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Spirit Island

Spirit Island

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Spirit Island is a cooperative, settler-destruction strategy game for 1 to 4 players designed by R. Eric Reuss and set in an alternate-history world around A.D. 1700. Spirit Island is a complex and thematic cooperative game about defending your island home from colonizing Invaders. Players are different spirits of the land, each with its own unique elemental powers.

In Spirit Island, powerful spirits have existed on this isolated Island for time immemorial. They are both part of the natural world and - at the same time - something beyond nature. Native Islanders, known as the Dahan, have learned how to co-exist with the spirits, but with a healthy dose of fear and reverence. However, now, the Island has been "discovered" by invaders from a far-off land. These would-be colonists are taking over the land and upsetting the natural balance, destroying the presence of spirits as they go. As spirits, you must grow in power and work together to drive the invaders from your Island before it's too late!

The Story

Spirit Island is a cooperative, settler-destruction strategy game for 1 to 4 players designed by R. Eric Reuss and set in an alternate-history world around A.D. 1700. Players are different spirits of the land, each with their own unique elemental powers, forced to defend their island home from colonizing Invaders spreading blight and destruction. Work with your fellow spirits and the Dahan (local islanders) to increase your power and drive the invading colonists from your island in this deep and complex area-control game!

Game Play

Every turn, players simultaneously choose which of their power cards to play, paying energy to do so. Using combinations of power cards that match a spirit's elemental affinities can grant free bonus effects. Faster powers take effect immediately, before the Invaders spread and ravage, but other magics are slower, requiring forethought and planning to use effectively.

The Invaders expand across the island map in a semi-predictable fashion. Each turn they explore into some lands (portions of the island); the next turn, they build in those lands, forming settlements and cities. The turn after that, they ravage there, bringing Blight to the land and attacking any Dahan present. (Who then retaliate.)

The game escalates as it progresses: Spirits spread their presence to new parts of the island and seek out new and more potent powers, while the Invaders step up their colonization efforts. Each turn represents 1-3 years of alternate-history.

Spirit Island includes different adversaries to fight against (eg: a Swedish Mining Colony, or a Remote British Colony). Each changes play in different ways, and offers a different path of difficulty boosts to keep the game challenging as you gain skill.

Honors

  • 2017 Golden Geek Most Innovative Board Game Nominee
  • 2017 Golden Geek Board Game of the Year Nominee
  • 2017 Golden Geek Best Thematic Board Game Nominee
  • 2017 Golden Geek Best Strategy Board Game Nominee
  • 2017 Golden Geek Best Solo Board Game Nominee
  • 2017 Golden Geek Best Cooperative Game Nominee
  • 2017 Golden Geek Best Board Game Artwork & Presentation Nominee
  • 2017 Cardboard Republic Striker Laurel Nominee

Contents

  • 8 different Spirits, each with 4 Power Cards unique to that Spirit
  • Over 50 distinct Major and Minor Power Cards which Spirits can grow into
  • 4 modular Island Boards, for a variety of layouts
  • Over 100 pieces for representing the Invaders and Dahan (native islanders)
  • 15 Invader cards, driving a distinctive Invader expansion system
  • 15 Fear cards, showing what happens as you terrify the Invader
  • 3 multi-tier Adversaries (specific Invaders) for play variety and fine-tuned challenge: England, Brandenburg-Prussia, and Sweden
  • 4 optional Scenarios for even more play variety

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Game Details

Suggested Ages: 13 and up
Number of Players:
1 to 4
Playing Time:
90 to 120 minutes

Designer: Reuss, R. Eric
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Publisher: Greater Than Games, LLC

Mechanics

Fantasy, Fighting, Mythology, Territory Building, Area Control, Area Influence, Cooperative Play, Hand Management, Modular Board, Set Collection, solo play, Simultaneous Action Selection, Variable Player Powers, solo play, Spirit Island

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