Players in Volcanic Isle are tasked with building villages and raising Moai across the continent, each doing their best to survive and become the strongest tribe.
However, with each Moai raised, the possibility of a volcanic eruption increases! Eruptions devastate settlements and even cause whole sections of the board to sink into the sea and be removed! Strategically plan the expansion of your settlements amidst the chaos of volcanic activity with an ever-changing landscape!
What's in the box?
- 22 Area Boards
- 8 Plastic Volcanoes
- 24 Plastic Villages
- 20 Plastic Settlers
- 56 Plastic Moai
- 4 Scoring Markers
- 1 Scoreboard
- 1 Rulebook
- 73 Tiles
- 26 Fissure Tiles
- 47 Lava Tiles
- 41 Tokens
- 8 Volcano Tokens
- 16 Action Point Tokens
- 4 Boat Tokens
- 12 Prayer Tokens
- 1 First Player Token
Each player in Volcanic Isle selects a color and takes all the Moai, Villages, Settlers, and the score marker of their color, then begins inhabiting the unstable continent of Mu.
On their turn, a player has 4 Action Points (AP) that can be spent:
#1. Move a Settler (1 AP)
#2. Build a Village (2 AP)
#3. Create a Settler (1 AP)
#4. Sculpt a Moai (1 AP)
#5. Raise a Moai (1 AP)
#6. Obtain a Prayer Token (1+ AP)
Game play is simple, but resources on the island are limited! Lava tiles can be used to construct new Villages and sculpt Moai. Players may choose to build and expand their holdings near the Volcanoes (a risky but also rewarding choice)
or far from them, hoping to preserve their Villages and their people.
The Moai are paramount to your strategy and can influence the other players as well: They are used to obtain Victory Points, but also to trigger and hasten the irreversible process of the continent’s destruction—and thus to reach the game’s end.
Whenever a Moai is raised, it is placed on top of one of the geysers in the same space. However, every time a new Moai is raised, the obstruction of the geyser will increase the pressure beneath the continent, possibly triggering a volcanic eruption! After a Moai is raised:
• Place a Fissure tile in front of the Moai, on the border
between its Area tile and the adjacent tile
• Roll the Volcano die to see if one of the Volcanoes
If the volcano die lands on an eruption symbol, the active player draws a random Volcano token to determine which Volcano erupts, then places one Lava tile on each Channel space surrounding the Volcano in every direction. Unraised Moai and Villages occupying the spaces are destroyed!
Raising Moai can do much more than cause a mere volcano to erupt, they can cause whole sections of the board to break away and sink into the sea!
If any section of the island is completely surrounded by Fissure tiles (placed when you raise Moai), that tile is doomed to sink into the darkness beneath the waves –destroying all Moai (thankfully, most settlers know how to swim and will be saved).
The game ends when there are two or fewer Volcanoes left on the board after part of the island sinks, and the player with the most victory points at the end wins!