Lost Cities - Rules of the card game
Objective of the game
You are an adventurer trying to succeed in up to five expeditions (represented by five colors)
To make progress, you will lay the corresponding cards in ascending order.
Investment cards will let you double, triple, quadruple your earnings.
But beware! Starting an expedition costs points and you may fail to cover your costs!
Points are shown in white on black:
Every player starts with 8 cards in hand.
A player's turn is very simple:
How to play a card?
You can play a card in two ways:
How to lay a card?
Laying a card on an expedition must be done in ascending order.
Cards do not need to be consecutive.
Discarding a card
If you do not want to lay a card on an expedition, you can discard one instead.
There is one discard pile per color.
Drawing a card
Once you have played a card, you must draw another one:
You can not draw a card that you have discarded in the same turn!
Investment cards ($)
Investment cards are represented by the sign $.
They must be laid before an expedition is started, that is before any value card on the same expedition.
They will double, triple, quadruple your earnings or losses (for 1, 2, or 3 investment cards).
End of the game
When a player draws the last card of the deck, the game ends immediately.
Each expedition which has at least one card on it costs 20 points. This cost is substracted from the total value of the cards on that expedition.
This total is then multiplied if there are investment cards on the expedition (x2, x3 or x4).
If the expedition has at least 8 cards, a (non multiplied) bonus of 20 points is given.
The final score of a player is the total of points for the five expeditions.
It can be negative!
Let us suppose that a player plays 2 investment cards, then 3 value cards (5, 9, 10) on an expedition.
The total value of his cards is 24.
The expedition costs 20 points which must be deducted. That leaves only 24-20 = 4 points.
If there was no invesment cards, the player would score these 4 points. But as he played two of them, the expedition value is tripled. So the player scores 4x3 = 12 points.
Only 5 cards have been played, so a bonus of 20 points is not awarded here.
You do not need to start all expeditions. An expedition that is not started costs you nothing!
Timing is very important. Do not hesitate to lose points to gain time!
Watch out for the end of the game!
Always keep an eye on your opponent!
In each color, there are:
We would like to thank Reiner Knizia for giving us the opportunity to offer Lost Cities on Happy Meeple.