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Year Published
2012
# of Players
2 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 3 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4 players
(17 voters) [poll]
Mfg Suggested Ages
8 and up
Playing Time
60 minutes
User Suggested Ages
8 and up
(6 voters) [poll]
Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
(10 voters) [poll]
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Subdomain
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Primary Name
Africana
Alternate Names
Afrika
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In Africana, players travel through Africa, taking part in expeditions and trying to be the first to reach various destinations. With the money they earn, they can buy adventure cards that earn them precious antiques. Africana features the "Book of Adventures" game system from Schacht's Valdora in which players can acquire cards that are laid out like books, with players "turning the pages" to find the adventure cards they most want.

The game board in Africana shows the continent divided in half at the equator, with the cities in the north half colored brown and the cities in the south white. Adventure cards with a brown border can be acquired only in the south and must be delivered to the north, while white-bordered adventure cards take the opposite route. Five expedition cards – each showing the starting and ending location and a reward for completing the expedition – are laid face-up on the game board.

Each player has one researcher token that will travel around the board, and on a turn a player takes one of three possible actions:

  • Draw two travel cards. (A player can have no more than five travel cards in hand at turn's end.)
  • Buy one or more adventure cards, for five coins each. A player can flip one page in the book for free, with each additional flip costing one coin. (A player can have no more than three adventure cards to be fulfilled at turn's end.)
  • Move the researcher by paying travel cards that match the color of the space being traveled to. Each player has a joker in hand, which will be retained at the end of each turn. If a player moves onto the start space of an expedition, he can mark that expedition card with a marker; if he reaches the destination for an expedition he's on, he receives the reward depicted and claims the card, while anyone else on the expedition receives nothing. A new expedition card is then revealed.

When a player reaches the destination shown on an adventure card, that player scores that card by placing it under his player mat. Some cards show helpers, which are represented by helper cards in a player's hand. These cards allow travel on the color shown on the card and return to the player's hand after use, but a player who employs many helps will lose points at the end of the game.

Once the expedition cards run out, the game ends and players score for the expeditions they completed, sets of identical and different adventure cards, money in hand, and a few other things. The player with the most points wins!

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More Information Edit | History

Components:

  • Game board
  • 142 cards
    • 34 expedition cards (with A, B & C back sides)
    • 60 tour cards in five colors
    • 10 helper cards in five colors
    • 30 adventure cards (white frame x15, brown frame x15)
    • 4 company cards in the player colors (white, yellow, red, blue)
    • 4 wild cards
  • 2 books
  • 4 explorer pawns
  • 16 society markers
  • 40 coins (gold x15, silver x25)
  • Rules

Awards

2012: Guldbrikken Arets Voksenspil (Adult Game Of The Year, Denmark), Winner
2012: Spiel der Spiele : Spiele Hit für Freunde
2011: Deutscher Spielepreis : 9th place
2012: Participating game at the Finale der Deutschen Mannschaftsmeisterschaft im Brettspiel 2012] (German boardgame masters finals 2012)
2012: Im Rampenlicht Nürnberg

Online play

  • Boardgames-online.net – turn-based, at the designers' website

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Africana
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German first edition
Publisher: ABACUSSPIELE
Artist: Franz Vohwinkel
Year: 2012
Product Code: 03121
Size: 11.61 x 11.61 x 2.76 inches
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Release Date: Feb 2012
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Nordic first edition
Publisher: Lautapelit.fi
Artist: Franz Vohwinkel
Year: 2012
Product Code: LPFI217
Size: Medium Square (e.g. Ticket to Ride)
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Release Date: May 2012
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English first edition
Publisher: Z-Man Games
Artist: Franz Vohwinkel
Year: 2012
Size: 11.61 x 11.61 x 2.76 inches
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Release Date: Aug 2012
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French first edition
Publisher: Filosofia Éditions
Artist: Franz Vohwinkel
Year: 2012
Size: 11.61 x 11.61 x 2.76 inches
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Release Date: May 2012
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Publisher: Albi
Artist: Franz Vohwinkel
Year: 2012
Size: 11.61 x 11.61 x 2.76 inches
Czech, Slovak
Release Date: May 2012
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0 Résumé des règles
Organigramme résumant les règles.
French
2014-12-01
2 Африкана (Игровед)
Правила игры
Russian
2013-09-22
0 Chinese rule
a fixed version,enjoy.
Chinese
2013-02-02
13 Africana Quick Reference
1-page, 2-sided quick reference in English, a la Liumas. Version 1.0.
English
2012-09-16
7 Africana - Spanish Rules
Spanish rules in 3 pages. Las reglas en español en 3 páginas... Hatari! :D
English
2012-07-14
2 Africana rules in Hungarian
Africana rules in Hungarian / Játékszabály magyarul
Hungarian
2012-06-28
135 Africana Rules English
Africana Rules English Z-Man 2012
English
2012-05-10
4 Africana Spielhilfe -DEUTSCH-
Eine kleine aber sinnvolle Spielhilfe für Africana - gerade für Anfänger gut geeignet.
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2012-04-24
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