Magnate Roller

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Rules Cheatsheet



{{ mega ? "Mega" : ""}} Magnate {{ empire ? "Empire" : ""}} requires {{ mega || empire ? "two decktets" : "a Decktet" }}, about {{ mega || three || empire ? 20 : 12 }} suit tokens per Decktet suit, and either this Roller or {{ empire ? "three" : "two" }} d10 and {{ doubleTaxation ? "two" : "one" }} d6.

Districts: Set up {{ empire ? "both Excuses" : "the Excuse" }} and {{ empire ? "both Harvests and Borderlands " : (three ? (mega ? "all but three " : "all " ) + "Crowns" : "Pawns") }} in a {{ three ? "Y shape" : "line" }} {{ empire ? "" : "centered around the Excuse" }} between the players. {{ mega ? "(Remove the second Excuse.)" : "" }} {{ three ? "Optionally, add one or two tokens of different suits to each Crown." : "" }} These are the districts. The goal of the game is {{ empire ? "to improve your set of districts the most," : "to control the most districts (as in Schotten Totten/Battle Line)" }} by adding the most property value to them: i.e., having a higher total rank on your side of the {{ three ? "Crown" : "Pawn" }}/Excuse than your opponent has on the other.

{{ three ? "Pawns" : "Crowns" }}: Deal out {{ empire ? "three Crowns to each player," : (three ? (mega ? "six" : "three") + " Pawns" : "all Crowns") + " evenly among the players," }} who should set them aside on their own sides of the table. Each player also takes one matching suit token per {{ three ? "suit on their Pawn" : "Crown" }}. {{ empire ? "Set aside any extra Crowns and the remaining Pawns." : "" }}

Courts are optional and may be removed from the deck. (There is a variant in which Courts are used as trading posts.)

Shuffle the remaining cards and deal out {{ empire ? 5 : (mega ? (three ? 5 : 6) : 3)}} to each player. There is no official method of choosing a start player.

Game Play

Players will develop properties (cards) by placing them in columns on their own side of the District line. The first card must match a suit {{ three ? "or token" : ""}} on the District ({{ three ? "Crown" : "Pawn" }}) it is placed next to; the next card in line must match a suit on the previous card, and so on. The first card next to the Excuse is unrestricted, but subsequent cards are restricted normally.

On Your Turn

  1. Roll for resources! Resolve taxation before distributing new resources.

    Your {{ three ? "Pawns" : "Crowns" }}, developed, and deeded properties can all generate resources. Your {{three ? (mega ? "Pawns generate" : "Pawn generates") : "Crowns generate" }} one matching resource token {{ three ? "per suit" : "each" }}. Fully-developed properties generate a resource per suit if fully developed; deeded or partly developed properties generate one matching resource of your choice. Note that every player is affected (as in Catan), and only the property rolled generates resources. (Courts cannot be rolled.)

    If you are not using the roller, roll {{ empire ? 3 : 2 }}d10 for resources. {{ doubleTaxation ? "Double": "" }} Taxation: If a 1 appears, roll {{mega || doubleTaxation ? 2 : 1}}d6 to determine the taxed suit{{mega || doubleTaxation ? "s" : "" }}; all players discard all but one of their resources in {{mega || doubleTaxation ? "those suits" : "that suit"}}.

    Next, all players collect resources on the greater of the two d10s. If the greater value is a 10, all players collect their {{ three ? "Pawn" : "Crown" }} resources; otherwise players collect one resource per suit on each of their own properties of the rolled rank. (In case of snake eyes, each player collects one matching resource per Ace). If a matching property is deeded instead of owned outright, players collect one resource of their choice out of the two suits on the deeded card.

  2. {{ empire ? "Simultaneously" : "In any order"}}, as many times as you want (except for playing only {{mega ? "two cards" : "one card"}} per turn):
    • Develop (add resource tokens to) any deed, possibly completing it.

      You may store partial payment in resources, tax-free, on a deeded property. When you complete a deed (by accumulating the same total number and required types of resources as if purchased outright), discard the paid resources and turn the property sideways.

    • Trade three of the same resource to the bank for a single resource of your choice.
    • Play {{mega ? "a total of two cards" : "a single card"}}. The possible card plays are:
      1. Buy a deed and place it vertically in a matching district.

        Deeds to properties can be bought at the cost of one of each suit pictured on the card (even for Aces). The resources go to the bank, not on the card, and do not count towards the final cost of the property. You cannot place another deed or property in the same district until this deed has been fully developed.

      2. Buy a property outright, and place it horizontally in a matching district.

        Properties cost their face value in resource tokens, but these tokens must all match the suit(s) on the card, with at least one resource token in each suit. Pricing exceptions: A Court costs 10 resources, does not generate resources like other properties, but counts as rank 10 for controlling districts. An Ace costs three resources of the matching suit, and scores one point per matching suit on your fully developed properties in that district. (The original rule was that an Ace cost one resource and scored simply as rank 1; there are variants of the new rule in which the Pawn or both the Pawn and the opponent's cards are also counted when scoring Aces.)

      3. Sell a property. Place the sold property in the discard pile.

        Properties in your hand may be sold for one resource token per suit on the card, except an Ace is sold for two resources matching the suit of the card.

  3. Draw a replacement card.
  4. Pass cards to the left if there are any, otherwise, deal a new hand of 5 cards.

Game End

Reshuffle the discards {{ three || empire ? "twice; the third" : "once; the second" }} time the draw pile runs out, {{ empire ? "the game ends immediately" : "players get one more turn each" }}. {{ empire ? "The passing direction (left vs. right) changes after each shuffle." : "" }}

At the end of the game, players discard their hands{{ empire ? '' : " of " + (mega ? 4 : 2 ) + " cards each" }}, any incomplete deeds, and the resources on them.

Determine {{ empire ? "each player's total score, as well as individual district scores for district bonuses" : "control of districts" }} by totaling card ranks. Courts count as 10, and Aces count as one per matching suit in the district, including its own. {{empire ? "District bonuses are awarded for each district type (that is, for the Excuse, Harvest, and Borderlands). The player with the highest value in the district gets 15 points, the second-highest gets 10 points, and, in a four-player game only, the third-highest gets 5 points." : ""}} If players tie{{ empire ? ", the" : " on districts, the first tiebreaker is the total value of their developments, and the second" }} tie-breaker is the most remaining resources.