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Kristin Looney
redevelopment of Volcano
:Players Players: 2 - 3
:Time Length: unknown
:Complexity Complexity: Medium
Trios per color: 6
Number of colors: 5
Pyramid trios:
Monochr. stashes:
Five-color sets: 6
- - - - - - Other equipment - - - - - -
Volcano board
Setup time: 3 minutes
Playing time:
Strategy depth:
Random chance: none after setup
Game mechanics: Stacking, Set collection
Theme: Volcanism
BGG Link: Caldera
Status: Complete (v1.0), Year released: 2011

Caldera is a variation on Volcano that uses 6 Treehouse sets worth of pieces and adds a few new twists...

Caldear was originally developed to be a 3HOUSE friendly version of Volcano. In the Pyramid Arcade rulebook, Volcano adopts nearly all of Caldera's changes, suggesting that Caldera is no longer considered a Volcano variant.

Rules[edit | edit source]

Caldera Rules at Looney Labs

Follow the Rules to Volcano except for the following:

1) EQUIPMENT & SETUP - Instead of 5 monochrome stashes (5 nests of 5 colors which fills up the 25 spaces on a 5x5 board) you have 6 rainbow stashes (6 nests of 4 colors (minus black) which fills 24 spaces on the 5x5 board) - leave the center square empty; you also use 6 caps instead of 5 (see picture)

2) END CONDITION - instead of the game ending when someone takes all 5 colors, and counting points for the winner - the end condition in Caldera is to collect 3 monochrome trees (and it's okay if 2 or even all 3 are the same color)

3) POWER PLAY MOVE - while you are moving the caps around (at any time before your eruption) you have the option to place one piece from your captured pieces back on the board

Variant[edit | edit source]

Instead of four translucent colors with six trios of each; use eight colors with three trios of each. Put the six caps on two different colors. Victory condition remains 3 monochrome trees. This variant plays fine with two, and may be superior to standard Caldera with three or four players.

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