In The Guild of Merchant Explorers, players take on the roles of adventurers summoned by The Queen to explore the far reaches of Tigome. The goal of the game is for the teams of explorers to discover lost cities and establish trade routes. This is accomplished by exploring the double-sided maps filled with terrain features like seas, mountains, deserts, and grasslands to connect newly discovered cities to the starting city. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.
The game box comes with 8 double-sided maps, an Exploration board, 24 Goal cards, 52 Village tokens, 144 Explorer cubes, 16 Discovery Towers, 32 Trading Post tokens, 75 Coin tokens, 40 Treasure tokens, 16 Crystal tokens, 5 Solo Mode Era tokens, 28 Investigate cards, 40 Treasure cards, and a rulebook. This game is for one to four players, ages 14 and up, and plays in 45 minutes. It will retail for $49.99.
Alderac Entertainment Group will also release Mystic Vale: Essential Edition, a card crafting game by John D Clair (see "'Essential Edition'").