Summiteers

A Casually Competitive Climbing Game

Climb On!

In Summiteers, players race to be the first climber to reach the top of the mountain. Climbers take turns playing cards to ascend towards victory. However, the climb won't be that easy, as other players and even the mountain itself may have other plans.

2-5 Players • 15-25 Minutes • Ages 8+

Components

  • 5 Climber Tokens - 1 in each player color

  • 5 Health Cubes - 1 in each player color

  • 60 Climber Cards

  • 1 dice

  • 6 Mountain frame pieces - Border around the Mountain Tiles. Includes Start and Finish tiles and Health Tracker.

  • 12 Mountain Tiles - each tiles has 4 spaces

  • 8 Single-Space Mountain Tiles - Shortcut, Avalanche, Basecamps, Blank

  • 1 Robo Climber Card - Reference card for 2-player variant

Learn more about Mountain Tiles and Climber Cards on the game index page.

Objective

Be the first climber to reach the top of the mountain.

Setup

1. Build your mountain

A. Connect the Mountain frame pieces

B. Place the Mountain Tiles inside the Mountain frame. You can design your own mountain or use one other the mountain below:

  • Beginner - from Start, place tiles A through J.

  • Medium - flip over 1-3 tiles at random to create a harder mountain.

  • Hard - flip over all of the tiles to play K through T

If you have played before, feel free to design your own mountain. Each Mountain Tile has a shape in the center that indicates its difficulty level:

Green circles = Easy side
Black diamonds= Hard side

2. Player setup

A. Each player chooses a climber color and places their Climber Token on the Start.

B. All players start with 3 health. Place your Health Cube on the 3 heart of the Health Tracker (located at the bottom of the mountain frame).

C. Shuffle the Climber Cards and deal each player 4 cards.

Playing with only 2 players? See section below for special Robo Climber rules.

3. Starting player

Each player rolls the dice. The player with the highest dice roll goes first.

Gameplay

1. On your turn, do 1 of the following actions:

Play a Climber Card

  1. Play 1 card from your hand

  2. Carry out the actions as described on the card

    • Some cards have 2 steps. Carry out actions in the order displayed.

    • All movement is for your climber, unless otherwise stated on the card.

    • All movement is forward, unless otherwise stated on the card.

  3. Place played card into your discard pile

OR

Rest

  1. Discard any number of cards from your hand

  2. Your climber does not move this turn

2. Draw back up to 4 cards

3. Play continues to the player to your left

Discard Pile

  • Place all played cards face-up in the discard pile next to the draw pile.

  • If you ever run out of cards in the draw pile, shuffle the discard pile to create a new draw pile.

Movement

Play Climber Cards to move Climber Tokens on the board. Some cards will move only your climber, while others (like the one shown here) will move your climber as well as other climbers.

Red moves their Climber Token forward 2 spaces and then moves all other climber tokens forward 1 space.

General Movement Rules

  • Count each space on the Mountain, even spaces occupied by other climbers.

  • There’s no limit to number of climbers that can occupy a mountain space.

Follow the Mountain Path

  • Black circles with white arrows along the Mountain Path indicate the forward direction to move Climber Tokens.

  • Like hiking up switchbacks, the direction of the Mountain Path zig-zags up the mountain.

  • When you reach the end of a row on the Mountain Path, follow the arrows and continue your move on the row above.

  • The Start and Finish are both spaces on the Mountain Path that Climber Tokens can be moved to.

Mountain Effects

As you ascend the mountain, you will land on spaces that affect your Climber.

  • Mountain effects happen any time a climber token is moved to a space on the Mountain Path. This can result in a chain of events where a climber is moved to multiple spaces as the result of a single Climber Card being played.

    Refer to Index for clarification on all Mountain effects.

  • If a climber ever gets stuck between two spaces with counteracting effects (ex: Shortcut to a Fall Down), place the climber on the lower of the two spaces.

  • Mountain effects are also triggered any time a player removes a Mountain Tile (ex: Shortcut or Yeti) from a space with a climber on it.

Yellow moves to a "Back 2" which triggers a series of mountain effects that moves them back to "+1 Health"

Special Climber Cards

Anchor Cards

Cards with the Anchor ability are super special. Play one of these cards any time another player tries to move your Climber Token. This stops your climber from being moved. You do not get to draw a new card when you play an Anchor. The player who tried to move your climber does not get to play a different card.

Health

It's important to stay healthy as you climb the mountain.
Players start the game with 3 health.

Max Health

Max player health is 5.
Ignore +♥[heart] Mountain effects on the board when at max health.

Zero Health

Running out of health is bad news. If a player's health is ever reduced to 0 they get airlifted back to the nearest Base Camp. Follow these steps:

  1. Immediately move your climber backwards to the nearest Basecamp. The Start is also a Basecamp, in case you run out of health early on.

  2. On your next turn, reset your Health Cube to 3 and end your turn without playing a climber card.

Summiting

The game is over after the first climber reaches the Finish Tile.

Reaching the summit

  • Movement to the Finish Tile must be exact.

    Be sure to count the Finish Tile when planning movement, as it's the final space on the Mountain Path.

  • Climber Tokens do not move if the resulting move is greater than the number of spaces remaining to the Finish Tile.

  • A player can win from Climber Cards played by another player, so long as the movement to the Finish Tile is still exact.

  • In the case that multiple climbers reach the Finish Tile during the same player's turn:

    • If you want to get technical...If the card played has multiple actions, order matters. (Ex. John plays a Move 3 and all other players move 1 card. John would win if his move of 3 got him to the Finish, even if other climbers were 1 spot from the Finish.)
    • ...otherwise it's a tie!

Yellow is 6 spaces away from reaching the Finish. However, since the space before the Finish tile is a Shortcut they can use their Move 5 card to win the game.

3 Climb Challenge

Got a bit more time on your hands? Play for stars in a best of 3 climb series. All aspects of Summiteers are the same, except for the following:

3 Climb Challenge

Summiting for Stars

Players receive Summit cards with stars on them based on the order they reached the top of the mountain. Once the round is over, 

Awarding Summit cards

  • Award placement cards (1st, 2nd, 3rd) to the respective climbers

  • Any player who was eliminated from the round from having no health receives a purple participation card (worth zero stars)

3 Climb Challenge

Rounds 2 & 3

After the first round of climbing, play continues for two more rounds. After awarding Summit cards, do the following:

1. Reset players

Each player does the following:

  • Shuffle all movement cards, making sure to include the newly awarded Summit card. Draw 4 cards.

  • Place health token on 3

  • Place climber token back at start

2. Reset mountain

  • Mix-up all mountain tiles and randomly place them to form a new mountain

3. Winner of previous round goes first

2-Player Variant

Play with the Robo Climber when playing 2-player Summiteers.
Each player will roll the Robo Climber at the end of their turn.

2-Player Variant

Robo Climber Setup

Use the black Climber Token for the Robo Climber

  • Place the Robo Climber token at the start with the other player tokens

  • There is no health token for Robo Climber because it has infinite health.

2-Player Variant

Robo Climber

Robo Climber isn't very smart but has infinite health and moves often. At the end of each player's turn, that player will play for Robo Climber.

Playing for Robo Climber

Each player, after completing their turn, will play for Robo Climber and do the following:

  • Roll the dice

  • Refer to the Robo Climber card and do the action that corresponds to the number rolled.

Play continues to the next human.

2-Player Variant

Summiting

All aspects of summiting are the same for human climbers, however Robo Climber does not need exact movement to reach the summit. Robo Climber can win with any move that is equal or greater than the spaces needed to reach the Finish Tile.

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