A 2-player drafting card game based on the award winning Tides of Time. Tides of Madness continues to use the familiar drafting and set collection mechanics of its predecessor and builds on those strengths with the introduction of Madness.
Each game consists of three rounds in which players draft cards from their hands to build their kingdom. Each card is one of five suits and also has a scoring objective.
After all cards have been drafted for the round, players total their points based on the suits of cards they collected and the scoring objectives on each card, then they record their score. Each round, the players each select one card to leave in their kingdom as a "relic of the past" to help them in later rounds. After three rounds, the player with the the most prosperous kingdom wins.
Tides of Madness adds a new twist to the above game: madness. Some cards, while powerful, harm your psyche, so you must keep an eye on your madness level or else risk losing the game early as your mind is lost to the power of the ancients. More specifically, eight of the eighteen cards in the game feature a madness icon, and while scoring, you receive a madness token for each such icon in your collection of cards. Whoever has the most madness in a round either scores 4 points or discards 1 madness token — and the latter option is valuable because if you ever have nine or more madness, you lose the game immediately
In Tides of Madness, it is not enough to try and draft the highest scoring set possible. You must also be aware of your Madness level during each round. Powerful scoring cards also come at a cost and if you draft too much Madness, you go insane and lose the game immediately!
“Tides of Time was a huge, worldwide hit of 2015,” says Portal Games CEO Ignacy Trzewiczek. “Having a chance to work on this title again and play with tweaking rules to come up with new mechanisms was a pure pleasure. I cannot wait to surprise our fans again with this epic and yet small game!”
Tides of Madness is for 2 players, ages 12 or older, and takes approximately 20 minutes to play.
It is a stand-alone game and does not require a working knowledge of Tides of Time to play.
It includes 18 large-format cards (80mm x 120mm), 20 Madness tokens, score pad, pencil, and a rules sheet.
Time: 20 min
20 Madness tokens
Released: 17 August 2016