Many Russian tales speak of the
character of Baba Yaga, the ogress witch who lives in a house with
chicken legs. Fortunately for them, children always find unexpected
allies and manage to escape her. Will you prove as fortunate?
In Baba Yaga, you need to escape
the claws of the hideous Baba Yaga. To do so, however, you need to
collect the ingredients for your three spell cards, and to
do that you need to search the forest while Baba Yaga
searches for you.
To set up the game, place nine Baba
Yaga tiles in a cross to form a flight path, then place the 16
ingredient tokens face down, with four tokens in each section of the
cross. Each player starts the game with three spell cards, which must
remain hidden. On a turn, the active player reveals her top spell
card, which shows four ingredients, then starts searching for these
ingredients in the forest, turning over tiles one by one with a
single hand and hiding those she doesn't need. While she does this,
the other players take turns moving the Baba Yaga figurine one step
at a time along one branch of the flight path, then back. If Baba
Yaga completes a circuit before the player finds the ingredients, she
must place her spell card on the bottom of her stack; if she finds
the ingredients, however, she gets to cast the spell on the card,
lengthening or shortening the flight path, swapping the location of
ingredients, requiring fewer ingredients next time, forcing an
opponent to play in a distorted position, and so on. The first player
to complete her three spells wins!
Baba Yaga includes variants for
younger players, more experienced players, and those who want the
chicken-legged house to be constantly on the move. In the two-player
game, the single opponent does all the moving of Baba Yaga, but must
swap hands with each move, keeping the inactive hand on her head.