by Volko Ruhnke


1. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2. Sequence of Play . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

3. Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

4. Special Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

5. Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

6. Propaganda Rounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

7. Victory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

8. Non-Player Factions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Key Terms Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Available Forces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .











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Andean Abyss


Andean Abyss is a 1-4-player game depicting insurgent and

counterinsurgent (COIN) conflict in Colombia during the 1990s

and early 2000s. Each player takes the role of a Faction seek-

ing to run Colombian affairs: the Government (Govt) or 1 of 3

Insurgent Factions—the Marxist FARC, the right-wing AUC

“paramilitaries”, or the narco-trafficking Cartels. Using military,

political, and economic actions and exploiting various events,

players build and maneuver forces to influence the population,

extract resources, or otherwise achieve their Faction’s aims. A

deck of cards regulates turn order, events, victory checks, and

other processes. The rules can run non-player Factions, enabling

solitaire, 2-player, or multi-player games.

Andean Abyss is the inaugural volume in the COIN Series of

games that use similar rules to cover a variety of insurgencies and

other inter-factional conflicts. This Second Edition extensively

alters and augments rules and play aids throughout to bring this

volume up to date within the Series. Updated cards are marked

“2nd Ed”.

This rule book lists and defines key game terms in an index on

pages 19-20. The most important game functions are summarized

on several aid sheets. Game setup is explained on the flip side of

the Sequence of Play aid sheet.

1.1 General Course of Play

Andean Abyss—unlike most card-assisted war games—does not

use hands of cards. Instead, cards are played from the deck one at

time, with one card ahead revealed to all players. Each Event card

shows the order in which the Factions become Eligible to choose

between the card’s Event or one of a menu of Operations and

Special Activities. Executing an Event or Operation carries the

penalty of rendering that Faction Ineligible to do so on the next

card. Propaganda cards mixed in with the Event cards provide

periodic opportunities for instant wins and for activities such as

collecting resources and influencing popular sympathies.

1.2 Components

A complete set of Andean Abyss includes:

• A 22”x34” mounted game board.

• A deck of 76 cards.

• 153 dark and light blue, red, green, and yellow wooden forces

pieces, some embossed (1.4; see “Available Forces” on the rule

book’s back for a complete listing).

• 8 cylinders, embossed (1.7, 2.2).

• 6 black and 6 white pawns (3.1.1).

• A sheet of markers.

• 2 Sequence of Play and Setup sheets.

• 4 Faction player aid foldouts.

• 1 Non-player Insurgents flowcharts foldout.

• 1 Non-player aid foldout with Government flowchart.

• 3 6-sided dice: 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 green.

• A background Playbook.

• This rule book.

1.3 The Map

The map shows the country of Colombia divided into various

types of spaces, as well as parts of neighboring countries.

1.3.1 Map Spaces. Map spaces include rural Departments

(Depts), urban Cities, and Lines of Communication (LoCs)

between them. All spaces—including LoCs—can hold forces.

Mountain Department


Line of Communication



Grassland Department

Forest Department


Department Boundary

Department Name

Population Value

Place bases here

At Start set up

Line of Communication


Place Terror markers here

Place Support and Opposition

markers here


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1.3.2 Departments. Each Department shows a Population value

(Pop) of 0, 1, or 2 that affects victory via Support for or Oppo-

sition to the Government (1.6) and some Insurgent Operations

(3.3). Departments are further distinguished by terrain as Tropical

Forest (Forest), Mountain, or Grassland, affecting some COIN

Operations (3.2) and Events (5.0).

1.3.3 Cities. Each City similarly shows a Population value of 1

to 8 (each Population value representing a million Colombians).

1.3.4 LoCs. Each Line of Communication (LoC) shows an Eco-

nomic value (Econ) of 1 to 3 that affects Government Resources

(1.7). LoCs are further distinguished as Roads or Pipelines.

Pipelines tend to have higher Economic value and affect certain


DESIGN NOTE: LoCs also represent other transportation ar-

teries and infrastructure such as power lines that parallel roads

and pipelines.

1.3.5 Foreign Countries. The map includes parts of Brazil (Bra-

sil), Ecuador, Panamá, Perú, and Venezuela. They are not spaces

(1.3.1) unless and until specified by Event (5.0).

EXAMPLE: The “Darién” Event renders Panamá a 0 Population

Forest Department for all purposes, except that Sweep Opera-

tions do not Activate Guerrillas there (3.2.3).

NOTE: Venezuela is next to Guainía but not Vaupés, affecting

the “Hugo Chávez” Event.

1.3.6 Adjacency. Adjacency affects the movement of forces and

implementation of certain Events. Any 2 spaces meeting one of

the following conditions are adjacent:

• Spaces that border on (touch) one another.

• Departments separated by LoCs.

• LoCs or Departments separated by Towns.

NOTE: Towns are not spaces; they merely separate LoCs or


1.3.7 Coasts. Spaces adjacent to blue areas are coastal, affecting

the “Narco-Subs” Event.

1.4 Forces

The wooden pieces represent the Factions’ various forces: Gov-

ernment Troops (dark-blue cubes) and Police (light-blue cubes),

Insurgent Guerrillas, and all Factions’ Bases.

Government Cubes:










Use to mark City and

Department Control (1.8)

Use to mark FARC Zones


Govt Capa-


Use on the Edge Track:

Victory-related and Aid markers

Use on the Propa-

ganda Track

Support and Opposition markers




Event Reminder




Drug Shipment

Overflow marker


ADJACENCY EXAMPLE: The 4 Departments and 4 LoCs around

the Town of Ayacucho are all adjacent to each other because they

are separated by a Town. Antioquia and the Forest Department

to the west are adjacent because they are separated by a LoC.





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• With 3 players, AUC runs the Cartels.

• With 2 players, Government runs AUC; FARC runs the Cartels.

A player running two Factions uses the lower victory margin of

the two (7.1-.3) and only causes play to end on a victory check

(6.1) if both Factions are meeting their conditions. Players may

not voluntarily transfer (1.5.2) between their own Factions.

Non-Player Option: If playing solitaire, or as an alternative

to the above with two or three players, use the Non-player

rules in section 8 to govern leftover Factions:

1.5.2 Negotiation. Players may make any mutual arrangements

within the rules but may voluntarily transfer only Resources (1.7)

or Shipments (4.5.3) and only during either’s execution by the

Sequence of Play (2.3.4) of an Operation or Event. All negoti-

ations are open. The rules do not bind players to agreements.

1.6 Support and Opposition

Support and Opposition affect victory and some Operations.

1.6.1 Cities and Departments with at least 1 Population (1.3.2-3)

always show 1 of 5 levels of its populace’s Support for or Oppo-

sition to the Government that can shift during play:

• Active Support.

• Passive Support.

• Neutral.

• Passive Opposition.

• Active Opposition.

1.6.2 Show Active or Passive Support or Opposition with mark-

ers placed in each City or Department. Show Neutral spaces by

the absence of such markers. Active Support/Opposition counts

double for Total Support/Opposition (1.6.3).

NOTE: LoCs (1.3.4) and Population 0 Departments never hold

Support or Opposition markers (they are always Neutral).

1.6.3 Total Support and Total Opposi-

tion. Government or FARC victory de-

pends on the total value of population

Support or Opposition (plus FARC Bases,

7.2), respectively. Adjust “Total Support” or “Opposi-

tion + Bases” on the numbered edge track per the box

below as any change to Support, Opposition, or the

number of FARC Bases occurs.

Total Support and Opposition Equations

Total Support equals:

(2 x Population in Active Support) + (1 x Population in Passive


Total Opposition equals:

(2 x Population in Active Opposition) + (1 x Population in

Passive Opposition)

Opposition + Bases equals:

Total Opposition + The number of FARC Bases on the map

DESIGN NOTE: Bases represent not only training and bivouac

facilities but also, for the Insurgents, political administration as

well as coca or poppy fields and processing labs.

PLAY NOTE: Use “Overflow” boxes for Forces that exceed the

room in a City or smaller Department on the map; place the

corresponding Overflow marker in that space.

1.4.1 Availability and Removal. The inventory shown on the

“Available Forces” chart on the back of this rule book limits the

number of pieces that may be in play. Keep forces not on the

map in the Available Forces holding areas. (Place Bases in the

highest-numbered empty circles, revealing the number of on-map

Bases to help track victory, 7.0)

• Forces may only be placed from or replaced with those avail-

able in the holding areas—ignore any instructions to place

forces if the appropriate type is not available because all are

already on the map (remove rather than replace such pieces;

see also next bullet).

Important: A player Faction while executing an Operation or

Event by the Sequence of Play (2.3.4, 3.0, 5.0), may remove

its own pieces to Available Forces. EXAMPLE: Insurgents

without Available Guerrillas could remove Guerrillas during

a Rally (3.3.1) in order to place them Underground.

• Once an enemy Faction is targeted, removal or Activation

of pieces to the extent of the executing Faction’s ability is

required. EXAMPLE: A Government Assault (3.2.4) with 3

Troops in Forest must remove 3 Active pieces if there are at

least that many among those Factions targeted.

1.4.2 Stacking. No more than 2 Bases (regardless of Faction)

may occupy a single Department or City. Bases may not occupy

LoCs. Government forces may not occupy a FARC Zone (6.4.4).

(See also the “Sucumbíos” Event regarding Ecuador.) Ignore any

instructions (such as from Operations or Events) to place or move

forces if stacking would be violated. Except as noted above, any

number of Government cubes and Guerrillas may occupy a space.

1.4.3 Underground/Active. Guerrillas are either

Underground—symbol end down—or Ac-

tive-symbol end up. Certain actions and Events

flip them from one to the other state. Bases, Troops, and Police

are always Active. Always set up and place new Guerrillas Un-

derground (including if replacing a piece).

NOTE: Unless instructions specify “Underground” Guerrilla,

it is sufficient to “Activate” already Active Guerrillas (they stay


1.5 Players & Factions

Andean Abyss is playable by 1-4 players. The 1st player plays

the Government (blue), the 2nd the FARC (red), the 3rd the AUC

(yellow), and the 4th the Cartels (green) (2.1). (If preferred, the

3rd player in a 3-player game can play Cartels instead of AUC.)

Each of these Factions is enemy to all others. Leftover Factions

are Non-Player; their actions are governed by rules section 8.

See the Playbook for a Role Summary of each Faction.

1.5.1 Spare Factions. With two or three players, the players run

leftover Factions:


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1.7 Resources and Aid

At any moment, each Faction has between 0 and 99

Resources that it uses to pay for Operations (3.0).

During some Propaganda Rounds (6.3.1) and

Events, a level of Aid (between 0 and 29) adds to

Government Resources. Mark Resources and Aid on the edge

track—for Resources, with a cylinder of the Faction’s color (1.5).

1.8 Control

The Government Controls a City or

Department if its pieces alone exceed

those of all other Factions combined. In

the same way, FARC Controls a City or

Department if its pieces alone exceed those of all other Factions

combined. Cities or Departments that are not Controlled by either

the Government or FARC are Uncontrolled. As helpful, place

appropriate Control markers on spaces as reminders.

PLAY NOTE: Control mainly affects Propaganda Round (6.2-6.5)

and some Non-player Government actions (section 8).

DESIGN NOTE: “FARC Control” of a City might not represent

complete military control of a major urban area but rather suf-

ficient presence to inhibit commerce and encourage resistance

to government authority.


2.1 Set Up

Follow the instructions onthe flip side of the Sequence of Play

aid sheet to decide upon various play options, assign Factions to

players, prepare the deck, and set up markers and forces.

2.2 Start

Begin play by revealing the top card of the draw deck and placing

it onto a played cards pile. Then reveal the next card on top of

the draw deck. The card on the played card stack is played first;

the card on top of the draw deck will be played next. NOTE:

Players will see 1 card ahead into the deck. All played cards

and the number of cards in the draw deck are open to inspection.

RECORD STEPS: As the steps of each Event card play are

completed, place a cylinder of the Faction’s color (1.5) into the

Sequence of Play track’s appropriate box (or, for Propaganda

Rounds [6.0], advance the Prop Card marker).

2.3 Event Card

When playing an Event card, up to 2 Factions will execute Opera-

tions or the Event; other Factions may Pass and collect Resources.

• Factions whose cylinder is in the “Eligible” box receive these

options in the left-to-right order of the Faction symbols shown

at the top of the card.

• Factions with cylinders in the “Ineligible” box do nothing.

2.3.1 Eligibility. Factions that did not execute an Operation or

Event on the previous card are Eligible (their cylinders will start

the card in the “Eligible” box per 2.3.7). Factions that did are

Ineligible. (All Factions start the game Eligible.) See also Free

Operations, 3.1.2.

2.3.2 Faction Order. The Eligible Faction with the leftmost

symbol in its color (skipping any Ineligible Factions) is the 1st

Eligible to execute an Operation or Event or to Pass. The next

leftmost is the 2nd Eligible.



NOTE: The gray 2 symbol and “2nd: Ops” on some cards affect

Non-player choices (8.1)—ignore them unless using Non-players.

2.3.3 Passing. If a 1st or 2nd Eligible Faction opts to Pass, it

receives +1 Resources (or +3 Resources if Government) and

remains Eligible for the next card. The next leftmost Eligible

Faction then replaces the Passing Faction as the new 1st or 2nd

Eligible Faction and receives the same options to execute or Pass.

If the last (rightmost) Eligible Faction Passes, adjust cylinders

(2.3.7) and play the next card.

2.3.4 Options for Eligible Factions.

FIRST ELIGIBLE: If the 1st Eligible Faction does not Pass

(2.3.3), it may execute either:

• An Operation (3.0)—with or without a Special Activity (4.0)—or

• The Event shown on the card.

OPTIONS FOR 2ND ELIGIBLE: If the 2nd Eligible Faction

does not Pass (2.3.3), it also may execute an Operation and pos-

sibly the Event, but its options depend on what the 1st Eligible

Faction executed:

• Op Only: If the 1st Eligible Faction executed an Operation, the

2nd Eligible Faction may execute a Limited Operation (2.3.5).

• Op & Special Activity: If the 1st Eligible Faction executed an

Operation with a Special Activity, the 2nd Eligible Faction

may execute either a Limited Operation or the Event. (see also

Final Event Card, 2.3.9).

• Event: If the 1st Eligible Faction executed the Event, the 2nd

Eligible Faction may execute an Operation, with a Special

Activity if desired.

NOTE: For ease of reference, these options are illustrated on the

Sequence of Play aid sheet and on the game board.

2.3.5 Limited Operation. A Limited Operation (LimOp) is a

player Operation in just 1 space, with no Special Activity. If the

Limited Operation is a Patrol (3.2.2), Sweep (3.2.3), or March

(3.3.2), it can involve pieces from multiple spaces but only 1 des-

tination space. A Limited Operation counts as an Operation. See

also Final Event Card (2.3.9) and Non-player Operations (8.1).

2.3.6 Ship. Whenever a 1st or 2nd Eligible player Faction pays

Resources to execute an Operation (including a Limited Oper-

ation, 2.3.5) but executes no Special Activity, it may remove a

Shipment that it owns (4.5.3) to immediately execute an addition-

al, free, Limited Operation of any type. Alternatively, a different

Faction may remove its own Shipment to enable the 1st or 2nd

Eligible Faction to execute such a free Operation. A Faction may

only benefit from 1 such Shipment per card.


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EXAMPLE: Cartels is 1st Eligible and executes a March, removes

a Shipment, then executes a Rally in 1 space at no Resource cost.

DESIGN NOTE: The added Op reflects proceeds from a major

drug deal greasing the skids.

2.3.7 Adjust Eligibility. After the 1st and 2nd Eligible Factions

complete all execution of Operations, Special Activities, and

Events (or after all Eligible Factions instead have Passed), adjust

cylinders on the Sequence of Play Track as follows:

• Move the cylinder to the “Eligible” box if the Faction did not

execute an Operation or Event (and not rendered Ineligible by

an Event).

• Move the cylinder to the “Ineligible” box if the Faction

executed an Operation (including a Limited Operation) or

Event (unless otherwise specified by the Event; see also Free

Operations, 3.1.2.).

2.3.8 Next Card. After adjusting Eligibility, move the draw

deck’s top card onto the played card pile face-up and reveal the

draw deck’s next card. Play the card on the played card pile,

proceeding with the appropriate sequence.

2.3.9 Final Event Card. On the last Event card before the final

Propaganda Card (2.4.1), any player Operations must be Limited

(2.3.5, no Special Activities) and may not include Sweep (3.2.3)

or March (3.3.2).

2.4 Propaganda Card

If playing a Propaganda Card, conduct a Propaganda Round (6.0).

2.4.1 Final Propaganda. If the 4th Propaganda card’s Round

is completed without a victory (6.1), the game ends: determine

victory by 7.3.

Short Game Option: Agree at set up that the 3rd Propaganda

card’s Round will be the final round.

PLAY NOTE: Set aside Propaganda cards to show how many

have gone by. Each series of Event cards up to a Propaganda

Round is called a “Campaign”.


3.1 Operations in General

The Faction executing an Operation (Op) chooses 1 of the 4 Op-

erations listed on its Faction aid sheet and, if applicable, selects

the map spaces to be involved. The Faction usually pays a cost

in Resources (not Aid, 1.7), often per space selected; it must

have enough Resources to pay for the Operation, including in

each selected space. Select a given space only once for a given


The executing Faction chooses the order of the spaces in which

the Operation is resolved, the enemy Factions or pieces to be

affected (targeted), and the friendly pieces to be placed or re-

placed. A single Operation may target one or more Factions and

ignore others. Once targeted, a Faction’s pieces are affected to

the maximum extent possible (1.4.1).

NOTE: Players pay for Operations space by space as they go,

enabling Insurgents at 0 Resources to Extort, Kidnap, or Process

to add Resources and then pay for additional Operations spaces.

(See 4.1 and its EXAMPLE).

3.1.1 Pawns. Players may mark spaces selected for Operations

(3.0) with white pawns and Special Activities (4.0) with black

pawns. (The pawns are for convenience, not a limit on the number

of spaces that may be selected.)

3.1.2 Free Operations. Certain Events (5.5), phases (6.4.5), or

Shipping drugs (2.3.6) grant free Operations or Special Activities:

they cost no Resources and, if executed by a Faction other than

the one playing an Event, could leave it Eligible (2.3.7). Other

requirements and procedures still apply unless trumped by Event

text (5.1.1, 5.5.).

3.2 COIN Operations

The Government chooses from Train, Patrol, Sweep, and

Assault Operations. Note: The Government may never place or

move its pieces into FARC Zones; see 6.4.4.

3.2.1 Train. Training Operations augment Government forces

and possibly build Support (1.6). Select any Departments or

Cities and pay 3 Resources per selected space.

PROCEDURE: First, in each selected Department with a Gov-

ernment Base AND in each selected City, place up to 6 cubes

(any combination of Available Troops and Police). Then, in up

to 1 selected space, either:

• Replace any 3 cubes with 1 Government Base (within

stacking,1.4.2), OR

• Conduct Civic Action (6.4.1) to build Support. As during the

Support Phase, the Government must have Troops, Police, and

Control (a majority of forces, 1.8) in the space and must pay

added Resources per 6.4.1 (even if Training was free).

3.2.2 Patrol. Patrol Operations protect LoCs by moving Troops

or Police onto them and finding and removing Guerrillas there.

Pay 3 Resources total (not per space). If a Limited Operation

(2.3.5), all moving cubes must end on a single destination space.

PROCEDURE: Move any number of cubes from any spaces.

Each cube may move into any adjacent LoC or City (1.3.6)

and may keep entering adjacent LoCs or Cities until the player

chooses to stop moving it or it enters a space containing 1 or more

Guerrillas. Then, in each LoC (even if a LimOp, and whether or

not a cube just moved there), Activate 1 Guerrilla for each cube

there. Then, if desired, conduct an Assault (3.2.4) in 1 LoC at

no added cost. If a Limited Operation (2.3.5), the Assault must

be in the destination LoC.

3.2.3 Sweep. Sweep Operations move Troops (typically, into

contested areas) and locate enemy Guerrillas. Select any Cities

or Departments as destinations (not FARC Zones, 6.4.4). Pay 3

Resources per space selected. Sweep is not allowed on the final

Event card (2.3.9).

PROCEDURE: First, simultaneously move any adjacent Troops

desired into selected spaces. In addition, Troops may first move


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onto adjacent LoCs (1.3.6) that are free of Guerrillas and then

into adjacent spaces. (Any Troops that move must reach spaces

paid for as destinations.)

• Then, in selected spaces other than Forest, Activate 1 Guerrilla

(1.4.3) for each cube there (Police plus Troops, whether they

just moved or were already there).

• In Forest spaces, Activate only 1 Guerrilla for every 2 cubes

(round odd cubes down).

NOTE: Sweeps do not have to both move Troops and Activate

Guerrillas; they may move where no Guerrillas and may simply

Activate Guerrillas in place.

EXAMPLE: The Government selects Cesar-La Guajira Depart-

ment for a Sweep. There are no Guerrillas on any LoCs. Troops

could move from Cúcuta, Bucaramanga, and Sincelejo to the

LoCs south of Baranquilla and from there into Cesar. Troops

already in Baranquilla or any of the 3 Departments or 4 LoCs

adjacent to Cesar also could enter Cesar.

3.2.4 Assault. Assault Operations eliminate Insurgent forces.

Select any spaces and pay 3 Resources per space selected.

PROCEDURE: In each selected space, remove 1 Active Guerrilla

(1.4.3) for each Troops cube there. Once a targeted Faction has

no Guerrillas in the space, remove its Bases instead.

• In a City or LoC, also remove 1 enemy piece for each Police

cube there.

• In Mountain, instead remove only 1 piece for every 2 Troops

(rounded down).

DESIGN NOTE: Guerrillas are less militarily capable than

Government forces but enjoy an information advantage in that

Government Operations generally must first Sweep to Activate

(locate) them before Assaulting them.

NOTE: The Faction aid sheets use the phrase “Bases last” to

remind that an Operation cannot remove an enemy Base as long

as Guerrillas (Active or Underground), Troops, or Police of the

same Faction remain in the same space. Also, all of a Faction’s

Guerrillas in a space may be Underground, preventing further

removal via Assault of its pieces (including Bases) until the

Guerrillas are Activated.

3.2.5 Drug Bust. For each Shipment (4.5.3) removed by Assault,

add +6 to Aid (to a maximum of 29).

3.3 Insurgent Operations

Insurgent Factions (FARC, AUC, and Car-

tels) choose from Rally, March, Attack, and

Terror Operations.

Note that, on the Faction aid sheets under “Insurgent Operations”,

the terms “Guerrillas” and “Bases” mean those of the executing

Faction (friendly), unless otherwise specified.

3.3.1 Rally. Rally Operations augment or recover friendly

forces. Select any Departments or Cities. Pay 1 Resource per

space selected.

• FARC may only select Neutral or Opposition spaces, not those

with Support (1.6).

• AUC may only select Neutral or Support spaces, not those

with Opposition.

PROCEDURE: In each selected space, the executing Faction

places 1 of its Available Guerrillas or replaces 2 of its Guerrillas

with 1 of its Bases, within stacking (1.4.2). If the space already

has at least 1 of that Faction’s Bases, the Faction may instead


• Place a number of its Available Guerrillas up to the number

of its Bases there plus the space’s Population value (1.3.2-.3)


• Move any of its Guerrillas from any spaces on the map to

there and flip all its Guerrillas there Underground (whether

they moved or not) (1.4.3).

3.3.2 March. March Operations move friendly Guerrillas. Se-

lect any spaces as the origins of the moving Guerrillas. Pay 1

Resource per City or Department that Guerrillas move into (0

Resources to move onto LoCs). If a Limited Operation (2.3.5),

all moving Guerrillas must end in a single destination space.

Players may not March on the final Event card (2.3.9).

PROCEDURE: The executing Faction moves any of its Guerril-

las desired into adjacent spaces (1.3.6). No Guerrilla moves more

than once. Guerrillas moving from 1 space to another move as a

single group. Set Guerrillas of a moving group to Active (1.4.3) if:

• The destination space is a LoC or is a City or Department with

Support (1.6)—or, for AUC March, Support or Opposition—


• The moving group’s number of Guerrillas plus the number

of cubes in the destination space exceeds 3. For AUC March,

count FARC Guerrillas as cubes.

EXAMPLE: A group of 2 Underground FARC Guerrillas March

from Meta East to Santander-Boyacá, which has Passive Sup-

port and where there are 1 Police and 1 Troops cubes. Because

the destination is a Department with Support and the total of 4

cubes and moving Guerrillas involved exceeds 3, the 2 moving

Guerrillas flip to Active.

NOTE: March often Activates Guerrillas, but moves by Event

(5.0) do so only if specified.


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3.3.3 Attack. Attack Operations seek to eliminate enemy forc-

es; particularly successful attacks augment friendly Guerrillas

(by capturing enemy weapons, equipment, rations, recruits, or

drugs). Select any spaces where the executing Faction has at

least 1 Guerrilla and 1 enemy piece; pay 1 Resource per space.

PROCEDURE: In each selected space, Activate (1.4.3) all the

executing Faction’s Guerrillas and then roll a die: if the roll is less

than or equal to the number of the executing Faction’s Guerrillas

there (whether or not they began Active), remove up to 2 enemy

pieces (executing Faction’s choice; may include Underground

Guerrillas). The 2 pieces may belong to different Factions. A

targeted Faction’s Bases cannot be removed before all its cubes

or Guerrillas in the space.

CAPTURED GOODS: If the roll was a “1”, place 1 of the exe-

cuting Faction’s Available Guerrillas (1.4.1) there. If a Shipment

(4.5.3) was removed, place it in the space with a Guerrilla of the

executing Faction.

3.3.4 Terror. Terror Operations in Depart-

ments or Cities neutralize (or, for FARC,

build) Support or Opposition (1.6) and

place Terror markers that hinder future

efforts to influence it. On LoCs, they place Sabotage markers

that block Government Resource earnings (6.3.1). AUC Terror

harms Aid to the Government. Select any spaces where the ex-

ecuting Faction has at least 1 Underground Guerrilla; pay 1

Resource per City or Department (0 for LoCs).

PROCEDURE: Activate 1 friendly Underground Guerrilla in

each selected space.

• If the space is a Department or City, place a Terror marker and

shift any Support or Opposition 1 level toward Neutral (remove

Passive or shift Active to Passive and adjust Total Support or

Opposition, 1.6) OR, if FARC, toward Active Opposition.

• If the space is a LoC without a Sabotage marker, place a

Sabotage marker.

• Do not place a Terror/Sabotage marker if all are already on

the map. (There are 40.)

AID CUT: If AUC is executing the Terror (including via Event,

5.0), drop Aid by –3 if the Terror occurred in a single space or

by –5 if in 2 or more spaces, to a minimum of 0 (1.7). Note: Aid

at 0 does not stop AUC Terror.


4.1 Special Activities in General

When a Faction per the Event Card sequence of play (2.3) exe-

cutes an Operation in at least 1 space (3.0), it may also execute

1 type of its Special Activities (Exception: Limited Operations,

2.3.5). Some Events grant free Special Activities (3.1.2).

• As with Operations, the executing Faction selects spaces,

Factions, or pieces affected and the order of actions. A Faction

may execute its Special Activity at any one time immediately

before, during, or immediately after the execution of its Op-


EXAMPLE: FARC with 0 Resources Extorts or Kidnaps enough

to pay for the necessary accompanying Operations thereafter


PLAY NOTE: If the 1st Eligible Faction uses a Special Activity,

the 2nd Eligible will have the option of executing the card’s

Event (2.3.4).

4.1.1. Accompanying Operations. Some Special Activities

specify that they may only accompany certain types of Opera-

tions (3.0). Certain Special Activities may take place only in the

locations of their Accompanying Operations. If not otherwise

specified, Special Activities may accompany any Operations and

take place in any otherwise valid spaces.

4.2 Government Special Activities

The Government may choose from Air Lift, Air Strike,

or Eradicate Special Activities.

4.2.1 Air Lift. Air Lift moves Troops, especially to mass them

quickly for an Operation.

PROCEDURE: Move up to 3 Troops from 1 space to another

(not FARC Zone, 6.4.4).

4.2.2 Air Strike. An Air Strike destroys an exposed Insurgent

unit. It may only accompany a Patrol, Sweep, or Assault (3.2.2-.4)

and take place in a single Department or LoC (not City).

PROCEDURE: Remove 1 Active Guerrilla or, if the targeted

Faction has no Guerrillas in the space, 1 of its Bases.

4.2.3 Eradicate. Eradication destroys rural Cartels Bases and

earns Aid but at a cost of increasing local sympathy for FARC.

It may take place in any 1 Department with Cartels pieces (even

Cartels Guerrillas without Bases).

PROCEDURE: Boost Aid by +4, to a maximum of 29 (1.7).

Remove all Cartels Bases in the selected space (regardless of

Guerrillas there). Then:

• Shift that or an adjacent Department 1 level toward Active

Opposition (1.6.1), if possible.

• Or, if not possible (because all are already at Active Opposition

or have 0 Population), instead place 1 available FARC Guerrilla

in that Department.

DESIGN NOTE: Farmers of coca and other crops harmed tend

to resent Government spraying.

4.3 FARC Special Activities

FARC may choose from Ambush, Extort, or Kidnap

Special Activities.

4.3.1 Extort. Extortion enables FARC to gain Resources from

regions they dominate. FARC may simultaneously Extort in any

spaces (including LoCs) where FARC forces include at least 1

Underground Guerrilla and FARC has Control (its forces out-

number all enemies, 1.8).

PROCEDURE: For each selected space, Activate 1 Underground

FARC Guerrilla there (1.4.3) and add +1 to FARC Resources



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4.3.2 Ambush. An Ambush enables FARC to ensure the complete

success of an Attack in 1 space. It must take place in a space

selected for Attack (3.3.3, not yet resolved) and that has at least

1 Underground FARC Guerrilla (1.4.3).

PROCEDURE: Instead of the usual Attack procedure (3.3.3),

the Attack in that space Activates 1 Underground Guerrilla only

and automatically succeeds (do not roll; remove the 2 enemy

pieces normally). Place an Available FARC Guerrilla in the space

(Underground, 1.4.3) as if a “1” had been rolled.

4.3.3 Kidnap. Kidnapping takes variable amounts of Resources

(1.7) from the Government or the Cartels or a Shipment (4.5.3)

from the Cartels, at a small risk of adding to AUC growth. It may

take place in up to 3 spaces that:

• Were or will be selected for Terror (3.3.4) this Operation, AND

• Are City, LoC, or have a Cartels Base, AND

• Have more FARC Guerrillas than Police.

PROCEDURE: Target either the Government if the space is a

City or LoC, or the Cartels if the space has 1 or 2 Cartels Bases.

Roll a die for each space and transfer to FARC from the targeted

Faction a number of Resources equal to the die roll. Whenever a

“6” is rolled, AUC places 1 Available piece in that space (within

stacking, 1.4.2). If a targeted Faction runs out of Resources, no

more is transferred.

DRUG RANSOM: If targeting the Cartels where they hold a

Shipment (4.5.3), instead of rolling, place the Shipment with a

FARC Guerrilla there.

DESIGN NOTE: This Special Activity represents the potentially

lucrative kidnapping of family members of drug lords, politicians,

and other wealthy. Routine kidnapping is represented in the game

within Terror and Extort.

4.4 AUC Special Activities

AUC may choose from Extort, Ambush, or Assassinate

Special Activities.

4.4.1 Extort & Ambush. AUC Extorts and Ambushes the same

as FARC (4.3.1-2) but using AUC instead of FARC forces.

4.4.2 Assassinate. Assassination efficiently eliminates enemy

units—even protected Bases. It may occur in any of up to 3

spaces selected for AUC Terror (3.3.4) this Operation in which

AUC Guerrillas outnumber Police.

PROCEDURE: In each such space, remove any 1 enemy piece.

COMMANDEER: If an Assassination forces the removal of a

Shipment (4.5.3) place it with an AUC Guerrilla in the space.

4.5 Cartels Special Activities

The Cartels may choose from Cultivate, Process, or Bribe

Special Activities.

4.5.1 Cultivate. Cultivation relocates trafficking activity or

propagates a new growing area. It may only accompany a Rally

or March Operation (3.3.1-.2). The destination is 1 Department

or City with Population greater than 0 and with more Cartels

Guerrillas than Police.

PROCEDURE: Relocate 1 Cartels Base from any space to the

selected space (within stacking, 1.4.2). Or, if the space is a De-

partment selected for a Rally Operation (whether or not it just

received a Guerrilla), if desired instead place 1 Cartels Base there.

DESIGN NOTE: Cultivation represents the ability of drug syn-

dicates quickly and clandestinely to arrange purchase from new

growers and move processing labs and delivery routes.

4.5.2 Process. Processing prepares major drug Shipments or

exchanges Bases for Resources. It may only accompany a Rally

or March Operation (3.3.1-.2) and may occur in any spaces with

at least 1 Cartels Base.

PROCEDURE: Remove any Cartels Bases desired and add +3

Cartels Resources for each Base removed. Alternatively, place a

total of 1 or 2 available Shipments (4.5.3) under any Guerrillas

in spaces with Cartels Bases.

4.5.3 Shipment Markers. The 4 Shipment markers

represent major processed drug caches awaiting

delivery and are a limit on play. On the map, they

are always placed beneath a Guerrilla and move

with it. That Guerrilla’s Faction owns the Shipment. A Guerrilla

may hold several Shipments. The owner may transfer the Ship-

ment to another Guerrilla in the same space at any time (even as

the Guerrilla is removed or replaced and including to another

Faction’s Guerrilla). Shipments are only removed via Event (5.0)

or as follows:

• If a Guerrilla holding a Shipment is removed, the owner must

immediately transfer the Shipment to another Guerrilla if possible,

otherwise or remove it.

• Players after executing Operations without Special Activities

may remove a Shipment they own for a free, extra Limited

Operation (2.3.6).

• During the Resource Phase, all Shipments are removed and

provide the owner either a Base or +6 Resources (6.3.3).

4.5.4 Bribe. Bribes neutralize other Factions’ units or expose or

hide Guerrillas but cost Resources (1.7). They may occur in any

of up to 3 spaces, and may accompany any Cartels Operation.

PROCEDURE: For each space, reduce Cartels Resources –3 and

remove up to 2 cubes there, remove or flip up to 2 Guerrillas

there, or remove a Base there. NOTE: Bribe is the only Special

Activity with a Resource cost.

CONTRABAND: The Cartels player may transfer any Shipments

(4.5.3) removed by Bribe to any Guerrilla in the space.


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Each Event bears a title, italicized flavor text, and Event text.

Flavor text provides historical interest and has no effect on play.

Cards with text updated for this edition are marked “2nd Ed”.

5.1 Executing Events

When a Faction executes an Event, it carries out the Event text

literally (sometimes involving actions or decisions by other

Factions). Unless otherwise specified, the executing Faction

makes all selections involved in implementing the text, such

as which pieces are affected. EXAMPLE: A Faction executing

an Event that forces another Faction to Attack could choose

the Attacking Faction; the Attacking Faction would make any

selections allowed within the Event’s required Attack (per 3.1).

Some Events with lasting effects have markers as aids to play.

(For Events that place FARC Zones, see 6.4.4.)

5.1.1 Where Event text contradicts rules, the Event takes prece-

dence. EXAMPLE: If the Event says any Guerrilla in a partic-

ular space executes Terror or Ambush, even an already Active

Guerrilla there can do so. However:

• Events never place pieces that are not available (1.4.1); they

remove rather than replace if the replacement is not available.

• Events may not violate stacking (1.4.2, including no

Government forces into FARC Zones, 6.4.4).

• Events may not raise Aid beyond 29 or a Faction’s Resources

beyond 99 (1.7).

• Events never allow a Faction to execute a type of Operation

or Special Activity available only to other Factions (3.0, 4.0).

5.1.2 If two Events contradict, the currently played Event takes


EXAMPLE: “Former Military” could result in Assault against

FARC even if FARC had just played “Senado & Cámara”.

5.1.3 If not all of an executed Event’s text can be carried out,

implement that which can.

5.2 Dual Use

Many Events have both unshaded and shaded Event text. The

executing Faction may select either the unshaded or shaded text

to carry out (not both). While the unshaded text often favors the

Government, a player may select either text option regardless

of Faction.

DESIGN NOTE: Dual-use events represent opposed effects of

the same cause, forks in the historical road, or instances subject

to alternative historical interpretation.

5.3 Govt Capabilities

Dual-use Events marked “GOVT CAPA-

BILITIES” have lasting effects that either

help or hurt the Government. When exe-

cuting such an Event, place the correspond-

ing marker on the appropriate side in the Govt Capabilities box.

The Event’s effects last for the rest of the game.

5.4 Insurgent Momentum

Dual-use shaded Event text marked “INSURGENT MOMEN-

TUM” has lasting effects that hurt the Government. When ex-

ecuting such shaded text, place the card in one of the Insurgent

Momentum holding boxes. The effects last until the next Pro-

paganda round’s Reset phase (6.6), when the card is discarded.

Note: The 2 holding boxes are intended for convenience and

not a limit on the number of Insurgent Momentum Events that

can be in play.

5.5 Free Operations

Some Events allow the Executing or another Faction an im-

mediate Operation or Special Activity that interrupts the usual

sequence of play and typically is free: it bears no Resource cost

and does not affect Eligibility (3.1.2, 2.3.1), though other require-

ments remain unless trumped by Event text (5.1.1).

EXAMPLE: Free Terror must Activate an Underground Guerrilla

per 3.3.4, but Event text specifying Terror by “any Guerrilla”

could use an already Active Guerrilla.


Conduct a Propaganda Round in the sequence of phases below

as each Propaganda Card is played. The Sequence of Play sheet

and board also list this sequence.

EXCEPTION: Never conduct more than 1 Propaganda Round

in a row (without at least 1 Event card in between)—instead,

additional Propaganda cards are played without a Propaganda

Round. If such an additional Propaganda card is final (2.4.1),

end the game and determine victory (7.3).

6.1 Victory Phase

If any Faction has met its Victory condition, the game ends (ex-

ceptions: Non-player option [1.5]; 1-player [8.8]). See Victory

(7.0) to determine winner and rank order. Otherwise, continue

with the Propaganda Round. After completing the final Propa-

ganda card’s Round (2.4.1), determine victory per 7.3.

Card Number

Faction Order


Italicized Flavor Text

Event Text

Lasting Effects Indicator

Shaded Text

(see Dual Use 5.2)


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6.2 Sabotage Phase

Sabotage (3.3.4) each unSabotaged LoC

where total Guerrillas exceed cubes or

for which an adjacent City is under

FARC Control.

6.3 Resources Phase

Add to Factions’ Resources per the following sequence, to a

maximum of 99 (1.7).

6.3.1 Government Earnings. Add the total Economic value

(1.3.4) of all LoCs that have no Sabotage markers (30 minus the

Econ of Sabotaged LoCs) plus Aid. Exception: If El Presidente

(6.4.3) is Samper, do not add Aid.

6.3.2 Insurgent Earnings. Add to:

• FARC and AUC: The number of its Bases.

• Cartels: Three times its Bases.

6.3.3 Drug Profits. FARC, then AUC, then Cartels remove

any Shipments (4.5.3) that they own, selecting to receive for

each either an available Base at the Shipment’s location (within

stacking, 1.4.2) or +6 Resources.

6.4 Support Phase

The Government then FARC may spend Resources to affect

popular Support and Opposition (1.6), then an Election is held.

6.4.1 Civic Action. Government may spend any number of

Resources to build Support in Govt-Controlled Cities or De-

partments (1.8) that have both Troops and Police. Every 3

Resources spent removes 1 Terror marker or—once no Terror

is in a space—shifts it 1 level toward Active Support. (Adjust

Total Support, 1.6.3.)

DESIGN NOTE: Troops and Police together provide the security

needed to make gains in popular support. See also Training, 3.2.1.

6.4.2 Agitation. FARC similarly may spend Resources to encour-

age Opposition in FARC-Controlled Cities or Departments (1.8).

Every 1 Resource spent removes 1 Terror marker or—once no

Terror is in a space—shifts it 1 level toward Active Opposition.

(Adjust Opposition+Bases, 1.6.3.) (1-player: see 8.7.5.)

6.4.3 Election. A track called El Presidente records who cur-

rently is the President of Colombia and notes his effects. If El

Presidente is Samper or Pastrana and Total Support is 60 or less,

advance the El Presidente marker 1 box rightward and carry out

the noted effect.

• If Samper, the Government will not collect Resources from

Aid during Propaganda Rounds (6.3.1; it may still do so via


• If Pastrana, the Government must immediately place 1 FARC

Zone (below).

• If Uribe, immediately remove all FARC Zones. (Events may

still place them.)

6.4.4 FARC Zones. Whenever Events or

the El Presidente track (6.4.3) specify that

a FARC Zone is to be placed, the Gov-

ernment selects from among Departments with the most FARC

pieces that is not already a FARC Zone to receive a FARC Zone


• The Government must immediately Redeploy any cubes (6.5;

judge Control, 6.2, at the moment that a FARC Zone is placed)

and remove any of its Bases there.

• Government Forces may not enter or be placed into a FARC

Zone Department (1.4.2), even by Event (5.1.1).

EXAMPLE: The “Zona de Convivencia” Event places a FARC

Zone into the Mountain Department with the most FARC pieces.

The Government player chooses among any Mountain spaces

tied for most FARC pieces.

PLAY NOTE: FARC Zones have no effect on Air Strikes (4.2.2),

Eradication (4.2.3), or the movement or placement of Insurgent


6.4.5 Elite Backing. AUC now may free Rally (3.3.1) in 1 space

with neither Opposition, nor Govt Control, nor FARC Control


6.5 Redeploy Phase

The Government relocates its forces as described below. Control

does not change until all Redeployment is complete.

6.5.1 The Government must move any Troops on LoCs or in

Departments without Government Bases to Govt-Controlled

spaces (1.8) that either are Cities or have Government Bases (if

no such spaces, then to Bogotá).

6.5.2 The Government may move any other Troops to such

Govt-Controlled Cities or Bases.

6.5.3 The Government may move any Police to any LoCs or

Govt-Controlled spaces.

6.5.4 Once all Redeployment is finished, Control of all Cities

and Departments adjusts per 1.8.

DESIGN AND PLAY NOTE: While Troops are the Government’s

main means of attacking Insurgents in the countryside, Police

are its main means of maintaining presence over time.

6.6 Reset Phase

Prepare for the next card as follows:

• Mark all Factions Eligible (2.3.1).

• Remove all Terror and Sabotage markers.

• Place any cards in the Insurgent Momentum holding boxes

onto the played cards—their Events’ effects no longer apply


• Flip all Guerrillas to Underground (1.4.3).

• Play the next card from the draw deck and reveal the draw

deck’s new top card (2.3.8).

PLAY NOTE: In the final Round of the game, players should

conduct as much Civic Action and Agitation as possible (6.4.1-2)

and can skip the Redeploy and Reset phases (6.5-6).


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Each Faction has unique victory conditions, covered below and

on the Faction aid sheets.

7.1 Ranking Wins and Breaking Ties

If any Non-player Faction (8.0) passes a victory check (7.2), all

players lose equally. Otherwise, whenever any player does so or

if none does by game end, the Faction that reached the highest

victory margin (7.3) comes in 1st place, 2nd-highest comes in

2nd place, and so on. Ties go to Non-players, then Cartels, then

AUC, then FARC. (See also 1-player victory, 8.8.)

7.2 During Propaganda Rounds

Check victory at the start of each Propaganda Round (6.1).

Victory conditions are:

• Government: Total Support exceeds 60.

• FARC: Total Opposition plus the number of FARC Bases

exceeds 25.

• AUC: AUC has more Bases than FARC.

• Cartels: Cartels have more than 10 Bases and have Resources

above 40.

7.3 After Final Propaganda

If the final Propaganda Round (2.4.1) is completed without a

victory check win (7.2), the Faction with the highest victory

margin wins. A Victory Margin is the amount a Faction is beyond

or short of its victory condition set forth in 7.2.

NOTE: The victory margin will be positive if the Faction has

reached its goal, negative or zero if it has not. See the Playbook’s

tutorial for a full example of victory determination.

• Government: Total Support – 60.

• FARC: Total Opposition + FARC Bases – 25.

• AUC: AUC Bases – FARC Bases.

• Cartels: Take the lower of the following: Cartels Bases – 10,

or Cartels Resources – 40.

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Accompanying: Operation required for Spe-

cial Activity. (4.1.1)

Activate: Flip or leave Guerrilla Active. (1.4.3)

Active: Guerrilla symbol end up: vulnerable to

Assault or Air Strike (1.4.3); City or Depart-

ment in open Support or Opposition (1.6.1).

Adjacent: Spaces next to each other for move-

ment or Events. (1.3.3)

Agitate: FARC action during Propaganda to

increase Opposition. (6.4.2)

Aid: Foreign assistance that adds to Govern-

ment Resources during Propaganda Rounds or

by Event.(1.7, 6.3.1)

Air Lift: Government Special Activity that

moves Troops. (4.2.1)

Air Strike: Government Special Activity that

removes enemy piece. (4.2.2)

Ambush: FARC/AUC Special Activity ensur-

ing Attack success. (4.3.2, 4.4.1)

Attack: Insurgent Operation that removes

enemy pieces. (3.3.3)

Assassinate: AUC Special Activity that re-

moves enemy piece. (4.4.2)

Assault: Government Operation that removes

enemy pieces. (3.2.4)

AUC: An Insurgent Faction (Autodefensas

Unidas de Colombia: United Self-Defense

Forces of Colombia). (1.0, 1.5)

Available: Force pieces in holding boxes that

may be placed. (1.4.1)

Base: Mostly-immobile force pieces that affect

Rally, Resources, and Victory, among other

functions. (1.4)

Bases Last: Requirement for some actions that

a target Faction have no cubes or Guerrillas in a

space before its Bases can be removed. (3.2.4,

3.3.3, 4.2.2)

Bribe: Cartels Special Activity that removes

or flips pieces. (4.5.4)

Campaign: Event card series leading up to a

Propaganda Round. (2.4.1)

Captured Goods: Place Guerrilla or take

Shipment via Attack. (

Cartels: An Insurgent Faction: Colombian

narco-traffickers. (1.0, 1.5)

City: Type of space: urban areas. (1.3.3)

Civic Action: Government action to increase

Support. (3.2.1, 6.4.1)

Coastal: Space touching blue area (including

Panamá, Ecuador, and Atlántico). (1.3.4)

COIN (Counterinsugency): Government

Operations. (3.2)

Commandeer: Take Shipment via Assassinate.


Contraband: Shipment transfer via Bribe.


Control: Possession of more Forces in a De-

partment or City by Government or FARC than

all others combined. (1.8, 3.2.1, 4.3.1)

Cost: Resources given up for an Operation.


Cylinder: Token to mark a Faction’s Resources

or Eligibility (1.7, 2.2)

Cube: Troops or Police piece. (1.4)

Cultivate: Cartels Special Activity to place or

relocate a Base. (4.5.1)

Department (Dept): Type of space represent-

ing rural areas. (1.3.2)

Deployment: Initial set up of forces. (2.1, back

of rulebook)

Drug Bust: Assault removing Shipment for

Aid. (3.2.5)

Drug Ransom: Take Shipment via Kidnap.


Dual Use: Event with 2 alternative effects. (5.2)

Economic Value (Econ): Resources that an

unSabotaged LoC will provide Government

each Propaganda Round. (1.3.4, 6.3.1)

Eligible: Faction able to execute Event or

Operation: per Faction order, 1st and 2nd Eli-

gible. (2.3.1-.2)

Elite Backing: AUC option to free Rally

during the Support Phase. (6.4.5)

El Presidente: Track showing current Presi-

dent of Colombia. (6.4.3)

Enemy: Assets of another Faction than the

executing Faction. (1.5)

Eradicate: Government Special Activity to

remove rural Cartels Bases and add Aid. (4.2.3)

Event: Card with Faction order and text a

Faction may execute. (2.3, 5.0)

Execute: Implement Event or conduct Opera-

tion or Special Activity. (2.3)

Extort: FARC/AUC Special Activity that adds

Resources. (4.3.1, 4.4.1)

Faction: Player or Non-Player role: Govt,

FARC, AUC, Cartels. (1.5)

Faction Order: Card symbols determining 1st

and 2nd Eligible. (2.3.2)

FARC: An Insurgent Faction (Fuerzas Arma-

das Revolucionarias de Colombia: Revolu-

tionary Armed Forces of Colombia). (1.0, 1.5)

FARC Zone: Dept that Govt forces may not

enter. (1.4.2, 6.4.4)

Final: 4th (optionally, 3rd) Propaganda card’s

round, game end. (2.4.1, 7.3)

Flip: Switch Guerrilla between Underground

and Active. (1.4.3)

Forces: Troops, Police, Guerrillas, or Bases

(pieces). (1.4)

Foreign Country: State bordering Colombia.


Forest (Tropical): Department type that hin-

ders Sweep. (1.3.2, 3.2.3)

Free: Operation or Special Activity via Event

or Shipping that does not cost Resources or

affect Eligibility. (2.3.6, 3.1.2, 5.5)

Friendly: Assets of the executing Faction.

Government (Govt): The non-Insurgent Fac-

tion. (1.0, 1.5)

Govt Capabilities: Enduring event effects that

help or hurt Government actions. (5.3)

Grassland: Department type that does not

hinder Operations. (1.3.2)

Guerrilla: Mobile Insurgent forces piece. (1.4)

Ineffective Events: Non-player avoidance of

Events without effect (8.1).

Ineligible: Faction skipped in Faction order.


Insurgent: FARC, AUC, or Cartels Faction.


Insurgent Discord: A Sequence of Play

exception in 2-player games that blocks the

FARC player from determining Non-player

Event use. (8.1)

Insurgent Momentum: Events whose shaded

portion stays in effect until next Propaganda

Round. (5.4)

Kidnap: FARC Special Activity that transfers

Resources. (4.3.3)

Level: Support/Opposition status of a space.


Limited Operation (LimOp): A player Op-

eration in just 1 (destination) space, with no

Special Activity. (2.3.5)

LoC: Line of Communication: Pipeline or

Road. (1.3.4)

March: Insurgent Operation to move Guer-

rillas. (3.3.2)

Mountain: Department type that hinders As-

sault. (1.3.2, 3.2.4)

Non-Player: Faction controlled by the game.

(1.5, 8.0)

Neutral: Space not in Support nor Opposition.


Open Deployment: Option with latitude in set

up of player forces. (2.1)

Operation (Op): Core action Faction performs

with its forces. (3.0)

Opposition: Status of space’s population

against the Government. (1.6)

Opposition + Bases: Total Opposition plus

the number of FARC Bases on the map. (1.6.3,


Overflow: Boxes and markers to help manage

occasional cases of Forces overcrowding. (1.4)

Pass: Decline to execute an Event or Op when

Eligible. (2.3.3)

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Passive: City or Department in reserved Sup-

port or Opposition. (1.6.1)

Pastrana: Andrés Pastrana Arango: El Presi-

dente 1998-2002, after Samper. (6.4.3)

Patrol: Government Operation to protect

LoCs. (3.2.2)

Pawn: Token to designate spaces selected for

Operation (black) or Special Activity (white).


Phase: Segment of a Propaganda Round. (6.0)

Piece: Force unit: Troop or Police cube, Guer-

rilla, or Base (not a marker like Shipment). (1.4)

Pipeline: LoC type representing petroleum or

gas pipelines and parallel or nearby road or

rail. (1.3.4)

Place: Move a piece from Available to map.


Police: Govt forces that maintain rural control

and hinder crime. (1.4)

Population (Pop): Representation of the pop-

ulace of a Department or City, about 1 million

people per point. (1.3.2-.3)

Priorities: Rules guiding Non-player Factions.


Process: Cartels Special Activity to prepare

Shipment or liquidate Base. (4.5.2)

Propaganda: Cards triggering Rounds of the

same name that include victory checks, Re-

source acquisition, and several other periodic

functions. (2.4, 6.0)

Rally: Insurgent Operation to place or regroup

pieces. (3.3.1)

Redeploy: Propaganda phase in which Gov-

ernment moves cubes. (6.5)

Remove: Take from map (forces to Available).


Replace: Exchange pieces between Available

and map. (1.4.1)

Reset: Propaganda phase to ready for next

card. (6.6)

Resources: Factions’ wherewithal for Opera-

tions and other actions. (1.7)

Road: LoC representing transport route such

as highway or rail. (1.3.4)

Sabotage: Place a Sabotage marker on a LoC

that does not have one, temporarily damaging

it to block addition of Government Resources.

(3.3.4, 6.2, 6.3)

Samper: Ernesto Samper Pizano: El Presidente

1994-1998 and at game start. (2.1, 6.4.3)

Select: Choose an action’s locations or targets.

(3.1, 3.1.1, 4.1, 5.1)

Shaded: 2nd text choice of Dual-Use Event,

often anti-Government. (5.2)

Shift: Change a space’s Support/Opposition.


Ship: Deliver Shipment and use proceeds for

immediate operation. (2.3.6)

Shipment: Marker representing major cache of

processed drugs awaiting delivery to market.


Space: Map area that holds pieces in play:

Department, City, LoC. (1.3.1)

Special Activities: Actions accompanying

Operations; most are cost-free and unique to

a Faction. (4.0)

Stacking: Limits on pieces that can occupy a

space. (1.4.2)

Standard Deployment: Option with pre-de-

termined set up of forces. (2.1)

Support: Status of space’s population favoring

the Government. (1.6)

Sweep: Government Operation to move Troops

into a space and flip Guerrillas Active. (3.2.3)

Target: Enemy Faction or piece that is the

object of an Operation, Special Activity, or

Event. (3.1, 4.1)

Terror: Insurgent Operation that places marker

of same name in City or Department or Sabo-

tage on LoC. (3.3.4)

Total Opposition: Passive Opposition Popula-

tion plus twice Active Opposition Population.


Total Support: Passive Support Population

plus twice Active Support Population. (1.6.3)

Town: Map feature that bounds LoCs (not a

space). (1.3.3)

Train: Govt Operation to place pieces and

conduct Civic Action. (3.2.1)

Transfer: Give Resource or Shipment to an-

other Faction. (1.5.1)

Troops: Mobile Govt forces specializing in

Sweep and rural Assault. (1.4)

Uncontrolled: A City or Dept with neither

Govt nor FARC Control. (6.2)

Underground: Guerrilla, symbol end down:

not subject to Assault or Air Strike and capable

of Terror or Ambush. (1.4.3)

Unshaded: 1st text choice of Dual-Use Event,

often pro-Government. (5.2)

Uribe: Álvaro Uribe Vélez, El Presidente

2002-2010, after Pastrana. (6.4.3)

Victory Margin: Calculation, unique to a Fac-

tion, of closeness to its victory condition. (7.3)


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