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Keltis (includes Keltis: Neue Wege, Neue Ziele (New Ways, New Goals))



Keltis: a board game based on the classic Lost Cities card game featuring a beautiful board and bits and the truly awesome expansion Neue Wege, Neue Ziele (New Ways, New Goals).

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Keltis is a multi-player game that takes its name and mechanics from Knizia's card game Lost Cities. This 2012 edition includes the expansion Keltis: Neue Wege, Neue Ziele (New Ways, New Goals).

Condition Note: Box is damaged - the upper right of box bottom is dented and creased.

In Keltis, players play cards to move their playing pieces along stone paths. There are cards with 5 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 either ascending or descending. Like Lost Cities, it's better to concentrate on a few paths, since the last spaces grant high points, but ending early gives negative ones.

The active player plays one card (out of a hand of 8), moving the corresponding playing piece on a path, or discards one card. Many of the spaces have a token that grants some bonus: points (counted by moving the player's piece 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 a total of 5 playing pieces have reached the 7th space (or higher) on their paths. Final scoring works as follows:

  • Pieces which only moved 1-3 steps score negative points (-4, -3, -2).
  • Pieces with 4+ steps gain points (1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 10).
  • One piece of each player scores double.
  • Players with less than two wishing stones score negative points (-3 / -4)
  • Players with 5 or more wish stones score a bonus of 10 points.

Primary differences between Lost Cities: The Board Game (LCTBG) and Keltis:

  • In LCTBG you play 3 rounds, scoring at the end of all 3 for the monuments you collect. (Normal scoring occurs each round.) In Keltis, you only play 1 round, and score everything each round. This is not just a rule difference, as the scoring is different for the monuments/stones based on the number collected.
  • In Keltis, you may play your cards in either order, high to low, or low to high. In LCTBG, you must go low to high.
  • There is an excellent expansion for Keltis, Keltis: Neue Wege, Neue Ziele (Keltis: New Paths, New Ways), that is quite exceptional. Currently no expansion has been created for Lost Cities: The Board Game.
  • The rules for LCTBG have the Keltis rules as variants, and have the board elements necessary to play Keltis. Keltis does not have the rules, nor the board elements to play LCTBG.
  • There are more differences, that are non-substantive, such as: artwork, points in LCTBG multiplied by 5, etc.


About the Expansion Keltis: Neue Wege, Neue Ziele (New Ways, New Goals):

This exciting first expansion for Keltis creates new challenges with just a few additional rules. The Neue Wege, Neue Ziele board has lots of branches and more wishing stones that provide lots of decision options, new strategies and sophisticated play.

The rules for playing the cards are identical to those of the base game. Either you start a series with low values and play higher and higher or vice versa. The overlapping and intersecting paths on the new board, however, provide a completely different feel. The rules are still so simple that you can start playing immediately.

The Neue Wege, Neue Ziele gameboard is arranged portrait-style rather than in the landscape orientation of the original, and the five roads have been replaced by a network of intersecting and overlapping roads, so you can continue advancing your stones with a different color or even choose from multiple paths. The point values also change along the way, not simply increasing.

Also, you have 5 cairns on the board, with each cairn having a stack of five wishing stones of a particular color. When you reach a cairn on a track, you claim the top wishing stone. Collecting wishing stones in sets of 3 of the same color is worth 10 points. Collecting wishing stones in a variety of colors is worth points (positive or negative) according to the following table:

Stone Colors? ? ? ? ? ?? Points
? 0?????????????????????????? -4
? 1?????????????????????????? -3
? 2??????????????????????????? 2
? 3??????????????????????????? 3
? 4??????????????????????????? 6
? 5?????????????????????????? 10

Keltis Awards and Nominations:

  • 2011 Hungarian Boargame Prize Nominee
  • 2009 Golden Geek Best Family Board Game Nominee
  • 2009 Nominee - ?rets Familiespill (Family Game of the Year, Norway)
  • 2008 Spiel des Jahres Winner.
  • 2008 Deutscher Spiele Preis 8th Place.
  • 2008 Japan Boardgame Prize 7th Prize.

Contents: 1 two-sided game board, 110 cards, 20 game figures (5 in each of 4 player colors: black, white, grey, brown), 4 score markers (1 in each of 4 player colors), 4 clovers (1 each in player colors), 25 square way tiles, 47 round way tiles, Keltis rules & expansion rules (in German). An English translation of the rules will also be provided. Keltis and Neue Wege, Neue Ziele are language independent. There is no in-game text that requires translation during game play.

Note: This board game is imported from Germany. It is not widely available in the United States.


Number of Players 2 to 4
Playing Time 30 minutes
Suggested Ages 10 and up
Demo Available Yes
Mechanics hand management, set collection, card drafting, Lost Cities, Keltis, imported
Designer Knizia, Reiner
Illustrator Martin Hoffman and Claus Stephan
Publisher Kosmos
Year Published 2008
Binding Box
Condition New


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