2-5 players, age 10+, 45-60+ minutes
by Z Man Games
The weavers work at their looms, carefully pulling threads together to form a beautiful tapestry. Large bundles of fabric are dipped into containers of dye, emerging with vibrant and deep hues. Traders and merchants fill the stalls of the market, calling out to customers as they display goods from around the world. Nearby, a steady hammering sounds out as an architect directs builders placing supports for the new structure in the centre of the city. In the rolling hills outside the city, sheep steadily graze on the grass as the farmers keep watch and tend to their crops. Slowly but surely the civilisation expands and grows into a massive empire.
A civilisation-building game with an innovative card-selection system, Hadara lets players strategically select allies and develop new technologies to build their strength, culture, and prestige as they grow their civilisation through the epochs of human history.
A Chance To Make History...
Every civilisation has to start somewhere. From humble beginnings and minimal resources, you will guide the growth of your civilisation as new ideas take hold and you make great strides forward in the many fields of human achievement to build an empire more glorious than any other. Over the course of three epochs, you’ll have the chance to make your mark on history.
In Hadara, Arabic for ‘culture’, the key to advancing your civilisation is recruiting people from many different cultures to bring in their knowledge and skills and expand your new empire. Will you focus on military strength or will you bring in merchants to focus on wealth?
Hadara features a unique card-selection system. In the centre of the board, a rotating wheel has five creatures: a dragon, a pegasus, a lion, a monkey, and a scarab, each representing a player’s civilisation. During each epoch, players will draw from the deck to which their civilisation’s symbol on the wheel is pointing. Then the wheel will rotate, offering new opportunities for each player. The cards you choose will allow you to increase your income, claim colonies, complete statues, feed your populace, or give you unique effects for the game ahead. When drawing cards and choosing who to recruit for your civilisation, you must think carefully and make tactical decisions. Your opponents may have the opportunity to recruit someone you didn’t.
Expand Your Civilisation's Culture
Skilled artisans, philosophers, warriors, architects, and more from many different cultures will bring their genius to aid you in your endeavours, but it rests with you to choose the best allies to build your nation. Each epoch will bring more skilled workers with a higher cost but often a higher payoff as well. If you already have established your military strength, recruiting more people for your military will be cheaper. Don’t forget the other categories, though! An empire without agriculture can’t feed its people.
Shape your civilisation, stymie your opponents and create a legacy for the ages!