OBJECTIVE OF ARMADORA: The objective of Armadora is to be the player who has amassed the most gold when the game comes to an end.   

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2 to 4 Players 

MATERIALS: 1 Game Board, 4 Screens, 35 Palisades, 40 Gold Cubes, 6 Power Tokens, 4 Reinforcement Tokens, 64 Tokens, and Instructions 

TYPE OF GAME: Area Influence Board Game 

AUDIENCE: Ages 8 and Up 


Throughout the land of Armadora, the players act as orcs, mages, elves, and goblins on the search for dwarven gold. The dwarves have amassed a large horde throughout the land. After becoming a highly coveted land, the other creatures have started to swarm to the area, hoping to collect their share. Assemble your forces, amass your wealth, and become the richest player in the game! 


To begin setup, place the board in the middle of the playing area. Each player will choose a faction to represent them throughout the game. They may choose Mage, Elf, Goblin, or Orc. Each player will then grab their screen and a number of Warrior Tokens. The number of Tokens depends on how many players are in the game.  

If there are two players, each player will get 16 Warriors, three players get 11 Warriors, and four players get 8 Warriors. These Warriors will be kept behind the players’ screens. The Gold Tokens are then separated into the eight following piles: one pile of three, two piles of four, two piles of five, two piles of six, and one pile of seven. Place these piles randomly on the Gold Mine zones found on the board. Place thirty-five palisades beside the board, and then the game is ready to begin! 


The game is played over the course of turns, and they will rotate clockwise around the board. During their turn, the player must either place a warrior or place a maximum of two palisades. Once they have completed one of their actions, the next player will take their turn.  

When placing a warrior, they will place one of them on an unoccupied square, one without gold or a warrior. Before the game begins, the players must choose if the players will be permitted to peek at their tokens before they place any new ones. On the other hand, the players may choose to place up to two palisades on an unoccupied line between two spaces. They cannot be placed on the edge of the board.  

The game will continue in this manner until each player runs out of warriors and palisades. Once the player runs out of options, they will pass, skipping their turn, and removing themselves from the game. 


The game comes to an end when all players have passed and removed themselves from the game. At this point, all warrior tokens are revealed, showing their values. Each player will then tally their points in each individual territory. The player that has the most points in the territory wins all of the gold found in the territory.  

After every territory is scored, the players will tally their gold. The player with the most gold, wins the game! 

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