The Goldmines

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Expansion symbol

Goldmines (Mini #4) was released for the new edition by HiG in 2017, bundled as part of Big Box 6.

Gold is scattered throughout the realm, sought by everyone. The value of each ingot, however, remains unknown until the end of the game.


  • 8 landscape tiles with gold logo
  • 1 scoring token
Tile with gold logo
Scoring token
  • 16 wooden gold ingots
Figure Gold.png



Shuffle the new landscape tiles with those of the basic game and stack them normally. Place the ingots within easy reach of all players.


1. Placing a tile

Gold logo
When you draw a tile with gold on it, place it normally. Then, place one gold ingot on it, and one gold ingot on an adjacent tile of your choice (diagonal is allowed). So you always place two gold ingots per tile with the gold symbol. You may also place a gold ingot on a tile that already has one or more gold ingots from a previous turn. Gold ingots are not assigned to specific features. They always apply to all the features on a tile (see 3. Scoring a feature).
Example 1: You place the tile with a gold symbol. Then, you place one gold ingot on the tile you just placed and the nearby tile in the upper left.

2. Placing a meeple

After gold placement, you may still place a meeple according to the normal rules.

3. Scoring a feature

When you complete a feature with one or more gold ingots on its tiles, those gold ingots are awarded. The player with the majority in the completed feature takes all the gold from the corresponding tiles. For roads and cities, every tile that is part of that road or city is included; in the case of monasteries, the monastery and each of its 8 surrounding tiles are all included. [1] [2] [3]

Example 2: You complete the city. Because you have control of the city, you receive the three gold ingots from it.

In case of a tie: If multiple players share the majority in a completed feature with gold ingots on one or more of its tiles, or if several features with gold ingots are completed at the same time and they are controlled by different players, the distribution is as follows: Starting from the active player, all players take one gold ingot to which they are entitled in clockwise order. This continues until all the gold ingots involved have been taken. [4]
Players will place their gold ingots before them for the remainder of the game. The gold ingots will be scored during the final scoring. [5]

Example 3: You complete the road. You and the blue player both have control, and are both entitled to the gold. Because it is your turn, you take one gold ingot first, then the blue player takes one, and then you take the last one.
Final Scoring

After the game ends but before final scoring, set aside all the gold ingots that are still on tiles (the ones that have not yet been collected by a player). Farmers receive no gold pieces.

After the final scoring, players scores the gold ingots they collected. The more gold ingots you collected, the more each gold ingot is worth to you. Count your collected gold ingots, and compare your final count to the values listed in the table below to determine how many points each of your gold ingots is worth. The table is also provided on scoring tile for display.

Final scoring example: You have collected seven gold ingots, meaning that they are worth 3 points each. You score a total of 21 points from your collected gold ingots.

Sequence Summary

When playing with The Gold Mines, the turn sequence is as follows:

1. Place a Tile
2. Place Two Gold Ingots
3. Place a Meeple
4. Score a Feature
5. Take Gold

Tile Distribution

Total Tiles: 9

Gold Mines C2 Tile A.jpg x1
Gold Mines C2 Tile B.jpg x1
Gold Mines C2 Tile C.jpg x1
Gold Mines C2 Tile D.jpg x1
Gold Mines C2 Tile E.jpg x1
Gold Mines C2 Tile F.jpg x1
Gold Mines C2 Tile G.jpg x1
Gold Mines C2 Tile H.jpg x1

Several tiles have a small illustration on them. The letters in brackets show which illustration is on each tile:

Feature Cows C2.png
C | Cowshed
Feature WaterTower C2.png
W | Water tower
Feature Highwayman C2.png
H | Highwaymen

Total Tokens: 1

Gold Mines C2 Scoring Token.png x1
Scoring token


For Icons licensing and explanation please visit Icons page.

  1. Icon Open Book.png When a castle is completed, the owner can lay claim to gold ingots in the 6-tile vicinity of the castle: the 2 tiles upon which the castle is built, the 2 tiles to its left, and the 2 tiles to its right. The owner of the castle does not necessarily have the rights to gold associated with the feature that caused completion of the castle (unless that gold ingot is also within the castle's vicinity or the castle owner also has a majority in the primary feature). (6/2013)
  2. Icon World Black.png In general, any gold ingots on tiles of a completed feature will be distributed while the feature is being scored. Depending on the feature, the gold ingots involved may differ:
    • Features distributing gold ingots on their tiles only:
      • Roads
      • Cities
    • Features distributing gold ingots on the feature tile and its adjacent tiles:
      • Monastic buildings: monasteries, abbeys, shrines, German monasteries (with a monk), Dutch & Belgian monasteries (with a monk), Japanese buildings (with a monk), Darmstadt churches
      • Gardens
      • Baba Yaga's hut
      • German castles
    • Features distributing gold ingots on the feature tile and the road tiles connected to it:
      • German cathedrals
  3. Icon World Black.png As a consequence of the rules, gold ingots on the tiles of a completed unclaimed feature will not be distributed, since there is no player controlling the feature.
  4. Icon World Black.png In general, if one or more features are involved, the active player (if entitled to gold) chooses the first gold ingot and can choose any one of the ingots to which he/she may be entitled. The next player (in clockwise order) that is entitled to a gold ingot can then choose an appropriate ingot. Note that, because a player can choose which ingot to take first (if there is more than one to choose from), a different player who may have initially been entitled to a gold ingot may miss out if that ingot has been claimed before it is that player's turn to choose. (6/2013)
  5. Icon Double Arrow Black.png This paragraph has been reworded to include the case about features controlled by different players that are completed at the same time. Although provided by HiG, this case was omitted by ZMG and the wording only covered the case where multiple players share the majority in one feature. The two final sentences were also missing.