5 Tribes Game

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

  1. 5 Tribes Board Game
  2. Five Tribes Board Game

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  1. 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!
  2. The game takes place in the land of Naqala and you have to maneuver the five tribes to get the most influence over the the Sultanate: various villages, markets, oases and sacred places. The tribes are respresented by meeples in 5 different colors and they can be moved using a mechanic similar like in the game Mancala.
  3. Five Tribes is a board game created by Atlas Games in which players assume the role of the ruler of the fictional Sultanate of Naquali - the land inspired by the Arabian Nights. Our tasks include managing the workers, gaining influence in the titular five tribes, and manipulating them. The digital version of the game was created by Asmodee Digital.

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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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!


  • 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′
RulesSummary Sheet
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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!

The Sultanate of Naqala continues to flourish.

This time of prosperity has attracted more competitors than grains of sand in the desert, so if you expect to remain on top, you’ll have to learn some new tricks… especially since the Sultan founded 5 new fabulous cities that everyone wants to control.

I’ve also heard that the Sultan sometimes holds hearings in those cities, offering huge rewards to those who grant him his whims. Are you up for the challenge?

Naqala is now a prosperous place. Gaining the favors of the different Tribes was not that easy… but your rivals are not so easily discouraged.

Some Tribes now abandon your cause and rally to your rivals instead ; and soon it turns out that they follow influential leaders that your rivals hired against you.

Yet every man has his price, and you could return the favor to your rivals… should you have what it takes to recruit the Thieves of Naqala.

Add some treachery to your games with the merciless characters of this mini-expansion!

The Thieves of Naqala are not as powerful as Djinns, but they can be a real thorn in your opponents’ side.

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  • 6 Thieve Cards
  • 1 new Djinn Card
  • 1 rules booklet


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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.

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5 Tribes Board Game

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).

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What we have here with Heroes of Might and Magic 5: Tribes of the East is an expansion for Might and Magic V. This was actually the second expansion and it was released all the way back in 2007. What I liked about Tribes of the East was that it actually felt like a substantial update to the game which was something I felt the previous expansion, Hammers of Fate.

Three Become One

The story of Heroes of Might and Magic 5: Tribes of the East is pretty awesome, but to get the most out of it you do have to have played through Hammers of Fate as it is a direct continuation. The story is split into three campaigns all of which are tied together by a single-story thread.

For a game that is over a decade old, the storytelling here is pretty great. The campaigns are focused around three factions. Necropolis, Academy and the brand-new faction that was added to this expansion, Stronghold.

Win The War In Style

In case you did not know, Heroes of Might and Magic 5: Tribes of the East is a turn-based tactics game and a damn fine one at that. You need to get new people into your faction and then go about strategizing what the best way to win each battle is. What this expansion has done is tidy up the UI a bit which makes getting certain spells, units and so on that little bit quicker which has a far greater positive impact on gameplay than you would think.

When you take a creature into your ranks, you can decide what kind of upgrades to deck them out with which I like. Overall, they have made many positive changes to the game and fixed the annoying bugs that the first expansion had. It all adds up to make this a much more enjoyable experience.

Where Are My Friends?

Ok, so as far as I know there is no “official” way to actually play this game online anymore which really does suck. I know there are workarounds, but the official servers being closed kind of does suck, especially when you consider that they still sell this game on Steam for pretty much full price!

The map editor and way you can have fun with that is kind of pointless without being able to share them if you ask me. Still, this is a part of the game that I have had fun with and if you have friends around you can play the edited maps that way.

If you are a fan of the Might and Magic series then you will really like Heroes of Might and Magic 5: Tribes of the East. In many ways, if you ask me this is what the first expansion should have been. It is great to see that they listened to the fans and improved the things that people had problems with.

Final Score: 8.5/10


  • I like how there are three campaigns
  • The storytelling is very well done
  • Some very clever and imaginative creature designs
  • The gameplay is strategic, but also a lot of fun
  • I like the new Stronghold faction they added

Five Tribes Board Game



  • No official way to play online
  • They really should have made this the first expansion!
Overall rating: 8.5