Place the Common Board in the middle of the table, and then place 3 blue dice per player (e.g. 9 dice in a 3 player game) above it. Any remaining blue dice are returned to the game box.
Place the Year Marker on space "1" of the Year Track.
Shuffle the 4 Starting Shipment Tiles (orange sails) and place them - in random order - face up next to the four docks on the common board.
Shuffle the 10 Scholar Tiles and the 6 Bishop Tiles separately. Draw 3 random tiles of each type and place them face up above the designated spaces on the common board. Remaining tiles are returned to the game box. …