Bloodstones is a fantasy wargame for 1-6 players featuring six different races, each with its own specific powers and its own mix of units, represented by domino-shaped tiles. Some of these units will be unique to that race, such as dragons to the Dragon Riders and giants to the Hill Folk.
The aim of the game is to have the most victory points, which can be gained by building your own villages and raiding those of other players and by winning battles.
At the start of the game, players arrange their tiles in stacks. From these, they draw a starting hand of nine. Players then decide where to place their citadel and which tiles will be placed with it. The tiles are multi-use. When placed on the board, they becomes units, with the type indicated by the symbol in the center. In your hand, tiles can be used to build other units, move units, improve your combat strength, build villages, and raid villages.
The main part of the game proceeds with player turns. On your turn, you can perform as many actions as you wish, although some actions have restrictions as to when you can perform them. After you have completed your actions, draw back to your hand size of six tiles. If you exhaust your stock of tiles, then shuffle your discarded ones to make a new draw stock. You also score victory points for villages you have on the board.
The game ends when each player has scored points a number of times. With two players, this will be three times; for three or more players, two times.
—description from the publisher
- All the tiles and markers are High Impact Plastic, with heat-transferred artwork. This has a similar feel to the tiles used in Azul. More tile information here.
- The Maps are soft, made from 170gsm faux silk, and lay flat on a table while reducing weight. Dimensions are 73x61.5cm for most maps (the 5-6 play map will be larger - dimensions to be shared when I know) More map information here. The maps are machine washable (cold water) You can see the map (old art) movement here
- The Faction Cards are double-sided, and printed on 250gsm paper composite, which is the stuff that's impossible to tear.
- The Bags are made from velvet, with machine embroidery. You can see a bit more about them here and here
- The Box is linen-finished and printed on the inside, both lid and bottom.
- The Rule Book is printed on thick paper, with a linen finish applied.