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2012
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2 − 4
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Best with 4 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
13 and up
Playing Time
60 − 120 minutes
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12 and up
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No necessary in-game text
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Myrmes
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In Myrmes, originally shown under the name ANTerpryse, players control ant colonies and use their ants to explore the land (leaving pheromones in their wake); harvest "crops" like stone, earth and aphids; fight with other ants; complete requests from the Queen; birth new ants; and otherwise dominate their tiny patch of dirt, all in a quest to score points and prove that they belong at the top of the heap, er, anthill. After three seasons of scrabbling and foraging, each ant colony faces a harsh winter that will test its colonial strength.

In game terms, each player has an individual game board to track what's going on inside his colony – that is, whether the nurses are tending to larvae or doing other things, where the larvae are in their growth process, what resources the colony has, which actions are available to workers when they leave the colony, and so on. The shared game board shows the landscape outside the exit tunnel that all colonies share; after exiting this tunnel, workers ants can move over the terrain to place pheromones (which gives them access to resource cubes), clean up empty pheromones (to make space), hunt prey (by discarding soldiers) or place special tiles (but only if they've developed the ant colony).

The game lasts three years, and at the start of each year three season dice are rolled to determine the event for each season: extra larvae or soldiers, more VPs for actions, and so on. Within each season, players can spend larvae to adjust the event for themselves on their personal player board. (Put the kids to work!) After adjusting the event, player allocate nurses to birth larvae, worker or soldier ants or to use them for other actions. The worker ants then do their thing, working within the colony itself (although only one colony level is open initially) or traveling to the outside world to hunt prey (ladybugs, termites, spiders), lay down pheromones (which later lets them claim resources on these spaces), place special tiles (like an aphid farm or sub-colony), or clear out pheromones left by ants from any colony. After harvesting, nurses who didn't tend to births then take additional actions, such as opening a new tunnel that only your colony can use, clearing a new level within your colony, or meeting one of the six objectives (capture a certain number of prey, build special tiles, and so on) laid out at the start of the game.

After three seasons, players must pay food to get their colony through winter, losing points if they can't. Whoever has the most points after three years wins. All hail our new ant overlords!

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Frequently Asked Questions (not answered in the rules)

  • Are dirt, stone, food, or larvae limited by the number of cubes in the game?
  • Does the larva grid on your player board limit you to 15 larvae?
    • While the graphics suggest "yes", Yoann Levet has only said that the number of larvae cubes is unlimited. Until there's an official answer, simply agree how to handle it before you start each game.

Awards

  • 2013 As d'Or 2013 (France) Expert Game of the Year
  • 2012 Tric Trac d'or (France), Game of the Year, Winner

Components

  • Main game board
  • 4 Individual boards
  • 3 Dice (green=Spring / yellow=Summer / red=Fall)
  • 1 First player token
  • 1 Year token
  • 20 Objective tiles
  • 30 Larva cubes
  • 15 Stone cubes
  • 15 Earth cubes
  • 20 Food cubes
  • 18 Prey tokens
  • 8 Sub-colony tiles
  • 8 Aphid farm / Scavenging tiles
  • Rulebook
  • For each player:
    • 8 Workers/Soldiers
    • 4 Tunnel Exit discs
    • 1 Marker disc (ant colony level)
    • 8 Nurses
    • 1 Event cube and 4 cubes to mark special tiles
    • 17 Pheromone tiles

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Publisher: Ystari Games
Artist: Arnaud Demaegd
Year: 2012
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Publisher: Rio Grande Games, Ystari Games
Artist: Arnaud Demaegd
Year: 2012
Product Code: RIO488
Size: 12.50 x 9.00 x 3.00 inches
3.00 pounds
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Publisher: Ystari Games
Artist: Arnaud Demaegd
Year: 2012
Product Code: MYRM01
Size: 12.40 x 8.86 x 2.87 inches
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Publisher: Asterion Press, Ystari Games
Artist: Arnaud Demaegd
Year: 2012
Product Code: LFCABD164
Size: 12.44 x 8.90 x 2.80 inches
2.31 pounds
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7 Myrmes Reminders
Once, when teaching Lancaster after not having played it in ages, I made a critical error that I didn’t discover until after the game. I said never again and since then I make a “Reminders” sheet for all of my games. The intent was not to cover all the rules but to make note of those little things that can be forgotten. Most of the Reminders start with the set-up and ends with the end of game conditions and scoring. I print them on cardstock and trim away the excess, making an easy to use sheet. They are also a good framework to use when teaching the games. If you click on my user name, then click on Contributions, then go down to Files you can check out my Reminders for all of my games. Enjoy.
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2015-01-09
11 Myrmes player screen
Here is a player screen I created to use with Myrmes if you want to make the planning (placing of the nurses) secret to the other players.
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2014-06-29
2 Муравьи (Игровед)
Правила игры
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2013-09-23
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2013-08-26
5 Quick and Dirty Rules Summary - text only
Low-ink version requested [url=http://boardgamegeek.com/article/12336747#12336747]here[/url]
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2013-05-19
3 Rules Summary in Greek
This is an one-sheet rules summary in Greek. It is true that the translation in some cases is weird but what can I do? I hope this will help you.
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2013-04-11
21 Myrmes Rules Summary
This is an one-sheet rules summary to help you, especially in the first games, to track the phases and check the options you have. I will upload one more in greek too. I hope you will find it helpful.
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2013-04-11
13 Event track reference cards
A small, single-sided player aid explaining the 8 different icons on the player mat event track. The pdf file comprises a single page with 4 copies of the card. They should print at 59x92mm, and fit a standard euro-card sleeve.
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2013-03-10
8 Kurzübersicht der Spielregeln
Kurzübersicht der Spielregeln auf einer Seite
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2013-03-04
2 Russian rules print-frendly
Сверстанные в pdf на основе оригинального буклета. Перевод и верстка: Jay Print-frendly вариант (для удобной печати в виде брошюры) v.1.2 Исправлено несколько некритичных опечаток.
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