Rules clarification – games specific

In this section per game clarifications will be posted as well as the English rules in case these are not provided with the game.

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Playing schedule

Registration10:00 – 10:15
Word of welcome10:15 – 10:30
Coimbra10:30 – 12:30
Solenia12:45 – 13:45
Gùgōng14:00 – 15:45
Newton16:00 – 18:00
Prize Giving Ceremoy18:15

Take into account that time is also a gaming factor and a restriction!! We have some shorter games and some longer games. Do not train only on the knowledge of rules and strategy, but also on gaming speed. Know where you can speed up and where you might need some time to think. If your table is lagging, know that you will play with increased time pressure in the final rounds. Please note that all games are prepared in advance (so no pressing out counters or whatsoever), so you can start playing right away.

Now the playing schedule is set, please determine your player order. We would like to receive the names for player A, B, C and D.

Player A:__________ (1st in Coimbra , 4th in Solenia, 3rd in Gùgōng , 2nd in Newton)
Player B:__________ (2nd in Coimbra , 1st in Solenia , 4th in Gùgōng , 3rd in Newton)
Player C:__________ (3rd in Coimbra , 2nd in Solenia, 1st in Gùgōng , 4th in Newton)
Player D:__________ (4th in Coimbra , 3rd in Solenia , 2nd in Gùgōng , 1st in Newton)


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  • At the tournament, we will play the winter side of the player boards, combined with the improvement tiles. The gameboard is arranged in order night/night/dawn/day/day. So the airship is facing the day light.
  • At the tournament, we will play the winter side of the player boards, combined with the improvement tiles. The gameboard is arranged in order night/night/dawn/day/day. So the airship is facing the day light.
  • A player is only allowed to discard a card (and advance the ship one space without any further actions), if the player is not able to follow the adjacency rule to place a card, this includes also the situation that the only available adjacent spaces are city tiles and the player has insufficient goods to pay for any of the available delivery requests. In all other situations, the player must play a card (and for example is forced to spend resources on an undesired delivery request). It is therefore not allowed to voluntarily discard a card.
    Of course a player has the option to “Lengthening a Voyage” if he has the resources to do so. A player is not enforced to “Lengthening a Voyage” in case he is not able to follow the adjacency rule.
  • A permanent good can’t be changed into another good via the improvement tile “open a new storage location”. For example, if you have activated the storage space that 1 wood equals 1 wheat, this is only applicable for physical resources on your ship. This benefit may be used multiple times in a turn. A permanent wheat can’t be used to pay one wood.
  • Please note that the maximum reward for each level 3 improvement tile is 12 gold stars


  • At the tournament, we will play the basic setup, without the kickstarter (bonus) travel tiles. The main reason is by increasing variation by playing the alternative options, it will also (slightly) increase the luck factor. As there are different versions of Gùgōng on the market, with a different amount of bonus / kickstarter travel tokens, we would like to emphasize that only the travel tokens as explained on page 8 will be included in the game.
  • There might be a printing mismatch in your game of Gùgōng. Some games have 2 times the 3rd level decree scoring 8 points and 2 times the same value 7 gift card (the great wall) for the initial setup. The set that will be provided for you during the tournament has been corrected by us and the incorrect decree and gift card have been replaced. The missing decree was 3rd level decree where you get 1 VP for every 3 VP scored during gameplay and card is a value 7 card with action “decrees”.
  • At the start of the game, players place their intrigue marker in reverse order on position zero of the intrigue track (start player lowest position). This is missing in the German rules.
  • It is not allowed to discard another gift card if you played a card with a higher value. Also, if you have one card left, you need to play this card, even if you can’t perform any action.
  • You only need to show your discarded cards that match the destiny dice to claim servants. All players show their cards simultaneously.
  • Be aware that the game is played with 12 servants. The game provides two spare servants, so don’t forget to take those apart as it will limit your option a bit more.
  • For claiming ships, the rule “you may claim a reward if your ship carries 3 servants and reached a harbour with a reward that you’d like to receive” should be read as: you are only allowed to claim a harbour reward of a ship, just after you added servant(s) to that ship or moved that ship. Of course you are allowed to claim two rewards if you split the action grand canal over multiple ships.
    So you are not allowed to claim a reward for a ship that hasn’t moved or didn’t receive new servants, or to claim a ship in another player’s turn or in a later turn. Be aware that your ship also moves at the end of the round and that movement also allows you to claim a reward.
    The sequence for option B in the grand canal action: pay 1 servant, place 2 other servants from your pool and then you may claim rewards. So it is not allowed to place 1 servant, claim that ship and then place the other servant.
  • The card with the action “exchange card” doesn’t allow you to reclaim this same card, so you need to exchange another card from the board.
  • The travel token “place servant on great wall” doesn’t trigger the decree which allows you to place an extra servant on the wall, as you are not performing the great wall action (you are performing the travel action)
  • The decree that allows you to place an extra servant from the general supply in the wall is only triggered when you perform one of the two options (A or B) of the great wall action. So, not performing one of the two options implies that you didn’t perform the great wall action and therefore are not allowed to place an additional servant.
  • In the morning phase, refill the map with travel tokens from left to right and from top to bottom, especially when the draw piles are insufficient to refill the entire map.


  • Tournament specific rule: At the tournament, game boards and colours will be selected counter clockwise. First, the last player selects a game board and a colour, then the 3rd player, etc. The sequence in the rules will be respected, so at first setup the board, then selection of boards and colours and after that the drafting the master cards.
  • Tournament specific rule: The drafting option will be used for the master cards, so each player receives 4, keeps one and passes the remaining cards to the player on their left until all players have selected 4 cards.
  • Master cards:
    • William Gilbert only allows you to place an own student from general supply to the start position of the technology track. It is not allowed to withdraw a student from any position on the technology track.
    • René Descartes does only activate the basic action, not the special effect of the card
    • Robert Boyle allows you to use the same volumes card for multiple study actions (so a volume card with 2 blue volumes may be used to cover the book space with 1 and 2 blue volumes)
    • Edmond Halley doesn’t allow you to move the same student twice
  • Development tiles, income tiles and medicine tiles are limited. If you substitute them, place the replaced tile back in stock so it becomes available again.
  • The special effect on a card only works during the basic action you perform with this card (except for volumes, which are available for the remainder of the round). It doesn’t apply to any action triggered by, for example, quick actions, invention tiles or master cards in that same turn.
  • You are allowed to pass through the objective space in the travel track even if you don’t meet the requirements. If you want to place a cube on the objective space, you must meet the requirements.
  • Bonuses tokens may be used immediately. For example, you are allowed to use the coins you collected through a bonus token to pay for the quick action to increase the value of the basic action you are currently performing. For better traceability during the tournament, we suggest to collect bonuses, only if it doesn’t influence your options, after your action.
  • If you are allowed to play a master card during your turn, so before end of action (this can only happen if you complete the third stack of bookshelf tiles, if you have the special effect where you can place an additional travel cube during your travel action, or with master card Edmond Halley), for better traceability during the tournament, we also suggest to apply the effect of the master card, only if it doesn’t influence your options, after your action.
  • For the work track, you collect coins after completing your movement. So you are not allowed to use this coins to pay for the quick action to increase the value of the basic action as your basic action is already completed. The number of coins you receive is equal to the number of spaces you moved (so not the number of spaces you were allowed to move)
  • For the study action, if you are allowed to place more bookshelves in one action (special effect or master card Robert Boyle), a grey volume takes one specific colour during the entire action.
  • For invention tiles that allow you to perform a technology basic action for each ancient land tile or work basic action for each completed row/column you are allowed to perform one action of value x (instead of x actions of value 1)
  • For the lessons action, the available action cards will be put back at the bottom of the relative deck in the same sequence as in which they were drawn earlier.
  • If you cannot execute the effect of a master card (e.g. no bookshelf tiles or student left), you may still play the master card.
  • Recently posted on BGG by the author: If you finish your travel cubes, your scientist piece is considered a  travel cube. So if you occupy the goal tile space on the map, you get  the points from the tiles as if it were occupied by a travel cube. This  rules are applied for each other effect that involve the occupation of a space by a travel cube.