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Year Published
2002
# of Players
3 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
8 and up
Playing Time
60 minutes
User Suggested Ages
10 and up
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Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
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Honors
Subdomain
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Category
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Expansion
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Primary Name
Himalaya
Alternate Names
Marchands d'Empire
Merchants of the Empire
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As the Chief of a Himalayan high plateau tribe; Dolpo-pa, Bhotia, Sherpa, or Tamang, you lead your yak's caravan from one village to another through snowy crests and risky paths in order to collect the goods necessary to the development of your tribe.

Meanwhile, you will increase the political, religious and economical influence of your tribe. By collecting goods (salt, barley, tea, jade, and gold), you can make offers to monasteries, send out delegations to different regions or bargain to increase your livestock. All this to become the most prosperous caravaneer in all of the Himalaya!

Players program their caravans around the paths on the Himalayan plateau to collect various goods, and then deliver them. Each turn players plan in advance six moves for their caravan, trying to second-guess what other players will do to their best advantage. Delivering goods allows the player to increase their influence in one of three separate categories - each delivery allows you to advance your position in two of the three categories. Religious influence is marked by the number and value of your stupas in buildings on the board, political influence is marked by the number of sherpas you have in the regions between the paths on the board, and economical influence is marked by the total number of yaks you have on your delivery disks.

The scoring is unique to the game, in the 4 player game anyway (the player count the game is primarily designed to be played with). To determine the winner you first score up religious influence, and the player with the least religious influence is eliminated, and their remaining pieces are removed from the board. Next the player with the least political influence is eliminated. The remaining two players decide the winner by who has the greatest economic influence. This unusual scoring is what makes this game different from many other similar games.

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Himalaya
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Spiel des jahres 2005 Edition
Publisher: Tilsit
Artist: Johann Aumaitre, David Cochard
Year: 2005
Product Code: 3760017145039
Size: 12.28 x 9.09 x 2.44 inches
2.02 pounds
Dutch, English, French
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Scandinavian edition
Publisher: Competo / Marektoy
Artist: Johann Aumaitre, David Cochard
Year: 2004
Product Code: 8142
Size: 12.24 x 9.09 x 2.40 inches
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Tilsit Spiel des Jahres 2005 nominee edition
Publisher: Tilsit
Artist: Johann Aumaitre, David Cochard
Year: 2004
Product Code: ECOHIMAL
Size: 12.20 x 9.13 x 2.40 inches
2.03 pounds
French, German, Italian
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Himalaya
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Tilsit first edition
Publisher: Tilsit
Artist: Johann Aumaitre, David Cochard
Year: 2004
Size: 12.20 x 9.13 x 2.40 inches
2.03 pounds
French, German, Italian
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10 Squash's Himalaya variants
VERSION 3 WITH CORRECTED WORDING! This is a combination of advanced rules from the base game, optional rules from the expansion, excellent variant rules from BGG user Isamoor, and my own variant tweaks. It is a 2-page Microsoft Word document. In order to play with a few of these variant rules you'll also need to print off the Himalaya Village Cards, which can be found in a separate file: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/72395/himalaya-village-car... (This is a corrected version of the previous file. It's still a 2-page Microsoft Word document.)
English
2011-11-03
10 Himalaya Village Cards
If you want to play the "Allergic to Chaos!" variant rules from the Himalaya expansion, you can use these cards instead of the Village tokens. This is a 4-page PDF document. I recommend using cardstock and printing page 1 back-to-back with page 3, and page 2 back-to-back with page 4. I've sized the cards to fit into 45mm X 68mm mini card sleeves.
English
2011-11-03
2 Résumé des règles
Organigramme résumant les règles au format A4 (inclus les variantes et règles pour 5 et 6 joueurs).
French
2011-10-26
0 Scheda Riassuntiva in italiano (player aid in Italian)
Scheda riassuntiva delle regole, da stampare fronte-retro. Include regole avanzate e varianti dell'estensione per 5/6 giocatori.
Italian
2011-08-18
6 [Español] Reglas a la JcK
Completo resumen de las reglas con imagenes al estilo JcK [imageid=1251209 medium]
Spanish
2011-04-28
3 Italian Rules
Upgraded version of my previuos one. Edit Typo and better graphic.
Italian
2010-04-23
6 Player Aid - Variant Scoring
This is a simple Player Aid for Himalaya. I went ahead and included my own scoring method. I didn't like eliminating for Stupas first since it was too obvious in the later rounds who was going to get eliminated. Please contact me with any questions or comments.
English
2009-12-29
2 Himalaya Russian Updated Rules
Гималаи - доработанные правила на русском языке. Содержат изменения и дополнения.
Russian
2009-11-24
5 Himalaya Rules Chinese
Chinese version of rule (color edition)
Chinese
2008-06-09
2 Himalaya SK
Slovak rules
Slovak
2008-01-06
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Strategy Game Rank: 323
Num Ratings: 1832
Average Rating: 7.05
Standard Deviation: 1.25
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