Shadow Tower Three Player Variant

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This three player variant uses the same rules as classic Fire Tower, with a few exceptions. The main difference is the inclusion of the Shadow Tower. This tower comes into play after the first elimination. The player whose tower has been eliminated will then haunt the Shadow Tower and continue play. 

OBJECTIVE:
To win this variant, you need to score two victory points. Game ends as soon as any player has scored two points.

Victory Points can be scored in two ways:

  1. After the first fire tower is eliminated, the two remaining towers each score one victory point.

  2. After the first tower elimination, you score one victory point for eliminating any other towers. (In order to score this point, you must be the one to place a fire gem on the back corner of your opponent’s tower.)

SET UP:
At the beginning of the game, choose which tower to occupy, as in a classic three player game. The unused tower must be covered with the pristine forest card. 

PLAY:
Play is the same as the classic game, except for the following.

When the first tower is eliminated, follow the usual steps that take place after a tower is eliminated (see original rules for details): 

  1. Cover the eliminated tower with a Tower Ablaze card.

  2. The player occupying the eliminated tower gives their hand to the player that destroyed it.

  3. A partial firestorm takes place.

  4. Shuffle the Shadow of the Wood card into the draw deck.

Then, take the following steps:

  1. Uncover the unused tower to reveal the Shadow Tower, and deal six new cards to the player whose tower was just eliminated. That player is now occupying the Shadow Tower, and they will take full turns each time the Shadow Tower comes up in turn order (if possible, rearrange the seating so that each player is sitting behind the tower they occupy).

Game play continues as usual, except that when the Shadow of the Wood card is drawn, the Shadow Tower must take one of its actions (see original rules for details on Shadow of the Wood actions).

If a second tower is eliminated and it doesn’t trigger the end of the game (see GAME END below), the player occupying that tower is eliminated from play. The Shadow of the Wood card should be shuffled into the draw deck again, and when it is drawn, both the eliminated player and the Shadow Tower must take one of the Shadow of the Wood actions.

GAME END:
As explained above, the game will end immediately when any player scores two victory points. This can happen in one of two ways. 

  1. If you are occupying the Shadow Tower, you must eliminate both other towers to win the game.

  2. If you are occupying either of the other two towers that survived the first elimination, you must eliminate one other tower (either the Shadow Tower or your other opponent’s tower). This counts even if you manage to eliminate a tower when the Shadow of the Wood card is drawn. Remember, in order win, you must be the one to place a fire gem on the back corner of your opponent’s tower.

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