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2008
# of Players
2 − 4
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Best with 3, 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
8 and up
Playing Time
30 − 60 minutes
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8 and up
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No necessary in-game text
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Lost Cities: The Board Game
Alternate Names
Затерянные города 2
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Redevelopment of Lost Cities, first published with altered rules as Keltis, and then published by Rio Grande as Lost Cities: The Board Game with Knizia's original rules and theme.

  • Reiner Knizia: "The original version that we developed is exactly what Jay [Tummelson, owner of Rio Grande Games] has now published [LCBG]"

Primary differences between Lost Cities: The Board Game and Keltis:

1. In LCBG you play 3 rounds, scoring at the end of all 3 for the monuments you collect. (Normal scoring occurs each round.) In Keltis, you only play 1 round, and score everything each round. This is not just a rule difference, as the scoring is different for the monuments/stones based on the number collected.

2. In Keltis, you may play your cards in either order, descending, high to low, or ascending, low to high. In LCBG, you must play in ascending order.

Note: the rules for LCBG have the Keltis rules as variants, and have the board elements necessary for #1 above. Keltis does not have the rules nor board elements to play LCBG.

  • Kosmos (Keltis publisher) changed the card play to ascending and descending order to lower the luck level and add balance to the game.
  • Kosmos changed the theme to fit in with other Kosmos abstract game series.

There are more differences, which are non-substantive. Lost Cities: The Board Game has a different-looking board, tiles and figures (meeples) to connect with its predecessor. Card-play in descending order is an optional variant in this edition. The numbers have been multiplied by 5 to strengthen the relation to the card game, and instead of a scoring track you collect your points as golden coins.


From the Keltis entry:

Players play cards to move their playing pieces along stone paths. There are cards with 5 different colors/symbols, each corresponding to one path; in addition, each card shows a number (0-10, twice each). In each color, each player can play his cards either ascending or descending. Like Lost Cities, it's better to concentrate on a few paths, since the last spaces grants high points, but ending early gives negative ones.

The player in turn plays one card (out of a hand of 8), or discards one. He moves the corresponding playing piece on the path. Many of the spaces have a token that grants some bonus - either direct points (counted on the scoring track), an extra move on a path, or wish stones that are needed at game end to avoid negative points.

The game ends when a total of 5 playing pieces have reached the 7th space (or more) on their paths. Now, scoring happens:

  • Pieces which only moved 1-3 steps give negative points (-4, -3, -2).
  • Pieces with 4+ steps grant points (1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 10).
  • One piece of each player is higher and scores double.
  • Fewer than two wish stones grants negative points (-3 / -4)
  • 5+ wish stones yield a bonus of 10 points.
  • All this is added to the points scored during the game
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Components:

  • 1 Game Board
  • 110 Cards (22 x 5 Colors)
  • 25 Event Tiles (9 Artefact Tiles, 9 Arrow Tiles, 7 Victory Point Tiles)
  • 20 Figures:
    • 16 Adventures (4 x 4 Colors)
    • 4 Researchers (1 x 4 Colors)
  • 64 Victory Point Chips
  • 27 Artefact Chips
  • 1 Rule Sheet

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Lost Cities: The Board Game
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English second edition
Publisher: KOSMOS
Artist: Annette Nora Kara
Year: 2015
Product Code: 696175
Size: 11.61 x 11.61 x 2.76 inches
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Release Date: Mar 2015
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Publisher: Rio Grande Games
Artist: Annette Nora Kara
Year: 2008
Product Code: 690694
Size: Medium Square (e.g. Ticket to Ride)
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0 Lost Cities: The Board Game by Thames & Kosmos
English instruction manual, 2015 version
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2015-04-30
2 Reglas del juego en español
Traducción de las reglas al español, en el formato en pdf de las reglas originales.
Spanish
2013-01-23
5 [Español] Reglas a la JcK
Completo resumen de las reglas con imagenes al estilo JcK [imageid=1251209 medium]
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2012-05-17
1 Lost Cities Tuckbox
Update of elora_c's contribution. I expanded the images to fill the box faces. Be sure to print at 100%. Contact me if you would like a high-res GIMP .xcf version for further editing.
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2010-08-23
3 Tuckbox for all cards
Tuckbox for all 110 cards. Based on the template from http://tuckbox.gameupdates.com/
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2010-02-11
1 Dinge Miestai (Rules in Lithuanian)
Simplified rules of Lost Cities the Boardgame in Lithuanian. Linkejimai tautieciam.
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2009-11-28
20 Lost Cities Boardgame Brief by Liumas
All the rules you need on a half page. [ImageID=489562] Glen Oakland suggested new wording for the section on already completed paths, good idea!
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