by Wolfgang Kramer
Translated by Pitt Crandlemire
2 to 5 players from 10 years
the depths of this unexplored land there could be untold riches. The path to
them, however, passes through a wild country full of adventures. There, you
could suddenly find your way barred by a deep canyon or a wild puma.
the right equipment is more important than the luck of discovery in this game.
Since you can't take everything that you might need, however, you must acquire
the most desperately needed articles along the way. Be aware, however, that the
heavier your backpack, the less distance you can travel.
you try to collect as many treasures as possible or should you look for the
mystical Amulet with its promise of limitless abundance or perhaps instead try
to survive as many adventures as possible?
the end, the player who possesses the most gold wins.
game components are shown on the enclosed game overview.
the first game, all tiles, markers, and tokens must be carefully punched out of
the frames. The sixth amulet is an extra and is not required for play.
of the game is described on the enclosed game overview.
recommend that you keep it handy while reading the rest of the rules.
The tiles show a canyon-like landscape with continuous or interrupted paths.
each tile is depicted articles of equipment with a coloured border, the
some tiles is also depicted another, octagonal treasure field, on which a
treasure is placed. Two yellow-bordered provisions tokens are portrayed above
the treasure field.
These tiles can entered and crossed anytime. They are easily recognized by the continuous paths through them.
of a tile without an adventure.
These tiles can only be entered if you use (discard) the appropriate red-bordered articles of equipment or if you have already erected one of your own camps there.
can always recognize tiles with an adventure by the red-bordered articles of
equipment and the illustration of the adventure that interrupts the paths
through the tile.
Illustration of the adventure
are 7 different types of adventures which occur on the terrain-tiles with
Mountains (3) Canyon (3) Lake (4)
The equipment line shows articles with differently coloured borders and in different orders.
Red-bordered articles are portrayed exclusively on adventure tiles. Red means that you must use (discard) the type and number of articles portrayed in order to survive the adventure.
means that you simply need to have the portrayed article in your backpack. You
may keep it and acquire the appropriate blackbordered article which the arrow
means that you acquire the type and number of the portrayed articles if you have
the appropriate white-bordered article of equipment in your backpack.
articles are portrayed exclusively above the treasure fields. Yellow means that
you may choose to use (discard) the portrayed articles or not. If you do use
them, you get to dig up the treasure.
Articles displayed before (to the left of) the arrow are the prerequisite for acquiring the articles displayed after (to the right of) the arrow.
may one or more articles displayed side-by-side or overlapping each other. If
any combination of article or set of articles are displayed side-by-side, you
must decide which you will acquire.
a set of articles overlap each other you acquire all that do so.
Since the player has a spade in his backpack he acquires 1 timber and 1 rope.
Since the player has a spade in his backpack he acquires either 2 timbers or 2 ropes.
You store your articles of equipment and dug up treasures on the tile which shows your backpack.
backpack has 12 spaces. On each space you can put 1 article of equipment, 1
treasure, or the amulet. The number of uncovered spaces in your backpack shows
the maximum number of spaces you may move your adventurer.
backpack thus limits both your carrying capacity and your movement distance. The
less you carry around with you, the further you can move on your turn.
the beginning of the game, you backpack will look like this:
adventurer can thus move a maximum of 7 spaces.
you use or acquire articles of equipment, you should be sure to sort and place
them in your backpack so that the highest numbers are always covered first. The
highest uncovered number indicates the maximum number of spaces you may move
start-player begins, after which play continues in clockwise order. The active
player can execute each of the following three actions once per turn:
B. Acquire articles of equipment
actions may be executed in any sequence.
initiated, each action must be completed before the next can begin.
of the actions are required. You can choose to execute only one or two of them.
can also pass and execute none of the three actions.
you do this, you get 1 discovery token.
Players may only move their own adventurer.
may only move on the paths depicted on the terrain tiles (Exception: Ordeal, see
below). Each terrain tile equals one space of movement.
adventurer may move a maximum number of spaces equal to the highest numbered uncovered
space shown in the player's backpack before beginning movement. Any change in
this number, by using articles of equipment during movement for example, has no
effect on movement for that turn.
starting movement, you may discard articles of equipment from your backpack in
order to gain a greater movement allowance. The discarded articles are put back
may choose to move less than your maximum possible distance or even remain in
place. You may not enter or move through the same tile more than once per turn,
than one adventurer may stand in the same tile.
To move into or through a tile with an adventure, you must survive it.
survive the adventure by using (discarding) the type and number of red-bordered
articles shown in the equipment line.
show that you have survived the adventure, you may put one of your camps on the
you have already used all your camps, you may move one of your other camps to
this tile. Camps from any number of players may stand on the same adventure
A camp allows you to move your adventurer into or through that adventure tile in future turns without needing to survive the adventure again.
In order to be able to enter this tile, you need to use (discard) 2 guns from your backpack.
acquire 2 provisions for doing so if you then remain in this tile (end your
movement here). Since you survived the adventure, you may erect a camp. Later in
the game, you can enter or cross this tile without needing to use any guns
again. You don't then get the provisions again, however.
may again complete an adventure on a tile where you already have a camp as many
times as you wish and erect another camp each time. Each time, however, you must
move into or through this tile and use (discard) the appropriate articles of
equipment. It isn't sufficient just to remain in place on that tile for several
There are seven different adventure markers, one for each type of adventure. You can tell which is which by the pictures on the markers.
adventure markers have different values. The marker for the "Desert"
adventure is worth 5 gold pieces, for example, while the marker for the
"Natives" adventure is only worth 2 gold pieces.
first player to survive an adventure of a particular type immediately takes the
marker and sets it in front of himself.
player takes away the marker if later has more camps on tiles of this adventure
type than the player who currently has the marker.
There is a detailed example of an ordeal in the "Examples and explanations" supplement.
the path between two adjacent tiles is not connected, you may still move from
one of those tiles to the other by using (discarding) 4 articles of equipment.
enter a tile without adventures this way, you can use any 4 articles.
enter a tile with an adventure through an ordeal, you must use the same type of
articles that would be required to survive the adventure. By completing the
ordeal, you also survive the adventure.
you already have a camp on this tile, you may choose if you want to either use
any 4 articles to complete the ordeal or if you want to survive the adventure
again and, thus, erect another camp. In that case, you must use the same type of
articles that would be required to survive the adventure in order to complete
Acquiring articles of equipment
At the start tile only, you get 2 pearls and 3 provisions without needing to have any articles of equipment as a prerequisite.
in order acquire articles of equipment, you one must already possess the article
that is shown to the right of the arrow in the equipment line.
several black-bordered articles are portrayed overlapping, you acquire them all.
they are portrayed standing separately, you only acquire one or the other.
may only acquire articles of equipment during your turn on one tile: either the
tile where your adventurer stood before moving or on the tile where it ended
movement. During movement, you may often need to use (discard) articles of
equipment in order to survive adventures or to complete ordeals.
In the example with the Puma on page 4, the player must use 2 guns in order to survive the adventure. If he then ends his movement on this tile, he can also acquire 2 provisions for discarding the 2 guns. However, if he would like to continue movement, he doesn't get the provisions for the guns.
It is legal to move into a tile and end movement in order to acquire articles
there, and then, before moving in the next turn, to acquire the same articles in
this tile again. After doing that and then moving, you may not acquire any more
articles in that turn.
are not required to take all the articles that you may take in any tile. You can
take all, any part, or none at all.
you acquire an article of equipment, you take that token from the stock and put
in on the next highest numbered uncovered space in your backpack. If there are
no more tokens for that article in the stock, you unfortunately don't get it.
articles of equipment are used (discarded) they are put back into the stock.
If your adventurer stands on a tile next to which at least one tile can still be positioned horizontally or vertically, you may explore. You take a tile from the stack and place it next to the tile on which your adventurer is standing. If you have multiple possible locations for the new tile, you may choose where to place it. You may rotate the new tile in any orientation you wish when placing it.
the illustration below, it is possible to explore from all tiles marked with a
tiles marked with a red X do not have any adjacent free spaces for new tiles, so
it is not possible to explore from those tiles.
If an adventurer stands on tile 1, it could only place a new tile directly to the left. On tile 2, it could place left, above, or below. On tile 3, a new tile can only be placed below.
Whenever you place a new tile, you get a discovery token from the stock and place it in front of yourself. You may possess any number of discovery tokens. They are never put into your backpack. At any time during your train, you can exchange them for any article of equipment.
- with 2 players 4 tokens
- with 3 players 3 tokens
- with 4 and 5 players 2 tokens
must be exchanged in order to get any 1 article of equipment. The discovery tokens are put back into the stock. You may make as many such exchanges during your turn as you like.
articles which you immediately use (discard) to survive an adventure, to dig up
treasure, or to complete an ordeal, need not be put into your backpack.
the stock should not hold any more discovery tokens, then you unfortunately
don't get one.
a reminder: If you pass and execute no actions, you get 1 discovery token. You
may pass your turn as often as you like. This is only really useful, however, if
you're in a hopeless situation.
If a treasure field is portrayed on the newly turned over terrain tile, a treasure is immediately placed from stock onto the tile.
you finish your turn on this adventure tile, you can dig up the treasure by
using (discarding) 2 provisions. You then put the treasure into your backpack.
Digging up treasure is voluntary. You can also choose to come back to it in a
later turn or not dig it up at all.
1 treasure is ever put onto a treasure field. Once this treasure is dug up, the
treasure field remains empty. Each dug up treasure is worth 3 gold pieces. You
may dig up as many treasures as you like and are able but you must put each one
onto its own space in your backpack.
You must use (discard) 3 provisions to enter or move through this tile. If you remain there, however, you can dig up the treasure. To do so, you must use (discard) another 2 provisions for the effort involved and then you take the treasure token and put it into your backpack. Once the treasure is dug up, the 2 yellow-bordered provisions no longer have any meaning
the goal tile
As soon as a tile is put on the goal space, place the temple next to this tile. The temple and this tile form one space together.
and gold pieces
The player whose adventurer first reaches the goal space with the temple and ends his movement there, acquires an amulet. The amulet is put into the backpack.
he gets 2 gold pieces from the temple bonus field. Each other player whose
adventurer reaches and remains in the temple in the same round (before the first
player to reach the temple and end movement there starts his next turn), also
gets an amulet and 2 gold pieces from the bonus field.
pieces are placed next to the backpack. They take up no space in the backpack
and have no effect on movement allowance. When the player whose adventurer first
reached and ended movement in the temple starts his next turn, all gold pieces
still remaining in the temple bonus field are removed and put back in the box.
All players whose figures later reach and end movement in the temple from now on
only acquire an amulet.
a player has an amulet, he can leave the temple on his next turn in order to
survive adventures again and dig up treasures.
the beginning of each of his subsequent turns, each player who possesses an
amulet gets 1 gold piece from the temple reserve field. He need not be in the
temple to receive this gold. If a player forgets to take his gold piece before
the end of his turn, he doesn't get it that turn.
player is allowed to possess only 1 amulet! The amulet itself is worth 3 gold
The terrain tile to be placed on the goal space need not be the last tile turned
over. There can still be unexplored spaces, on which no tile lies, throughout
game ends as soon as each player possesses an amulet.
game also ends when any player gets the last gold piece from the temple reserve
each case, the current round is still played to the end, so that each player
gets the same number of turns. If a player who has an amulet starts his turn
during this last round and there are no more gold pieces in the temple reserve,
he takes the gold piece he is due for possessing an amulet from the box.
each player counts his entire gold:
- Each gold piece counts 1
- each treasure counts 3
- an amulet counts 3 and
- each adventure marker counts the printed value (2 to 5).
player with the most gold wins.
are three possible ways in this game to get gold; by digging up treasures, by
frequently surviving adventures, and by possessing an amulet. Ownership of an
amulet is especially fruitful since the amulet itself is worth 3 gold pieces and
it pays its owner and additional gold pieces each turn. Furthermore, the first
player, and all other players who reach the temple in the same round, get 2 gold
pieces from the bonus field.
the game ends first, however, when each player possesses an amulet or the last
gold piece from the temple reserve field is taken, players who are unable to
reach the temple in time still have another chance to win if they dig up lift
many treasures and survive many adventures.
course, players who already possess an amulet, can also still try to dig up
treasures or to survive adventures. By doing so, they can take adventure markers
from other players or defend the adventure markers that they already possess.
should keep an eye out during the entire game, then, for where you can still
find treasures, where you might get an adventure marker, and if the danger
exists that you might lose your own adventure markers to other players.
the inserted supplement "Examples and explanations" is a detailed
example of play for the first three game turns for one player and for a turn
with an ordeal. Some special situations are also explained there in the Player
examples and explanations
Please separate this supplement from the rulebook, it is not part of the rules!
contains a detailed example of the first three game turns for one player and of
a turn with an ordeal.
special situations are explained in the player questions section.
for 3 game turns for one player
begins at the start space and can move a maximum of 7 spaces
moves 3 spaces
articles of equipment: On
the space where he landed, he gets either 1 gun or 1 spade for possessing 1
pearl. He chooses the spade and puts it into his backpack.
He takes a tile
from the stack and places it on the board. He gets 1 discovery token. His first
turn is now finished and the next player starts his turn.
Note: There is no direct path leading
from Arno's pawn to the new tile. If he wants to move there on his next turn, he
can only do so through an ordeal.
moves back 1 space.
articles of equipment: Arno
has a spade. He takes 2 timbers from the stock and puts them into his backpack.
He now has 8 objects in his backpack and can move a maximum of 4 spaces in his
He takes a
terrain tile from the stack and places it on the board. He gets 1 discovery
token. 1 treasure field is portrayed on the new tile, so 1 treasure token is put
on this tile. Arno's second turn is now finished and the next player starts his
articles of equipment: This
time Arno begins his turn by acquiring articles of equipment. He takes 2 timbers
and puts them into his backpack. He decides to exchange 2 discovery tokens for 1
rope. He now has 11 objects in his backpack and can move a maximum of 1 space.
moves 1 space upward. Since this tile has the adventure "Canyon" he
must use 1 timber and 1 rope. He also uses 2 provisions and digs up the treasure
and puts it into his backpack. On the tile, he puts one of his camps to mark
that he has survived this adventure once. Since the "Canyon" adventure
marker has not yet been awarded, he takes it and places it in front of himself.
He takes a tile
from the stack, places it on the board, and gets 1 discovery marker.
third turn is now finished.
of an ordeal:
There are 8 objects in the backpack. The adventurer can move a maximum of 4 spaces. The player would like to dig up the treasure in the mountain. This requires moving 3 spaces with an ordeal at the end. For the ordeal, he requires 4 objects, of which 2 must be ropes. He moves to the mountain and uses 2 ropes and 2 pearls for the ordeal. Then, in order to dig up the treasure, he uses 2 provisions. On this tile, he erects a camp to mark that he has survived the "Mountain" adventure once. If the "Mountain" adventure marker has not yet been awarded, he takes it and sets it in front of himself.
When moving, I enter a "Puma" tile and use 2 guns. By so doing, I
acquire 2 provisions and then go on to a "Natives" tile. In order to
be able to enter it, I use 1 pearl but not, however, acquiring a gun or a spade.
Is this allowed?
Answer: No, because the player has acquired articles of equipment while moving. Players may only acquire articles of equipment on the tiles where they begin or end their movement.
On my starting space, I acquire 1 gun. I then begin my movement with an ordeal
and use 4 articles to accomplish it. Afterwards, I continue on to a
"Puma" tile where I use 2 guns but I don't acquire any provisions for
doing so. Is this allowed?
Answer: Yes. You may use multiple articles of equipment while in transit but you only acquires articles of equipment once per turn. Your turn followed this principle, so it was correct.
On my starting space, I acquire 1 fishing rod. Then I move to a "Lake"
tile, use 2 timbers and, since I now possess a fishing rod, acquire 2
provisions. Is this allowed?
Answer: No. You may only acquire equipment once per turn.
On my starting space, I acquire 2 provisions. Then I move to a
"Desert" tile with a treasure. Once there, I use 3 provisions in order
to survive the adventure and then use 2 more provisions to dig up the treasure.
Is this allowed?
Answer: Yes. Treasure is not an article of equipment. Furthermore, treasure is not acquired but, rather, dug up.
When moving, I enter a "Lake" tile. I exchange exploration tokens in
order to acquire 2 timbers which I immediately use in order to survive the
adventure and to put my camp on this tile. Then I continue on to a
"Natives" tile. There I use 1 pearl to acquire 1 gun. Is this allowed?
Answer: Yes. Exchanging explorations markers for articles of equipment isn't the same thing as acquiring articles of equipment.
May I possess more exploration tokens than I require to exchange for an article
Answer: Yes. You may possess as many explorations tokens as you like, since you can exchange them for articles of equipment as often as you like during your turn.
May I use treasures or an amulet for a ordeal?
Answer: No. The 4 objects that you're required to use for a ordeal must be articles of equipment. Amulets and treasure are not equipment.
I possess an amulet and would like to pass my turn in order to get an
exploration token. Do I still get 1 gold piece from the temple reserve?
Answer: Yes. You get the gold piece at the beginning of your turn, regardless of which tile you're on or what actions you execute.
Is there a difference in the ordeals in the two following situations (see
Answer: No. An ordeal is caused by movement to a tile where there is no direct connecting route. It doesn't matter if one of the tiles has a partial route.
I enter an adventure space by completing an ordeal. I already have a camp on
this tile from a previous turn. Can I use any 4 objects for the ordeal and then
erect a new camp on this tile?
Answer: No. When you survive the adventure on a tile, you may only erect a camp if you use the articles of equipment that are shown with a red border on the tile.
I finish my "Move Adventurer" action on an adventure space that still
has a treasure and where I have a camp. I don't wish to use the necessary 4
red-bordered articles of equipment to survive the ordeal again. May I dig up the
Answer: Yes. In order to enter an adventure tile, you must be able to survive the adventure or already have a camp on the tile. In order to dig up the treasure, you must finish your movement on the tile. It doesn't matter which way you end up on the tile.
7 adventure markers
36 discovery tokens
8 treasure tokens
112 articles of equipment:
26 provisions, 16 pearls, 16 ropes, 16 guns, 16 spades, 16 timbers, 6 fishing rods
22 gold pieces
The 36 terrain tiles are put into this area during the game
5 short rules cards
1 supplement "Examples and explanations"
1 game overview
1 rules booklet
49 terrain tiles:
36 tiles without a coastal border (13 without adventures and 23 with adventures)
12 tiles with a coastal border
1 start tile
5 adventurers (player pawns, 1 each in the 5 player colors)
50 Camps (10 each in the 5 player colors)
5 backpacks (in the 5 player colors)
- The start tile and the terrain tiles with the coastal border are laid out face-up on the table according to the illustration in the Overview. The start tile and the two corner tiles must be placed as shown but the remaining 10 coastal blackboards may be laid between them in any sequence, except that the two tiles on either side of the start tile should not have a village. For your first game, we suggest that you lay out the coastal tiles in the sequence shown. These 13 tiles represent the border of the area within which the rest of the terrain tiles will be played during the course of the game. The available spaces for these remaining tiles are a 6 x 6 grid = 36 tiles (counting the tiles already laid out, the entire area is a 7 x 7 grid = 49 tiles).
The remaining 36 terrain tiles are thoroughly mixed and set out in a face-down
stack. Beginners may choose to lay the 36 terrain tiles face-down in the 6 x 6
The temple is placed at the corner diagonally across from the start tile,
approximately where the goal tile will be placed.
Depending on the number of players, the amulets and gold pieces are put on the
appropriate places in the temple:
In the middle, put as many amulets as there are players.
The left is the bonus field. Put twice as many gold pieces there as the number
The right is the reserve field. Put as many gold pieces there as follows:
2 players 3 gold pieces
3 players 6 gold pieces
4 players 9 gold pieces
5 players 12 gold pieces
Put any remaining amulets and gold pieces back in the box.
The various articles of equipment, treasure, and exploration tokens are sorted
and set out in easy reach.
The 7 adventure markers are set out separately and visibly next to the temple.
The value of the markers is represented on one side by a number and on the other
side with gold pieces.
Each player chooses a color and gets:
- 1 adventurer, which he places on the start tile
- 10 camps and 1 backpack, that he sets in front of himself
- 3 provisions and 2 pearls, which he takes from the stock of the articles of equipment and places on numbers 8 –12 in his backpack.
- The players agree who will begin
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