Five Tribes


Designed by Bruno Cathala, Five Tribes builds on a long tradition of German-style games that feature wooden meeples. Here, in a unique twist on the now-standard “worker placement” genre, the game begins with the meeples already in place – and players must cleverly maneuver them over the villages, markets, oases, and sacred places tiles that make up Naqala. How, when, and where you dis-place these Five Tribes of Assassins, Elders, Builders, Merchants, and Viziers determine your victory or failure.

As befitting a Days of Wonder game, the rules are straightforward and easy to learn. But devising a winning strategy will take a more calculated approach than our standard fare. You need to carefully consider what moves can score you well and put your opponents at a disadvantage. You need to weigh many different pathways to victory, including the summoning of powerful Djinns that may help your cause as you attempt to control this legendary Sultanate.

Designer: Bruno Cathala
Publisher: Days of Wonder
Player numbers:  2-4 players
Recommended Age: 13+
Game Time: 40-80 mins

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Product Contents:

  • 30 game board tiles
  • 4 player sets with camel and turn markers
  • 90 wooden meeples (yellow Viziers, red Assassins, green Merchants, blue Builders and white Elders)
  • 12 wooden palm trees
  • 10 wooden palaces
  • 22 Djinn cards
  • 54 resource cards
  • 96 victory coins
  • 1 scoring pad
  • 5 Djinn & turn order summary sheets
  • 1 betting order track
  • 1 turn order track
  • Rulebook


Five Tribes: The Artisans of Naqala

Five Tribes: The Thieves of Naqala

Five Tribes: Whims of the Sultan

Card sleeve information if you wish to sleeve the cards in this product:

54 cards.  Mini European – Red (FFS02, 50/pack) – (1-11/16” x 2-5/8″ – 44 x 68mm)

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