New from Holy Grail Games is Encyclopedia, a dice-based worker placement game for 1 to 4 players that plays in 60 to 120 minutes.
You are taken back to 1739 where, as an aspiring naturalist and adventurer you will work to create the first Encyclopedia of natural history. The goal of the game is to become the biggest contributor to this encyclopedia. Through a dice placement mechanic, you will be able to choose different animals to study, prepare for your research and lead expeditions to other continents. All this will allow you to reach your main goal: publishing your findings to impress the public and increase your fame!
Each of the 6 rounds begins with the flip over of a randomly selected bonus tile to get everyone started. Then all players roll 4 dice drawn randomly from a bag. Each player will now carefully place a die on one of 4 available spots on their player board. Higher value die can be more valuable than lower value die, but there are many ways to mitigate low dice rolls. In turn order players select a die and use it as a worker on one of the 6 available action locations on the main board. They can choose any die, not just their own. Taking another player’s die gives the other player a bonus of points, coins or expedition tokens. The action locations include a place to get 5 coins, a place to get expedition tokens, a place to claim an expert card, a place to research animal cards, a place to go on an expedition, and a place to publish the results of the research. Each animal has 4 characteristics to by research and published. Points are gained by collecting sets of animals with matching characteristics and publishing those results. After 6 rounds the most amazing naturalist will be the winner of Expedition.
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