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Year Published
2014
# of Players
2 − 6
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4, 5 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
90 minutes
User Suggested Ages
10 and up
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Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
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Hyperborea
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The mythical realm of Hyperborea was ruled by an ancient civilization that used magical crystals as their main source of energy. With time, the Hyperboreans became greedy, and their search for power in the deep made the crystals unstable, causing earthquakes, mutations, droughts and floods. Hyperboreans just dug deeper, and only a few wise mages, foreseeing the inevitable, built an unbreakable magical barrier. When the unharnessed magical energy was unleashed from the deep, the Hyperborean civilization was destroyed in a single day, only the magical barrier preventing the disappearance of life from the whole land. The survivors living in the small outposts outside Hyperborea were now sealed out by the barrier. The knowledge of crystals was declared forbidden it was because too dangerous, or simply forgotten.

Over centuries, six rival realms were born from the ashes of the Hyperborean civilization: the militarist Red Duchy; the Emerald Kingdom and its death-delivering archers; the Purple Matriarchy fanatically worshipping the goddess of life; the skilled diplomats and merchants of the Golden Barony; the Coral Throne with its efficiently organized society and finally the secluded and enigmatic Celestial Reign.

The fragile peace between the different realms was not intended to last. One day, the magical barrier suddenly collapsed. A whole new land stood in front of the six kingdoms, still haunted by the old Hyperboreans turned into harmless but ominous ghosts, full of ruins to discover and cities to explore. Each realm is now sending its best warriors and explorers to Hyperborea in order to achieve dominance over their rivals, but which will prevail? Brutal strength or deep understanding of science? The discovery of valuable artifacts in the lost ruins or the retaking of long, lost cities? Only you, as the leader of one of the factions, can lead your people to the ultimate dominance over Hyperborea!

Set in a mythical land of the same name, Hyperborea is a light civilization game for 2 to 6 players that takes 20-25 minutes per player. The game begins at the time when the magic barrier protecting access to the mythical continent of Hyperborea suddenly falls.

Each player takes the role of the leader of a small kingdom situated just outside the now open to be conquered and explored land. Her kingdom has limited knowledge of housing, trade, movement, warfare, research, and growth, but new and exciting powers are hidden in Hyperborea. During the game, this kingdom will grow in numbers and raise armies, extend its territory, explore and conquer, learn new technologies, etc...

The game's main mechanism, which can be described as "bag-building", involves you building a pool of "civilicubes". Each cube represents specializations for your kingdom: war, trade, movement, building, knowledge, growth. Grey cubes represent corruption and waste, and players will acquire them by developing new technologies. (Power corrupts by its own definition, and the more complex a society becomes, the more waste it generates.) Each turn, players draw three random cubes from their bags, then use them to activate knowledge (technologies) they own.

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Components

  • 6 Central Hexagon Tiles
  • 30 Borderland Hexagon Tiles
  • 6 Homeland Tiles
  • 6 Player Boards
  • 36 Development Markers
  • 6 Cloth Bags
  • 180 Wooden Civilization Cubes
  • 12 Race Tiles
  • 60 Race Miniatures
  • 18 Ghost Miniatures
  • 48 Fortress Tokens
  • 64 Advanced Technology Cards
  • 72 Ruin Tokens
  • 72 Gems
  • 6 Objective Tiles
  • 1 Scoring Pad
  • Rulebook

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English first edition
Publisher: Asmodee, Asterion Press, Yemaia
Artist: Miguel Coimbra, Fabio Gorla, Federico Musetti, Roberto Pitturrumore»
Year: 2014
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Release Date: Q3 2014
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Publisher: Asterion Press, Yemaia
Artist: Miguel Coimbra, Fabio Gorla, Federico Musetti, Roberto Pitturrumore»
Year: 2014
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Publisher: Asterion Press, Marabunta, Yemaia
Artist: Miguel Coimbra, Fabio Gorla, Federico Musetti, Roberto Pitturrumore»
Year: 2014
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Publisher: Asmodee, Asterion Press, Yemaia
Artist: Miguel Coimbra, Fabio Gorla, Federico Musetti, Roberto Pitturrumore»
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1 Ayuda Jugador - Castellano
Ayuda para Hyperborea en Castellano.
Spanish
2015-03-27
0 Hyperborea - Liste des cartes et terrains (FR)
Liste des cartes et terrains, comprenant le premier lot promotionnel (4 cartes et 1 hexagone central). Format PDF, v1.0 2 formats : avec ou sans fond
French
2015-03-25
3 Horizontal Tuckboxes for Sleeved Cards
These tuckboxes are for sleeved cards, specifically designed to accommodate FFG sleeves. This box holds the 64 Advanced Technology cards. For a full list of my tuckboxes, check out My Tuckbox Geeklist!
English
2015-03-06
7 PRIME OBJECTIVE VICTORY CONDITION
Use this in conjunction or in place of the "Last Miniature Placed" End of game Victory Condition. Useful for the Long Game problem of an unending game.
English
2015-02-28
17 Übersicht und Erklärung aller Symbole (overview of all symbols)
Übersicht und Erläuterung aller im Spiel vorkommenden Symbole als PDF im Format A5 (2x Übersichtskarten im Format A5 auf 1 A4 Seite ) zum Ausdrucken und Laminieren. (An overview of all symbols on one sheet with explanations)
German
2015-02-11
11 Unofficial Race Effects Errata
I absolutely love this game. My only negative critique is that the game did not receive enough play testing and the racial effects in particular seem to have been an afterthought that was added late into production. There are some race effects that are absolutely useless and will never see gameplay (Tile A for the Golden Barony is one example of this) and other effects that are ridiculously overpowered (especially once you have some experience know how to use them.) So I made some adjustments to the racial powers which has greatly increased the game experience. I know some people will disagree, but you can't argue that some of the racial powers will never be used. And I think that playing the game with no racial powers is too vanilla. Having specific player bonuses makes the...
English
2015-01-02
4 Hyperborea Cube Tracker (unofficial)
For those who want to keep track of their acquired cubes. Tick off what you acquire on the sheet. Look at what's out on your board and you'll know what cubes you have left in your bag.
English
2014-12-03
6 Hyperborea - Player aid in italiano
Aumentato il bordo nero delle scritte colorate per una migliore lettura.
Italian
2014-11-24
3 Hyperborea - FAQ en français
Ajout d'une question concernant la possibilité de regarder son sac de cube
French
2014-11-04
5 Hyperborea: Livret de règles français révisé
Clarification de la définition de joueur adjacent
French
2014-11-04
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Board Game Rank: 426
Strategy Game Rank: 241
Num Ratings: 1423
Average Rating: 7.45
Standard Deviation: 1.47
Num Views: 240433
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Personal Comments: 334
Users Owning: 1841
Users Wanting: 288
Users Trading: 37 [find trade matches]
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