The ancient world is changing. The kingdom of Lydia has minted the worlds first gold coin. Bartering and trading will soon be supplanted by coins as the dominant medium of exchange throughout civilization. Lions of Lydia is a bag-management and engine-building game about the dawn of currency. As an influential leader, you send merchants out to barter for resources and increase your landholdings. When the nobles arrive, they bring their Lydian Lion coins into playwhich have unparalleled buying power. To achieve victory, you must manage the merchants in your bag and complement their abilities with the cards in your tableau.