Cascadia is a puzzly tile-laying game featuring the habitats and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest! In Cascadia, players take turns building their terrain and populating it with wildlife. Players must create a diverse and harmonious ecosystem - each animal species has a different spatial preference and each habitat must be placed to reduce fragmentation and create wildlife corridors.
Cascadia is a tile and token drafting game for 1-4 players. It involves a dual-layer puzzle that progresses over time as more habitats and wildlife are added to each player’s individual ecosystem. Players score points by creating the most harmonious spatial arrangements of wildlife, and also by creating the largest contiguous habitat corridors.
Cascadia is the second Flatout Games CoLab game - like its predecessor, Calico, it is a puzzly, hex-based tile-laying game with interwoven puzzle elements. Although Cascadia’s rules are as simple as pick one, place one, the game offers multiple layers of modularity and challenging decision-making to keep even the most seasoned gamers coming back for more!
In the game, you take turns building out your own terrain area and populating it with wildlife. You start with three hexagonal habitat tiles (with five types of habitat in the game), and on a turn you choose a new habitat tile that's paired with a wildlife token, then place that tile next to your other ones and place the wildlife token on an appropriate habitat. (Each tile depicts 1-3 types of wildlife from the five types in the game, and you can place at most one tile on a habitat.) Four tiles are on display, with each tile being paired at random with a wildlife token, so you must make the best of what's available — unless you have a nature token to spend so that you can pick your choice of each item.
Ideally you can place habitat tiles to create matching terrain that reduces fragmentation and creates wildlife corridors, mostly because you score for the largest area of each type of habitat at game's end, with a bonus if your group is larger than each other player's. At the same time, you want to place wildlife tokens so that you can maximize the number of points scored by them, with the wildlife goals being determined at random by one of the three scoring cards for each type of wildlife. Maybe hawks want to be separate from other hawks, while foxes want lots of different animals surrounding them and bears want to be in pairs. Can you make it happen?
5 Starter Habitats tiles (each with a different combination of 3 habitat hexes, one single and 2 double terrains).
85 Habitat tiles (42mm hexes): 5x each Terrain (Forest, Prairie, Wetland, Mountain, River), 6x each combination of two terrains (double terrain).
25 Nature tokens (Douglas Fir cones)
21 Wildlife Scoring cards (70x120mm):
4x each animal (Grizzly Bear, Roosevelt Elk, Chinook Salmon, Red-Tailed Hawk, Red Fox)
1 Family/Intermediate Variant Scoring card
1 Scorepad (65x160mm)
100 Wildlife tokens: 20x each brown Bear, tan Elk, pink Salmon, blue Hawk, orange Fox; (with applied image on one side)
Cloth bag for Wildlife tokens
1 to 4 Players
30 to 45 Min Playing Time
Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2022
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Released: 18 October 2022