This is a general guideline designed to provide brief descriptions
of the primary attributes that define a physical spirit and the playing piece created when
that spirit is activated in the game.
Not all spirits, or the physical playing pieces they create
upon activation, will have all of the attributes listed here.
Some are unique to a specific type of spirit.
For example, a spirit with the ability to block enemy
attacks (a Defender) will have different attributes than a piece whose only function is to
create energy resources, or points.
Attack First Turn:
Most units, upon entering the playing
field from the castle courtyard can't participate in a combat event the same turn they
leave the courtyard.
They must wait until the following turn to attack, to defend themselves or to defend another unit.
Units with the "Attack First Turn"
attribute, however, have the ability to engage in a combat event the first turn they are in play.
This indicates the amount of damage the spirit inflicts on an opponent
during an attack event, whether they are initiating an attack or defending themselves.
Attack Range: This defines the maximum distance, measured
in hexes on the playing map, between an active piece and the target of its attack.
For example, if a piece has an attack range of two, the target of its attack must be
located within two hexes of the piece.
If a spirit has a blocking power greater
than zero, it has the ability to inflict damage upon the attacking piece when intercepting
an attack directed at another spirit.
Blocking is the ability to intercept an
attack directed at another piece on the playing field.
This powerful ability is determined by a spirit having a blocking range greater than zero.
This range measures the distance between the blocking spirit and the attacking unit (not the unit
This is the critical measurement of the life force remaining for the unit
If the defense rating is reduced to zero, or below, the unit is destroyed
and removed from the playing field.
All energy pieces, and some special combat spirits and Defenders,
have the ability to generate energy points during the Energy Phase that begins each turn
In the various game interface screens, this ability it represented by
colored windmill icons.
Some pieces, such as the Aqueduct, have the ability to
create more than one color of energy resources each turn.
Some spirits have the ability to heal themselves after they have been
A healing phase directly follows the Combat
Phase and any surviving spirits with the healing attribute will have the opportunity to
heal the damage they have suffered.
The associated healing cost must be paid in
order for the unit to be healed.
For those spirits with the healing ability, an associated healing cost
attribute determines the cost of self-healing.
This rating reflects the cost, in color-specific energy points, to heal one point of damage.
The Unicorn, for example, has a healing cost of two points.
To heal 3 points of damage would require 6 green energy points.
While "magical" spirits represent spells that affect the playing
world or physical spirits currently in play on the game board, some physical spirits also
have magical abilities that can be used once they are in play.
Academy, for example is a Flatlands spirit. Its primary function is to produce one
white energy point each turn.
However, once per turn it also has the magical ability
to increase the attack power of any friendly Slave spirit by one point.
Most spirits have a maintenance rating of zero.
These pieces, once activated, have no on-going energy requirements to remain in play.
Any spirits with a maintenance rating greater than zero, however, require on-going payment of maintenance
fees in order to remain in play.
Maintenance fees are paid during the Energy Phase that begins each turn of play.
If a player can not pay this fee, or for strategic
purposes chooses not to pay, the piece is removed from play.
(Be aware that a spirit with the resurrection attribute may be resurrected back to the courtyard when it has been
destroyed by the lack of maintenance.)
Some units can move without any associated energy cost.
If this attribute is greater than zero, however, you must be prepared to pay the movement cost
when the unit is moved.
This cost is always paid in energy resources (or points) of
the Homeland color of the spirit. For a player attempting to play with a minimum level of
energy-producing resources, using spirits with no movement costs can be a critical aspect
of the dungeon design.
The distance, in hexes, that a unit can move in a turn.
A unit has one movement opportunity per turn and can move any number up to this maximum movement
range. Not all units can move.
Some units have a movement range of zero,
indicating that they can not be moved.
Energy and Defenders do not have the ability
to move once placed in play.
Move First Turn:
Normally, the act of moving from the courtyard onto the playing field uses the spirit's one-per-turn "movement event." The exceptions to this rule are those spirits with the ability to move
on their first turn in play.
Such spirits can be put in play during the activation
phase and then moved during the following movement phase of the same turn, providing that
the player can afford any energy costs associated with the piece's movement.
This true/false attribute indicates whether a spirit has the ability to be
resurrected when it has been destroyed.
If resurrected, the dying spirit is returned
to the courtyard of the player's castle.
A resurrection opportunity will only occur when a resurrection-enabled unit has been
destroyed, there is room available in the courtyard of the controlling player, and that
player can afford to pay the associated energy costs.
When these conditions are met, the player will be provided with an accept/decline option to resurrect the unit.
If the player declines to exercise a resurrection opportunity, the unit is removed from play
for the duration of the current game.
For physical spirits with the ability to be resurrected, this is the
energy cost of the resurrection.
If the player can not afford to pay this energy
cost, the resurrection opportunity will not occur.
Some spirits have magical shielding that protects
them from physical attacks by spirits from specific homelands.
A spirit with yellow shielding, for example, will not suffer any damage when attacked by a Drylands spirit.
This shielding, however, only protects the piece from physical damage normally
inflicted during combat events.
It does not provide any protection from magical spells.
Some spirits enter play with shielding, while others may gain shielding by
the use of magical spells.
Shielding can also be stripped from a spirit by magical
This determines the distance the unit can see.
As with all distance-related attributes in the game, this is measured in physical hexes on the playing
A spirit with a vision of three can see three hexes in all directions from its current location.