further units/groups (see Combat page 12).
Land units are moved one Land space per “Move” action, while
Ships can move between any connected Sea spaces (see Ship
Movement below).
The “Navigation” Advance
Once you have the “Navigation” advance, your Ships can move
around the board from one group of Sea spaces to the first available Sea space or group of Sea spaces in the sailed direction.
Note that you cannot move past unrevealed regions, but you can
move into them as a method of exploring. See Exploring with
Ships on page 19.
Example: The player with the red Ship has the “Navigation”
advance. He can move counter clockwise to any of the Sea spaces
to the north or move clockwise into the unexplored region (but
not past it).
Important: You may not move your Army units until you have
the “Tactics” advance (but you can still “Build” Armies and fight
if attacked).
Army Stacking Limit
You may never have more than 4 Army units in the same
Land space (Army units on Ships do not have a stacking
limit but are limited to two per Ship).
Land Movement
Each unit or group may be moved one space per “Move” action.
However, you can move many spaces during a turn by selecting
the “Move” action several times, although there are a few limits:
•Battles: Units that have participated in a battle (including
capturing a city) cannot be moved again the same turn.
•Mountains: Units that move into a Mountain space cannot be
moved again the same turn.
•Forests: Units that move into a Forest space can be moved
again, unless this move results in a battle.
Settlers
Settlers cannot move into the same space as foreign units or cities
unless they are part of an Army.
Relevant Advances
Tactics (Warfare):
• You may “Move” Armies
• You may use combat effects on Action cards
Roads (Engineering):
When you “Move” a unit/group to/from your city
• Move 2 spaces (pay 1 Food)
• Ignore terrain (pay 1 Ore)
Ship Movement
Rather than moving one space at a time, Ships can move between
any connected Sea spaces. For instance, if the Ship is on one of
6 connected Sea spaces, it can move to any of the other connected
spaces with a single “Move” action. You must still trace the route
you are sailing as you are forced to stop and battle if you move
into a Sea space with a foreign Ship. Ships that battle other Ships
cannot be moved again during the same turn.
Cannot use
“Navigation” to
move past unexplored regions
Transporting Units
Every Ship may transport two Land units. Instead of moving on
Land, you may move Land units onto a Ship in an adjacent Sea space,
or, if they are already on a Ship, have them disembark to an adjacent
Land space. You may also during the same “Move” action move both
Land units and Ships, as long as you move no more than three
units/groups, and that each unit/group only moves once per action.
Example: Bill wants to move an Army onto a Ship, move the Ship,
and then have the Army disembark.
1st “Move” action: He moves the Army onto the Ship in an adjacent
Sea space. Then he moves the Ship (with the Army) to its destination.
Having only moved two units/groups (the Army and the Ship), he
could still move a third unit/group somewhere else on the board.
2nd “Move” action: Since the Army has already moved once to enter the
Ship, a second “Move” action is required to have the Army leave the Ship.
After the Army disembarks, Bill could still move two more units/groups
(including the Ship which he could send back to pick up more men).
Land units may still leave or enter Ships that have participated in
a battle. Of course, Land units that have participated in a battle
may not move onto Ships.
Rule Explanation Tip: Consider holding back the details of Ship
movement until parts of the board with Sea spaces are revealed.
Simply state that Ships are part of the game and that they can
transport two Land units. Mention that they can move along any
connected Sea spaces and with “Navigation” they can move around
the board. Then, when enough of the board has been revealed, you
can show in more detail how Ships move.
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5 - Civic Improvement
rule summary
•Increase the mood of a city one step by paying a number
of Mood tokens equal to the city’s size.
•As long as you have enough Mood tokens you may,
during one action, increase the mood of as many cities as
you want, by as many steps as you want.
The “Civic Improvement” action allows you to increase the mood
of cities. When you select this action you can increase the mood
of one or more cities, by as many steps you want, as long as you
have enough Mood tokens.
To increase the mood of a city by one step you must pay a
number of Mood tokens equal to the size of the city. If you pay
enough Mood tokens, you can increase the mood of the city by
two steps (i.e. from “angry” to “happy”).
Example: A size 2 city is “angry”. To increase its mood to “neutral”
would require 2 Mood tokens. To make it “happy” directly from
an “angry” state would cost a total of 4 Mood tokens (2 to make it
“neutral” and 2 more to make it “happy”). This could be done in one
action.
Relevant Advances
Voting (Democracy): Pay 1 Mood token to take a “Civic
Improvement” action at no action cost.
Rituals (Spirituality): Resources (excluding Ideas) can be used as
Mood tokens for “Civic Improvement” at a 1:1 rate.
Circus & Sports (Culture): “Civic Improvement”: Your cities are
considered one size smaller than than they are (minimum size 1).
6 - Cultural Influence
rule summary
1. Target a city (at least size 2) within range of one of your
cities (range = your city’s size).
2. Roll a die — success on a 5 or 6
3. If successful: Exchange a city-piece in the target city with
a matching city-piece in your color
Boosting your Cultural Influence:
•Add +1 range for every Culture token you spend.
•Add +1 to the result you rolled for each Culture token
you spend after rolling.
Use one of your cities to exert “Cultural Influence” over another
city. The target city must be at least size 2 and within range of
your city. A city’s Cultural Influence range is equal to its size
(actual size — not modified by mood). For instance, a size 4 city
can influence cities up to 4 spaces away.
Declare a target city and roll a die. A roll of 5 or 6 is a success:
•Success: Exchange one of the city’s non-Settlement city-pieces
into your color — effectively gaining a VP at the expense of
the city’s owner (or another player who had the piece under his
influence).
It does not matter which city-piece you exchange, as it only affects
scoring. To the owner of the city, the piece itself still functions as
normal in all respects, unless specifically stated otherwise (e.g. on an
Objective card).
Boosting your Cultural Influence
Your Cultural Influence attempts can be boosted by spending
Culture tokens.
•Increase range: +1 space per Culture token spent.
•Add to die result: +1 per Culture token spent (may be spent
after rolling).
Example: You have a size 3 city within 4 spaces of a foreign city.
The target city is a size 2 city, and may therefore be targeted.
However, to be able to “reach” the city with “Cultural Influence”
you must pay 1 Culture token to extend your city’s “Cultural
Influence” range by 1 (since your city is size 3). You then roll a die
and roll a 3 (5 or 6 needed). By spending 2 additional Culture
tokens, you add +2 to your result, giving you a total of 5— a success! You now exchange one of the city-pieces in the target city into
a matching city-piece of your color.
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What is Cultural Influence?
Cultural Influence is a representation of how a culture’s
customs, language, philosophy, religion, clothing, and
architectural styles can spread to neighboring cultures,
and be detected only centuries later.
Status Phase
After three Turns, the Round ends with a Status Phase. There are
5 stages in the Status Phase. All players (in turn order, beginning with the current starting player) complete the first stage
(Completed Objectives?), before moving on to the second stage,
and so on.
1. Completed Objectives?
Game ends here after 6th Round or if one player has no cities.
2. Receive a Free Advance
3. Draw cards (1 Action card + 1 Objective card)
4. Raze size 1 city?
5. Determine First Player
Completed Objectives?
Note:
•Only one success: You can only make one successful “Cultural
Influence” action per turn (but if you wish, you may use
several actions to get that one success).
•A city under “Cultural Influence” (meaning a city with a
foreign piece) may not be used to make a “Cultural Influence”
attempt.
•You may target your own cities to remove foreign “Cultural
Influence”.
•“Cultural Influence” may cross Sea spaces, but not unrevealed
regions.
Relevant Advances
Art & Sculptures (Culture): Pay 1 Culture token to take a “Cultural
Influence” action at no action cost (once per turn)
Separation of Power (Democracy): Opponents cannot boost
“Cultural Influence” range/rolls vs. your “happy” cities
Totalitarianism (Autocracy): Opponents cannot boost “Cultural
Influence” range/rolls vs. your cities with Armies
Devotion (Theocracy): Opponents cannot boost “Cultural Influence”
range/rolls vs. your cities with Temples
Conversion (Theocracy): “Cultural Influence”:
• Success on a roll of 4+
• Success = Get 1 Culture token
Players declare if they have completed any objectives. Completed
objectives are placed in front of the player. While there is no limit
to how many Objective cards can be fulfilled, only one of a card’s
two objectives can be completed. After the 6th Round or if a player
has no cities, the game ends after this step of the Status Phase.
Receive a Free Advance
Each player receives one free advance. As always, if the new
advance results in an Event, then resolve it immediately. Note that
Action cards meant to be played upon getting an advance may
also be used at this point (but after an Event, if any).
Draw cards
All players draw one Action card and one Objective card.
There is no hand size limit to how many cards you may have.
Raze Size 1 City
Players may raze one of their size 1 cities. This means removing it
from the board, and getting a 1 Gold compensation.
This can make sense if a city is blocking a larger city’s access to
resources or if the player does not expect to be able to defend it
militarily or has no desire to do so.
Determine First Player
The player with the highest combined Culture and Happiness
Levels may decide who shall be the starting player in the following
round (if tied, the first tied player to the left of the current first
player gets to decide). If no one has a combined total larger than
the current first player, the turn order remains the same.
Status Phase Tip: Try keep the pace and be systematic about getting
through the Status Phase. Remind players to consider which Objective
cards they have completed and how, what free advance to get prior to
their turn, etc.
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Combat
Land Combat
Battles typically occur during a “Move” action when an Army
moves into a space with one or more foreign units or a foreign
city (an Army is any number of Army units in the same space).
Battles are resolved as they occur during movement.
Combat Roll and Combat Value
Battles are resolved through combat rounds. Each round, players
make a combat roll by rolling an amount of dice equal to the
number of Army units they have in the battle. The sum of that
roll is called the Combat Value (CV). Divide the CV by 5 to
get the number of “hits” inflicted (rounded down). For instance,
rolling 19 would cause 3 hits. Both players remove one Army unit
per “hit” they receive. If one side loses all his units, he has lost
the battle. If both sides lose all their units, combat ends with no
winner or loser. If both sides still have units, a new combat round
takes place unless the attacker chooses to cease the attack.
Ceasing to Attack
The attacker may cease the attack after each combat round. If the
attacker chooses to do so, combat ends and the attacking units return to where they came from. All units in the battle must retreat
from the battle together.
Action cards - Combat effects
Players with the “Tactics” (Warfare) advance may play one Action
card each round for its combat effect. The attacker declares first if
he wishes to play a card, after which the defender does the same.
A Combat card only affects the combat round it is played.
Each combat effect has a title and one or more of the following:
Army, Fortress or Ship. This indicates which type of unit (or
Fortress) that can benefit from the card.
For instance, if it says (Army/Fortress), it means you must have
either an Army and/or a Fortress to use the card.
Capturing Cities
A city is captured if your Army units are alone in a foreign city:
1. Exchange the owner’s city-pieces with matching pieces in your
color. City-pieces under “Cultural Influence” by other players are
not replaced!
2. If the city was “happy” or “neutral” when attacked:
• Spoils of War: You receive X Gold where X is equal to the
size of the city.
• Refugees: Previous owner gets a Settler in a city of his choice.
(If he has no cities left, he gets no Settler.)
3. The city becomes “angry”.
Rare circumstantial rules when capturing cities
•If you do not have the pre-requisite advance for a city-piece
in a captured city, then you cannot use that city-piece’s special
power, nor does it count toward the completion of objectives
that require these city-pieces. They do, however, still count
toward city-size and VP at the end of the game.
•If you capture a city containing city-pieces that you have run
out of (i.e. have all 7 on the board) then these are removed
from the captured city. If it is the Settlement city-piece you
are missing, then the entire city is removed. Every city-piece
removed in this manner gives you a 1 Gold compensation.
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Combat Sequence
1. Play Action card? Attacker decides first, then defender.
2. Action card effects? Carry out the effects of Action cards
if they take place prior to the combat roll.
3. Combat Roll: Both players roll a number of dice equal
to the number of units they have. Each player adds up
his dice to find his CV (Combat Value). Divide this total
by 5 to find the number of “hits” inflicted.
4. Remove Casualties
5. End of Battle? If both players have units left, the attacker
decides if he wishes to continue attacking. If he does,
then repeat this sequence.
Settlers in Combat
Settlers cannot fight. If Settlers end up in a space alone with a foreign Army unit, a battle occurs in which any Settlers are defeated
automatically (no cards are played or dice rolled). Settlers together
with friendly Armies are eliminated if the Army is eliminated.
Likewise a Settler moving with an Army also moves back to where
it came from if the Army ceases to attack.
Relevant Advances
Tactics (Warfare):
• You may “Move” Armies
• You may use the combat effects on Action cards
Siegecraft (Warfare): Cancel a Fortress’ ability:
• to attack (pay 2 Wood)
• to cancel a “hit” (pay 2 Ore)
Steel Weapons (Warfare): [Pay +2 Ore to acquire] Your Armies do
+1 “hit” the first combat roll vs. Armies without “Steel Weapons”.
Fanaticism (Theocracy): Battles in cities with Temples=
• +2 CV on the first combat roll
• Lost battle= Get a free Army unit in one of your cities
Naval Combat
A Naval battle occurs if you “Move” or “Build” Ships into a Sea
space with an enemy Ship. Combat is handled as above and Ships
may also cease to attack and move back to the space from which
they started their movement.
Land units transported by Ships play no role during Naval combat. However, when a Ship takes a hit and is eliminated, any Land
units on the Ship are also eliminated.
While a Ship cannot be moved again after it has been in a battle,
units on board may still enter or leave the Ships during a “Move”
action. If the units disembark onto a space containing enemy
units, a Land battle occurs (as per normal rules).
Advances relevant to Naval Combat
Warships (Maritime): Naval battles + Land battles where your
Armies leave Ships: Cancel 1 “hit” in first round
Further Game Concepts
Event Cards
Event cards present events that can affect a civilization and captivate historians and storytellers alike. When your Culture Level
or Happiness Level reaches 3, 5 or 7, you draw an Event card and
resolve it immediately. Most Event cards only affect the player who
draws it, but some also affect other players. If an Event card forces
all players to do something, then this is done in Turn Order, starting with the first player.
Event Icons
Some Event cards feature a little icon in the top right corner.
These are special effects which are resolved just after drawing the
card. Note that Event card icons are always and only resolved
when the card is drawn, even if the main effect of the card does
not occur until later in the game (such as the “Great Scientist”
Event card). Event icons only affect the player who drew the card.
Gold Mine!
Receive 2 Gold immediately.
Exhausted!
Place an Exhausted Resource token on an
empty (no units/cities), non-Barren Land
space adjacent to one of your cities.
Victory Points
for a destroyed city?
Some Event cards such as “Earthquake” and “Volcano” can
destroy cities. Players get VP when this occurs. While this
may seem strange at first, it serves both a balancing and
thematic purpose. Imagine how such a cataclysmic event will
be discussed by historians, researched by archeologists and
continually capture the imagination of countless generations.
Barbarians
Barbarians are small independent cities that limit your movement,
your access to resources, and can potentially attack you.
Barbarians can enter the game in two ways.
•Event cards: As explained to the left and,
•Exploration: When exploring (see page 16), if you reveal a
region with a Barbarian icon in the middle (all regions with
two or more Fertile spaces have this icon, circled in red
below), place a Barbarian settlement and a Barbarian unit on
one of the Fertile spaces of that region — exploring player’s
choice (although never the space that the Settler entered).
No resources may be “Collected” from that
space, and no cities may be founded there
(including Barbarians).
The “Irrigation” advance has no effect on a
space with this token.
Barbarians
Spawn
Barbarian
Attack
Do the following in this order:
1. Place a Barbarian settlement and a
Barbarian together on an empty (no units/
cities), non-Barren Land space within
2 spaces of one of your cities.
2. Place a Barbarian unit in a Barbarian
settlement of your choice (including the
new settlement).
1. Find the Barbarian settlements within
2 spaces of your cities, even accross Sea
spaces (no crossing unrevealed regions).
2. Of these, the settlement with the most
Barbarians attacks the closest of your
cities.
If tied for size or range, then you decide which of the tied settlements attacks which of your tied cities.
Barbarians Attack!
Barbarians mostly attack due to Event cards, but can also attack
through the “Mercenaries” Action card. A barbarian attack follows
normal combat rules except:
•The battle lasts only 1 combat round.
•“Hits” are applied to units in the city if any (Settlers or
Armies—target’s choice). Once there are no more units to
absorb hits, each hit reduces the size of the city by one step
(by removing a city-piece). If reduced below size 1, the city is
destroyed. (A Fortress still cancels a hit/attacks the first round.)
•If the city is reduced by one or more sizes, it becomes “angry”.
•Any surviving Barbarians end up in their settlement after the
first round of combat.
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Attacking a Barbarian Settlement
If you move your units into a Barbarian settlement, combat
begins. Combat against Barbarians is resolved like regular combat.
One of the other players rolls the dice for the Barbarians, but
cannot play Action cards for them.
If you move Army units into an undefended Barbarian settlement
or defeat all the opposition, you capture that settlement.
Capturing a Barbarian Settlement
If you capture a Barbarian settlement, you earn 1 Gold for every
Barbarian defeated in the battle. Then either:
1. Keep the city (change it into your color) and make it “angry”,
or
2. Raze the city (remove it from the board) and earn an
additional 1 Gold.
Objective Cards
Each player starts the game
with one Objective card and
receives further objectives
during the Status Phase.
Objective cards are kept hidden from the other players.
All Objective cards have two
objectives on them. The top
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development, while the bottom objective is more oriented
towards military goals. Only
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are not enforced by the game. Only the players’ conscience and
goals determine the validity of such agreements.
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any way unless stated on the specific Wonder card. A city can only
have one Wonder.
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During your turn, you may trade with other players. You may
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Wonders
Some objectives are completed during the first step of the Status Phase, while others are
completed immediately after some specific criteria are fulfilled.
Multiples of the same objective (objectives with the same name)
can never be completed at the same time with the same trigger. So capturing one city would not allow you to complete two
“Conqueror” objectives, but capturing two different cities would.
You may, however, still complete two differently names objectives
by capturing a single city, provided you fulfill the criteria on both.
Action cards give you extra
options or actions to perform
and are hidden from the
other players. You start the
game with one Action card
and get new ones mainly during the Status Phase.
If you have the “Tactics” (Warfare) advance, you may play Action
cards for their combat effect. Combat effect can be found on the
lower half of the Action cards. See Combat on page 12.
WONDER
Great Gardens
Requirements:
•Engineering•Irrigation
Power:
•AfterusingthecitywiththisWonder
to “Collect”, get 1 Food.
•AAA: Pay 1 Mood token to increase
the mood of one of your cities by one
step.
WONDER
Great Library
Requirements:
•Engineering•Philosophy
Power:
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this Wonder.
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your left, on his turn, gets at least one
advance that you do not have.
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•Youmay“Move”aShipafteractivating
the city with this Wonder.
WONDER
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Requirements:
•Engineering•Priesthood
Power:
•Attackingplayersmustpay1Moodor
Culture token for each of their Army units
that attacks the city with this Wonder.
•Whenyou“IncreaseCitySize”with
Temples, your cities do not activate.
Great Gardens - 5VP
Requirements:
• Engineering • Irrigation
Power:
• After using the city with this Wonder to
“Collect”, get 1 Food.
• AAA: Pay 1 Mood token to increase the
mood of one of your cities by one step.
Great Library - 5VP
Requirements:
• Engineering • Philosophy
Power:
• Get 2 Idea resources when building this
Wonder.
• Get 1 Idea resource when the player to your
left, on his turn, gets at least one advance
that you do not have.
Great Lighthouse - 5VP
Requirements:
• Must be built in a city with a Port
• Engineering • Cartography
Power:
• Get a free Ship after building this Wonder
(in the city where it is built).
• You may “Move” a Ship after activating the
city with this Wonder.
WONDER
Great Pyramids
Requirements:
•Engineering•Rituals
Power:
•ByowningthisWonder,youwinany
ties for VP at the end of the game.
•WhenthisWonderisbuilt,itscity
may make two “Cultural Influence”
attempts at no further action cost.
WONDER
Great Statue
Requirements:
•Engineering•Monuments
Power:
•ThisWonderadds+1tothecity’s
“Cultural Influence” range.
•ThecitywiththisWonder,alongwith
all of your cities within 2 spaces of it,
cannot be the target of foreign
“Cultural Influence”.
WONDER
Great Wall
Requirements:
•Engineering•Siegecraft
Power:
•Barbarianscannotattackanyofyour
cities.
•Playerscannotattackyourcitieswith
Fortresses unless they have “Siegecraft”
(but do not have to pay to use
its power).
Great Pyramids - 5VP
Requirements:
• Engineering • Rituals
Power:
• By owning this Wonder, you win any ties for
VP at the end of the game.
• When this Wonder is built, its city may make two “Cultural Influence” attempts at
no further action cost.
Great Statue - 5VP
Requirements:
• Engineering • Monuments
Power:
• This Wonder adds +1 to the city’s “Cultural
Influence” range.
• The city with this Wonder, along with all of
your cities within 2 spaces of it, cannot be
the target of foreign “Cultural Influence”.
Great Wall - 5VP
Requirements:
• Engineering • Siegecraft
Power:
• Barbarians cannot attack any of your cities.
• Players cannot attack your cities with
Fortresses unless they have “Siegecraft” (but
they do not have to pay to use its power).
Great Mausoleum - 5VP
Requirements:
• Engineering • Priesthood
Power:
• Attacking players must pay 1 Mood or
Culture token for each of their Army units
that attacks the city with this Wonder.
• When you “Increase City Size” with
Temples, your cities do not activate.
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Exploration
At the start of the game, only the starting tiles are revealed. You
reveal the other regions by moving units into them. While both
Armies and Settlers can be used to explore a region, only a Settler
can “Found” a city. Ships too can explore unrevealed regions, but
with slightly different rules. See page 19.
Exploring with Land units
Regions are revealed as you move your units into them. It does
not matter how you flip over a region once you explore it, as it is
placed in accordance with three rules. The only important thing
is which space the unit moved into. This is important because
the region must be rotated so that the space which the unit was
moved into is not a Sea space. Place the region in accordance to
the following rules:
1
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This is what your immediate surrounding could look
like at the start of a game. On the next few pages regions will be revealed and it will be explained how the
revealed region should be placed. The cloudy regions
are unexplored. The tile that is relevant to the example
is the one with the red border.
1. The space which was moved into may not be a Sea space.
2. The region must be placed so that a Sea space is placed adjacent to another Sea space (unless this conflicts with rule 1).
3. If Sea spaces cannot be placed adjacent to other Sea spaces, and
the region is on the edge of the board, place the region so that
a Sea space, if any, touches the edge of the board.
If after following these rules there remains two ways to rotate the
region, you may rotate it as you see fit, as long as you maintain
the general outline of the map (as dictated by the board setup
found on page 3).
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Barbarians!
Remember to add a Barbarian settlement and
a Barbarian unit whenever a revealed region
has a Barbarian icon in the middle (every
region with two or more Fertile spaces has this
icon). See Barbarians on page 13.
2
Moving from the starting region we reveal the first region. The only possible way to place this region would
be as shown to the right, since rotating it differently
would leave the Sea space at the bottom where the unit
just entered. This is in violation of the first rule. The
Land unit may not move into a Sea space.
In this case, the Settler could not be moved again this
turn since it has moved onto a Mountain space. The
Settler could however found a city if the player desired.
3
A few turns later, the Settler is now on the Fertile space
of the previously revealed region, and is moved into a
new region.
4
Later, a new Settler moves from the original Settlement
towards the region to the left. This region could be
turned either way. No matter how it is placed, the
Settler does not walk into a Sea space.
This region must be placed as shown to the right, since
as long as it does not violate the first rule, a region
with a Sea space must be placed so the Sea space
connects with adjacent Sea spaces if possible.
As there are no Sea spaces to connect to, the only rule
left is that the Sea space must then touch the edge of
the map, which it will regardless of how it is rotated.
In this case, the player may decide how to rotate the
region.
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5
Here, only one option is available. If the region was
rotated like below, the unit would have walked into a
Sea space.
6
Here, the only rule that applies is that the Sea space
must touch the edge of the map. So the only option is
to place it as shown to the right.
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Here is what this small map would look like.
If the Settlers had entered from other regions, or into
other spaces, the map could have been very different,
even with the exact same initial placement of these
regions.
In summary, it is important to note which space a unit
moves into. Then, simply reveal the region and apply
the three rules.
1. A Land unit may not move into a Sea space.
2. Connect Sea spaces if it does not violate rule #1.
3. Place Sea spaces so they touch the edge of the map
if possible, and rules #1 and #2 aren’t violated.
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Exploring with Ships
Ships may also be used to explore unrevealed regions. Unlike land exploration, it does not matter what space you move a Ship into.
Simply reveal a region that a Ship can reach. If possible, place the region so that its Sea spaces can be reached by the Ship without
entering any other regions. If that is not possible (for instance, if the region has no Sea spaces), then place it in accordance with the
normal rules for region placement, and move the Ship back to the Sea space it started from. The same rules apply when you use the
“Navigation” advance to move around the edge of the board.
1
This region could be placed in
two ways, since its Sea spaces
would connect regardless of
how you placed it.
The Ship is then placed on the
newly revealed region on any of
the two Sea spaces (since Ships
can move between all connected
Sea spaces).
Further exploration with this
Ship would require a new
“Move” action.
2
On his next “Move” action, the
player moves the Ship to the
adjacent region.
This region has no Sea space.
The player then decides how he
wishes to place the region, and
moves the Ship back to the Sea
space it came from.
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Advances Details
AGRICULTURE
Irrigation
• You may “Collect” Food from Barren spaces
• Ignore “Famine” Event cards
You can “Collect” Food from Barren spaces. However, for all
other intents and purposes, these spaces continue to be Barren (no
Founding cities, no placement of Barbarians, etc.)
Husbandry
(paying 1 Food) and 1 Settler and 2 Armies together two spaces
in another direction (paying another Food). In addition to paying 1 Food, 1 Ore must also be paid since this group moves across a
Mountain space and ends in a Forest space. By paying 1 Ore, none of
the penalties from either terrain type apply to this group for this move.
The unit could therfore both move again and battle as part of a new
“Move” action.
You cannot explore unrevealed regions using “Roads”, nor can
you move across Sea spaces. You may attack cities using roads, but
roads cannot be used to let you move units that have been part of
a battle.
Pay 1 Food (0 if you have “Roads”) to “Collect” from Land spaces up
to 2 spaces away (once per turn).
By paying 1 Food you may “Collect” resources from Land spaces
up to 2 spaces away from the city you are “Collecting” with (if
you have the “Roads” advance there is no Food cost). The 1 Food
must be paid prior to taking the “Collect” action — i.e. you pay
the Food cost first, and then you use this ability to “Collect” resources. This advance is good for giving you more flexibility when
collecting resources if you have limited access to a resource.
MARITIME
Cartography
AAA: Get 1 Culture token and 1 Idea for every region with at least
one of your Ships (once per turn).
As an action you can get 1 Culture token and 1 Idea for each
region containing at least one of your Ships.
CONSTRUCTION
3
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Engineering
• Reveal the top Wonder
• AAA: Activate a “non-angry” city and build a Wonder
When you get this advance, you reveal the top Wonder of the
Wonder deck and place it on the table. Furthermore, you use this
advance to build Wonders. Activate a “non-angry” city (with no
Wonder already) to build any revealed Wonder (except a Wonder
claimed by a player using the “Monuments” advance). See
Wonders page 14.
Sanitation
• When “Increasing City Size” pay 1 Food to get a Settler
• Ignore “Plague” and “Epidemic” Event cards
When you increase the size of a city you may at the same time
place a Settler there (by paying the 1 Food). Secondly, you can
ignore the effects from the “Plague” and “Epidemic” Event cards.
Note that the region with two Ships (with the red bordder) still
only generates 1 Idea and 1 Culture token.
Warships
Roads
Naval battles + Land battles where your Armies leave Ships:
Cancel 1 “hit” on 1st combat round
When you “Move” a unit/group to/from your city:
• Move 2 spaces (pay 1 Food)
• Ignore terrain (pay 1 Ore)
Cancel a “hit” on the first combat roll in Naval battles and in
Land battles where your Armies move directly from your Ships
into a battle on an adjacent space.
When moving Land units to or from your cities, you may pay
resources to let them move 2 spaces (costs 1 Food) and/or ignore
terrain movement penalties (costs 1 Ore). You pay for each group
(or a single unit) that takes advantage of the powers.
Navigation
Example:
You have two Settlers and two Armies in the same city. You take the
“Move” action and move 1 Settler two spaces in one direction
For a visual example of Ship movement done with Navigation, see
page 9 under The “Navigation” Advance.
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Ships may “Move” around the board to the nearest Sea spaces in the
direction moved.
EDUCATION
SPIRITUALITY
Writing
Myths
Draw 1 Action card and 1 Objective card if you have any
Government advance or upon getting your first Government advance.
You may pay 1 Mood token to avoid reducing a city’s mood due to an
Event card.
This advance allows you to draw one Action card and one
Objective card either when getting your first Government advance
or if you already have any Government advances when you get
“Writing”.
Get 1 Idea when you get a “Science” advance and upon getting this
advance.
Some Event cards force you to reduce the mood of one or more
cities (such as the “Famine”, “Flood” and “Earthquake” Event
cards). With the “Myths” advance, you may pay 1 Mood token
to avoid reducing its mood (or several Mood tokens if you wish
to avoid reducing the mood of several cities). This advance affects
both Event cards that ask you to reduce mood by one step, and
those cards that reduce mood directly to “angry” (1 Mood token
per city too).
This advance allows you to get 1 Idea when you get the
“Philosophy” advance and when you get any “Science” advances.
Note that you do not receive Ideas for previously acquired
“Science” advances.
The power only works on Event cards that directly prompt you to
reduce mood. For instance it does not work on cards that make
the Barbarians attack and as a consequence have you reduce the
mood due to that attack.
Philosophy
Rituals
WARFARE
Siegecraft
Cancel a Fortress’ s ability:
• to attack (pay 2 wood)
• to cancel a hit (pay 2 Ore)
Upon attacking a city with a Fortress, you declare if you wish to
use the “Siegecraft” advance. This takes place prior to any cards or
rolling of dice. If you wish to use the advance, you pay 2 Wood
to cancel the Fortress’ ability to attack and/or 2 Ore to cancel its
ability to cancel a hit.
Steel Weapons
Resources (excluding Ideas) can be spent as Mood tokens for “Civic
Improvement” at a 1:1 rate.
When you perform the “Civic Improvement” action you may
spend any resources (except for Ideas) as a substitute for Mood
tokens. This is done at a 1:1 ratio.
For instance, if you have a size 3 city, you can increase its mood
with either 3 Mood tokens, or spend 1-3 resources instead of
Mood tokens. Thus, you could pay with 1 Mood token, 1 Food
and 1 Wood resource.
ECONOMICS
[Pay +2 Ore to acquire]
Your Armies do +1 “hit” during the first round vs. Armies without
“Steel Weapons”.
Trade Routes
You inflict an additional “hit” against an enemy without the
“Steel Weapons” advance. This includes Barbarians! After rolling
your combat roll and calculating your “hits”, simply add another
hit. This advance does not affect rolls made prior to combat (due
to Combat cards) or Naval battles.
At the beginning of a turn you earn 1 Food for every “non-angry”
foreign player city you can pair with a Settler or Ship within
2 spaces (without counting through unrevealed regions).
To get this advance, you must pay an additional 2 Ore (or Gold
as per normal rules). The only exception to this is if you have
the “Metallurgy” advance (see page 22). Action cards, Event
cards and the free advance in Status Phase still require you to
pay the 2 Ore if you select “Steel Weapons” (without having
“Metallurgy”).
Draft
Each “Build” unit action: A single Army may be paid for with
1 Mood token.
When “Building” Army units, you may spend 1 Mood token to
pay for 1 Army unit. You can do this in addition to buying other
units using resources, or you can use “Draft” to buy only that
one Army unit using the Mood token. You cannot buy multiple
Army units with multiple Mood tokens during the same “Build”
action—only one.
Start of turn: Get 1 Food per Settler/Ship within 2 spaces of a unique
foreign “non-angry” player city (maximum of 4).
Each Settler or Ship can only be paired with one
foreign city. Likewise, each foreign city
must be paired with a different Settler
or Ship. In other words, to get 3
Food you must have at
least 3 units (Settlers
or Ships), each paired
with 3 different player
cities. You are limited
to a maximum of 4
trade routes.
A
A
B
C
B
C
This illustration shows red Ships and
Settlers paired with blue Settlements (A
with A, B with B, C with C). Note that it is fine
that one of the Settlers is on a Ship and that the Settler to
the far left has no (unpaired) Settlement within 2 spaces that it
can pair up with.
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Taxation
Economic Liberty
AAA: Pay 1 Mood token and get 1 Gold for each city you have (once
per turn).
• Your first “Collect” action each turn has no action cost
• Further “Collect” actions cost 2 Mood tokens
As an action you can spend a Mood token to get a number of
Gold equal to the amount of cities you have. You can do this once
per turn, and none of the cities activate.
After getting this advance, your first “Collect” action each turn
does not use one of your 3 actions. However, if you wish to
“Collect” more than once in a turn, then you must pay 2 Mood
tokens for each subsequent “Collect” action. It does not matter if
you use different cities to collect resources.
CULTURE
If you buy the advance during a turn where you have already
spent a “Collect” action, its power (and penalty) does not take
effect until your next turn.
Circus & Sports
“Civic Improvement”: Your cities are considered one size smaller than
than they are (minimum size 1).
Example: A size 3 city would normally require 3 Mood tokens to
increase its mood by one step. With “Circus & Sports”, this cost is
reduced to 2. The minimum size a city can be regarded as is size 1.
AUTOCRACY
Forced Labor
Monuments
1) Reveal the top Wonder. 2) Pick a Wonder: only you may build
it and you do so at no action cost.
When you get the “Monuments” advance, you first reveal a
Wonder. Then you choose one of the available Wonders and place
it by your Player Board. Until the end of the game, only you may
build this Wonder and you do not need an action to do so.
Pay 1 Mood token to have your “angry“ cities act as “neutral“ this
turn when activated (“angry” cities can still only be activated once).
You may pay 1 Mood token to have all your “angry” cities act as
“neutral” when activated. By doing so you can “Collect” resources,
“Build” units, and “Increase City Size” as if the city is “neutral”.
You can even build Wonders there.
THEOCRACY
Drama & Music
Exchange a Mood token for a Culture token or vice versa (once per turn).
At any point during your turn (not Status Phase), you may exchange a Mood token into a Culture token or vice versa. You may
do this once every turn.
SCIENCE
Dogma
• New Temple= Get a free “Theocracy” advance
• 2 Idea resource limit
Whenever you get a new Temple (either by using “Increasing
City Size” or through playing of cards), you immediately get a
“Theocracy” advance for free. You are, however, limited to 2 Idea
resources. If you have more than 2 Idea resources when getting
the “Dogma” advance, you must immediately discard down to 2.
Metallurgy
“Steel Weapons” costs neither Food nor Ore. Get 2 Ore if you already
have “Steel Weapons”.
You can get the “Steel Weapons” advance at no resource cost. This
means that you do not have to pay the 2 Food normally required
to buy an advance or the extra 2 Ore that “Steel Weapons”
requires.
If you already have “Steel Weapons” when acquiring “Metallurgy”
then you receive 2 Ore.
Conversion
“Cultural Influence”:
• Success on a roll of 4+
• Success = Get 1 Culture token
You now roll “Cultural Influence” successes on 4s, 5s, and 6s.
Additionally, any successful “Cultural Influence” attempt gives
you one Culture token.
Fanaticism
DEMOCRACY
Civil Liberties
• AAA: Get 3 Mood tokens
• “Draft“ advance: 1 Army unit costs 2 Mood tokens
As an action you can generate 3 Mood tokens. Furthermore, the
“Draft” advance normally lets you pay 1 Mood token to buy
1 Army unit. However, if you have the “Civil Liberties” advance,
it costs you 2 Mood tokens per Army unit instead of one Token.
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Battles in cities with Temples=
• +2 CV on the first combat roll
• Lost battle = Get a free Army unit in one of your cities
For every battle in a city with a Temple (no matter if you attack
or defend the city), you add +2 CV to your first combat roll.
Secondly, if the battle is lost, you get a free Army unit after the
battle and place it in one of your cities. (You do not get a unit if
you have no cities.)
Variants
Events
Not everyone appreciates the random nature of events and how
they strike. Here are two different variants that can be used.
•No Events: Draw events, but only for the effect of the Event
icons (such as Barbarians).
•Optional Events: Rather than being forced to draw an Event
card, players can decide to draw if they want to push their
luck. If they decline, a card is still drawn, but only for the effect of the Event icons.
Four-round Game
For a shorter, four-round game, you can do the following:
•Start with two Settlers and one “happy” city.
•During the “Free Advance” part of the Status Phase, players get two advances instead of one. Each player gets his first
advance in turn order, then continue to the second advance,
also in turn order.
Variable End Game
To introduce some uncertainty about when the game ends, you
can play with the Variable End Game variant. On the back side
of the Turn Track is an alternative Turn Track that goes up to
7 Rounds.
Credits
Game Design
Christian Marcussen
Cover Art
Chris Quilliams
Tile & Wonders Art
Empty Room Studios
Graphic Design
Philippe Guérin
Layout
Olivier Lamontagne
Editing
Jean-François Gagné, George Orthwein
Gametesters
Toke Nielsen, Stephan Rasmussen, Christian Guldager Simonsen,
Robert Schimkowitsch, Freddy Silva, Rob Bradley, Anthony
Yeatts, Carey Yeatts, Josh Cossette, Rob Lupi, Matt Kozacheck,
Adam Ruzzo, Andrew Tullsen, Jonathan Tullsen, and Daniel
Hammond
Additional Testing
Henrik Clemmensen-Nielsen, Justin Lang, Jerry Hagen, Jonathan
Mathews, Isaac Wiedmann, Kevin Borchardt, Curt Bardouche,
Matthew R. Toellner, Erich Huelsemann Jr., Eric Rasmussen,
Mike Railly, Harry Hammermueller, Jackson Bradle, Beth
Cossette, Micah Coleman, Joseph Coleman, Todd Nicholson,
Jason Rosa, Andrea Ruzzo, John Guthro, Jonathan Madison,
Lewis Wagner, and Brent Lloyd.
Special thanks to
Anthony Yeatts, Adam Ruzzo, Robert Schimkowitsch and the
boardgamegeek.com community for feedback and support!
© 2012 Z-Man Games, Inc.
3250 F.X. Tessier, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Québec, Canada, J7V 5V5
[email protected]
www.zmangames.com
Roll to End
On the spaces used to mark the last 5 Turns you will see a number range. The first player about to start such a turn rolls a die
and if the die result is within the depicted range, the game ends
immediately and points are counted.
A Wonderful Ending
Alternatively, rather than rolling, the game ends if a player builds
a Wonder during one of the last 5 Turns (those with red numbers). Once the Wonder is built, players finish this turn and
points are counted immediately after the turn where the Wonder
was built (before the Status Phase).
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