They say that in the very heart of the mountains of the Sultanate of Naqala, there lives a Tribe that rarely appears in the bazaars and markets in town. They call themselves the Artisans, and work day and night crafting precious items, inlaid with rare gems. Some travelers claim that the Artisans are able to craft unique artifacts, filled with magic and mystery.
With “The Artisans of Naqala”, a new Tribe appears in the game! Use Artisans and their Items to achieve victory over your opponents and take control of the Sultanate!
Represented by purple Meeples, the Artisans add a new layer of strategy in Five Tribes. With their help, players will be able to have precious or magic items crafted. Some of these items are worth Victory Points, while others, such as the Rebirth Ring or the Horn of Plenty, unlock special powers. Also, like Viziers and Elders, Artisans are worth additional Victory Points at the end of the game – so make sure to recover more Artisans than your opponents!
To accommodate these new Meeples, the expansion also features new Tiles that will increase the size of the game board: you will now play on a 6×6 square featuring Workshops (where the Artisans craft their Items) and Specialized Markets (where players can buy specific Merchandise when needed). An impassable Chasm Tile, as well as Mountain markers, will also force the players to adapt their strategy when moving Meeples.
Two new Djinns are also provided in the expansion: Ptah that gives you extra VPs for each of your Artisans, and Geb that gives extra value to your precious items. Will you gain their favor to reign over the Sultanate? The expansion also includes an updated version of Kandicha and Boaz, to ensure their compatibility with Artisans.
Five Tribes is for 2 to 4 players, ages 13 and older and takes approximately 40-80 minutes to play. Its expansion “The Artisans of Naqala” is expected to be available from game retailers in June in Europe and early August in North America (GenCon).