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Rating: 6.6 Good
Difficulty:Very easy
Players: 1-5 players
Playing time: 30-50 minutes

Official Site: The Lost Expedition official webpage

Created by: Peer Sylvester, Garen Ewing

Published by: Osprey Games, All In Games, Nuts! Publishing

Alternate Names: L'Expédition Perdue, Zaginiona Ekspedycja


Description from the publisher:

Legendary explorer Percy Fawcett marched deep into the Amazon in search of El Dorado. He was never seen again. Your team has gone in search of him, but now you hope to escape the jungle with the greatest treasure of all: your life.

Make the best of your food, your ammunition, and your health in The Lost Expedition as you plunge deep into the jungle. Choose your path carefully to ensure you're ready for the pitfalls that may occur. Play solo or cooperatively to survive the expedition, or play in teams to see which group can escape the jungle first.

In the 'head-to-head' rules, the diagram shows more cards than can legally be played. The rules-as-written are correct.

The expedition in this game is modelled after one of the most famous lost expeditions of all time: Percy Fawcett's final attempt to find El Dorado, which he just called "Z". He took his son Jack and his son's friend Raleigh Rimmel, never to return again. Like Amelia Earhart's vanishing, this was quite a hot topic in the 30s.

David Grann's brilliant book The Lost City of Zinspired me to design this game. It was soon clear to me that Iwanted to design a cooperative game that mirrored what expeditions in the Brazilian jungle might encounter. It features many more calamities of course, but one important point was to only feature creatures and events which are real.

There are no dangers in this game that were impossible for Fawcett to encounter.

The local tribes were another important point for me. All tribes mentioned in the game are from the area that Fawcett visited. If possible Iused the original sources to depict them as either more aggressive or friendlier towards outsiders. This should not be misunderstood as a judgement on my part. It is important to show respect towards the tribes, especially in a game about invading their territory. Fawcett was known to have always shown respect for natives and Ihope the game reflects his attitude.

During the research for the game Ialso learned that you can burn away a hookworm using gunpowder. Who says gaming is not educational? Have fun!

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In The Lost Expedition you will be leading a team of three explorers to follow the path of Percy Fawcett on the road to El Dorado. To win the game, simply get to the lost city with one of those explorers still alive!

You'll have to make the best use of your Expertise and Resources to survive as you head deeper into the jungle. Resources are represented by tokens. Expertise is represented by symbols on the cards. There are three types of each: …

In this version two players will compete to be the first to get their team of explorers to the lost city. To win, you will need to beat the other player in a race to the city, or to survive longest. These rules are broadly similar to the cooperative version, and those rules should be read first.


Before you set the game up, quickly run through the deck of adventure cards and remove any card with an exclamation mark in the title. There are six of these cards: 1, 8, 17, 33, 41, and 52. Set up two team areas, and choose a pawn each. Each player should take one explorer of each Expertise, three Ammunition tokens and three Food tokens for their team area. Place four Health tokens on each explorer. …

In this version you will work alone to keep your explorers alive and bring them glory. These rules are broadly similar to the cooperative version, and those rules should be read first.


Choose one explorer of each Expertise, then take three Ammunition tokens and three Food tokens to form your team area. Place three Health tokens on each explorer.

Lay out all nine expedition cards in the centre of the table, ending in the lost city, and place a pawn on the first expedition card. Shuffle the adventure cards and deal yourself six. In this version the rules for Morning and Evening are slightly different. …

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