Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale transports players to a realm where they take on the roles of mapmakers, tasked by Queen Gimnax to chart the northern territories for the Kingdom of Nalos. This game combines elements of strategy and creativity, challenging players to create the most efficient and aesthetically pleasing maps.

Gameplay Overview

  • Objective: To earn the most reputation stars by mapping the northern lands according to the queen’s edicts.
  • Seasonal Gameplay: The game progresses through four seasons, each presenting unique challenges and opportunities.
  • Drawing Maps: Players draw on their map sheets, strategically placing terrains and features to meet the queen's demands.
  • Queen’s Edicts: Each season, the queen’s edicts dictate specific goals that players must strive to achieve on their maps.
  • Dragul Influence: Players must contend with the Dragul, adversaries who seek to hinder their mapping efforts.
  • Scoring: Reputation stars are awarded for fulfilling the queen’s edicts and effectively mapping the territory. The player with the most stars at the end of winter is victorious.


Cartographers offers a blend of strategic decision-making and creative expression. Players must balance the artistic aspect of drawing maps with the tactical challenge of adhering to the queen’s edicts and mitigating the influence of the Dragul. This game appeals to those who enjoy a mix of planning, creativity, and competition, all set within an engaging fantasy theme. It's an excellent choice for gamers looking for a unique and thoughtful experience that tests both their strategic acumen and their artistic skills.

Nominated for 10 awards.

⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2020

  • 1 - 100 Players
  • 30 - 45 Minutes
  • 10+ years old
  • Easy to learn

We like Cartographers so much that we recommend it in the following board game recommendation lists 2024

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