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Tzolkin: The Mayan Calendar

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(1 customer review)

Credits: 3

No of Players: 2-4 players
Age Range: 12+
Playing Time: 90 mins


Tzolkin: The Mayan Calendar presents a new game mechanism: dynamic worker placement. Players representing different Mayan tribes place their workers on giant connected gears, and as the gears rotate they take the workers to different action spots.

During a turn, players can either (a) place one or more workers on the lowest visible spot of the gears or (b) pick up one or more workers. When placing workers, they must pay corn, which is used as a currency in the game. When they pick up a worker, they perform certain actions depending on the position of the worker. Actions located “later” on the gears are more valuable, so it’s wise to let the time work for you – but players cannot skip their turn; if they have all their workers on the gears, they have to pick some up.

The game ends after one full revolution of the central Tzolkin gear. There are many paths to victory. Pleasing the gods by placing crystal skulls in deep caves or building many temples are just two of those many paths…

1 review for Tzolkin: The Mayan Calendar

  1. lgregoire

    Really enjoyed this game. As a euro-style scoring game, it is quite accessible to non hardcore gamers. The game is quite dynamic with the worker placement and it kind of resets every few turns which means that you can mess up some cycles without feeling like you are out of the game. The interaction with other players is limited to where you can place your workers, but this dictates quite a lot so you do have to pay attention to other’s game which is quite nice. I liked the flavour and the aesthetic quite a lot but what really made it to me is the gameplay with the dynamic time. I played with people who don’t usually play that kind of semi-heavy board games and got good feedback. Importantly I didn’t feel like anyone struggled getting going or lost interest in the course of the game as you always want to get to that point you’ve been planning for for the past few turns.
    Just be careful that the time indicated is not very accurate, especially for the first few games I would easily count 45 min/ player.
    Hope that this can help some people decide among the variety of games offered 🙂


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