Merchants of the Dark Road

2020 · 1-4 Players · 60-120 Minutes
Merchants of the Dark Road board game
Merchants of the Dark Road board game

The Lantern May Fade, but the Coin Still Shines

The dark season has arrived. Money is tight, but opportunity is around every corner. And while the road is costly, the rewards are great! For these adventurous merchants, fame and fortune don't wait for the coming dawn.

Become a Merchant of Highreach! Strategize and plan as you traffic the goods the kingdom needs to endure the dark season. Sell to heroes at the Ringway inn and make your fortune. Then deliver them to their faraway homes, along with a commission or two, and they'll be singing your name in the streets. Because when the darkness lifts, you'll need to balance fame and fortune if you want to be named the greatest merchant of all.

1. Use your dice to select actions in the city

2. Manage the resources in your wagon

3. Interact with players and events on the Dark Road


1 Kingdom Board
1 Market Wheel
5 Building Tiles
2 District Markers
16 Lantern Tokens
24 Quartz Tokens
12 Horseshoe Tokens
60 Coin Tokens
4 Wagon Boards
4 Player Screens
4 Prestige Markers
4 Wagon Pawns
48 Hero Cards (44x67mm)
22 Companion Cards (59x92mm)
26 Event Cards (87x112mm)
7 Steed Cards (59x92mm)
19 Deed Cards (67x44mm)
30 Commission Tiles
6 Wagon Upgrade Tiles
84 Goods Tiles
28 Night Dice
8 Illuminated Dice
5 Market Dice
5 Travel Dice
1 Oracle Die
1 Ruins Die
1 Private Concern Wagon Pawn
1 Private Concern Prestige Marker
1 Private Concern Goods Marker
10 Private Concern Action Cards (59x92mm)
6 Guild Notice Cards (59x92mm)
3 Sarcophagus Cards (44x67mm)
6 Delivery Tiles
1 Rulebook
1 Solo Rulebook/Adventure Book


Year Published2020
Number of Players 1-4
Playtime 60-120 Minutes
Minimum Age 12
Mechanics Action Selection, Contracts, Dice Movement, Dice Rolling, Hidden Victory Points, Market, Pick-up and Deliver, Rondel, Tile Placement, Variable Player Powers, Worker Placement with Dice Workers
Categories Animals, Fantasy, Kickstarter, Medieval
Learning Complexity N/A[Vote]
Strategy Complexity N/A[Vote]
Official Site Official Website
Rule URL Official Rules
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