OBJECTIVE OF ARRAIAL: The objective of Arraial is to accumulate more visitors than any other player. 

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 1 to 4 Players 

MATERIALS: 1 Game Board, 24 Color Piece Cards, 1 Phase Card, 4 Level Bars, 4 Street Boards, 1 Starting Player Token, 56 Visitors, 72 Color Pieces, 4 Couple Visitors, 1 Phase Marker, and Instructions 

TYPE OF GAME: Pattern Building Board Game 

AUDIENCE: Ages 8 and Up 


Arraial represents the traditional Portuguese summer celebrations, where families will flood the streets to have fun, eat, and drink! This celebration can be seen from miles away, as the streets are decorated with extravagant arches, tons of balloons, and only the most popular music! Players will attempt to throw the biggest, and best, celebration in their community. Only the player with the most visitors can win! 


To begin setup, place the game board in the center of the playing area. Each player will be given a street board, placing it in front of them vertically. They will then place a level car on their board in the assigned space. Shuffle the color piece cards and place them in a draw pile, face down and within reach of everyone. Three of the cards are then drawn and placed in the octagon, in their designated spaces.  

The phase marker can be placed on the first space on the phase card, allowing the players to keep up with where they are at throughout the game. The players will choose a starting player, ensuring that they are given the Manjerico token. Finally, the color pieces and the visitors are placed so that they are within reach of every player. The game is ready to begin! 


Arial is played throughout three phases. During each phase, the players will take turns, rotating clockwise around the group, until there are no cards remaining that can be placed. During their turn, a player may choose to rotate the octagon ninety degrees or place a color piece on their street. In order to complete either of these actions, the player must pay one action point for each action they choose, with a maximum of three per turn.  

During their turn, a player has to place a color piece at least once. In order to do this, the player will choose a card found on the octagon. They will then place the piece that is found on the card onto their street board, discarding the actual card. Once the player has completed their actions, the player must place new cards onto the empty spaces of the octagon. These cards come from the draw pile, filling as many spaces as they can. 

The next player will then begin their turn. The phase comes to an end when there are no available cards left to place on the octagon. A new phase will begin until the third phase has been played. To begin a new phase, shuffle any discarded cards, and place them into a new draw pile. Each player will move their level bar down two spaces. Any empty spaces in the octagon are then filled, and a new phase can begin! 


The game comes to an end at the conclusion of the third phase if there are no more cards that can be used to feel the octagon. The players will then tally the number of points that they have accumulated on their street. For each visitor, they earn one point, and for each couple, they earn two points. The player with the most points, wins the game! 

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