1. Place the board in the center of the play area: Individual side up.
2. Place the mutation tiles near the board in 4 distinct piles. These are the mutated versions of the ice monsters that will be used during the game.
3. Each player receives 2 Explorer tiles and chooses one. The others are returned to the box.
4. Shuffle all the 120 tiles (including the 5+) and make 6 piles of 20 tiles each .
Place permanent medals.
Desert, Rune and Penalty medals.
Choose 4 types of medals.
Lake, Grassland Swamp, Lava and Ice type medals.
The Different landscapes medal may be put wherever you want.