Dr. Reiner Knizia’s deck-building game of jungle exploration The Quest for El Dorado will soon get its first expansion set, Heroes & Hexes, releasing on January 1.

As in the original game (see “Ravensburger Brings ‘The Quest for El Dorado’ to U.S.”), the players search for the legendary “city of gold” by leading their expedition through the South American jungle.  The Heroes & Hexes expansion adds new challenges for the players to overcome in the form of special “demon spaces” that inflict curses on those who land there.  To help them along the way, players can also hire heroes to join their expeditions.

The Quest for El Dorado:  Heroes & Hexes comes with 3 new double-sided terrain tiles and features a total of 6 new map layouts for players to explore.  Also included are 1 training camp, 2 blockades, 60 expedition cards, 18 cave tokens, and 20 curses.  The expansion supports games with 2 to 4 players.  Playing time remains about one hour.  MSRP is $19.99, and a copy of the base game is needed to play.