Type: Abstract Strategy, Pattern Building, Worker Placement
A game by: Filip Głowacz
Art by: Zbigniew Umgelter
Play time: 60–75 min
Release date: Q2 2021
Status: In development
Welcome to Mandala Stones, a game of tranquility and beauty! Arrange colorful stones to create a stunning work of art together with your friends. However, while there are many creators, there can be only one winner. Influence artists, positioning them cleverly on the main board, to form towers out of collected Stones, which you then display onto the mandala board at an opportune moment to score Victory Points.
Mandala Stones is played over a number of rounds. Each round, beginning with the starting player and continuing clockwise until around the table, every player will take one turn. The game will conclude at the end of the round during which the end-game condition is triggered, thus giving all players an equal number of turns. The player with the most Victory Points is the winner.
On your turn, you must perform one of two possible actions: PICK or SCORE.
Choose one Artist and move it to a different position on the board. Then, take all adjacent Stones that match the pattern of the Artist you selected and are not adjacent to any other Artists.
Collected Stones are gathered in towers on your player board, waiting to be scored on a future turn.
Decide whether to score a color or to score any top Stones.
When scoring a color, you must choose a colored shared by the top Stones of at least 2 towers on your player board. Their patterns do not matter, as long as the Stones themselves are of the same color. Score each such tower individually, according to the rule depicted next to it on your player board.
When using the option to score any top Stones, select any number of Stones from the tops of your towers and score 1 Victory Point for each selected Stone. The individual colors and patterns of these Stones do not matter.
All scored Stones, regardless of option chosen, are placed on a central Mandala board, where you may score additional Victory Points by covering spaces with special markings.
END OF THE GAME
If a Stone is placed on the Mandala board covering a space showing a number of hands equal to the number of players — finish the round, thus giving all players an equal number of turns. Finally, each player has the opportunity to score one of the two Objective cards that were dealt to them during setup.
The player with the most Victory Points is the winner!