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Ages Play Time Players
10+ 60 minutes 2-6

Designer(s): Alan R Moon

Manufacturer(s): Midgaard Games

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Product Description

Most races involve horses or cards, but in Elfenland players control young elves, who must traverse their fantasy land with all sorts of strange transportation such as giant pigs and unicorns. Each player must visit every city on the map and seek to find the best route for the modes of transportation that they use, while attempting to hinder the others in this light, interactive game. Players place tokens on routes with restrictions because of terrain and then use cards to attempt to finish quicker than the other players.

Winner of the 1998 Spiel des Jahres, Elfenland has been played for years as a top-rated family game.

Product Awards

Games Magazine Awards
Family Strategy Game Nominee, 1999
Deutscher Spiele Preis
3rd place, 1998
Spiel des Jahres
Game of the Year, 1998

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Alan R Moon

  • Manufacturer(s): Midgaard Games

  • Artist(s): Doris Matthaus

  • Year: 1998

  • Players: 2 - 6

  • Time: 60 minutes

  • Ages: 10 and up

  • Est. time to learn: 10-20 minutes

  • Weight: 1,432 grams

  • Language Requirements: Game components are language-independent. An English translation of the rules is provided.


  • 6 elf boots
  • 120 town pieces
  • 48 transport counters
  • 12 town cards
  • 72 travel cards
  • 6 transportation charts
  • 6 obstacles
  • 4 round cards
  • 1 starting player card
  • 1 game board

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4 in 36 reviews

This Game is Like Athlete's Foot, it Grows on You!
January 05, 2009

Few recent boardgames took on the status of cult classic as this game has. First, Alan Moon published it in a different form with a limited number of editions available. Word of mouth an cyberspace had this as a closet masterpiece to be enjoyed by a few lucky collectors. Then it won the 1997 game of the year. Despite this, I never saw the game played or even on sale at any game store.

Well, being such a fan of Alan Moon's games, I put it on my Christmas list and was glad to get it. I first played it as a two player games. It looked like a good game, but I was never sure if I was playing it well or messing up. There was a lot of thinking and planning. (Not to mention a cutthroat obstacle token). Luck did have a significant part.

The second time I played was with three players, and I really got the feeling I was involved in a great game. It is playable, has a good part luck and strategy and has a high "fun factor".

The more I've played it, the more I like it. It is slowly creeping to be a favorite. For the artwork, production and gameplay I have to give it the highest rating. Like Modern Art and Duel of Ages, I can see that a game can be great, but not everyone's cup of tea.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
Great game
April 13, 2007

Elfenland is a wonderful game of strategy, player interaction, and a little luck. When I first saw this game I was not real sure what to think, but when I opened the box I was first impressed by the quality that was inside. My favorite part of a new game though is the ability to be able to get into the game and teach others to play. Rules are straightforward with the main areas of question highlighted. Needless to say my family enjoys this game and I am sure yours will too.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
Elfenland: A Quick Review
May 23, 2006


Elfenland is a beautifully produced journey game by Alan Moon (Ticket to Ride, Santa Fe Rails, Diamant and many more). Elfenland is a gorgeous game with wonderful stylised artwork, good quality components and one of the best map/boards in any game I have ever seen. The quality of the components makes Elfenland a real joy to play, and the Elf boots (the player pieces) add more than you might think to the feel of the game. The cards that come with Elfenland are some the highest quality cards I’ve used, the tiles are cute and easy to manipulate, the tokens are nice and made of wood and the box fits everything away very neatly and nicely.

In Elfenland the players compete to be the Elf that manages to visit the most Elfen cities in the land. The game runs through many phases every turn, players are dealt cards depicting the various methods of transport, players must then select a series of tiles (again depicting various types of transport) that must be placed on the planned routes. The cards represent (in my mind) the currency required by the various transporters while the tokens represent the availability of that type of transport on a particular route.

In order for a player to move from one city to the next they must use the cards to pay for the transport type available on the route they wish to use. Players take turn laying transport tokens on the routes, the key to this, and the element that adds all the fun and tension, is that only one token may be placed per route and if someone lays their token there first you must either work with it or find a new way. Once all the tokens have been laid, players move their Elfs along the various paths by paying the appropriate type and amount of cards to each of the transport types. This game plays very well with any number of players up to four, and though it can be played by as many as six my own opinion is that the games works best with four.

One very good addition to the basic game is the inclusion of city cards, using this advanced rule each player will be dealt a city card at the beginning of the game, at the end of the game the player’s score will be the amount of cities they have visited minus the minimum amount of roads between the Elf and their city. This advanced rule compounds the problem posed by the base game, adds a heap of tension and means that players really need to plan well from the beginning. It also means that the ‘Trouble Counters’ (counters placed that make routes more expensive to use), if well placed, can cause some serious problems for your or your opponent’s plans.

There are some great variants available online, including a great one for a two player game, in which the two players play the game on half the board. Elfenland is a very attractive game that appeals aesthetically to children and adults, it is also one of those rare games, that once grasped, can be played across such age gaps, and provides enough fun to engage young gamers, and enough tension and thought to keep older gamers at the table too. All in all Elfenland is a great game I am happy to own, it has a style unmatched in my game collection and is always fun to play.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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