1911 Amundsen vs. Scott - General game info
1911 Amundsen vs. Scott
2 players, 5-20 minutes, 10 years and older
AuthorPerepau Llistosella
IllustratorPedro Soto
Published byLooping Games
Online since 2024-02-03
Developed byChristian Menzel (Chris123)
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1911 Amundsen vs. Scott - Rules
If you are reading these rules for the first time, ignore the text along the right hand side. These rules serve as a summary to help you quickly familiarize yourself with the game.

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Please note:
  • helptexts and these rules: The publisher provided playing cards like in the normal board game: In Spanish and English. Each card is provided with an English helptext. These helptexts and the following rules are not the official rules of the game but a free explanation by the developer Chris123.
    If you prefer to read the official English rules, you can download them here: → Rules in English (PDF)

  • basic game only: The game 1911 Amundsen vs. Scott has one variant of the basic version and 4 extensions. Currently only the basic version is implemented. It mostly depends on the developer's time if the variant and / or an extension will be implemented.

  • (Nearly) open game: The handcards are mostly visible for the opponent. There are 2 exceptions:

    • The first card at the start of the game is shown to the opponent as a face-down card.
    • When performing the 'Good Weather' action you draw a hidden card from the deck. If you cannot or do not want to advance the card will be shown face-down to the opponent.
    Cards which are shown face-down to the oppenent are signed with a black dot in the upper left corner for the player who owns these cards.

  • Help for people with color weakness:

    • We have put a white dot on each red card in the upper middle and on each red field of the game board. This should enable people with a color weakness (especially red green weakness) to play the game without problems.
    • There is also a black dot in the top center of each yellow card. This is to help distinguish the yellow cards from the green cards more easily.
→ Rules in English (PDF)
→ Rules in Spanish (PDF)

1911 Amundsen vs. Scott

Game components

55
cards for the basic game.
1
Board with both sides.
1
Red pawn (Amundsen)
1
Blue pawn (Scott)
2
"Explorer/Player Aid" cards
1
Rulebook (Spanish and English)

Not included in the current version on Yucata:
4
white cubes for "Food Depots" expansion
8
cards for "Patrons" expansion
5
cards for "Damned Weather" expansion
10
cards for "1912 The Way Back" expansion"

Games setup

Each player takes his explorer's card and place his pawn in his ship of the board.

Draw 3 cards from the desk and place them face up. After that each player is dealt one handcard from the deck.

  • Put the board showing the main side with the four parallels (75°, 80°, 85° und 88°).

  • The player who has travelled further south must now choose which explorer he wants to play in the game.

  • Each player takes his explorer’s card and place his pawn in his ship of the board.

  • The deck is shuffled and placed near the board.

  • Draw 3 cards from the deck and place them face up forming a row beside the deck.

  • Each player is dealt a hand of 1 card from the deck.

game setup

Overall game rules

  • Hand limit:

    Players may never hold more than 7 cards in his hands, so they will not be able to choose the "Take Cards" action if it may provoke exceeding this limit.

  • Example:

    The deck runs out for the second time and there are only two cards in the row.

    Amundsen is one space from the South Pole with six cards in his hand. Scott, who has four cards and he is two spaces away from the South Pole, realizes that it is imposible to win and, therefore he declares he wants to take three cards. He is not able to do it and the game finishes without a winner.

    Exhausted deck:

    When the deck is exhausted, the discarded cards are shuffled to form a new deck.

    When the deck is exhausted for the second time if a player manifests that he cannot perform the desired "Take Cards" action, the game ends without a winner:

    Both explorers have died frozen in Antarctica!

The cards

Card with Explanations

  1. Color and symbol of the card

    It is used especially in the actions "Advance", "Reach the South Pole" or "Back to Route".

  2. Symbol of the Special Action

    It may be a Discard Special Action (to use with the action of "Take Cards") or a Special Action (tp use wih the action of "Play Cards").

  3. Effect of the Special Action

    Explained in "Special Card" section below.

Course of the game

Players take alternative playing turns.

Each player in his turn must choose: Take Cards or Play Cards

The players incarnate Roald Amundsen and Robert F. Scott in his feat to be the first human to reach the South Pole.

The winner is the player who arrives there first!

The player who incarnates Amundsen starts the game. Thereafter, players take alternative playing turns.

Each player in his turn must choose: Take Cards or Play Cards

Take cards

Take the card(s) furthest to the right

Discard cards Take cards
- 1
1 2
3 3

Important:
The colorless special cards "Compass" and "Equipment Loss" (see Page 5) cannot be discarded with this action.

If any of the discarded cards had the "Discard Special Action" symbol, the player may, if desired, use this effect after taking cards.

If the player discards three cards and more than one contained the symbol, the player can choose only one effect.

The player draws cards from the row, adding them to his hand.

Afterwards the player must move the remaining cards (if any) to the right and fill the gaps with cards from the deck.

There are 3 options:

  • Take the card furthest to the right.

    Take 1 card
  • Discard one card and take the 2 further cards to the right.

    Take 2 cards, discard 1 card
  • Discard 3 cards and take all 3 open cards from the row.

    Take 3 cards, discard 3 cards.

Important:
The colorless special cards "Compass" and "Equipment Loss" (see Page 5) cannot be discarded with this action. This will be avoided in the game on Yucata: The cards are not clickable.

If any of the discarded cards had the "Discard Special Action" symbol, the player may, if desired, use this effect after taking cards.

If the player discards three cards and more than one contained the symbol, the player can choose only one effect.

Play cards

The player chooses one of the next options:

  • Advance
  • Reach the south pole
  • Play a special action

Advance

Advance: Play 1 to 7 cards with the same color as the fields

  • First field:
    One card with the color of the field
  • Further fields:
    2 cards with the color of each field

The player may play one or more cards based upon its color to advance to the South Pole. Depending on the played cards and their color, the explorer may advance more than one space on the track:

Amundsen can move from 1 to 4 spaces
  • To advance 1 space:

    Play 1 card of the color showed in the next space.

  • To advance 2 spaces:

    Play 3 cards:
    1 card of the color of the next space
    + 2 cards of the color of the second space

  • To advance 3 spaces:

    Play 5 cards:
    1 card of the color of the next space
    + 2 cards of the color of the second space
    + 2 cards of the color of the third space

  • To advance 4 spaces:

    Play 7 cards:
    1 card of the color of the next space
    + 2 cards of the color of the second space
    + 2 cards of the color of the third space
    + 2 cards of the color of the fourth space

Reach the south pole

Reach the south pole with 4 different color cards

To reach the South Pole the player must play four cards, one of each color.

Play a special action

Play Effekt

The explorer may play cards to perform a single Special Action:

  • Play "Compass" (see "Special cards")

  • Play "Equipment Loss" (siehe "Special cards")

  • Play 2 "Blizzard" cards (if playing Amundsen) or 2 "Crevasse" cards (if playing Scott) so that the opponent loses the route (see "Losing the route").

  • Play 1 "Blizzard" or 1 "Crevasse" card (independently if playing Amundsen or Scott), so that the opponent is penalized if he has already lost its route (see "Losing the route").

Dogs and horses

Joker Joker

In this game there are color wildcards for both players. Amundsen has "Greenland Dog" cards and Scott has "Mongolian Horse" cards.

One of the strategic differences between the two expeditions was that Amundsen based his transport in Greenlandic sled dogs, while Scott used Mongolian horses.

Amundsen sacrificed several dogs before reaching the pole and stored the meat to the journey of return, and this strategy allowed him to reduce the weight of the dog food and ensured the surviving animals feeding in the return journey.

Losing the route

When an explorer loses his route, the pawn is placed in the lost ("?") space just behind his current position.

A lost explorer only has the following possibilities:

  • use the "Take Cards" action
  • use the "Play Card with Special Action" action (except "Compass").
  • playing a card to go "Back to the Route"
Questionmark-Symbol
Amundsen playing 2 “Blizzards” forces Scott to lose his route. Scott would do the same to Amundsen with 2 “Crevasses”.

When an explorer loses his route, the pawn is placed in the lost ("?") space just behind his current position. A lost player is only able to:

  • use the "Take Cards" action

  • use the "Play Card with Special Action" action (except "Compass").
  • playing a card to go "Back to the Route"

Penalties

If an explorer is already lost and his opponent plays either a "Crevasse" or "Blizzard" card, he must move the pawn to the previous "?" space.

Scott is still lost. Amundsen plays 1 Crevasse in order to force him to backward one “?” space.

If an explorer is already lost and his opponent plays either a "Crevasse" or "Blizzard" card, he must move the pawn to the previous "?" space.

Back to the route

A lost explorer can return to his correct route by playing any color card.

The color indicates the space to which the explorer will return, but this must be behind his current position.

It can thus be better to wait and continue taking cards until you get one allowing you to fall back a little less far. The danger lies in being vulnerable to be attacked by the opponent, forcing to move back more "?" spaces.

Note: if a player is lost close to his ship he can return to it playing a card of any color which is not shown in the spaces between.

Scott is lost.. He may back to the route playing a yellow, blue or green card, moving his pawn 1, 2 or 3 spaces back, respectively.

A lost explorer can return to his correct route by playing any color card. The color indicates the space to which the explorer will return, but this must be behind his current position, i.e. falling back to a field he already passed.

A lost player without cards may have no choice but "Take Cards" to back to the route later. Although a player can choose "Take Cards" looking for a color that will allow him to return in a better position.

But... Beware! A lost player is vulnerable to be attacked by the opponent and forced to move back "?" spaces (see "Penalties" in the left column).

Note: if a player is lost close to his ship he can return to it playing a card of any color which is not in the spaces between.

End of the Game

2 possibilities for end of the game:

  • A player reaches the south pole → This player wins.
  • The card deck is exhausted for the 2nd time. → Both players lose.

The winner is the player who reaches the South Pole first!

Be careful! Both players lose, frozen in Antarctica, if the deck of cards is fully exhausted for the second time and a player, in his turn, cannot perform the desired "Take Cards" action.

Base cards

Mongolian Horse, red

Mongolian Horse

red (1x)

Description

Scott can use the horse as wild card

Mongolian Horse, green

Mongolian Horse

green (1x)

Description

Scott can use the horse as wild card

Mongolian Horse, blue

Mongolian Horse

blue (1x)

Description

Scott can use the horse as wild card

Mongolian Horse, yellow

Mongolian Horse

yellow (1x)

Description

Scott can use the horse as wild card

Greenland dog, red

Greenland dog

red (3x)

Description

Amundsen can use the dog as wild card

Greenland dog, green

Greenland dog

green (2x)

Description

Amundsen can use the dog as wild card

Greenland dog, blue

Greenland dog

blue (2x)

Description

Amundsen can use the dog as wild card

Greenland dog, yellow

Greenland dog

yellow (2x)

Description

Amundsen can use the dog as wild card

Advance card, red

Advance card

red (6x)

Description

To advance on the game board
Apart from reaching the south pole only usable by Amundsen

Advance card, green

Advance card

green (5x)

Description

To advance on the game board

Advance card, blue

Advance card

blue (2x)

Description

To advance on the game board
Apart from reaching the south pole only usable by Scott

Advance card, yellow

Advance card

yellow (5x)

Description

To advance on the game board

Special cards

Cards with Play effect

Play cards effect

The Play cards effect is activated when they are played in a "Play Cards" action.

Verlust der Ausrüstung

'Equipment Loss'-Card

colorless (1x)

Note

This card cannot be discarded with the "Take Cards" action.

Activation:

Play card alone (without playing other cards or taking cards)

Effect:

The explorer plays this card in front of his opponent to limit his hand to a maximum of 5 cards during the rest of the game. If the opponent had more than 5 cards, he must discard the excess.

Compass

'Compass'-Card

colorless (2x)

Note

This card cannot be discarded with the "Take Cards" action.

Activation:

Play card alone (without playing other cards or taking cards)

Effect:

If played before the 85° parallel, the player advances 1 space towards the South Pole. If played after crossing the 85° parallel, the player goes back 1 space.

Furthermore, a player must play it before reaching the South Pole, given that to have a compass in his hands prevents him from reaching there.

Blizzard

'Blizzard'-Card

red (2x)

Activation:

Play 1 or 2 cards alone (without playing other cards or taking cards)

Effect:

If Amundsen plays two "Blizzards" at the same time, Scott loses the route.

With a single "Blizzard" card, Scott or Amundsen forces the opponent (if he already had lost his route) to move back to the previous "?" space.

Blizzard

'Blizzard'-Card

green (2x)

Activation:

Play 1 or 2 cards alone (without playing other cards or taking cards)

Effect:

If Amundsen plays two "Blizzards" at the same time, Scott loses the route.

With a single "Blizzard" card, Scott or Amundsen forces the opponent (if he already had lost his route) to move back to the previous "?" space.

Blizzard

'Blizzard'-Card

yellow (2x)

Activation:

Play 1 or 2 cards alone (without playing other cards or taking cards)

Effect:

If Amundsen plays two "Blizzards" at the same time, Scott loses the route.

With a single "Blizzard" card, Scott or Amundsen forces the opponent (if he already had lost his route) to move back to the previous "?" space.

Blizzard

'Blizzard'-Card

blue (1x)

Activation:

Play 1 or 2 cards alone (without playing other cards or taking cards)

Effect:

If Amundsen plays two "Blizzards" at the same time, Scott loses the route.

With a single "Blizzard" card, Scott or Amundsen forces the opponent (if he already had lost his route) to move back to the previous "?" space.

Crevasse

'Crevasse' card

red (2x)

Activation:

Play 1 or 2 cards alone (without playing other cards or taking cards)

Effect:

If Scott plays 2 "Crevasse" together, Amundsen loses his route.

With a single "Crevasse" card, Scott or Amundsen forces the opponent (if he already had lost his route) to move back to the previous "?" space.

Crevasse

'Crevasse' card

green (2x)

Activation:

Play 1 or 2 cards alone (without playing other cards or taking cards)

Effect:

If Scott plays 2 "Crevasse" together, Amundsen loses his route.

With a single "Crevasse" card, Scott or Amundsen forces the opponent (if he already had lost his route) to move back to the previous "?" space.

Crevasse

'Crevasse' card

yellow (2x)

Activation:

Play 1 or 2 cards alone (without playing other cards or taking cards)

Effect:

If Scott plays 2 "Crevasse" together, Amundsen loses his route.

With a single "Crevasse" card, Scott or Amundsen forces the opponent (if he already had lost his route) to move back to the previous "?" space.

Crevasse

'Crevasse' card

blue (3x)

Activation:

Play 1 or 2 cards alone (without playing other cards or taking cards)

Effect:

If Scott plays 2 "Crevasse" together, Amundsen loses his route.

With a single "Crevasse" card, Scott or Amundsen forces the opponent (if he already had lost his route) to move back to the previous "?" space.

Cards with Discard effect

Discard Effect symbol

The Discard effect is activated when they are discarded in a "Take Cards" action.

'Drop Supplies' card

'Drop Supplies' card

red (2x)

Activation:

Discard card in a "Take Cards" action

Effect:

The player draws a random card from the opponent's hand and adds it to his hand.

The effect can´t be activated if the player hand will end over the hand limit size.

Sacrifice card, blue

'Sacrifice' card

blue (1x)

Activation:

Discard card in a "Take Cards" action

Effect:

The opponent shows his hand and discards every "Good Weather" and "Greenland Dog" (if Amundsen) or "Good Weather" and "Mongolian Horse" (if Scott) he could have.

Good Weather card, green

'Good Weather' card

green (1x)

Activation:

Discard card in a "Take Cards" action

Effect:

The player draws the top card from the deck and adds the card to his hand.

If the color of the card matches with the color of his next space in the route, he may show the card to advance one space.

The effect can’t be activated if the player is lost or his hand will end over the hand limit size.

Good Weather card, yellow

'Good Weather' card

yellow (1x)

Activation:

Discard card in a "Take Cards" action

Effect:

The player draws the top card from the deck and adds the card to his hand.

If the color of the card matches with the color of his next space in the route, he may show the card to advance one space.

The effect can’t be activated if the player is lost or his hand will end over the hand limit size.

Summary for Scott

Scott Character

Scott, British

Scott can use the 4 Mongolian Horses as wild cards (color).
Mongolian horse-Card, blue Mongolian horse-Card, green Mongolian horse-Card, red Mongolian horse-Card, yellow
Makes Amundsen get lost by playing 2 Crevasse cards
Crevasse-Card, blue Crevasse-Card, green Crevasse-Card, red Crevasse-Card, yellow

Summary for Amundsen

Amundsen Character

Amundsen, Norwegian

Amundsen can use the 11 Greenland dogs as wild cards (color).
Greenland dog-Card, blue Greenland dog-Card, green Greenland dog-Card, red Greenland dog-Card, yellow
Makes Scott get lost by playing 2 Blizzard cards:
Blizzard-Card, blue Blizzard-Card, green Blizzard-Card, red Blizzard-Card, yellow

Hints for handling

If one / several handcard(s) get clicked, it is possible that the cards shall be played or discarded in a "Take cards" action.

To avoid having to explain before each move whether you want to play or discard the cards you have clicked on, the following operation was chosen:

  • Click on the cards you want to play (maximum 7) or discard (1 or 3). Clicking on the card "activates" it. This is indicated by a blue border around the card.

  • Clicking on an already activated card "deactivates" the card.

  • If you have clicked 1 or 3 cards - neither 'Compass' card nor 'Equipment Loss' card - you can discard them to take open cards. Therefore 2 or 3 open cards are clickable. You can click on any of the bordered cards; they all lead to the same action (2 or 3 cards will be added to your handcards, the previously clicked cards will be discarded).

  • In addition, if you can advance one or more fields due to the card combination, the corresponding square on the field is clickable (indicated by a yellow circle). The same will happen, if you can get your opponent to lose the route (2 'Blizzard' or 'Crevasse' cards, depending if you play Amundsen or Scott) or you can get him another field back (opponent has already lost the route and you have clicked a 'Blizzard' or 'Crevasse' card).

Attention: All activated cards must completely fulfill the corresponding action. No additional card may be activated.

Colors

To facilitate the handling the cards and possible destination fields are framed or circled.

  • Green frame of hand cards: The card is generally clickable. Depending of combinations with other cards this can result in action possibilities.

  • Green frame of open cards: Depending of if, how many and wich hand cards you have clicked, the card on the right, the two mostright cards or all 3 cards are framed. It does not matter which of the framed cards you click. The same action will be performed.

  • Blue frame of hand cards: The hand card is selected for an action.

  • Yellow frame of a field: If you click the field the corresponding action (meeple will be placed or 'Equipment Loss' card will be shown to your opponent) will be performed.

Further information about the game

  • Automatic execution of moves:
    If you have no cards in your hand, all you can do is take the card on the far right. This move is carried out automatically.

  • 'Drop of supplies' card:
    If you use this effect, you draw a random card from your opponent automatically. Therefore, you cannot take back your move.

  • 'Sacrifice' card:
    If you use this effect, the cards your opponent has to discard will be automatically removed from his hand.

  • 'Good Weather' card:
    If you use this effect, the machine checks whether the color of the card you have drawn matches the color of the next square. If it does, you can choose if you want to advance. If you want your meeple automatically moves one space forward.

  • 'Compass' card:
    If you use this effect, your meeple automatically moves one space forward or back.

  • About the note in "Get lost"
    It was clarified with the game designers that 'near his ship'' and the possibility of returning to the starting point (ship) refers only to the first two ?-fields of Amundsen and Scott.

 
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