During his travels, Gulliver searched in vain for the marvellous world of Celestia. In the steps of this storied adventurer, start your journey to celestial cities as mysterious as the treasures they hide.

During your adventures, will you face threatening storms, Lockhars pirates, and Damok-birds. Will you be the cleverest of the aircraft? Will your courage be rewarded?


Components

  • 78 Treasure Cards
  • 20 blue compass cards
  • 18 yellow lightning arrester cards
  • 16 red foghorn cards
  • 14 black cannon cards
  • 8 "Turbo" cards
  • 4 x 2 "Power" cards

Setup

  • Place the 9 "City" tiles in ascending order on the table (from the lowest (1) to the highest (25)).

  • For each "City" tile, Shuffle the correspondingly numbered treasure cards and place them in a face down pile next to the "City" tile.

  • Place the aircraft on the first "City" tile.

  • Each player chooses an "Adven- turer" tile (he keeps it in front of him) and places the "Adventurer" pawn of the same color in the aircraft.

  • Shuffle all "Equipment", "Power" and "Turbo" cards into a single deck. Each player is dealt a starting hand from this deck.

    • 8 cards (2 or 3 players)
    • 6 cards (4 or more players)
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    Players are allowed to look at their own cards. Place the remaining card deck facedown within easy reach of all players.

    Use the method you want to choose a player to be the first captain of the aircraft.



Setup of a 3-player game:

"Amelia, Orville and Ambroise each have 8 cards in hand. They place the aircraft on the Wind city (1) and their pawns in the aircraft".


Object of the Game

Each player aims to call at the farthest cities of the mysterious world of Celestia in order to discover incredible treasures. The player who forms the most valuable collection will win the game.


Game Play

A game of Celestia is made up of several journeys during which adventurers travel in an aircraft, from city to city, towards Meiji, the City of Lights (25). Each journey consists of a number of legs.

Note: During the game, players will undertake different roles:

Captain : This player leads the aircraft during the current turn. He will have to overcome the events to reach the next city.

Passengers : These are the other players who are still in the aircraft and continue the journey with the captain.

Players take turns being the captain.

The captain is responsible for bringing the aircraft to the next city. In order to do so, he will have to overcome all the challenges offered by this leg of the journey. Passengers must decide either to continue the journey or stay in the current city and claim one of its treasures.

If the captain is able to overcome the challenges (using "Equipment" cards), the journey goes on; otherwise the aircraft crashes.



Progress of a leg

One leg of the journey is composed of five steps:

  1. The captain rolls the dice to determine the challenges.
  2. Each passenger chooses to stay aboard or disembark.
  3. The captain faces the challenges.
  4. The captain moves the aircraft.
  5. The captain passes the control of the aircraft to the next player.

1. The captain rolls the dice to determine the challenges

The captain determines the challenges he will have to face. To do so, he rolls as many dice as indicated on the next "City" tile.

In order to continue the journey, the captain will have to discard specific Equipment cards to overcome the events shown on the dice.

Caution: The captain shall NOT play the "Equipment" cards immediately after rolling the dice. He must wait for the passengers to decide whether they want to stay aboard or not.

Note: Except in particular cases, the captain never abandons the aircraft.

Orville is the captain during the first round. The aircraft is situated on the first city tile: he rolls 2 dice which show Lightning and Fog.

In order continue the journey - and after each passenger has chosen to stay or not - he will have to play a "Lightning arrester" card to cope with the Lightning" and a Compass" card to navigate in the "Fog".


2. Each passenger chooses to stay aboard or disembark

Starting with the player sitting immediately to the left of the captain, passengers (players still in the aircraft) take turns declaring whether they will stay aboard or not.

Passengers have two options:

  • If the passenger feels that the captain will be able to overcome the challenges shown by the dice, he announces « I will stay » and leaves his pawn in the aircraft.

  • If the passenger feels that the captain will not be able to overcome the challenges shown by the dice, he declares « I will leave ».

    In this case, he takes his "Adventurer" pawn out of the aircraft and puts it on his "Adventurer" tile. He then draws the top "Treasure" card from the corresponding deck and adds it to his collection.

He is no longer a passenger, he does not take part in the rest of this journey.

Note: At this moment, the captain may not disembark.

Once all passengers have announced their intentions, and before the captain plays (or fails to play) his cards, "Power" cards may be used.

All players, including the captain, may play any number of "Power" cards any time during this period.

Amelia trusts in Orville: she decides to stay in the aircraft.

Ambroise prefers to disembark. He removes his "Adventurer" pawn from the aircraft and puts it on his "Adventurer" tile. He draws the top "Treasure" card from the deck at the Wind city.




3. The captain faces the challenges

The captain must use the required "Equipment" cards from his hand to overcome the challenges shown by the dice. The captain must play one "Equipment" card for each die.

Note: If several dice depict the same challenge, the cap- tain will have to play as many "Equipment" cards as the number of dice showing this challenge. Blank dice require no cards.


4. The captain moves the aircraft

If the captain managed to overcome all the challenges by playing all the required "Equipment" (or "Turbo") cards, he moves the aircraft to the next city. All played cards are discarded to the discard pile.

Orville is a great captain. He has a "Compass" card and a ''Lightning arrester'' card. He plays these two cards and he and Amelia continue to the next city. Ambroise watches the aircraft fly away since he got off.




If the captain cannot face all the events, he plays no "Equipment" card at all and the aircraft crashes with all its passengers. None of these players receives any "Treasure" card. The current journey ends at this point and a new one begins.

Later during the journey, Amelia is the captain. In order to reach the next city, she must roll 2 dice. Orville stays in the aircraft.

However, Amelia does not hold the required cards. Thus, the aircraft crashes. Neither Amelia nor Orville draws a "Treasure" card during this journey.



5. The captain passes the control of the aircraft to the next player

Whatever the outcome of the previous, the passenger sitting to the left of the captain becomes the new captain.

Note: A player who has left the aircraft cannot become the captain.

After the crash, Ambroise becomes the new captain because he sits immediately to the left of Amelia, the previous captain, and is back on-board because a whole new journey begins.




Events & Equipment

This leg of the journey was uneventful.

No card is required.


The aircraft is entering thick clouds. It becomes impossible to see where to go. The use of a navigation instrument is required.

Reveal a compass "Equipment" card.

"Such a tiny cloud will not stop us. My compass is clear, the way is straight on!"


Lightning is about to strike the aircraft. The captain can save the crew by diverting the electrical discharge.

Pull out your lightning arrester "Equipment" card.

"Finally a storm, it will allow us to charge the batteries".


A flock of damok-birds is surrounding the aircraft. They make threatening dives toward the passengers.

Play your foghorn "Equipment" card.

"Their shrill screams are nothing compared to the noise I can make with my horn. Dillydilly, dilly-dilly..".


A pirate aircraft appears on the horizon. Pirates are determined to steal from all passengers, if not seize the aircraft itself.

Use your cannon "Equipment" card.

"What is more dangerous than a pirate? A cannon pointing at a pirate!"



New Journey

When a new journey begins:

  • Place the aircraft on the first "City" tile.
  • Return all "Adventurers" pawns to the aircraft.
  • Each player draws a card from the "Equipment" card deck.

End of the Game

Before the beginning of a new journey, if any player has reached 50 points, the game ends imme- diately.

The player with the highest score is the winner.


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