In the vast realm of Backyardia, the Bug Council convenes to discuss important things like picnics, how to ruin picnics and, of course, income tax reform. The different factions of bugs- ants, flies, bees, mosquitos and cockroaches- find themselves in an ever-shifting balance of power and only those who ally themselves with the most powerful will seize the day.
Bug Council of Backyardia is a trick taking game that utilizes a mancala mechanism to dynamically shift which suits are powerful throughout the game.
The game is played over 3 rounds. Each round, players will receive 11 cards to play 10 tricks. During the tricks, the leader will play a suit and the rest of the players will follow (if possible). The player to play the strongest card of the strongest suit wins the trick and collects it for scoring! Meanwhile, the player to play the lowest on-suit card gets to visit the Council. This player chooses a faction tile, collects its strength cubes and distributes them in a clockwise fashion around the council, thus, altering the strength of the suits.
At the end of the 10 tricks, players will use their remaining card to claim their allegiance to the faction matching its suit. If you play your cards right and manipulate the council to your favor, you can get a nice allegiance bonus to add to the tricks you've won!
The player with the most points at the end of 3 rounds is the winner of the game and will be forever remembered in the annals of Backyardia history!
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