Goal of the game
Visiting as many cities as possible in Elfenland over 4 rounds.
At the end of the 4th round, the player who collected the most Town Pieces wins.
A round is split into phases:
- Each player fills his hand up to 8 cards and gets a secret Transportation Counter.
- One after another, each player chooses a Transportation Counter from the 5 visible or drawn from the facedown stack, until each player took 3.
- One after another, each player chooses must plan a travel road by laying a Transportation Counter matching the terrain of the chosen road. This phase goes on until each player has passed consecutively. Each player also owns an Obstacle that he can lay down on a Transportation Counter to up the cost of traveling on this road from 1 card.
- One after another, each player is going to travel from town to town. The current position of a player is shown by the Elf Boot of his color, initially set on the biggest town, Elvenhold.
Players can travel :
- on the roads on which a Transportation Counter has been set
- on the rivers
- on the lakes.
To travel on a road, a river or a lake, the player needs to pay with the cards in hands the cost matching the terrain of the road and the means of transport used.
For example, if the Transportation Counter 'Magic Cloud' has been set on a mountain road, one can travel with just one 'Magic Cloud' card. But if it has been set on a forest or plain road, one needs to pay 2 'Magic Cloud' cards to pass (NB: the 'Magic Cloud' Transportation Counter cannot be used to travel in the desert, as it's too hot for a Cloud over there).
- To travel a river, you need only 1 'Raft' card to go downriver, but you need 2 to go upriver (look for the small arrows).
- To cross a lake, you need to pay two 'Raft' cards.
- If an Obstacle has been set on a road, you need to pay 1 more card of the appropriate type.
- If you don't have the appropriate cards to travel on a road, you can still pass using a 'Caravan', by paying 3 cards of any type (4 cards if there is an Obstacle on the road).
In the 'Hometown' variant, each player gets a secret town card at the beginning of the game, telling him which town he has to reach at the end of the 4th round.
If he doesn't manage to get there, he'll lose as many points as the remaining distance he has to travel to get there.
This variant gives more tactic depth to the game, as you have to plan each round to the best to get the most Town Pieces while making sure to be able to get to your hometown at the end of the game.
Have a good game!