Days of Wonder has announced a September release for Five Tribes
(MSRP $60), a new Euro-style big box board game designed by Bruno Cathala (Senji, Dice Town
). Five Tribes
builds on the long tradition of German games with wooden Meeples and provides a unique twist on the standard “worker placement” economic board game. A bit more of a "gamer's game" than the typical Days of Wonder fare, Five Tribes
has clear, easy-to-understand rules, but requires a clever and calculated strategy to win.
In this "worker displacement" game players score points by carefully maneuvering the Five Tribes of Meeples over the tiles that make up the ancient Sultanate of Naqula. They need to look ahead to what moves will not only position them to score, but also put their opponents at a disadvantage. It’s when, how, and where players "dis-place" the five tribes of Assassins, Elders, Builders, Merchants, and Viziers that determines victory or defeat.
Designer Bruno Cathala, who Days of Wonder is bringing to GenCon to demo the game, explained his affection for the game: "After designing a series of smaller games, my inner-self began to insist that I work on something bigger and more substantial. While I've already played the prototype hundreds of times, it's still the game I want to play most often. So please don't hesitate to come to play with me at festivals--I never grow tired of Five Tribes
." Five Tribes
is for 2 to 4 players, ages 13 and older and takes approximately 40-80 minutes to play. It includes 30 Tiles depicting the Sultanate of Naqala; 4 Player sets with Camels and Turn Markers; 90 Wooden Meeples (Yellow Viziers, Red Assassins, Green Merchants, Blue Builders and White Elders); 12 Palm Trees & 10 Palaces; 22 Djinn cards; 54 Resource cards; 96 Victory Coins; a Scoring Pad; 5 Djinn & Turn Order Summary Sheets; 1 Betting Order & 1 Turn Order Tracks; and a Rules Booklet.