Lost Cities: Rivals turns the two player experience of Lost Cities into a four player experience. While there has already been an attempt at a four player version of the Lost Cities game in the form of Lost Cities: Board Game, many felt that the original experience was lost. Lost Cities: Rivals, designed by the renowned Dr. Reiner Knizia, looks to retain the original experience and build upon it for more players. It supports 2-4 players, aged 12+, and plays in roughly 40 minutes.
“Use your cards to venture down expedition routes that take you to far-flung and mysterious corners of the Earth: to an abandoned mountain temple, a decaying circle of stone, a city sunken under the sea, an ancient Stone-Age settlement, and a town inside of a mountain. Your goal is to plan the routes in such a way that they bring you the greatest possible fame. If you are especially daring, you will also be able to wager on the success of your own expeditions. But watch out: You are not the only one traveling! Which routes will you pursue and how much gold is it worth to you? Plan well and use your resources wisely. Only the player who has collected the most fame at the end of the game will be the winner.” [source]
The goal of the game is to plan the routes in such a way that they bring you the most fame. You’ll also be able to wager on the success of your own expeditions. Expedition paths are created by playing a series of cards in a matching suit of colors in sequence. The publisher, KOSMOS Games, has made the manual available on their website if you’d like more details on the game play.
Lost Cities: Rivals is expected to release August, 2018.