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Quick Takes:  1-100 players    30-45 minutes   Ages 10+ Ace of hearts playing card Level 1 (easy to learn, easy to play, and FUN!)

About the game:

Do you love maps? We love maps. That's why we picked Cartographers for Board's Edge Games.

In this game, you play a mapmaker (cartographer). As a cartographer in the Queen's service, you are sent to map a new territory she wishes to claim. 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. Enemies contest your claims with their outposts, so you must draw your lines carefully to reduce their influence (kind of like... gerrymandering?). Reclaim the greatest share of the queen’s desired lands and you will be declared the greatest cartographer in the kingdom. 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. Watch out, because other players can ambush you too! The player with the most reputation stars at the end of winter wins.

Love Cartographers? This game is known as a "roll and write." You might also like Sonora, a "flick and write"!

Why we chose this game for Board's Edge:
  • Artistic creativity - this game asks you to draw with dry erase markers on laminated grid sheets. Appeals to artists and engineers alike!
  • We love maps!
  • Recognized by the Spiel des Jahres jury as one of the best games of the year.
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