OBJECTIVE OF ATTILA: The objective of Attila is to trap your opponent by strategically moving your knights and tiles so that they are unable to move any of their knights.  

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2 to 5 Players 

MATERIALS: 2 Game Boards, 2 Smaller Game Boards, 14 Scorched Earth Tiles, 6 Knight Tokens, and Instructions 

TYPE OF GAME: Area Control Board Game 

AUDIENCE: Ages 10 and Up 


Attila’s mounted Huns have begun to overrun Europe. The Germanic tribes are fleeing, rushing the outer provinces that are struggling to keep the last of the Roman Empire alive. The players will act as the influence over these tribes, pushing them to go in certain directions to aid in their success. Only the player who has the best influence over their tribes will win the game.   


Create the play area by orienting the four boards beside each other, ensuring that they are side to side and not corner to corner. Until the players are used to playing the game, it is recommended that they play with a 4×5 play area. Afterwards, they can learn to orient the board however they choose.  

The player who is the youngest will become the first player in the game. Beginning with them, the players will take their turns by placing a Knight on an unoccupied place on the board. When all of the players’ Knights have been placed, the game can begin. 


During their turn, the players much complete two actions in the correct order. Firstly, the player will move one of their Knights. Secondly, the player will place a Scored Earth Tile onto an unoccupied space on the board.  

When a player moves one of their Knights, they must move them in a certain pattern. There, the player must choose an L shape. This may be two spaces forward and one space to the side, or it may be one space forward and two spaces to the side. Knights can move through any spaces, but they must land on an unoccupied space.  

In some cases, the Knights may have to move off the board during their move, but they must land back on the board at the end of their move. When a player is unable to move any of their Knights, then they will be removed from the game, losing instantly.  

When the player is able to place a Scorched Earth tile, they must place them on an unoccupied space of their choice. Once there is a tile placed on it, the space is then considered to be occupied. The space is no longer able to be used throughout the remainder of the game, so players should ensure that they choose wisely.  


The game comes to an end when only one player remains. As the game progresses, players will get trapped, unable to move their knights. When this occurs, that player is removed from the game, and the remaining players may continue. When only one player remains, they are declared to be the winners.  

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