Rating: 6.2 Fair
Popularity:8
Difficulty:Very easy
Year:2008
Players: 2-4 players
Playing time: 30 minutes
Age:10+

Created by: Reiner Knizia, Martin Hoffmann, Claus Stephan

Published by: 999 Games, Competo / Marektoy, Devir

Alternate Names: Κέλτες, 圣石之路 (聖石之路), 켈티스

Description:

Keltis is a multi-player game based on Lost Cities, with some rules changes, later published with Knizia's original rules and theme as Lost Cities: The Board Game.

Players play cards to move their playing pieces along stone paths. Cards show one of five different colors/symbols, each corresponding to one path; in addition, each card shows a number (0-10, twice each). In each color, each player can play his cards in either ascending or descending order.

As in Lost Cities, it's better to concentrate on a few paths since the final spaces on a path grant high points, but ending early gives negative ones.

The active player plays one card (out of a hand of eight) or discards one, then moves the corresponding playing piece on the path.

Many of the spaces have a token that grants some bonus: either immediate points (counted on the scoring track), an extra move on a path, or wishing stones that are needed at game end to avoid negative points.

The game ends when five playing pieces (from any combination of players) have reached the seventh (or higher) space on their respective paths. Now, scoring happens:

  • Pieces that moved only 1-3 steps earn negative points (-4, -3, -2).
  • Pieces with 4+ steps earn points (1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 10).
  • One piece of each player twice the height of other pieces scores double, either positive or negative.
  • Holding fewer than two wish stones earns negative points (-3 / -4), while a collection of five or more stones yields a bonus of 10 points.

All endgame points are added to any scored during the game. The player with the highest score wins!

Prices:
Retail Price:$0
Expansions:
Keltis: Neue Wege, Neue Ziele
Awards:
Hungarian Board Game Award Nominee 2011
Gouden Ludo Nominee 2009
Golden Geek Best Family Board Game Nominee 2009
Årets Spill Best Family Game Nominee 2009
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