Ethnos is a fantasy-themed board game where players harness the powers of various mythical tribes to gain control of the land. The game is a blend of strategy and area control mechanics, set in a vibrant mythical world.

Gameplay Overview

  • Fantasy Tribes: Utilize the strengths of giants, merfolk, halflings, minotaurs, and other tribes.
  • Collecting Glory: The goal is to amass the most glory over three ages of play.
  • Tribal Deck Customization: Each game features a unique combination of six (or five in smaller games) out of twelve possible tribes, creating a custom deck.
  • Region Control: Cards correspond to six regions on the Ethnos map, with players vying for control.

Special Features

  • Recruiting Allies: Players can recruit allies by taking face-up cards or from the deck.
  • Playing Bands of Allies: Form sets of cards that match in tribe or color and use their powers to control regions.
  • Scoring Mechanism: Glory is scored at the end of each age based on control of regions, with different scoring rules for two and three-player games.


Ethnos is perfect for players who enjoy fast-paced, strategic games with a fantasy theme. Its unique combination of tribal abilities, area control, and variable game setup offers a fresh experience in each playthrough. The game appeals to those who appreciate tactical depth and mythical settings in their board games.

Nominated for 4 awards.

  • 2 - 6 Players
  • 45 - 60 Minutes
  • 14+ years old
  • Easy to learn

Video reviews, ratings, Let's Plays and tests for Ethnos

  • YouTube Review for the game "Ethnos" by Shut Up & Sit Down
    Video is in English

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

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