To be a successful merchant in this Kingdom, players must deal with more than a fluctuating market. The only bridge into town is infested with hungry ogres living beneath it, and with the right temptation, they can be lured out to make a meal of unlucky players or their faithful donkeys. Only when a merchant and their Donkey reach the end tile will they claim victory! In Ogre under, players take on the role of merchants trying to cross the bridge into town on market day. They simultaneously select and reveal action cards to bet on the changing market, lure out ogres to slow down the competition, or hire Mouse guards to bravely protect them. With smart play and clever decisions, they’ll make it to market before becoming a meal!
In Ogre Under, each player controls a merchant and a donkey who are transporting goods across an ogre-infested bridge, headed for the market in the city. In each round, players select an action card from their hand and then simultaneously reveal them. Action cards allow players to perform one of the following actions:
- Flip over one of the eight bridge cards, potentially revealing an ogre that scares any merchants and donkeys on that card backwards a number of spaces.
- Protect their merchant from a possible ogre attack.
- Move their donkey forward, up to their merchant’s current location.
- Bet on whether the next market price card to be revealed will be higher or lower than the current one. Correct bets move your merchant forward a number of spaces (based on how risky the bet was), while incorrect bets move your merchant back to your donkey’s current location.
Play continues round after round until one or more players win by having both their merchant and their donkey in the city market at the end of a round.