Five Tribes board game
Five Tribes board game

Five Tribes

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Crossing into the Land of 1001 Nights, your caravan arrives at the fabled Sultanate of Naqala.

The old sultan just died and control of Naqala is up for grabs!

The oracles foretold of strangers who would maneuver the Five Tribes to gain influence over the legendary city-state.

Will you fulfill the prophecy? Invoke the old Djinns, move the Tribes into position at the right time and the Sultanate may become yours!


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  • Well, I don't like euro games, but, unlike a typical "mathy" Euro game, which will have a mediocre new worker-placement mechanic, Five Tribes is really innovative and clever. I really enjoy it. Although it is somewhat complex, it is still a great family game. Great 2-player game, and very good for 3-4 players.
  • A very nice blend of strategy and tactics; you do need both! It's essentially a victory-point salad sort of game, and filled with AP; but it's not a long game, so the AP is endurable.My only major complaints are about the art and presentation. First of all, I fear Five Tribes may present some challenges to the colour-blind; and the similarities between the appearances of the various non-meeple wooden pieces make it difficult even for those who happily live in a kaleidoscope. The artwork on the djinn cards is beautiful....and the art everywhere else is fairly bad! It's hard to believe it was all done by the same artist.
  • Enjoyed this game. Fun mechanics and pretty good pace. Could be prone to "Analysis Paralysis", but definitely open to playing.
  • Really simple to learn but very tactically meaty. I've taught this to all sorts of people.
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One of the first games that I enjoyed playing with my kids was an old wooden Mancala set Grandma gave to us. My one daughter surprised us by being an absolute beast at the game, we would split wins 50/50 when she was 5 and 6. (Granted, I'm no mancala expert. ) So when I heard about #Five Tribes using that type of mechanic it shot up my priority list pretty quick.

Clank is primarily a deck builder with a push your luck aspect to it in the form of a bag builder. It can be frustrating at times if Lady Luck doesn't smile on your card draws or card availability for acquiring, but the fun factor is still high even in those situations. 

I had a very successful shopping season this past black Friday  so my list has dwindled a bit too stuff that is on the back burner. Except for # 1.

1) #Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated

2) #Oceans

3) #Five Tribes

4) #Concordia Venus

5) #Glen More II: Chronicles

There are a bunch more on the want list but they are all much lower priority.

I tend to buy the games I want (most people would get me a gift card instead of guessing what game I'd like), but once I got #Imperial Settlers and #Five Tribes in the same year.

This is an interesting question. Here are mine:

1. #Five Tribes - I've been wanting this one for a while and have watched reviews and the TableTop episode of it. I don't have any games like it, but it looks like something I would enjoy.

2. #Viticulture: Essential Edition - I love the worker placement mechanic. I would probably own this one, but I would if it would be too much for my wife. She is the main person I play games with, and she prefers quicker light-medium weight games. I wonder if it would be too much a time investment. So far 45 minutes is about her max. She'll play for a couple of hours, but she likes to play multiple games in that time.

3. #Wingspan - It looks fun and has a interesting theme. I like that the theme isn't science fiction or fantasy. I enjoy those themes, but it is always fun to have something different. 

4. #Hunt for the Ring - I'm a big LOTR fan. I would love to play this game, but don't know who I would play with (see Viticulture). I also don't own a hidden movement game, but like the assymetric nature of it.

5. #Dawn of Mankind - Again I really like worker placement, and this one looks interesting. This one hasn't gotten a lot of love, but I watch Rahdo's video on it, which sparked my interest. This one looks simpler too, so I hope, if I get it, that my wife could get into it. 

1. #Five Tribes

2. #Century: Spice Road or #Century: A New World (I'm cheating here. I can't decide which one I want more.)

3. #Azul: Summer Pavilion

To be honest I could easily mention 10 or 15 games that are on my wishlist. Which ones that are on top changes often.

I do love lists, thanks for sharing! Of the games I've played that are on all three lists, the only ones that I've found personally to be a bit underwhelming (but still solid games) are: #Five Tribes, #Concordia, and #Viticulture: Essential Edition. It goes to show that this is such a diverse hobby that for some people these are their very favorite games!

Got a few games in online and solo this week:

  • #The Prodigals Club (Multiplayer, TTS): Fun game!  This game is a fairly standard worker placement game.  The fun interaction is in how the 2 or 3 modules of the game work together.  Of course the twist of trying to lower your score is neat as well. 
  • #Civilization: A New Dawn with #Civilization: A New Dawn - Terra Incognita (Multiplayer, TTS): I quite enjoy this version of Civ but the combat was a pretty weak part. A New Dawn greatly improves the combat aspect and adds some nice little tweaks to the game overall.  Definitely wouldn't play without it!
  • #Five Tribes (Solo, physical): I used a solo variant to try this one out single player.  It generally captured the spirit of the game but I definitely prefer it multiplayer.  It was fast enough to setup and play that I'd try it again as it does let you puzzle out the board state nicely without having to worry about other players waiting for you.
  • #Cities: Skylines - The Board Game (Solo, physical) x3: I've had this game for a while and tried it solo only.  My first experience solo was pretty lacklustre.  It was much too random in the cards you saw and really came down to luck as to whether or not you could make it to the end of the game.  This time I used some solo suggestions I found on BGG plus some of my own tweaks and adjusted them over the games until I hit what I think is a decent combination of ideas.  Finishing the game is very likely but it still requires some good play to get a good score.  That's how I like it so that's how I'll be playing it.  Saved this one from the "sell it" bin I think.

Good week!

If you want an unusual board definitely check out #Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar!

#Five Tribes could be considered modular but it's really a big set of tiles.

My favourite game boards belong to #Brass: Birmingham, #Brass: Lancashire, and #Scythe (Modular or regular.)