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Rating: 8.7 Excellent
Players: 2-4 players
Playing time: 30-196 minutes

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Created by: Trevor Benjamin, David Thompson (I), Brigette Indelicato

Published by: Alderac Entertainment Group


War Chest is an all-new bag-building war game! At the start of the game, raise your banner call (drafting) several various units into your army, which you then use to capture key points on the board.

To succeed in War Chest, you must successfully manage not only your armies on the battlefield, but those that are waiting to be deployed.

Each round you draw three unit coins from your bag, then take turns using them to perform actions. Each coin shows a military unit on one side and can be used for one of several actions.

The game ends when one player - or one team in the case of a four-player game - has placed all of their control markers. That player or team wins!

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  • 74 Unit Coins
  • 1 Double-sided Initiative Marker
  • 4 Coins
  • 4 Bags
  • 16 Unit Cards
  • 1 Board
  • 16 Faction Control Markers
  • Instructions


Place the board in the middle of the play area. For a two-player game, each player chooses a faction and takes 1 matching bag, 1 Royal Coin, and 6 Control Markers.

Put your faction's Royal Coin into your bag, and place one of your Control Markers onto each of the two matching starting locations on the board. The other locations are neutral at the start of the game. …

One of the interesting features of War Chest is to have set ups that are inspired by famous battles. Here are some good starting set ups that allow players to jump straight into the game - and might just allow you to change the course of history!

Battle of Gaugamela 331 BCE

Gaugemela was a decisive battle in the campaigns of Alexander the Great against the Persian Empire. The battle was fought on wide-open ground where the Persian forces hoped to use their superior numbers and small force of war chariots. …

In the four-player variant of the game, two teams of two players each face off. Each team chooses a faction, and then each player on a team takes a bag and 1 Royal Coin. Teams share 8 Control Markers.

Each player places their Royal Coin into their bag, and the team places Control Markers onto each of the 3 matching location spaces on the board. The other 8 locations are neutral.

Shuffle the 16 Unit Cards then give each player 3, either randomly (if playing the standard game) or by drafting (if playing with the advanced drafting rules). These are the 3 units that player will have available this game. …


Q: Can the Archer attack an adjacent unit?

No, the Archer cannot attack using the normal attack action. It can only attack using its tactic, which specifies that the target of the attack is two spaces away.


Q: When I take consecutive maneuvers with a Berserker, do I need to also discard a coin from my hand for each one, as well as removing a coin from the unit?

No, you only need to discard one coin to execute the Berserker's tactic. …

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