Author : Thamas Dupont
Drawing : Maxime Morin
Number of players: 2 - 4
Duration: 20-30 minutes
Recommended age : from 7 years
Year of publication: 2020
In CODEX Naturalis , you must continue the work of illuminator monk Tybor Kwelein, assembling the pages of a manuscript listing living species in primary forests. Can you put the pages together in the best order possible? And are you willing to sacrifice species to develop your manuscript?
In the game, each player begins with a single card on the table, a card that shows a combination of the four possible resources in the middle of the card, in the corners of the card, or both. Players also have two resource cards and a prestige card in hand, while two of each card type are visible on the table.
During a turn, you place a card from your hand on one or more exploration areas that are on cards you already have in play. An “exploration area” is a fenced corner of the map; your starting card has four of these areas, one in each corner, while the resource and prestige cards have only three.
- - cards resources have no cost to play and they often represent resource symbols in their exploration areas.
- - cards Prestige earn points when played, but they often have a need for resources, for example three leaves or two wheat / one water / one stone, and you must have these resources visible in your manuscript when you play the card Prestige . You score points with this card immediately, with some cards having a fixed value and others a variable depending on the number of symbols displayed or the number of exploration areas you have covered this turn.
If you wish, you can play a card from your hand face down; such a map has four exploration areas and one resource, but does not provide any points. After playing, draw a face-up card or the top card of either deck to fill your hand.
When a player reaches 20 points, you end the round, then each player takes an extra turn. Players then score points based on their match between two public objective cards and a secret objective card, after which the player with the most points wins.