U.S. games publisher Days of Wonder has just announced a new game from designer Bruno Cathala, whose game Mr. Jack Pocket was reviewed here.
Five Tribes will be an Arabian Nights-inspired game of worker placement on a 30-tile board. Here’s a quote from the Days of Wonder blog post:
Designed by Bruno Cathala, Five Tribes builds on a long tradition of German-style games that feature wooden meeples. Here, in a unique twist on the now-standard “worker placement” genre, the game begins with the meeples already in place – and players must cleverly maneuver them over the villages, markets, oasis and sacred places tiles that make up Naqala. How, when, and where you dis-place these Five Tribes of Assassins, Elders, Builders, Merchants, and Viziers determine your victory or failure.
As befitting a Days of Wonder game, the rules are straightforward and easy to learn. But… devising a winning strategy will take a more calculated approach than our standard fare. You need to carefully consider what moves can score you well and put your opponents at a disadvantage. You need to weigh many different pathways to victory, including the summoning of powerful Djinns that may help your cause as you attempt to control this legendary Sultanate.
The components look beautiful and the game’s premise is intriguing. Five Tribes is scheduled to launch at GenCon Indy in August, and to be available for us to order for September. The tentative suggested retail is US$60, so it is likely to be somewhat higher here, depending upon the Canadian/U.S. dollar exchange rate at the launch. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more from the publisher.