El dorado — game overview at spielwarenmesse 2017

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Will you be the first to discover El Dorabởi và clayên all the treasure?

Deep in the jungles of South America lies the famed đô thị of gold – El Doravì chưng. Unlimited treasure awaits the explorer who first sets foot on this hidden kingdom.

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And it could all be yours!

If you’re the first to lớn reach it…

In The Quest for El Dorado by Ravensburger players traverse jungle, waterways, & native villages khổng lồ find the elusive sầu treasure. They must prepare well lớn make the journey. But they can’t spover all their time preparing or they’ll be left behind & another explorer will beat them lớn it.

How will you bởi vì on this quest?

How to lớn play The Quest for El Dorado

The Quest for El Dorado is a deck-building game with an adventure board to race across. The objective is to lớn be the first player khổng lồ get their explorer to lớn the famed El Dorabởi vì tile at the over of the jungle.

Players start the game with 8 cards và use those cards to lớn move sầu through various terrain spaces as well as purchase additional (và more powerful) cards to lớn add lớn their personal dechồng.

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It’s time khổng lồ head out on The Quest for El Dorado!

Set up:

To set up the game, players first decide on the map they want lớn traverse to lớn El Doravày. There are numerous illustrated bản đồ layouts players can choose from or create their own using the double-sided map tiles. Where the large map tiles connect, players place a random Blockade tile.

Each player receives their colored playing piece & set of starting cards with that color inhỏ in the bottom right corner. The starting cards are 1 Sailor, 3 Explorers, and 4 Travelers. Players shuffle their personal deông xã và draw 4 cards khổng lồ their hvà.

Lastly the marketplace is prepared. Players sort the thẻ by type (there are 3 cards of each type) and place them in stacks in the marketplace. Those with a circle ibé in the bottom right corner are placed on the market board. These are the first types of cards that can be purchased from the marketplace. The other piles of cards are placed above sầu the board và will be placed into lớn the available spots on the market board during play.

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The set-up instructions show many possible ways to lớn build the map.

Player Turns:

On a player’s turn they can play all cards from their hand or keep some in hand for their next turn.

When playing cards, a player first plays cards used for movement. Each hex space on the board shows the type requirement to move onkhổng lồ it (machete, paddle, or coin) as well as the amount (“power”). The power value on the thẻ must be equal or higher than the power on the hex.

If a player has “leftover” power, they may use it lớn continue moving. However, cards can not be combined to move onkhổng lồ a space.

For example, a Machete card with power of 2 can be used to move sầu onto a hex with 1 machete và then move sầu again onto a space with 1 machete. But two cards with a power of 1 each may not be combined khổng lồ move onto lớn a hex showing 2 machetes.

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This high powered thẻ will let me cross many jungle spaces in a row!

Some grey spaces on the board allow players to disthẻ cards of any type to move onlớn them. And red Base Camp spaces allow players lớn remove cards from the game.

Players can not move onto lớn mountain hexes or onto spaces occupied by other playing pieces.

The first player who wants to lớn cross a Blockade must overcome it by playing associated movement cards. That player then removes the Blockade tile và keeps it. These will be used as a tie-breaker at the kết thúc of the game if necessary.

After the moving step, players can buy 1 card from the marketplace. Cards with a coin symbol are worth their power in the marketplace. All other cards are worth 50% coin each. Only cards on the market board may be purchased. And purchased cards immediately go to that player’s discard pile.

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There are plenty of cards players can acquire along the way to lớn improve sầu their options.

If there’s an empty space on the market board, the active sầu player may choose a thẻ from any of the other piles above sầu the market board they can afford. Once chosen, the remaining cards of that type are then placed on the market board khổng lồ fill the empty space. Now those are available for all players lớn purchase on future turns.

The starting cards in a player’s deck are all a power level 1. Cards that become available in the marketplace include higher power cards for bigger movement through jungle, rivers, & villages. Other cards include special actions such as drawing extra cards, getting a không tính tiền card, ignoring space requirements, or purging cards from the game.

A player ends their turn by moving all played cards to their disthẻ pile & drawing more cards from their deông xã until they have sầu 4 cards in hvà. If there aren’t more cards to lớn draw, the player shuffles their disthẻ pile và it becomes their new draw pile.

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It’s lượt thích a puzzle trying to lớn find the smoothest pathway across the board.

Game End:

When a player reaches one of the 3 finishing spaces at El Doravì, this triggers the final round of the game. Each player left in that round will now play their final turn.

Once that round is completed, the game is over.

The player who made it to El Doravày is the winner!

If more than 1 player made it lớn El Doravày, the player who has collected the most Blockades wins the game.

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If it ends in a tie, the player with the most blockades will win.

Cave Variation:

Players can also choose to lớn explore caves in the mountains along their path khổng lồ El Dorabởi vì.

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During set up, players shuffle the 36 cave tokens and then place stacks of 4 cave face down cave tiles on each mountain hex showing a cave sầu icon.

If a player comes to lớn a stop next to lớn a cave sầu, that player explores it. The player takes the top cave sầu token & puts it face up in front of them.

To explore the same cave again, the player must first move away – stopping on a space not adjacent to the cave. Then they can move and stop next khổng lồ the cave sầu again on a subsequent turn to explore it again.

Cave sầu tokens give sầu additional abilities similar to lớn cards players can purchase, but also include other abilities lượt thích moving through occupied spaces or changing symbols on the cards you play.

Once collected, a player may use a cave sầu token any time during their current or future turns. Once played, the cave token is removed from the game.

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The cave sầu tokens grant extra options on a turn.

Can the whole family enjoy The Quest for El Dorado?

The Quest for El Dorado was in contention for the Spiel des Jahres family game of the year in 2017 for a reason. While it didn’t win the award (Kingdomino did), we’re sure it was a tough decision because it’s a great game for families.

The simple mechanics and flow of the game will draw in players of all ages. And the reference boards for each player outline the steps of a player’s turn so easily that anyone can join in the fun.

While the game is recommended for players age 10+, that shouldn’t stop you from playing with younger kids in your family. That’s because even younger kids can match colored cards with the colored spaces they must traverse. You’ll need to help them with their first couple turns of managing their hvà of cards, but they’ll get the hang of it quickly enough to lớn love playing.

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The player boards include flow of play reminders lớn help new players jump right in.

Things we love sầu about The Quest for El Dorado

Ever since we first played Dominion, we’ve been hooked on deck-building games. The strategy of which cards to lớn acquire to lớn build a strong deông chồng and the luông xã of the draw pull us in for many repeated plays.

Well, in The Quest for El Dorado we get the deck-building aspect mixed with a race across various terrain that changes every game. So while the cards you can purchase to lớn add khổng lồ your deông chồng may not vary, which cards you acquire will change based on the layout of the terrain each time you play.

And in that way it’s kind of lượt thích a puzzle khổng lồ figure out how khổng lồ get across the board in the smoothest path.

Of course, those plans may change because of which cards you draw into h& or where the other players traverse (blocking your way). But the ability khổng lồ hold a thẻ in hvà until your next turn is fantastic.

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Players need lớn have a phối of terrain cards và hope they come inlớn hvà at the right time.

We also love that cards without a coin on them are still worth something when purchasing other cards. The coin cards help get you through villages, but we find they’re most valuable in paying for other card. However, if that was the only way to lớn get new cards, we’d be stuck for much of the game with low powered movement cards.

And getting special power cards deliver a lot of the fun. It’s always exciting when you draw these cards inkhổng lồ your hand for your next turn.

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This terrain tile is almost solid jungle.

The only thing we don’t lượt thích is having only 4 cards in hand to lớn use. Of course we want more cards in hand lớn cruise through the board. But that’s also what makes the special power cards & high powered movement cards so enticing. Our favorites seem khổng lồ be those that let us draw more cards inkhổng lồ our hand.

But in the kết thúc we realize the limit of 4 cards per hand is what keeps a bit of racing tension in the game. It’s this limit that keeps us engaged in planning out our next moves.

The other limit is that there’s only 3 cards of each type in the marketplace. So in a 4-player game, someone will be out of luchồng in getting a certain type of card in their deck. Which means there’s also a race lớn acquire the best cards. Very cool.

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There are some great cards lớn add to lớn your dechồng.

How does The Quest for El Doravị score on our “Let’s Play Again” game meter?

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As you can see, The Quest for El Doravày scores very high in our “let’s play again” game meter.

The endless variety of ways khổng lồ construct the terrain tiles packs a ton of replay value in the game. Sure the game rules show many suggested ways khổng lồ build the terrain maps, but there’s no reason why you have sầu khổng lồ stick lớn those. Making an easier or tougher map is part of the fun.

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The game also includes a special way to lớn play with 2 players where each player controls 2 explorers. The cool thing is that this makes the game just as enjoyable khổng lồ play with 2 players as 4.