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Tikal is the most important and largest of all Mayan sites. It is located in the midst of an impenetrable jungle in northern Guatemala. The Mayans lived in Tikal from 600 BC to 900 AD, but little is known of the civilization that thrived there for 1500 years. As of this writing only a small fraction of the site has been excavated and investigated. Up to 4 expeditions plan to further explore the site to excavate and recover other temples and treasures. Each player is the director of an expedition intent on exploring Tikal in search of the secret paths that lead to the temples and precious treasures that have remained hidden for over 1000 years. A player receives points during four scoring rounds for each recovered treasure and for each temple that he controls. But, both temples and treasure can change hands. The expedition that earns the most points exploring Tikal wins the game.
|By||sheeptoy||From||staffs in uk|
|This is a wonderful game and worthy winner of the spiel de jahre. We found this an easy to teach and understand game, but with lots of things to do and never enough action pts to do them with. The game hinges on the careful placement of the excavation sites in the game so you can make better use of them than your opponents and on the efficient use of your workers to gain victory points in the scoring rounds. There are lots of ways to manipulate the game in your favour, points are gained from uncovering more of the pyramids, unearthing sets of treasures and swapping other peoples treasures. Definately a good gamers game, but also a neat family game for those with older children. This game will be getting lots of play with us in the years to come as this has had the thumbs up from everyone we have tried it with, very nice indeed.|
|By||wilycoyote||From||merseyside in United Kingdom|
|At first glance this game seems really daunting but don't be put off as it's actually pretty good. Once you get your head around the tile-laying aspect, you can set up your own camp and kick some temple butt! As long as your camp is far enough away from your opponents, you can build your temples in relative safety and collect treasure until your heart's content. My tip for the game would have to be to get as many of your men on the board and in play, as quickly as you can as I always waste valuable time trying to get them on the board when it's almost too late. Strangely, dispite the fact that I rarely win this game, it hasn't lost it's appeal. It doesn't get played as often as other games as Palletranger is somewhat of an expert on this one now and I am clearly not, but when it is played, it's enjoyable and, generally, very friendly.|
|By||Hopuk||From||Lancs in United Kingdom|
|This is the first in a series of games that all use similar mechanics, by Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling.
In Tikal, each player leads an expedition into the jungle to uncover hidden temples and gather treasure. The board is beautifully designed and you really get a sense that the temples are being uncovered as tiles are placed and the temples rise up from the board.The feature of these games, apart from the tile laying, is the use of action points. In Tikal, players have 10 action points each turn to do various actions and of course, as in 'german games' you always want to do more than you are allowed, which is what makes these games so popular.
The game only last for about 1 hour or so and is good fun. The stratagy comes in placing tiles, knowing what to do with you action points and a balance of working on existing temples and striking out for new temples. Play this game if you can, it is a very enjoyable game.
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