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2009
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Playing Time
35 minutes
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Africa, 1855....

The Scottish missionary, Dr Livingstone, has been researching African tribes and the flora and fauna of the area. As part of the Livingston Exploration, strategically set up tents in various regions while collecting gems found along the Zambezi River bank. Gain the most victory points and the favor of Queen Victoria to win!

From the publisher: In this game you follow in the footsteps of David Livingstone to the roaring Victoria Falls. On your way you may want to try your luck in the Diamond mining or you may prefer to seek a more calculable risk.

The publisher promises an exciting and tactical family game, with a completely new dice mechanism.

Gameplay overview:

In Livingstone, the players travel through the river Zambezi and score points by making explorations to inland and finding valuable diamonds.

At the start of each round, players roll dice (2 per player), which determine where or in which quantity the actions the players take in the round will happen. Starting with the starting player for the current turn, the players pick dice (and take actions) clockwise one at a time. This is done until all the dice are distributed or nobody can pick another die; you can only ever pick a die that has a higher face value than the previous die you picked.

When picking a die, players can choose between four actions:

  • Take one special card (regardless of the die value); the special cards give players extra actions, bonuses and more; on the other hand, players can pick up a card that collapses the mine - in this case all the players lose their saved diamonds
  • Take money (amount is determined by the die value)
  • Take diamonds (values 0–5, amount determined by the die value) from the bag; if you pick the white stone, you lose all diamonds you picked up this round
  • Explore and set up a tent (row determined by the dice value); this costs players money

Additionally, the players can do the following actions at any time of their turn for free:

  • Sell diamonds for money
  • Contribute coins to the Queen; you have to inform other players you are doing this, but you do not have to specify the value - coins are stored in a chest in secret

At the end of the turn, the boat is advanced (one column) further in the Zambezi river. The game ends when the boat cannot advance (eg. it has reached the last row).

The players score points in two different ways:

  • At the end of each turn, the current column is scored; each tent in a row scores the row amount (die/row value = amount of points)
  • At the end of the game, each row is scored; the player with the majority of tents in each row scores points (lower die/row numbers score more points)

The player who has contributed the least amount of money to the Queen cannot win the game, even if they collected the most points.

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More Information Edit | History

Livingstone is the 3rd game in Playroom Entertainment's Gateway Games™ Line:

"The Gateway Games™ Line contains crossover strategy games easy enough for the family to enjoy but deep enough to keep any “gamer” on their toes. The games in this line can quickly and easily be taught to someone who doesn’t regularly play strategy games. All games in the line take only a few minutes to learn, play in about 35 minutes, and have high-quality, attractive physical components such as wooden pieces and linen-finished gameboards. The Gateway Games™ emphasize strategic planning and decision making, and have unique, historical themes."

The series so far: Portobello Market (2007), and Ilium (2008). Now Livingstone joins them “with the same level of strategic game play, elegant artwork and all of the high quality that players have come to expect from European style games."

Germany © Schmidt Spiele GmbH

(from Playroom Entertainment's catalog, late 2009)

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Reviewed in "Counter - Boardgames Reviewed & Discussed" by Alan How*, Issue 46, September 2009, pp. 37-38. *alan how

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Nordic edition
Publisher: Lautapelit.fi
Artist: Michael Menzel, Christof Tisch
Year: 2009
Product Code: 643001827183
Size: 12.40 x 10.70 x 2.20 inches
3.09 pounds
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Publisher: Playroom Entertainment
Artist: Michael Menzel, Christof Tisch
Year: 2009
Product Code: PLE86300
Size: 9.00 x 12.70 x 3.00 inches
2.40 pounds
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Publisher: Schmidt Spiele
Artist: Michael Menzel, Christof Tisch
Year: 2009
Product Code: 49210
Size: 12.40 x 8.86 x 2.76 inches
3.09 pounds
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0 Livingstone Chinese rule
Chinese rule using original format
Chinese
2014-06-24
2 Turn Reference
Stand-up turn reference
English
2014-04-22
4 Start Player Marker
Stand-up start player marker
English
2014-04-22
11 English reference card
Scan of English reference card. Four copies to a page.
English
2010-12-22
2 Livingstone - russian quick rules
Краткие правила игры на русском языке
Russian
2010-07-07
4 Livingstone - russian rules
Правила игры на русском языке
Russian
2010-06-29
14 Livingstone Reference cards (half-page)
These reference cards will help players keep track of dice, follow turn order, and understand how and when to play which cards. In addition, they clarify some of the rules which are a bit ambiguous in the English translation. (Clarifications based on consensus of opinions in threads, and consultation of alternate translations)
English
2010-02-21
1 Regulament romana - Romanian Rules
Regulament in limba romana - Romanian Rules
Romanian
2009-11-11
19 Livingstone Quick Reference
1-page quick reference in English, a la Liumas. Version 1.1. Clarified that playing cards do not take an action and can be done during any action. Thanks to Nick0045.
English
2009-08-08
2 Livingstone magyar szabály
Hungarian translation of rules for Livingstone
Hungarian
2009-06-15
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