|Players:||1 - 100 players|
|Time:||30 - 45 minutes|
Queen Gimnax has ordered the reclamation of the northern lands. As a cartographer in her service, you are sent to map this territory, claiming it for the Kingdom of Nalos. Through official edicts, the queen announces which lands she prizes most, and you will increase your reputation by meeting her demands. But you are not alone in this wilderness. The Dragul contest your claims with their outposts, so you must draw your lines carefully to reduce their influence. Reclaim the greatest share of the queen’s desired lands and you will be declared the greatest cartographer in the kingdom.
In Cartographers, players compete to earn the most reputation stars by the time four seasons have passed. Each season, players draw on their map sheets and earn reputation by carrying out the queen's edicts before the season is over. The player with the most reputation stars at the end of winter wins!
This lockdown we've learned how important it is to have a good supply of roll-and-write games at hand. They are really good to play over a video call, especially if you can make a contactless drop off of the appropriate game components to you game mates. Cartographers is such a cool game. I love how the challenge cards create variety in the game. You get points for two different challenges every "season" but you also need to keep future challenges in mind to make sure you set yourself up for points in those rounds. The different selection of challenges and their order really makes each game feel completely different.
This game is really fun drawing "Tetris" shape like terrains and trying to fit them on your map, all while trying to meet the game objectives.
I found this game has just the right amount of challenge and enjoyment.
Be careful of the Monsters - I forgot, that you need to round them up too.
We asked Hobby Games to help us find a cool game that we could we could play in different households during lockdown via Video conferencing - and this one is a hit!! Thank you.
(BTW - We shared our maps with the opposition, via the video, allowing them to tell us where to place the monsters on our grid. It helps that grid is labelled A-K, and 1-11 so we could communicate the exact placement)
This game became an instant favourite in our home! We love that we each get to create our own map, puzzling out how to use each card to get the most points. The girls love drawing each icon in different colours to really make their page pretty :) And the monster cards give what could be a solo game that spark of interaction that makes us all chat about it and laugh. Great family game!!