Five Tribes, designed by Bruno Cathala (Cyclades, Shadows Over Camelot, Mr. Jack) and published by Days of Wonder is now available for pre-order.
Five Tribes is a “worker displacement” game with a set collection and area control aspects. An interesting twist to worker placement, in this upcoming Arabian themed game, the worker meeples are placed on the board at the beginning of the game. The main board consists of tiles placed in a 5 by 6 grid and meeples are randomly placed on the tiles. These meeples do not belong to any one player and will move around the board.
Players are vying for influence control over the different tiles and at the end of the game, the player with the most influence controls the Sultanate. A player will choose a tile, redistribute meeples on that tile, and then take actions based on meeple color and last movement. There are five meeple colors, or tribes. Green provide resource cards, blue provide points for building tile locations, yellow meeples are placed in front of each player and follow a majority system for scoring, white enables powerful djinns, and red allows elimination of other meeples. As tiles are emptied, player’s camels mark them as influenced.
Components include 30 tiles, 90 wooden meeples, 96 victory coins, and 76 cards. Five Tribes is for 2 to 4 players, ages 13 and up and a play time of 60 minutes.