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Rules: Lignum

by Sezgin Güven

Here are the rules to the game Lignum

Here also the following notes about the game:

It is recommended to learn Lignum playing the 2 or 3 player game.
In the first 4-player game you can choose the easier winter conditions for each year.

In the first games, it is advisable to execute the wood work individually in player order. In this case, the individual effects can be learned better and sometimes mistakes and misunderstandings are avoided.
(Later on, you can of course execute the wood work at the same time.)

Experienced games can immediately start with the tasks and planned work.

The game will not be more difficult to play by adding tasks and planned work, but the optimization and combination possibilities will increased making planning more complex.

Tips on the game:

When traveling along the supply path, the player should consider an alternative to the planned processing of forest work, since you do not always get all the desired purchases or workers. Your own mill work is particularly well suited for this purpose.

A loan card can also be taken for tactical reasons. This also has a positive effect in certain situations.

All acquired workers and your own mill worker should be used put to use each round.

A well-planned and prepared winter can often earn you a few dollars (e.g. transportation with sleds and use of surplus food, combination with hut construction …).

The sale of craftwork on the market brings you additional income, which can significantly improve the planning for the next round (especially in the first year).

Even if sufficient money is available (usually in the second year) you should continue to optimize and find the best combinations. Each individual saved dollar is ultimately also a victory point.

Planned work make each game different, because of 10 possible cards only a maximum 6 are in play. Therefore, the cards should be read “well”. Coordinating your own strategy with the planned work often allows very efficient combinations.

You should never be forget that you need to earn more money than your fellow players in order to be successful at Lignum. Therefore, it is sometimes appropriate to prevent obvious plans of the other players by “snatching away” from the corresponding purchases.

It is also advantageous to keep an eye on what craftwork tokens your opponents are collecting.

The optimizations are often in the details, but you should better discover and carry them out yourself …

Have fun with Lignum!

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