|Extra Material||Extended decktet and 36 suit chips, 6 of each suit|
Recruit team members and gain experience before adventuring through the world.
You are the lowly tinker (the Excuse). A strange wizard has charged you, the Sailor, the Soldier, and a Spy (the Diplomat) with defeating an evil that has taken over the world. He gave you 36 magic amulets (suit chips) for your journey. Your company of four will recruit new members and master events before leaving on your adventure ridding each location of evil.
In the beginning your hand/draw pile consists solely of the Excuse, the Sailor, the Soldier, and the Diplomat. All other personalities (11 cards) go into the personality pile. The event cards (including the Market, 11 cards) go into an event pile next to the personality pile. The Aces are placed in their own pile. The remaining cards are all location cards (including the Origin and the End) and go into a location pile.
Round 1: Recruiting and experiences
Draw the top personality card and the top event card. Look at them and then decide which one your group needs more and trash the other, it's now out of the game forever. The chosen card is now the challenge card. You defeat the evil spells cast on the personalities or gain knowledge by mastering an event by having the sum of your played cards and suit chips be equal or higher than the chosen card. Place the chosen card face up in the challenger position. You can choose to quit fighting and trash the challenge card at any time after your first card is played thus not gaining a team member or knowledge. You get one "free" mandatory play. Each play after that costs one suit chip, but the suit chip counts toward your sum for that suit. If you play a suit chip you must play a card. When you've beaten the challenge card you add it to you discard pile. When you've gone through your hand, add an Ace to your discard pile, reshuffle, and work your way through your deck. Every time you reshuffle, you must add an Ace to you hand (this represents your group's additional weariness from adventuring). When you've worked through the personality and event piles move on to round two.
Round 2: The journey.
Work your way through the locations of the world the same way you beat the challengers. You must defeat evil in every location to win, you cannot lose a challenge against a place. Locations are not added to your your hand after you defeat the evil magic there, you just move on to the next location. Continue to add an Ace every time you go through your hand, until they run out. The game ends when you can no longer play (out of suit chips, but need to draw more cards to remove evil magic from location) or when you've made it successfully through each location (thus removing evil from the whole world).
The extended deck
Pawns are valued at 10, Courts 11, and Crowns are 12. Aces are worth 1 and the Excuse represents you (worth zero).
Lose one additional chip of your choosing when you lose a fight.
Inspired by the solo adventure Friday.
You may play suit chips that don't further your current goal
Plan for the Sea and the End
Lose some round 1 battles if the card options aren't great