"Wendake" is the name that the Wyandot people use for their traditional territory. This population, also known as the Huron Nation, lived in the Great Lakes region, together with the tribes who formed the Iroquois Confederacy, and many others. In this game, you will explore the traditions and everyday life of these tribes during the 1756–1763 period, when the Seven Years’ War between the French and the English took place in these territories.
But this white man’s war is only a marginal aspect of the game; the focus is on life in the native villages, fields, and forests. In this game, you won’t find the traditional tipis, which were used by southwestern tribes who moved their camps to follow the bison herds. The natives of the Great Lakes were more sedentary, living in longhouses. The women farmed beans, corn, and pumpkins, while the men hunted beavers in the forests, mainly to sell their pelts as leather.
In Wendake, you step into the shoes of the chief of a Native American tribe. You will have to manage the most important aspects of your tribe’s daily existence, thereby earning points on the Economic, Military, Ritual, and Mask tracks. The core of the game is the action selection mechanism: you will have the opportunity to choose better and better actions over 7 years (i.e., rounds), and the winner will be the chief who finds the best combinations of actions and uses them to lead their tribe to prosperity!
New Allies Expansion:
Year 1756: French and English armies are arriving in the Great Lakes area. Forming commercial and military alliances with them could be very useful to help your nation prosper!
Thanks to the new turn cards and the new alliance action in Wendake: New Allies, you can:
- Take advantage of the French and English patrols to consolidate your influence in the territories.
- Use your canoes to trade pelts and obtain precious rifles.
- Use rifles to gain victory points — or to activate special effects!
Can you take advantage of the European presence in your territories better than your rivals?
Wendake: New Allies introduces new mechanisms in the base game. Now, you will use your fourth tribe marker to select a turn card in addition to the choice of turn order for next round. Turn cards allow you to perform powerful effect and also to take the new alliance action, which allows you to choose whether to ally with the French or English army, and to call for their help to control the territories in game, or to trade your pelts to obtain their rifles.
You can use rifles to claim new turtle tiles or to activate the most powerful turn cards.
In addition to this, Event cards are added to the Solitare play to make it more challenging!