Above and Below Symbols

By: Dennis B. B. Taylor

Discovering the Deeper Meaning of Above and Below Symbols

Have you ever wondered about the significance of above and below symbols? These simple yet powerful symbols carry more meaning than meets the eye. Let’s dive into the mysterious world of these symbols and explore their hidden depths.

The Power of Above Symbols

When I look at above symbols, I am mesmerized by their ability to uplift and inspire. Above symbols have a way of elevating our spirits and igniting our imagination. They symbolize our aspirations and dreams, urging us to reach for the stars.

Imagine a bird soaring high in the sky, effortlessly defying gravity. That’s the essence of above symbols – the boundless freedom and limitless possibilities that lie beyond our everyday existence. Above symbols encourage us to break free from the constraints of the mundane and strive for greatness.

The Depths of Below Symbols

On the other hand, below symbols take us on a journey into the depths of our being. They represent introspection and self-reflection, reminding us to delve into our innermost thoughts and emotions. Below symbols invite us to explore the hidden realms of our subconscious and discover the wisdom that lies beneath the surface.

Imagine a deep well, its waters still and tranquil. It is in this quietude that we find below symbols, urging us to dive deep into the abyss of our souls. These symbols teach us the importance of self-discovery and self-awareness, as we unearth the buried treasures of our true selves.

The Dance of Dualism

Above and below symbols are two sides of the same coin, dancing in perfect harmony. They remind us of the delicate balance in life, the interplay of light and darkness, and the eternal dance of dualism.

Just as day turns into night, and summer gives way to winter, the interaction of above and below symbols mirrors the ebb and flow of existence. They encourage us to embrace the contrasting forces within us and find equilibrium in their coexistence.

The Profound Significance

So why are these symbols so significant? The answer lies in their ability to remind us of the interconnectedness of all things. They teach us that we are not separate from the world around us, but rather an integral part of the cosmic tapestry.

By understanding and embracing the inherent duality of above and below symbols, we gain a deeper appreciation for the intricacies of life. We learn to navigate the highs and lows with grace and acceptance, knowing that each moment holds its own unique beauty and purpose.

Next time you encounter above and below symbols, pause for a moment and reflect on their profound meaning. Allow yourself to be swept away by their enchanting dance and the wisdom they hold.

Village Points: The person who has the most village points when the game ends wins. If you have a card with this symbol, you’ll get an extra 3 village points.

Winning the game is all about village points. They’re the key to victory. So, if you want to come out on top, you need to collect as many of them as you can. But what exactly are village points, and how do you get them?

Well, village points are like little gems that you earn throughout the game. Every action you take, every decision you make, brings you closer to those precious points. Each card you play, each move you make, can give you a boost in your quest for victory.

But it’s not just about quantity; quality matters too. Some cards have a special symbol on them – the village points symbol. If you have a card with this symbol in your possession, you’ll get a nice bonus of 3 village points. That can make a big difference in the final tally.

So, make sure you keep an eye out for those special cards. They can be the game-changer that propels you to victory. Remember, every point counts, and those extra points from the village points symbol can be the difference between triumph and defeat.

Now that you know the importance of village points and the extra boost they can provide, you’re ready to dive into the game. Collect those precious points, strategize your moves, and aim for victory. Good luck!


Hey there! Let’s talk about coins. They’re a pretty important resource in the game. You use them to buy buildings and train new villagers. Cool, huh? Oh, and here’s a fun fact: you can also use coins in some special encounters. How awesome is that?


Beds: Here’s how beds work. You know those bed symbols on your cards? Well, you can use them to do a couple of things. First, if you have any injured villagers on your player board, you can move them to the exhausted section. And if you have any exhausted villagers, you can move them back to the ready section. It’s like a little rest for your villagers, giving them a chance to recover and get ready for the next task. Beds are pretty handy, aren’t they?


The Power of Training: When you have a card with this symbol, you can choose to put freshly-trained villagers in the “ready” area instead of the “exhausted” area.


Get a Coin When Constructing: If you have a card with this symbol, you get 1 coin after buying a building card. You need to pay the complete cost for the building first before receiving the extra coin. You don’t receive a coin when you construct this card (only for other cards).


Reroll: These fancy icons let you redo your action when you’re exploring. You keep the new number you rolled. (With 2 of these icons, you could redo your action twice per encounter).


Discover New Treasures: When you have a card that has this symbol, you’ll receive a coin after successfully completing an exciting encounter.


Village Points for Villagers: You get 2 village points for each villager you have.

Having villagers in your village is a great way to earn points. The more villagers you have, the more points you get! Each villager you own is worth 2 village points. So, if you have 5 villagers, you will earn 10 points. It’s simple math!

But why are village points important? Well, these points can help you win the game. The player with the most village points at the end is the winner. So, if you want to be the winner, you need to focus on getting as many villagers as possible.

Getting villagers is not as easy as it sounds. You have to attract them to your village by providing the things they need. This includes building houses, farms, and other amenities that make living in your village enjoyable for them. The happier they are, the more likely they will stay and become your villagers.

So, how do you attract villagers? First, you need to create living spaces for them. Build houses where they can sleep and rest. Make sure each villager has their own house, otherwise, they will not be happy. You can also build farms where villagers can grow food. This will keep them well-fed and satisfied.

Another way to attract villagers is to provide them with a safe and peaceful environment. Build walls and fences to protect your village from enemies and monsters. Villagers want to feel secure, and if they see that your village is well-protected, they will be more likely to stay.

Finally, you can also trade with villagers to earn village points. Villagers have valuable items that they are willing to trade for other resources. By offering them what they need, you can establish good relationships with them and earn their loyalty.

Remember, having villagers in your village is not just about earning points. It’s also about building a thriving community and creating a place where villagers can live happily. So, take care of your villagers, provide for their needs, and watch your village points multiply!

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Let’s Discover: These symbols show how good a villager is at exploring. On the left, if I roll a 1 or higher, I get one lantern. On the right, if I roll a 4 or higher, I get two lanterns.


Hammer: If you see this symbol, it means that a villager can use it to build things.


Quill: I’m here to tell you about an interesting villager – the one with this symbol. When you see this symbol on a villager, it means that they can do something special – they can complete the Train action. “Train action” sounds important, doesn’t it? Well, that’s because it is! Let me explain why.


Hammer/Quill Plus: If you have one of these symbols, you can use it to complete a Build/Train action, and you’ll only have to pay one less coin for it.

Hey there, it’s me, the Cave Cat!

See this symbol right here? It’s all about me, the cave cat. Every time you ask me to do something, you gotta roll a dice. If you roll a 1 or a 2, I won’t be able to finish the task, and I’ll end up in the “exhausted” area.

Bad Reputation: When you have a villager with this symbol, it means they will make you lose one reputation point when they join your group.


Metal Man: These symbols are the property of the Metal Man character. They indicate that this character has their own bed and that neither cider nor potions can have any effect on them.


How to Boost Your Reputation: When you purchase a card that features this symbol, you will gain 1 reputation instantly. It’s a one-time boost that adds to your overall reputation.


Cider/Potions as Coins: If you have a card with one of these symbols, you can use ciders or potions as if they were coins. Pretty neat, huh?


Buying Goods: When you buy a card with this symbol, you get 2 goods of the specified type right away. You can collect these goods from the card whenever you want. The card doesn’t produce any extra goods.


Getting more stuff (on card): When you buy a card with this symbol, you immediately put 1 item of the specific kind on it. You can take the item from the card. At the end of the round, if there is no item on the card, you put 1 of the specified items on it.

Getting Points for Empty Caves: This symbol awards 1 point for each empty cave card (without an outpost) that you own.

When you have a cave card in your possession that does not have an outpost placed on it, you will earn 1 village point. These points are added to your total score at the end of the game.

Empty caves are spaces on the board where you have not yet built an outpost. It is important to take advantage of these spaces to maximize your village point potential. By strategically placing your outposts, you can ensure that you earn more points for each empty cave card that you own.

Remember, the more empty caves you have, the more points you can earn. Keep this in mind when deciding where to build your outposts. Look for spaces on the board that have empty caves nearby, so you can accumulate village points more efficiently.


Potion (on card): When you buy a card with this symbol, you get 1 potion token right away.


I love collecting potions! And guess what? At the end of each round, I get to collect one potion. How cool is that?


Extra money: If you have a card with this symbol, you get an additional coin at the end of every round.


Village Points for Things: If you have a card with this symbol, you get extra village points for having certain goods. With this symbol, you’ll earn 2 village points for each potion and each ore you have when the game ends.


More Money from Goods: Hey there! This card is pretty neat because it gives you extra money based on the amethyst and ore tokens you have in your advancement track. So, for each amethyst and ore token you have, you’ll get some extra income. It’s like a little bonus for all your hard work!

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