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In the most distant reaches of the world, magic still exists, embodied by spirits of the land, of the sky, and of every natural thing. As the great powers of Europe stretch their colonial empires further and further, they will inevitably lay claim to a place where spirits still hold power - and when they do, the land itself will fight back alongside the islanders who live there.

Spirit Island is a complex and thematic cooperative game about defending your island home from colonizing Invaders. Players are different spirits of the land, each with its own unique elemental powers. Every turn, players simultaneously choose which of their power cards to play, paying energy to do so. Using combinations of power cards that match a spirit's elemental affinities can grant free bonus effects. Faster powers take effect immediately, before the Invaders spread and ravage, but other magics are slower, requiring forethought and planning to use effectively. In the Spirit phase, spirits gain energy, and choose how / whether to Grow: to reclaim used power cards, to seek for new power, or to spread presence into new areas of the island.


Originally Revealed in Kickstarter in October 2015, Spirit Island Funded quickly and surpassed goals, reaching a total of $84k. It was released in July 2017, and sold out quickly. There have been multiple printings since then.

The Base Game Content Includes:

  • 8 Spirits!
  • 3 Adversaries!
  • 4 Scenarios!
  • 4 Island Boards: A, B, C, and D!
  • 32 Unique Power Cards!
  • 22 Major Power Cards!
  • 36 Minor Power Cards!
  • 2 Blight Cards!
  • 15 Fear Cards!
  • 1 Invader Board
  • 15 Invader Cards
  • 8 Player-Aid Cards
  • 4 Power Progression Cards
  • 2 Terror Level Dividers
  • 3 Adversary Reminder Tiles
  • 40 Explorer Pieces
  • 32 Town Pieces
  • 20 City Pieces
  • 38 Blight Pieces
  • 36 Dahan Pieces
  • 52 Presence Discs (4 different colors, 13 discs per color)
  • 12 Single-Turn Effect Markers (4 different colors, 3 markers per color)
  • 20 Fear Markers
  • 32 Energy Markers