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Small World (Board Game)

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In Small World, players vie for conquest and control of a world that is simply too small to accommodate them all.

Designed by Philippe Keyaerts as a fantasy follow-up to his award-winning Vinci, Small World is inhabited by a zany cast of characters such as dwarves, wizards, amazons, giants, orcs, and even humans, who use their troops to occupy territory and conquer adjacent lands in order to push the other races off the face of the earth.

Picking the right combination from the 14 different fantasy races and 20 unique special powers, players rush to expand their empires - often at the expense of weaker neighbors. Yet they must also know when to push their own over-extended civilization into decline and ride a new one to victory!

On each turn, you either use the multiple tiles of your chosen race (type of creatures) to occupy adjacent (normally) territories - possibly defeating weaker enemy races along the way, or you give up on your race letting it go "into decline". A race in decline is designated by flipping the tiles over to their black-and-white side.

At the end of your turn, you score one point (coin) for each territory your races occupy. You may have one active race and one race in decline on the board at the same time. Your occupation total can vary depend on the special abilities of your race and the territories they occupy. After the final round, the player with the most coins wins.

Product Details

Boards & Dice
13 Jul 2015
Game Mechanic
Year Published
Small World
# of Players
2 - 5
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players,Recommended with 2, 3, 4, 5 players
Suggested Ages
8 and up
Playing Time
40 − 80 minutes
Game Designer
Philippe Keyaerts
Game Artist
  • Miguel Coimbra
  • Cyrille Daujean
Days of Wonder
User Suggested Ages
8 and up
Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
  • 2009 Golden Geek Best Board Game Artwork/Presentation Nominee
  • 2009 Golden Geek Best Family Board Game Nominee
  • 2009 Golden Geek Best Gamers' Board Game Nominee
  • 2009 Golden Geek Best Wargame Nominee 2009 International Gamers Awards - General Strategy;
Expansion Sets
  • Community's Compendium I
  • Small World Realms Small World: 6 Player Board
  • Small World: A Spider's Web
  • Small World: Be Not Afraid...
  • Small World: Cursed!
  • Small World: Grand Dames of Small World
  • Small World: Necromancer Island
  • Small World: Royal Bonus
Supply Source
South Africa

Customer Reviews

Great Game!

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A friend introduced me to this GEM and i have never looked back.
Even my husband who is not hugely into board games enjoys playing small world.
It's easy to teach and learn and a great gateway game for those people who are not that sold on the idea of board games.
Also great family fun!

Its a Small World after all

Reviewed by on

This game is like Risk, except it doesn't take the entire night and you don't lose friends over it.

Simple and easy concept, choose a race and ability, expand and take over territory. The abilities and races are mixed and combined at random making the replay value of the game very good. Each race has its own perk which can be further enhanced with the ability.

This was the second board game that I owned and would definitely recommend it!