The Artisans of Naqala adds sixth tribe, impassable mountains, and more.
- Sixth tribe added, the Artisans.
- Artisans can create magical items that are either worth victory points or add abilities.
- New mountain tiles can't be passed when placing meeples
Designer Bruno Cathala teased the Five Tribes expansion last month, but now we have some firmer details on what to expect from Five Tribes: The Artisans of Naqala.
A sixth tribe is being added to Five Tribes, making the name on your box cover irrelevant and further confusing gamers expecting a game that allows more than four players. But, this is exciting news nonetheless. The Artisans of Naqala adds the purple meeple Artisan tribe, capable of crafting magic items. These items may be worth victory points or offer special abilities.
To activate the Artisan’s ability to craft items, new tiles are being offered in this expansion. Workshop tiles enable Artisans to create their items and the Specialized Markets tiles allow players to purchase specific merchandise.
More interesting though is the addition of mountain tiles, which now block a direct path for dropping meeples. An impassable chasm tile is also being added for good measure. This alone should deepen the strategy for maneuvering the meeples you pick up and drop. And, unfortunately, will also greaten the potential for analysis paralysis.
The six extra tiles included mean that the overall playing board is going to expand by one row. This means more space, but also there are more meeples available so it should work out just fine.
Here’s everything included in Five Tribes: The Artisans of Naqala
- 6 Tiles (3 Workshops, 2 Specialized Markets, & 1 Chasm)
- 15 Wooden Meeples
- 4 Tents
- 18 Item Markers
- 6 Mountains
- 4 Djinn cards (2 new, 2 revised)
- 1 New Scoring Pad
- 4 Summary Sheets
- 1 Rule Booklet
Days of Wonder has not offered a release date. We've reached out to them for comment, but have not heard back at the time of this posting.