Ark (2005)

Average Rating: 6.30/10
Board Game Rank: 1709
Strategy Game Rank: 794
Family Game Rank: 503
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Year Published
2005
# of Players
3 − 5
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 3 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4, 5 players
(24 voters) [poll]
Mfg Suggested Ages
8 and up
Playing Time
45 minutes
User Suggested Ages
10 and up
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Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
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Primary Name
Ark
Alternate Names
Arche Opti Mix
Frank's Ark
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Noah is tearing out his beard as he doesn't have much time left to finish loading his ark. After all, the clouds are gathering and the rain could come at anytime. Meanwhile, the animals are gathering before the ark and waiting to be told who goes in which stalls. A handful of people have showed up to offer help, but they look like gamblers and game players!

In Ark, the players need to help load animals and supplies into Noah's ark in preparation for the rains to come – but you can't just shove animals into stalls willy-nilly. If the meat eaters are boarded with plant eaters, you won't have those plant eaters around by the time the water recedes. Animals from cold and warm climates also need to be bunked separately so that they can all be comfortable. On top of all that, you have to worry about the weight of the animals; load too many on one side of the ark and you'll all be treading water for the next forty days and forty nights...

The game consists of cards, animal tokens, and "action" discs. Your goal is to place your animal tokens (as victory points) based on characteristics of the animal and provision cards loaded on the "ark". Each player takes turns either placing cards or drawing cards from a face-up draft pile (Card Drafting) and the supply stack. Each card has characteristics (such as the animal size, diet, climate, scoring category, and special ability). Animals and provisions must be placed according to rules that prevent animals from eating each other, eating the supplies, or tipping the "ark" with their combined weight. When a card is played, the player may place a "victory point" animal token on one of the 5 scoring category cards. In this way, the game combines Tile Placement of the cards with Set Collection for types of victory points. The game ends when a fifth "Rain Card", somewhat randomly shuffled into the deck, is drawn. Players then score points for their animal tokens, and bonus points for having the most or second most tokens per category.

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Components:

  • 1 set of cards

-the deck contains 66 cards including 47 animals plus (as described in the rule book) 5 rain, 8 provisions, 5 scoring cards, and the single ark card)

  • 85 animal figures, in 5 different colors
  • 1 yellow disc
  • 22 orange discs
  • 1 rulebook

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Frank's Ark
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Dutch second edition
Publisher: PS-Games
Artist: Doris Matthäus
Year: 2006
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Ark
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English first edition
Publisher: Rio Grande Games
Artist: Doris Matthäus
Year: 2005
Product Code: UPC 655132-002820
Size: 9.50 x 6.60 x 1.20 inches
0.75 pounds
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German first edition
Publisher: Doris & Frank
Artist: Doris Matthäus
Year: 2005
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Chinese first edition
Publisher: Wargames Club Publishing
Artist: Doris Matthäus
Year: 2005
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1 Ark rulebook GR
Ελληνικό εγχειρίδιο κανόνων / Greek rulebook
Greek
2013-02-25
3 Card Statistics in German/English
This file presents all cards of the base game as well as both expansions with all their relevant data (except special abilities). This can help to get an idea of how the different aspects are distributed in the game, and how expansions will change that. ...this is the corrected file...
2013-01-22
2 Ark Quick reference guide French / Aide-mémoire en Francais (XLS editable version)
Basic rules + lots of useful informations about animal placement and special abilities. Includes extra mix information as well. Someone should take the time to translate it. I believe it is most likely the best sheet you can give to your friend for his first few games! If you find errors, please let me know Fits 2 times in a 8.5 x 11
French
2009-10-23
3 Ark Quick reference guide French / Aide-mémoire en Francais (JPG version)
Basic rules + lots of useful informations about animal placement and special abilities. Includes extra mix information as well. Someone should take the time to translate it. I believe it is most likely the best sheet you can give to your friend for his first few games! If you find errors, please let me know
French
2009-10-23
9 Two player variant (works with the extension)
Translation of the two player variant published by Jens Bernsdorf - http://www.spielefreun.de
English
2009-06-23
2 Arche opti mix speelhulpje (NL)
Player aid in Dutch
Dutch
2009-05-06
4 Ark Greek Translation
.doc for RIO edition
Greek
2009-02-23
1 Concise reference sheet by hecose
minor updates
English
2007-12-29
0 Arche_opti_mix_Regolamento_ITA.pdf
Regolamento (non ufficiale) in Italiano
2007-05-17
8 Ark_sp.doc
Traducción al español
2006-06-13
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Statistics
Board Game Rank: 1709
Strategy Game Rank: 794
Family Game Rank: 503
Num Ratings: 1231
Average Rating: 6.30
Standard Deviation: 1.23
Num Views: 62471
GeekBuddy Analysis: Analyze
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Avg. Game Weight: 2.2
Fans: 10
Personal Comments: 489
Users Owning: 1636
Users Wanting: 45
Users Trading: 101 [find trade matches]
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Total Plays: 2141
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Rules: Ark (Arche Optimix)
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