In Above and Below, the area next to the starting space and the 1-reputation space on the reputation track have a 2/3 and a 5 vp symbol next to them:

Picture of the board, taken from https://twitter.com/bottomshelfbg/status/664084060856283136

My group has become mixed on whether those symbols are meant to indicate that you get 2 points for the 0-reputation space and 5 points for the 1-reputation space. I was on board until I realized that those matched up to the 1st/2nd place bonuses, and that it might indicate that instead.

As far as I could find, there doesn't seem to be anything in the rules in favor of either case, nor could I find anything online to help. Does anyone know if there's a ruling on this somewhere?

  • I don't have enough reputation to create a tag for this game, so I picked something that was somewhat relevant. I also couldn't find a "rules-clarification" tag or anything similar, so I went with scoring. – Tesset Apr 12 '17 at 1:27
  • 1
    If you wouldn't mind, please take a second to create a tag wiki for above-and-below (or ask another question about the game) so the tag doesn't get auto-reaped – ikegami Apr 12 '17 at 1:33
  • The reason there isn't a "rules-clarification" tag is because 90% of our questions are rules clarifications. Not really worth it to create a tag if so many of our questions cover that. – Thunderforge Apr 12 '17 at 1:45

There are no reputation points at these positions.

The 2/3/5 is a reminder for the rank-based scoring of reputation. The smaller numbers are for position-based scoring. There are no bonuses or penalties for being within -1 and +2 reputation.

In the end-of-game scoring, reputation is used for two different point awards. One of these is rank-based, where you get points for having the first or second most reputation. The other is position-based, where you gain (or lose) points based on your individual reputation. In a game where nobody gains or loses much reputation, the ranked points are still relevant. In a game where everyone has high reputation, you'll still get the points from your position regardless of your rank.

From the rules (emphasis mine):


At the end of the game, the player with the most reputation gains 5 extra village points. The player with the second-most reputation gains 3 extra village points. The player with the third-most reputation gains 2 extra village points. If playing with two players, only the player with the most reputation gets the bonus: he gains 3 points (this is why there is a person symbol with the number “2” in this village point symbol).

Players also gain or lose village points indicated by a smaller village point symbol next to their position on the track. For example, if a player ended the game with his cube on the highest space on the track, near the surface, he would lose 2 village points.

The 2/3/5 are the larger symbols.

| improve this answer | |

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.