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2009
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2 − 4
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Best with 4 players
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13 and up
Playing Time
60 minutes
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10 and up
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Some necessary text - easily memorized or small crib sheet
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Game description of the 2011 revised edition from the publisher:

Welcome to Cadwallon, an infamous city known for the chicanery of its artful guilds! Can your guild sweep through its districts and gain power through recruiting influential citizens and acquiring valuable relics?

The revised edition of Arcana is a card game of recruitment and resource gathering for 2-4 crafty leaders. Command a guild of loyal agents during a series of district encounters against your opponents. Score the most prominent citizens, advantageous locations, and valuable treasures through bribery and power struggles. Collect the highest amount of victory points to become the master guild of Cadwallon!

This vibrant game creates a fantastical atmosphere for players to enjoy while they attempt to best their opponents through strategic card play. Make your guild the most influential by winning Stake cards and strengthening your deck with impressive Personalities, advantageous Locations, or tempting Relics to use in bribery.

The revised edition of Arcana introduces two new guilds to choose from, the Guild of Fortune-tellers and the Guild of Architects, as well a variety of optional rules that players can utilize to enhance their experience. Players can customize their guild, fulfill objectives, recruit Militia, invoke the ability of their Guild Masters, affect game play through random events, or optimize tactical strategy through card discards. Which variant will you use in your game?

Summary of Play

Arcana is played over a series of rounds that are comprised of two phases, the Intrigue phase and the Resolution phase. Send Agents from your unique guild deck to any of Cadwallon’s districts to claim control of Stake cards: Personalities, Locations, and Relics, all of which award victory points.

During these district encounters players gain control of Stake cards by playing their Agent cards. Stake cards are won through meeting or exceeding the card’s main arcanum: either Military, Political, Spiritual, or Financial. Whichever Agent has the highest matching arcanum type wins the current revealed Stake card in that district.

Of course if the Stake card you are after is a Personality card you can choose to bribe them with a Relic Card instead, immediately ending the phase and wresting the victory points from your opponents should you succeed.

Players can increase the mystery of the final outcome through bluffing. Players control two friendly distracts (piles of Stake cards) in which they can place their Agents facedown. Will your opponent chance opposing you when he is uncertain of your arcanum value?

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English third "revised" edition
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Artist: Miguel Coimbra, Édouard Guiton
Year: 2011
Product Code: DU16
Size: 10.00 x 10.00 x 2.00 inches
1.90 pounds
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French edition 2011
Publisher: Edge Entertainment
Artist: Paul Bonner, Gary Chalk, Miguel Coimbra, Nicolas Fructusmore»
Year: 2011
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German first edition
Publisher: Pegasus Spiele
Artist: Miguel Coimbra, Paolo Parente
Year: 2010
Size: 6.00 x 5.00 x 0.90 inches
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English second edition
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Artist: Miguel Coimbra, Édouard Guiton
Year: 2010
Size: 7.50 x 4.00 x 1.50 inches
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Polish edition
Publisher: Axel
Artist: Édouard Guiton
Year: 2010
Product Code: G-404
Size: 3.93 x 7.67 x 1.45 inches
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4 Arcana - Full set of Playmats (600dpi)
Arcana - Player play mat - Guild of Architects (600dpi)
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2015-06-17
2 Ulisses Arcana Tuckboxes - V 1.0
Second part of the Tuckboxes. I included two boxes for the Stake Cards. Just store 58 stake card in each box. Also I included another version of the Marcenius card, because I think there was a misprint in his power. Now every leader power will have a double, and it should balance the guilds. Just cut and stick the card into the sleeve among with the original one. Use the same printing instructions: A4 paper and Real Size.
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2014-05-08
1 10 Arcana deck boxes per type of cards
I created ready-to-print pdf simple deck boxes with the idea to separate all cards per type, so there is 10 boxes of 2 sizes: Large boxes (around 60 cards): -Cadwallon city Box I (58 cards) -Cadwallon city Box II (58 cards) Small boxes (20 to 30 cards): -Event/militia/first player/ducal jubile -Objectives -One box for each Guild (include cards A B E) Note that the size is larger than the cards, i use plastic sleeve on the card and also included some additional mm to overcome cutting/pasting mistakes.
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2014-05-07
0 Arcana Tuckbox für Gilden
Die Box für die Gilden. Wollte eigentlich noch die zwei weitere machen, aber habe gesehen, dass in die kleine Schachtel, in der immer alles rumfliegt, garkeine zwei nebeneinander passen. Schade.
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2013-02-24
3 Arcana Location Card Translations
Cheat-sheet for the German edition so english-speaking players can play. It contains translations of the text of all location cards as well as the different guild abilities. I have not translated the objective cards because they all say 'you must have 3 of X'. Single page. The translations were done mostly through google translate and some common sense so no guarantees about their correctness.
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2012-07-12
1 Marcenius ability correction (sticker)
It seems that there is a print mistake in FFG's revised version on Marcenius leader from the Guild of Ferrymen (green one). Use this sticker to correct it for yourself. -> this has not been confirmed by the Arcana's author.
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2012-03-04
6 Russian rules
Русские правила. Перевод Михаила Лисового. Выкладывается с разрешения автора
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2010-04-04
49 Universal Head ARCANA Rules Summary
The Universal Head ARCANA REVISED Rules Summary v1 (Feb'12). Double-sided rules summary, single-sided play reference sheet x2.
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2010-03-29
42 Arcana Rulebook (3.5mb PDF) Updated Nov 4/2009
Arcana Rulebook (3.5mb PDF) Updated Nov 4/2009
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2009-11-06
26 Arcana FAQ v1.0
Arcana FAQ compiled from forum posts and AEG/Designer responses. Latest 1.1 version after designer comments.
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