In this expansion, designed by Jason D. Kingsley, players have a small supply of pavilions. When you place a tile, you may choose to build a pavilion on that tile. When you make a color match on a pavilion, you earn a gift from the emperor, a new currency that can be redeemed on new actions defined by emperor cards.
Each game, two Emperor cards are revealed from a small deck. Each turn, each player can redeem two gifts to activate one card and perform the special action associated with it: make an extra dedication at the end of your turn, convert favor tokens into victory points, etc. These actions increase the variety and the puzzle-like challenge of the base game.
Hobby Exclusive Early Release
Stores that purchase twelve or more copies of Lanters: The Emperor’s Gifts may receive and sell the expansion immediately, before the January 4, 2017 release date. This promotion is only for brick-and-mortar sales.