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2012
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2 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 2–3 players
Recommended with 2–4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
8 and up
Playing Time
45 − 60 minutes
User Suggested Ages
8+
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Language Dependence
Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
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Fantastiqa
Alternate Names
Fantastiqa: Enchanted Edition
Fantastiqa: The Rucksack Edition
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Welcome to the wild, weird world of FANTASTIQA!

Fantastiqa is a deck-building board game set in a fantastical landscape of dark forests, mist-shrouded highlands, and frozen wastes. As you and your foes journey around the board, you will subdue strange creatures and fulfill fabulous quests.

Each creature you encounter has both an ability and a vulnerability. By playing card symbols to which a creature is vulnerable, you can subdue it and recruit it as an ally. Each creature you defeat is added to your expanding deck of cards, making its special ability into an ability of your own! A defeated Enchantress will wield her beguiling charms to help you overcome wandering Knights. Knights in turn subdue Dragons, adding their fiery breath to your cause. By combining the powers of different creatures you can fulfill curious quests, for example:

  • Send forth your Rabbits of Unusual Size to Nibble Through the Violin Strings of the Violent Vampire Volnar!
  • Deploy a party of web-slinging Spiders to String a Bridge Across the Chasm of Chaos!
  • Send your Dragons and Vampire Bats together on a mission to Ignite the Whisker-Wick'd Candle Guarded by the Ice Cats of Kituviel!

Some of the creatures you encounter carry precious gems, which you can spend to purchase powerful artifacts or to summon mythical beasts to your aid. You begin with a handful of household items, but you will grow in power as you adventure and gather allies! By completing quests you score victory points and claim other special rewards. The board changes every time you play, so prepare for a new, exciting adventure each time you enter the world of Fantastiqa!

Fantastiqa is easy to learn but challenging to master – a game for families and gamers alike. Additional simplified rules are included for beginners and children.

The components are lavishly illustrated with fine art by Caspar David Friedrich, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Arthur Rackham, John William Waterhouse, John Bauer, Edward Burne-Jones, Francisco Goya, and others.

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More Information Edit | History

Fantastiqa has two editions: the original "Enchanted Edition" and the compact and economical "Rucksack Edition". The Rucksack edition was released in 2014, and slightly reduces the number and quality of the components to make the game more affordable, with no real changes to gameplay, so both editions provide the same great game. More further details and pictures about the differences between these two editions, see this article: A guide to the new rucksack edition

For details on how to order Fantastiqa or Fantastiqa: The Rucksack Edition, see this thread.

For information about some literature that inspired the game, see: A guide to the literary allusions & inside jokes of Fantastiqa

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Publisher: Eagle-Gryphon Games
Artist: Edward Burne-Jones, Caspar David Friedrich, Francisco Goya, Theodor Kittelsen, Claude Monet, Pixel Productions Inc., Arthur Rackham, Vincent van Gogh, John William Waterhousemore»
Year: 2014
Size: 12.25 x 8.75 x 2.00 inches
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Release Date: Aug 20, 2014
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Fantastiqa: Enchanted Edition
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Publisher: Eagle-Gryphon Games
Artist: Edward Burne-Jones, Caspar David Friedrich, Francisco Goya, Claude Monet, Pixel Productions Inc., Arthur Rackham, Vincent van Gogh, John William Waterhousemore»
Year: 2012
Size: 12.60 x 8.66 x 2.56 inches
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8 Fantastiqa Game Aid - 3 pages
A game aid to facilitate in teaching and playing the game in the style of my others.
English
2015-08-06
2 Fantastiqa Card Symbols Log
I like to keep a little record of what card symbols I have in my Fantastiqa deck. After each turn, I mark on this little table what symbols I have gained (and lost). Now, when a new quest pops up, I know if I already have the cards I need in my deck to complete it (and roughly what my chances are of drawing those cards), or what I am short. Each card has 3 columns, I use a new column for each game. When I gain a card with a single symbol, I put a "1" in the current column, on the row for that symbol. Or, if it is a double I put a "2", so I know I have a better chance of getting 2 of those at once. I also record at the bottom of the card any extra special symbols for the card (flying carpets, etc.) Maybe your memory is good enough to keep track of all that without help, but mine is...
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2014-10-20
10 Revised Quick Setup
Based on Carrion's contribution, and with his permission, this half-page guide is enhanced by bold lettering of crucial words, clarified wording, and helpful symbols.
English
2014-10-20
4 Fantastiqa storage organizers
These tags label the categories of game components that enable quick setup. The labels match the size of the cards in the game. I've printed them on cardstock & slipped them into baggies, so this enables cooperative clean up as well. (Everyone knows where to put different components.) I use baggies in appropriate sizes, but the labels would be helpful in other storage formats as well.
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2014-10-17
8 Fantastiqa Quick Setup and Teaching Script
This document contains short & simple setup instructions, and a script for teaching new players the game.
English
2014-09-07
1 Mat for Quest Chest and Creature draw decks
I printed these out on cardstock, and use them as a place for these draw decks
English
2014-08-21
3 Mat for Beast Bazaar & Artifact Tower draw decks
I printed these out on cardstock, and use them as a place for these draw decks
English
2014-08-21
1 Fantastiqa Fan Made Board
Same as the original image, but broken into 6 pieces that will fit on 8 1/2 by 11 paper.
English
2014-08-21
14 FANTASTIQA: THE RUCKSACK EDITION -- RULEBOOK
FANTASTIQA: THE RUCKSACK EDITION -- RULEBOOK Releases Summer 2014!
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2014-02-03
4 Goat King
Goat King v2 -- the rules are written to be slightly more precise.
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2014-01-21
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