Unplug and Play at the Library

"One night a month (and the occasional Saturday), turn off your TV, cell phone, computer, and video games and join others to play board games at the library. Choose from our collection of 100+ games or bring one from home to share. Light refreshments are provided for program participants."

  On Display in the Library  

Five Tribes

Five Tribes game box

Crossing into the Land of 1001 Nights, your caravan arrives at the fabled Sultanate of Naqala. The old sultan just died and control of Naqala is up for grabs! The oracles foretold of strangers who would maneuver the Five Tribes to gain influence over the legendary city-state. Will you fulfill the prophecy? Invoke the old Djinns and move the Tribes into position at the right time, and the Sultanate may become yours!

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, oases, 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.

(images and description from boardgamegeek.com)

Five Tribes

Number of Players: 2-4

For ages: 13 and up

Duration: 40-80 mins

Five Tribes will be available for play at the November meetings of Unplug & Play. Those interested in playing are advised to be here at 5pm in order to have a chance at a complete game.

Board games are displayed in the Unplug & Play display case between the Main Desk and the elevator. Look for a new game every month!