Over the past week and a half I’ve been working on getting the rules to Meteorus down on paper, which is always the hardest part about a game’s design for me. The game has already changed a bit from my original idea, and now includes a deck-building aspect to it. That means I now have to make the cards!
Starting the Game
Separate the cards into their respective piles (Weather, Disaster, Prestige). Create individual stacks for each weather type and place them face up on the table. Separate out the Prestige cards by value and place them face up on the table. Shuffle the Disaster cards and put the stack face down on the table.
Each player gets 3 “Cloudy Day” cards.
Each player will roll the standard die. Whoever rolls the highest is the starting player.
Ties are settled with re-rolls. Play continues clockwise around the table.
Playing the Game
Draw 3 cards and place them face up in front of you at the start of your turn. Resolve any special effect of these cards. If you have no cards left to draw, shuffle your discard pile and create a new draw deck. If all 3 cards drawn have a skull icon, draw and a resolve a disaster card.
Rolling the dice
Each turn the active player will roll the 5 ElemenT Dice, and may make 2 additional rerolls with any, or all, of the dice. Once the dice have been rolled, the player will then calculate the amount of Elemental Power they’ve earned for the round and take the appropriate tokens. Keep in mind that elemental trumps cancel out dice. Every Ether rolled is wild, and can be banked for future turns. Your personal Ether bank may not exceed 10. If the Sun is rolled on the yellow die, all dice are ignored, you stop rolling, and you’re given 3 wild Elemental Power to spend.
After you’ve rolled the dice and calculated your Elemental Power for the round, you may purchase any weather cards with the power you’ve obtained. These cards are placed into your discard pile, and any unused Elemental Tokens are discarded.
Taking the value of the 3 Weather cards face up in front of you, you can now purchase Prestige cards. All purchased Prestige cards, and the Weather cards are now placed in the discard pile.
First player to 20 Prestige wins.
These rules are at their roughest draft right now. They need to be cleaned up, proofread, clarified, tested, etc… Think of them more as a brain dump for now while I work on the card deck for the game.