Source of the Nile (1978)

Average Rating: 6.46/10
Board Game Rank: 2225
Thematic Rank: 354
Strategy Game Rank: 935
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1978
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180 minutes
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Designed to be an educational and challenging game in which players compete primarily with Nature and with each other, luck tends to be an element in the game, but can be overcome by careful play. Because the situation is forever changing, there is no single best strategy; however,players must weigh risks against gains with every decision they make and good judgment will pay off.

The game is played on a mapboard showing Africa from Khartoum to Capetown and Lagos to Mombasa. The periphery of this map, showing the territory known ca. 1820, is filled-in; the center is blank. A hexagonal grid is superimposed on the map to regulate movement and to delimit territory explored. In the course of play, each player moves a token (representing his explorer) from explored hexagons to blank hexagons one at a time.; terrain, native tribes and other discoveries within the hexagons are then semi-randomly determined, with allowance made for previous discoveries in adjacent hexagons. The player interacts with the discoveries (e.g. negotiates with new natives for guides) and records them on the mapboard using wax crayons. The mapboard surface is erasable. If the explorer dies before returning to Europe to publish his discoveries, all hexagons which only he has explored will be erased and "subsequent explorers will find that his discoveries were only rumors"; i.e., when other players explore the erased hexagons later they will have to generate new discoveries there.

When explorers do return to civilization, however, they may publish their discoveries, after which they are safe from erasure. Players may also emulate real explorers by withholding some of their discoveries since they will enjoy some advantages when moving through terrain or dealing with natives known only to them. Points are scored for discoveries as they are published and once scored will not be lost if the explorer dies or is retired by his player. A player may retire his explorer at any time and then start a new explorer in Europe.

Before each trip to Africa, explorers will have to raise money to support their expedition. New explorers with no discoveries to their credit must do this by drawing chance cards for several turns until they feel their finances are adequate. Experienced explorers can accelerate this process by publishing discoveries, which allow them to draw additional chance cards.

Originally published by Discovery Games and re-published by Avalon Hill as a more card-based rather than dice-based system. A form of the original rules are preserved in the AH rules book under the rubric "Game II".

The rules to the AH version have a serious glitch in sections 12.61 - 12.63 where the die roll modifiers for guides and proceeding cautiously are reversed.

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Counters:
Avalon Hill = 380 (including blanks)
Discovery Games = 222 non-blanks

Cards:
Avalon Hill = 108


from "The Avalon Hill General Index and Company History, 1952-1980"

Source of the Nile (1980)
Freelance design redesigned by Avalon Hill
Designed by David Wesley & Ross Maker
Development by Mick Uhl

A semi-role playing game of exploration in Africa. Unique feature is the plastic coated mapboard surface which allows routes to be traced directly on the map with special crayons. Playability greatly improved in the AH version with the addition of cards and charts replacing many rules.


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Publisher: Avalon Hill
Artist: Dale Sheaffer
Year: 1979
Product Code: 6315
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7 Sequence of Play with Charts
With GordoMG's blessing, I took his simplified sequence of play and integrated the applicable charts needed to complete each game turn.
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2015-08-07
10 Source of the Nile Rules
This is a rewrite in sequential fashion of the rules. It includes the optional ammunition rules, the Balloon expedition rules, and the Lost Civilisation special adventures. This is what I use in my games.
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2015-05-04
6 SoftN Simple Sequence of Play
A very simple SOP that I used once I became familiar with the game sequence.
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2014-10-05
6 SotN River Mapping Flow Chart - Situations A & B
My attempt to make sense of the river mapping rules using a flow chart. Specifically for Situation B. Apologizes in advance for the small font and spillover from the boxes. It was the only way I could come up with and still have it fit on one piece of paper
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2014-09-19
6 Redesigned AH Expedition Log
This is a graphically punched up version of the AH Expedition Log. It matches the other redesigned elements previously posted. Laminate and use dry erase or china marker. Format is 8.4"x11"
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2012-10-22
14 SOTN_Revised Map version 2 24X25
A cut down copy of the original version 2 map. This version maintains the enhanced graphical accoutrements of the larger version with some simple modifications which allowed me to reduce overall dimensions. Should work on most 24" plotters. This version is the best compromise between artistic embellishment and playability.
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2012-10-22
7 SOTN Redesigned Box Cover
This is a 8"x10" format image created to replace the AH box cover and to go with the other redesigned SOTN elements I've posted.
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2012-10-22
9 SOTN Charts and Tables
This zip archive contains 3 versions of the same 8.5" x 11" document. All Charts and Tables for SOTN included in portrait, landscape, and A-Line foldup format. Design matches previously posted maps.
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2012-10-22
5 SOTN_REVISED MAP smaller 14x18
This is a cut down version of the SOTN Revised version 2 map for those who would like the bare essentials or who just don't have the space for the other version. Dimensions are 14" x 18".
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2012-04-02
10 SOTN REVISED MAP version 2
Some graphical changes from version 1. Also some finishing techniques used to unify the map elements a bit better. same dimensions as original.
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2012-04-02
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Board Game Rank: 2225
Thematic Rank: 354
Strategy Game Rank: 935
Num Ratings: 471
Average Rating: 6.46
Standard Deviation: 1.51
Num Views: 79559
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