Small World Underground
... When in a hole, Keep Digging!

Small World Underground is a stand-alone game set beneath the surface of the same fun, light-hearted Small World universe of epic conquests and fallen empires.

Designed by original Small World author, Philippe Keyaerts, it features all new Races and Special Powers, and introduces Monster occupied regions that protect Relics and Places of great power!

Play Small World Underground on its own or combine it with other Small World game elements.

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Design Notes by Philippe Keyaerts

Thoughts of changing the landscape of Small World have been in my head for quite some time. A land filled with Mountains seems to require running water, and so now we have Underground rivers. There is a double impact of the river: being difficult to cross, it can protect your regions... but you can also navigate the river to cross the board quickly. Mountains also begat Volcano regions that can't be conquered, which of course leads us to a race (Flames) that can exploit them!

Another important idea I had in mind were legendary artifacts which can be transferred from generation to generation. While previously powers were specific to a race, now we have new strong powers but that can be claimed by different races. Some of those artifacts didn't need to move on the board so they became magical places which opened up my mind to even more ideas on how they could be used.

Even when a game is finished and published, it's not easy to stop working on the design. I'm really happy to have the opportunity to look back at some ideas and explore the Small World universe even more deeply with Small World Underground.

Look "Inside the Box"

  • 2 Double-Sided Game Boards, one for each player configuration
  • 15 New Fantasy Races with matching banners & tokens
  • 21 New Special Power badges
  • 9 Popular Places & 6 Righteous Relics
  • 9 Black Mountains & 1 Volcano
  • 8 Mushroom Armor, 7 Silver Hammer, 4 Vengeance Markers, 1 Bag-o'-Many-Things & 1 Game Turn Marker
  • 1 Balrog, 1 Ghost, 1 Great Ancient & 1 Queen
  • 106 Victory Coins
  • 5 Player & 1 Game Turn Summary Sheets
  • 1 Reinforcement Die
  • 1 Rules Booklet


English pdf
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French pdf
4.9 MB
German pdf
4.9 MB

The Lost Tribe’s Crusade

As the sun touches the mountain tops with predawn light, the Lost Tribes of Small World creep out of the shadows. After centuries of humiliation, they've emerged for revenge. Can you survive their retaliation?

With this mini expansion for solo play and 2-player games, you will play against a non-human opponent (the Lost Tribes) controlled by elegant rules and moved by you.

Download the Rules (pdf)

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This expansion can be played using Small World, Small World Underground and any of their expansions.