Game Rules - Treefrog Games

Game Rules - Treefrog Games

Game Rules Introduction and Overview It is 1882 and the Old Ones are already here. They arrived seven hundred years ago and have been ruling the pla...

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Introduction and Overview It is 1882 and the Old Ones are already here. They arrived seven hundred years ago and have been ruling the planet ever since. The majority of people just get on with their lives, accepting their monstrous rulers. However, there is a growing band of revolutionaries who wish to free mankind from slavery. These freedom fighters call themselves the Restorationists. A secret war has already broken out between the Restorationists and forces loyal to the Old Ones. The invention of dynamite has changed the balance of power and a lone assassin now has the capacity to destroy an Old One. In this shadow world of assassins, informers, police agents and anarchists nobody is quite sure who is who and which side they fight for. The game’ A Study in Emerald’ draws its cental plot from the award winning short story penned by Neil Gaiman, in which the worlds of Sherlock Holmes and H.P. Lovecraft are combined to telling effect. Additional details have been drawn from the history of the time. The nineteenth century was a time of unrest, with many colourful characters fighting both for and against the authorities. ‘A Study in Emerald’ is the outcome of the merging of these three worlds. Each player will be assigned a secret identity, either Restorationist or Loyalist. Who you are determines what you will score points for in the game. Restorationists score points for assassinating the Old Ones (called Royalty in the game), while the Loyalists are aiming to identify and eliminate the Restorationists. You will begin the game with your own deck of cards, from which you will draw a hand of five. These cards allow you to perform a range of actions, many of which are associated with the placing and removal of Influence cubes. Influence is the means by which you gain more cards from the board. Your cards cycle so you will get to use them repeatedly. Your strategy will be shaped by the cards you gain. Some will give you additional agents, while others grant special powers. You need to be careful not to give your identity away too quickly, as this will allow your opponents to target you. At the end of the game players reveal which side they are on. The player with the lowest number of victory points inflicts a penalty on all of the players on the same side. Thus you must make the effort to work out each player’s identity, otherwise you could lose the game through the incompetency of a fellow player. ‘A Study in Emerald’ is for two to five players and should take around sixty minutes to play.

Game Components As well as this rule book, A Study in Emerald also contains the pieces and cards outlined below.

Player Pieces

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Take the nine City cards and place one in each Game Card space on the board, so 13 14 the name on the card matches the name of the city, i.e. place the Berlin card in that the 8 9Berlin Game Card space. For the moment the cards remain face-up. Take the nine Royalty cards and place one in each Game Card space on the board, as indicated on the card, i.e. Gloriana is placed in the London Game Card space. Once again, for the moment the cards remain face-up. 4

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These cards should be placed face-down. In each Game Card space you need to 3 4 take the City card, the Royalty card and the Game cards and shuffle them together, making sure they are all face-down. Once you have shuffled them place them facedown in the space. Finally, turn the top card of each stack face-up.

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Each player now selects a colour and takes the set of matching pieces and cards. 7 8 9 10 You should have ten Agent pieces, ten Influence cubes, one Victory Point disc and 6 ten 7 Starting 8 9 10 cards. 6

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Left you can see part of the board set out for a five player game. Five Game cards have 18 19 been added to the City and Royalty cards in each Game Card space (3). All seven cards 13 14 have been shuffled together, making sure they are all face-down. The top card in each deck 8 9 has then been flipped face-up. The card in Rome is a Royalty card, so is moved to the Royalty Slot. The next card is then turned face-up (4). 3 4 4

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Each player starts with a set of ten Starting cards. You shuffle your cards and place them in front of you, forming your own personal draw deck. You then draw the top five cards to make your starting hand.

Shuffle the six Secret Identity cards and deal out one to each player. You should look at the card you have been dealt but keep it secret from your fellow players. This card tells you which side you are on, which will either be Restorationist or Loyalist. Place the remaining Secret Identity cards to one side without examining them. Each player takes three Sanity tokens and places them on top of their Secret Identity card. Randomly determine who will be the first player. Going clockwise from the first player each player places one of his or her Agents in one of the City spaces. Once each player has done this repeat the process so that all players start with two Agent pieces on the board. You can have an agent in the same City space as another agent. You can have more than one of your agents in the same city. Place the six Zombie pieces and the Sanity die within easy reach.

You are now ready to start playing ‘A Study in Emerald’.

Sample game setup for five players

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A Short Interlude About Cards. There are a lot of cards in this game, marked with a range of symbols and text. Before embarking on learning how to play the game it is useful to know a little bit about these cards and symbols. In all circumstances a card can only ever be played for one type of symbol on it or the text effect described in the text box.

Retrieve one Influence cube

Below are some examples of cards found in the game. Any symbols relating to actions are found on the left-hand side of the card. Symbols on the right-hand side relate to victory points, Bomb points and sanity.

Move agent

Some cards will have an agent symbol at the top. Many cards will have a text box at the bottom, which will describe a special action.

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Those cards that have text at the bottom will also have a sub-heading, as explained below:

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Interrupt - this card can be played during another player’s turn to block an action against you. If you do play an ‘Interrupt’ card then you draw a replacement card after doing so (you always start your turn with five cards in hand). Benefit- this card is played to modify an action in some manner. One-use - the card it is removed from the game after being played, i.e. it can only ever be used once. Please note that this restriction only occurs if you use the card for the text effect on it. Any one-use card that scores you victory points in any manner should be placed close to your Secret Identity card after playing, so you have a means of checking your final victory point total.

Playing the Game

• Place Influence cubes • Claim one card (can only be performed as your first action)

Play commences with the first player and continues clockwise. When it is your turn you perform two actions. Once you have completed your two actions you draw cards from your own draw deck to bring your hand of cards back to five. If you have exhausted your draw deck and you need to draw cards then you shuffle your discard pile to make a new draw deck.

• Retrieve Influence cubes • Move agents

In most cases the cards you play are placed on to your own discard pile, which will be next to your draw deck. There are some cards which are removed from the game after play or are placed on your Secret Identity card. The rules and information on the cards will make it clear whether a card has to be treated differently.

• Move markers • Perform an assassination • Discard cards

There are nine actions for you to choose from. You can choose any two actions to perform and, with one exception, can perform them in any order you choose. The actions you can perform are listed on the right.

• Card action • Pass

These actions will now be described in more detail.

ACTION: PLACE INFLUENCE CUBES

Example Monday (red) plays three cards, as shown. He takes four of his Influence cubes from his Available stock and decides to place them in Rome.

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You must then take a number of Influence cubes from your Available stock equal to the number of such symbols played and place them in ONE City space of your choice. There is no limit to the number of Influence cubes that can be placed in a City space, and cubes belonging to different players may exist in the same box.

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Example In the situation below Thursday (blue) could potentially claim three cards in a single action if she has enough cards that allowed her to do so. She could claim cards from Paris, Madrid and Constantinople. She cannot claim from Cairo as she does not have any Influence cubes in that city.

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To perform this action you must play one or more cards marked with the symbol. For each such symbol played you can take one of your Influence cubes from the board and place it back in your Available stock. You can take any of your cubes from the board, whether they be in Limbo or in a City space. Note that unlike placing Influence cubes you can retrieve cubes from multiple places on the board in a single action.

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Example Monday (red) wants to move three of his agents. He plays the cards shown here and moves three of his agents, in this case to St. Petersburg.

Your agents are useful in helping to claim cards and performing assassinations. Thus you want to be able to move them to where they may be most effective. To perform this action you must play one or more cards marked with the symbol. For each such symbol played you can move one of your Agent pieces from one City space to any other City space on the board. You can only move your agents and only those that are on the board (not those in your Available stock).

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Example Wednesday plays the cards shown here. The Restorationist marker is moved three spaces up the Restorationist track. All players immediately add three victory points to their victory point totals. If in a later turn the Loyalist marker was moved up three spaces then all players would reduce their victory point totals by three.

There are two tracks along the centre of the board, one marked ‘Loyalist’ and the other ‘Restorationist’. The Loyalist track represents the efforts of the authorities to foment a war, which in turn will feed their unnatural masters and mistresses with psychic energy. The Restorationists are busy inciting the population to throw off their shackles and revolt against the authorities. To some observers the difference between the two aims is difficult to discern.

2 symbols As an action you can play one or more cards with these 2 on. You then move the markers accordingly on each track. There is nothing to stop you playing cards to move both markers, or move a marker more than once. Neither marker can be moved higher than ‘10’ on the track (the moment that this happens will automatically trigger the end of the game). Please note that in this case all movements of the markers are resolved before the game ends.

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After moving the markers victory points should be adjusted to reflect their new positions. ALL players score whatever the difference is between the positions of the two markers (it does not matter which side a player is on). This may mean players’ victory point scores being reduced rather than increased, depending on how the markers are moved.

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No game about anarchists, secret agents and unholy creatures from another dimension would be complete without the ability to assassinate the aforementioned.

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are placed on your discard pile UNLESS explicitly stated otherwise (such as the Fenians card). If you chose to assassinate another agent then you select an agent belonging to another player in the city where you are performing this action and remove it from the board. If the card you played has the iconography shown right on the bottom of it then you place the card near your Secret Identity card and place the Agent piece on top of the agent symbol. You then score the victory points indicated on the card. If the card you played does not have this box on then you hand the Agent piece back to the owning player, who places it in their Available stock. Please note that if you assassinate a player’s last remaining Agent piece on the board then that player is obliged to reveal their secret identity (more on this later). If you chose to assassinate royalty then you take the Royalty card from the Royalty slot in the city where you performed the action and place it near your Secret Identity card (you do not place the Royalty card on your discard pile). You then roll the Sanity die. If you have to lose one Sanity token then you also remove one of your Agent pieces from the city in question and return it to your Available stock.

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Finally, you remove all of your Influence cubes from the city where you performed this action and place them in Limbo. All Influence cubes belonging to other players are removed and returned to their owning players’ Available stock. You may perform more than one assassination in a symbol on. You must resolve each assassination in single action. Each assassination requires you to play a card with the order, with you choosing that order. An agent piece can be used in multiple assassinations, both to allow such an assassination to occur and to contribute its bomb point value.

ACTION: DISCARD CARDS If you have a hand of, what you consider to be, useless cards then as an action you can discard one or more cards from your hand to your discard pile. Please note that you do not pick up any more cards until the end of your turn, when you draw back to five cards.

ACTION: CARD ACTION Many of the cards in this game allow you to carry out special actions. The card will state on it ‘Action’ indicating that it costs one of your two actions to perform. If the card is just marked ‘Action’ then you place it on your discard pile after use. If the card is marked ‘One-use action’ then you remove the card from play after playing it (place it to one side). If the card gained you victory points in any manner, either when you claimed it or because you have just played it, then you place it near your Secret Identity card. You do not lose points marked on a card just because you have used its one-use function.

ACTION: PASS Not something you would like to do but once in a while you may find yourself with no other option than to pass.

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Your Secret Identity At the start of the game you will have received a Secret Identity card. On to this you will have placed three Sanity tokens. You must reveal your secret identity if: a) your last remaining Agent piece on the board is assassinated, or b) you lose your last remaining Sanity token from the card.

If you reveal your identity to be that of a Loyalist LOYALIST

REVEAL if you lose all of your agents or Sanity tokens. IF REVEALED: If you have less than three agents on the board, place agents until you have three agents on the board.

You immediately add Agent pieces to the board to bring your total up to three. You may place these agents in any City spaces of your choice. The game then continues as normal.

If you reveal your identity to be that of a Restorationist The game ends immediately, please peruse the section below titled ‘Ending the Game’ for more details. Explanatory note: When a Restorationist goes mad he or she shoots herself. When a Loyalist goes mad people are hard pressed to tell the difference.

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Scoring Victory Points REVEAL if you lose all of your agents or Sanity tokens. IF REVEALED: The game ends immediately.

During the course of the game you will score victory points in a number of ways. Victory points come in three types, Loyalist, Restorationist and neutral. This distinction is only important at the end of the game and during the course of the game your total victory point score should reflect ALL of the victory points you have acquired. You adjust your victory points total when: • You claim a card with victory points marked on the upper part of the card. • When markers are moved on the Loyalist/Restorationist tracks. • You play a card that has victory points marked in the text box this card should be placed near your Secret Identity card. • You assassinate an agent using a card that awards victory points for doing so (see rules on assassination).

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Detailed Card Descriptions

The Black Hand ONE-USE ACTION:

Score two Restorationist VPs for each Royalty card you have.

The Black Hand - You immediately score two victory points for each Royalty card you have gained by assassination. If you gain more Royalty cards in this manner later on then you score two additional points for each one gained. These are regarded as Restorationist points.

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Freemasons FREE ACTION:

Discard and draw replacement cards, including one for this card.

The Freemasons - Discard as many cards as you wish from your hand. You then draw the same number of cards from your draw deck, including one for this card. If you exhaust your deck then you shuffle your discard pile BEFORE discarding this card.

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Change of Heart - You play this card on top of your Secret Identity card. When you reveal your identity you are considered to be on the other side, i.e. if you started the game as a Loyalist then you would now be a Restorationist. Note that you can play this card after you have been forced to reveal your identity (which would mean you were a Loyalist). Doing so would end the game immediately, as you would now be a Restorationist with a revealed identity.

Change of Heart ONE-USE ACTION:

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Cthulhu - Select one city to target with this card. You then remove all cards from that city’s Game Card space. All Agent and Zombie pieces are removed from the City space and returned to their owners’ Available stock. All Influence cubes in the City space, including your own, are moved to Limbo. If a player has the Zombie card he can still use it to place Zombie pieces that have been removed from the board. The Diogenes Club - Draw two cards from your draw deck. If you exhaust your deck then shuffle your discard pile BEFORE discarding this card.

Hide Royalty ONE-USE ACTION: Claim one Royalty card on display where you have the most pieces. Retain points at end of game if you are a Loyalist. 036

Hide Royalty - You claim one Royalty card from a Royalty slot. You must have the most pieces in the associated City space. You place this card on top of the Royalty card. The victory points on the Royalty card are now regarded as being Loyalist points. You remove any Influence cubes you have in the city and place them in Limbo. All other cubes are removed and returned to their owning players’ Available stock. You also make a Sanity die roll, as if you had performed an assassination. If you lose sanity then you also lose one agent, but only if one was present. Hired Assassin - use in the same way as any other card that allows you to carry out an assassination.

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Infernal Machine - Worth three Bomb points but one-use only.

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Inspector Lestrade - Remove all of the Influence cubes belonging to one player from a City space of your choice and return them to their Available stock.

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Gain Bomb points equal to the number of agents you have in the location.

Duchess D Uzes - You may claim a card from a Game Card card space where you have the most pieces, but without any of them having to be Influence cubes (so they could all be Agent pieces). Note that you cannot combine this action with the Claim one card action, it must be performed separately. You can perform this action as your first or second action. Fenians - You play this card when carrying out an assassination. All of your Agent pieces in the city where you are performing the action are regarded as being worth two Bomb points each. You cannot play two Fenian cards to quadruple their value.

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Irene Adler - You replace any Agent piece on the board with one of your own from your Available stock. Return the other Agent piece to the owning player’s Available stock.

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Matvei Golovinski - Move the Loyalist marker two spaces up the Loyalist track. The marker cannot move higher than ten points, so if on nine points you would only move it one space.

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Shoggoth - You select one Agent piece to remove from the board. You cannot select one of your own agents. You treat the removed piece as if you had assassinated it - note that the bottom of the card will give you victory points for the agent. Also note that you do not need a presence in the city where this event takes place.

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Mi-Go - Remove one or two of your Agent pieces from the board and place on this card. This card should be placed close to your Secret Identity card. In a later turn, as a free action, you can place the agents back on the board, in any City space. If you have removed two agents then both must be placed at the same time in the same City space. Note that Agent pieces on this card are considered to be on the board, so even if you have no other agents on the board you would not reveal your secret identity. Mrs. Hudson - Discard as many cards as you wish from your hand. You then draw the same number of cards from your draw deck, including one for this card. If you exhaust your deck then you shuffle your discard pile BEFORE discarding this card.

Sigmund Freud - Take Sanity tokens from the stock to bring you back to your full complement of three. At the same time you must move the Restorationist marker two spaces up the Restorationist track.

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The Peoples’ Will - You retrieve all of your Influence cubes from Limbo.

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Terrors of the Night - Choose another player and force them to roll the Sanity die. If they roll an Insanity symbol then they lose one of their Sanity tokens.

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Sherlock Holmes - You can play this card as an interrupt to stop another player from eliminating one of your agents. This card is effective against assassinations, Shoggoth, vampires, zombies, and Cthulhu. In the case of Cthuhlu no effect is registered by the card, i.e. Sherlock has destroyed Cthulhu before it can do any real damage. The player carrying out the original action still has to lose/discard the cards played as if they had carried out the action. If you use this card to stop another player killing one of your agents with one of their zombies then the other player continues to use his remaining zombies. He cannot target the agent you protected with another zombie in the same city.

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Yog-Sothoth - Play this card near your Secret Identity card. You can then take some or all of your Agent pieces from the board and place them on this card. For each agent you place you score one victory point. Note that if you remove all of your agents then you must reveal your Secret Identity card. You would then follow the standard rules for doing this, i.e. if you are a Loyalist then you would place three Agent pieces on the board. The points you score are regarded as being Loyalist points.

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Zombies - This action has two parts. You first MAY remove ONE agent of your choice from each City space that you have one or more zombies in. You cannot remove your own Agent pieces. The removed agents should be returned to the owning players’ Available stock. You then place two Zombie pieces on the board, in any City boxes of your choice. More than one zombie can be placed in a city. Zombie pieces can only be removed from the board by the play of the Cthulhu card or the Society of Leopold card.

Credits Game design

Thanks

Martin Wallace

Sarah Nagel, Shane Myerscough and CSI, David Taylor.

Cover artwork

Special thanks

Tatiana Kuzilova

Neil Gaiman, Merrilee Heifetz, and Julia Wallace.

Board and card artwork

Playtesters

Ian O’Toole

Simon Bracegirdle, Andy Odgen, Christopher Dearlove, Kirstin Donaldson, Nikolaj Wendt, Gordon Lewis, Brad Thompson, Nathan Grange, Katherine Boag, Glenn Patel, Antonia Brown, Lee Griffiths and many others at Board Games by the Bay.

Graphic design Ian O’Toole

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PLAY AID Starting cards in each city

Player starting pieces

Along with the corresponding City and Royalty cards place the following game cards:

Players start with two Agents on the board and five Influence cubes in Limbo.

2/3 players: 4 players: 5 players:

Start with five cards in hand.

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Game Play In player order each player performs two actions and then refills their hand to five cards.

Actions

Other symbols Place one Influence cube: Each symbol you play allows you to place one Influence cube. All cubes must be placed in the same city space.

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Retrieve one Influence cube: Each symbol you play allows you to retrieve one of your Influence cubes from anywhere on the board. Move Agent: Each symbol you play allows you to move one agent from any city to any other city. Perform Assassination: May assassinate another agent or Royalty. Must expend Bomb points indicated in city or on card. One-use action, so card removed from play afterwards.

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