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Five Tribes
The Djinns of Naqala

Crossing into the Land of 1001 Nights, your caravan arrives at the fabled Sultanate of Naqala.

The old sultan just died and control of Naqala is up for grabs!

The oracles foretold of strangers who would maneuver the Five Tribes to gain influence over the legendary city-state.

Will you fulfill the prophecy? Invoke the old Djinns, move the Tribes into position at the right time and the Sultanate may become yours!

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Meet Bruno Cathala, Game Designer

Bruno Cathala

Bruno is literally a child of the sixties – not the psychedelic, long-haired hippie sixties, but a born on November 22nd, 1963, coincidently, the same day President Kennedy was shot – child of the sixties.

While interested in Arts – he had a penchant for "making pretty things" as a child – he first chose a more traditional career path by studying Mathematics and Physics and then finding job security for 18 years in an R&D department working with tungsten alloys. (Don't worry, it's not contagious!)

Passionate about games since childhood, he started designing games as a hobby while still working his "day job". Then in 2004, his company met with major economic difficulties and he suddenly found himself with a lot of free time on his hands. It was time to try his luck at transforming his hobby into a full time profession. It seems to be working out – close to 60 of his designs have hit the shelves since then and he still has time for freelance consulting/design for various publishing companies.

Despite all these game designs, he still has the passion. In fact Bruno is always his first customer – he only works on designs he wants to play himself... hoping of course that he'll find many more players to share it with!

Inside The Box


  • 30 Tiles depicting the Sultanate of Naqala
  • 2 Players Sets with 11 Camels and 2 Turn markers each
  • 2 Players Sets with 8 Camels and 1 Turn markers each
  • A bag of wooden Meeples with:
    • 16 Yellow Viziers
    • 18 Red Assassins
    • 18 Blue Builders
    • 18 Green Merchants
    • 20 White Elders
  • 10 Palaces & 12 Palm Trees
  • 22 Djinn cards
  • 54 Resource cards
  • 96 Victory Coins
  • 1 Bid Order & 1 Turn Order Track
  • A Scoring Pad
  • 5 Djinns & Turn Order Summary Sheets
  • A Rules Booklet

Game Information

  • 2-4 players
  • Aged 13 and more
  • 40-80′


  Rules Summary Sheet
English pdf
7.2 MB
1.8 MB
French pdf
7.3 MB
1.8 MB
German pdf
7.3 MB
3.6 MB
Italian pdf
7.2 MB
Spanish* pdf
7 MB
1 MB
Scoring Sheet
530 KB

*Courtesy of Juan Luis "Calvorota" Contreras & Jaime "Almilcar" Devesa

The Artisans of Naqala

The Artisans of Naqala

They say that in the very heart of the mountains of the Sultanate of Naqala, there lives a Tribe that rarely appears in the bazaars and markets in town.

They call themselves the Artisans, and work day and night crafting precious items, inlaid with rare gems.

Some travellers claim that the Artisans are able to craft unique artifacts, filled with magic and mystery...

This is the first expansion for Five Tribes. The Artisans make up a new Tribe in the game and you will need to put them to good use if you want to claim the Sultanate!


Five Tribes Solo

The new Sultan of Naqala, Yazid the First, is as benevolent as he is naive. He cares about the people, distributes wealth to the poor, listens to their complaints… These lands need authority and a strong leader, not some soft-hearted king. By all rights, Naqala should be yours. The time has come for a coup! The path to victory is a difficult one, though: the Sultan is supported by his Council of Viziers, he has Assassins entirely devoted to his cause, and rumor has it that he’s protected by powerful Djinns…

In this solo variant of Five Tribes designed by Bruno Cathala and Thierry Jolit, you will be confronting the Sultan Yazid, a dummy player : Survive the entire game and score a maximum number of Victory Points!

Note: The rules mention Fakir Cards. If you own the first print-run of the game, your copy of Five Tribes came with Slave Cards. They work in the exact same way.

The Guilds' Guide

The rules of Five Tribes are quite simple, but each turn offers many possibilities: one will probably need a few games to master all the subtleties of moves and the various tribes' actions. It's indeed quite common to feel overwhelmed by the numerous choices given in the initial turns of a first game. In order to give new players a leg up, Bruno Cathala wrote a little Tactics Guide which, even if it does not include any secret recipe to victory, will help them making the right decisions!

Download the spanish version of the guide, courtesy of Jaime "Almilcar" Devesa (pdf - 2.1MB)

Dhenim Djinn

Each time someone collect Viziers, collect 1 GC if it's you, 2 GCs if it's an opponent.

Wilwit Djinn

At game end, each of your Djinns is worth 5 additional VPs, including this one.

Fakir Cards

If you’re one of our early birds, your copy of Five Tribes came with Slave cards. These were replaced with Fakir cards in the latest version of the game. Replacement decks (18 Fakir Cards) are available on the Board Game Geek Store (they ship worldwide).

Five Tribes Avatars

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