The volcano on the Greek island Nisyros is waking up! Several big eruptions will completely cover the island with lava. The inhabitants need to flee from the island by building boats. They can slow down the flow of lava by building dams. However, with each new eruption the dams might break under the pressure so the lava will continue flowing down.
We need wood for building boats, stone for building dams and wheat to feed the workers. These three resources can be harvested on the volcano slopes. The upper fields render the highest yield, but these will soon be covered with lava. Sometimes the workers take huge risks to gather enough resources.
Will we succeed in saving the inhabitants before the island is fully covered with lava?
NISYROS is a dynamic strategy game that keeps its tension throughout the game due to its surprising events. It is easy to learn and the challenge level can be raised step by step. This makes the game suitable for both casual gamers and game freaks.
CONTENTS: game board consisting of 25 parts, 40 wooden play figures, 7 special dice, 3 resource matrices, 32 boats, 32 dams, 25 event cards, game rules.
Playing time: 45-60 min
Author: Peter Slaman
Nisyros is a volcanic island in the Egeic sea, to the south of
Kos. The biggest volcano on Nisyros is called Stephanos and
is still active, without being really dangerous. The latest small
eruption took place in 1956, at that time the inhabitants were
evacuated as a precaution.
In this game, a series of big eruptions will completely cover the
island with lava. The inhabitants need to flee from Nisyros to
Kos by building boats. They can slow down the flow of lava by
building dams. However, with a new eruption in this direction
the dams will break and the lava will continue flowing down.
At the beginning of the game, each player has two workers
and eight citizens. The workers recognize the danger and
immediately start working. The citizens are still unaware of the
threat, but can be summoned to join the workers during the
The workers need wood for building boats and stone for
building dams. Wheat is grown to feed all the workers. These
three resources can be harvested on the volcano slopes. The
upper fields bring the highest yield, but these will soon be
covered with lava. When an area is overflowing and workers
are present, they will try to escape. If they fail, they will go to
Hades, the realm of the dead.
Apart from the unpredictable volcano, in each round of play
there will be 1, 2 or 3 events that can be either positive or
negative. Five action dice can double the yield of the areas, but
sometimes cause extra eruptions.
Will we succeed in bringing the inhabitants safely to Kos before
Nisyros is completely covered with lava?
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