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The Bonfire board game is the newest game from Stefan Feld.

The bonfires are sources of light, energy and warmth created by the guardians of light in order to brighten the cities on the otherwise dark planet. The residents of the cities, however, took the bonfires for granted and exploited them for their personal gain. Disappointed the guardians of light retreated and let the bonfires extinguish. The citizens could no longer live in the now dark cities and were forced to leave.

You are a group of gnomes living close to the cities and you also need and the light of the bonfires. Missing it now, you try yourself to visit the cities and learn how to ignite the bonfires once again: You must visit the guardians of light on their holy islands and ask for tasks to prove your goodwill. For each completed task, they will re-ignite one extinguished bonfire. Whoever manages to earn the greatest trust from the guardians and manages to brighten their city the most will win the game.


The engine for the Bonfire board game is the three-coloured tiles you will be puzzling onto your player board. When you manage to place the same colours adjacent to one another, you will receive more action tiles of that specific kind. This will allow you to specialize in certain types of actions and pursue different strategies.

You can use the tiles to perform the following actions:

– Move your ship to an island

– Receive a task from an island by spending two resources

– Invite a guardian of light into your city

– Trigger a procession of guardians through your city and gain resources.

– Add a landscape tile to your city (this is where the processions take place)

– Recruit a gnome gaining a special ability or victory points

– Find support by the last bonfire, gaining portals, resources or action tiles

You will play in turn order until a fixed number of tasks has been solved, after which each player has 5 more turns. During final scoring, you will receive points for your completed tasks (the bonfires) and any improvements made there (portals, landscapes or guardians).

Game Details
NameBonfire (2020)
ComplexityMedium Heavy [3.64]
BGG Rank335 [7.79]
Player Count1-4


1 review for Bonfire

  1. Kevin Mc Gowan (verified owner)

    The mechanics of the game are shown in the game description but in short on your turn you do one of 3 things, 1) generate “action tiles”, 2) use one or more “action tiles” to take an action (of which there are 6 types) or 3) do a “bonfire action” for game-end points. There is a lot of intricacy and depth to the game where planning and timing is essential to do well, there is a resource management aspect to the game and there are lots of choices to be made about what “action tiles” to generate as you will want to not only fulfil specific tasks for points but also beat the other players to the few bonus actions. It is one of those games where you want to do everything at once but you actually find yourself constrained by your choice of “action tiles” to only a few actions, however with proper planning you can generate the resources and tiles to achieve a lot over several turns. The game is mechanically very solid and is medium to heavy in weight and very rewarding in play, I have enjoyed my plays a lot.

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