Components

  • Game board
  • 42 special action cards
  • 24 territory tokens
  • 76 shielded unit markers
  • 4 opaque reserve bags
  • Unit Markers with Inserts

Setup

Lay out the game board and place each territory token on its respective territory. The map contains 24 territories, each divided up into three Zones.

Note: 8 of the Territories contain cities whose benefit is described below. The City territories include: North Hold, Rocky Wild, Lookout Ledge, Keyfort, Ravenfall, Castleburg and Mammoth Bay.

There are several mountain ranges on the board which are impassable to all units. The mountains cannot be moved into or attacked from.

Remove the Traitor card from the special action deck, shuffle the deck and then place the Traitor card on the bottom. Place the special action deck in the "Draw" area on the board.

Players sit around, the game board, with each player allocated one side. Each player chooses a color and puts all of his or her unit markers in his or her reserve bag. To determine starting player, each player randomly draws a unit from their reserve bag.

The player who drew the unit with the highest rank is the Starting Player (Cursed Land counts as 0, Flag counts as 11, and Spy Master beats King).

Beginning with the Starting Player, players choose territory tokens from the board one at a time until all the territories are evenly distributed. Every territory is controlled by one player in the initial set up. All the Territory Tokens are placed in front of the player who controls them.

Place Your Units

Place all of your units on the board in every territory you control. The unit markers are designed so only the player owning the unit can see its identity when it is on the game board. You are required to place at least one unit in every territory you control. During initial setup, players may rearrange their units on the board as much as desired.

Only one unit may be placed per zone, three maximum per territory. The game begins when everyone has finished placing all of his or her units. The Starting Player goes first.


Object of the Game

Defeat your opponents' armies by capturing their Flag.


Territory Control

A territory in considered controlled when it is occupied solely by units belonging to one player. The controlling player keeps that territory's token as long as he or she has control of the territory.

A territory is considered contested when it is unoccupied or occupied by units belonging to more than one player. Place that territory's token in the Contested Zone as long as it is contested.


Game Play

Every turn, a player must do two things: First DRAW then MOVE

I. Draw

Begin your turn by counting how many Territories Tokens you have. You get a territories' token if you control that territory.

You control a territory if you have the only unit(s) in the territory. Divide the number of territory tokens you have in half and draw that many action cards from the draw pile (round down).

Place the drawn action cards face up on the table and make a decision as to which single card you want to play. After you choose one card, perform that card's action, and then discard all of the cards to the "Discard" area face up.

The amount of cards left in the draw pile is always public knowledge. When the draw pile is depleted, shuffle the discard pile to create a new draw pile.

The Cards:

  • Deploy

    Draw a unit randomly from your reserve bag and place it in any unoccupied zone on the board that shares a border with one of your other units. This card cannot be played if a player's reserve is empty.

  • Surprise Attack

    Draw a unit randomly from your reserve bag and place it in any unoccupied zone on the board. This card cannot be played if a player's reserve is empty.

  • Rapid Advance

    You may make two additional movements this turn. Additional movements are optional.

  • Redeploy

    Choose any three of your units and switch their locations. The three units chosen can be moved between the three spaces in such a manner that opponents don't know if all three, or none of the units switched locations. The Flag and Cursed Land units may be redeployed.

    The Redeploy is helpful if you are trying to hide the position of a unit who's identity has been discovered such as a Flag or Cursed Land.

  • Secret Information

    You must have your Spy Master on the board to play this card. (Show your reserve to prove it is not there). Pick two adjacent territories on the board and look at all units in those territories. You cannot reveal to any other player information relating to the identity or location of any unit you see.

  • Traitor

    Guess the identity of any unit on the board and then look at it. If you guessed correctly, the unit is immediately defeated and placed in that player's reserve bag (or captured if it is a player's Flag).

    If your guess was wrong, return the piece to its location. As with the information card, you cannot reveal the unit to the other players.

    Whenever the Traitor Card is played (or discarded) all the cards in the discard and draw piles are immediately shuffled together to form a new draw pile.

  • New Spy Master

    This card allows you to retrieve your Spy Master unit from your reserve and place it on any empty zone on the board.


II. Move

Move one of your units to an adjacent zone. If that zone contains an enemy unit, resolve combat. You also receive an additional movement for each City territory you control at the beginning of your turn.

You receive a minimum of one move per turn, no matter what your situation in the game (if you only have a Flag or Cursed Land you cannot move). This movement is not optional. Units can only move from one zone to another adjacent zone for their movement (except Scouts).

Units can move to any adjacent zone as long as it shares a border with the unit's current zone.

Two units of the same color cannot occupy the same zone at the same time. Units of different colors can occupy the same zone only for the purpose of combat, and then only until combat resolves.

Note: up to three units of any color may occupy a territory, one for each zone.

Units cannot jump over other units or move through occupied zones. The Flag and Cursed Land cannot move. These units remain where they are and cannot move.

Scout

Special Movement: The Scout can move across any number of unoccupied zones.

Using this special movement will reveal the Scout's identity. You may choose to move your Scout only one zone per turn to keep its identity hidden.


Combat

When you move one of your units into a zone occupied by an enemy piece, combat begins. Both players reveal their units to all players.

If your unit's rank is higher than your opponent's rank, you defeat that unit. Your opponent places the defeated unit into his or her reserve bag.

If your unit's rank is lower than your opponent's rank, your unit is defeated. Place the defeated unit into your reserve bag.

If your unit's rank matches your opponent's rank, both units are defeated. Each player places the defeated unit into his or her reserve bag.

Cursed Land

When a unit attacks Cursed Land, the attacking unit is defeated and placed into the reserve bag. Only a Sorceress can attack and defeat Cursed Land.

Spy Master

The Spy Master is the only unit that can defeat a King. If the Spy Master attacks a King, the King is defeated. However, if the King attacks the Spy Master, the Spy Master is defeated.

Flag

Any unit can capture a player's Flag. If your Flag is ever captured, you may no longer draw action cards, even if you occupy multiple territories. The captured Flag is placed in front of the player who captured it.

To recapture your Flag, you must capture that opponent's Flag (which is still on the board) with one of your remaining pieces. If this happens, you may return your Flag to any open zone on the board and place your opponents newly captured flag(s) and place it in front of you.

A player cannot control a captured opponent's flag if they do not posses their own flag. If you don't posses your own flag, and you capture an opponents flag, possession of the captured flag goes to the player who possess your flag.


End of the Game

You win the game when you have the only remaining Flag on the board. All of the other players' Flags have been captured.



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