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Construction Continues in ‘Imhotep: A New Dynasty’

Imhotep: A New Dynasty cover
Studying Time: eight minutes

Imhotep: A New Dynasty cover

As we proceed to design and construct our monuments, the gods have began to observe our actions …

What Is Imhotep: A New Dynasty?

Imhotep: A New Dynasty is an enlargement to Imhotep, a monument-building recreation for two to four gamers, ages 10 and up, with a enjoying time of about 50 minutes. It retails for $24.95 and is out there in recreation shops and from on-line retailers like Amazon. The bottom recreation is required to play—you’ll be able to take a look at my assessment right here. The sport’s theme is family-friendly and I feel skilled gamers as younger as eight could possibly study the principles.

Imhotep: A New Dynasty componentsImhotep: A New Dynasty elements. Photograph: Jonathan H. Liu

Imhotep: A New Dynasty Elements

  • 5 double-sided website boards
  • four Chariot meeples
  • Imhotep meeple
  • 14 Market playing cards
  • 7 Prophecies of the Gods playing cards
  • four Obelisk playing cards
  • 24 Tomb tokens
  • 15 Obelisk tokens
  • eight Coin tokens
  • eight Scarab tokens (2 per participant colour)
  • 5 Scaffold tiles

The 5 website boards are the identical places as in the unique—Market, Pyramid, Temple, Burial Chamber, and Obelisk—however with “C” and “D” sides, so now you have got 4 decisions for every website. The varied different elements come into play relying on which choices are used in every recreation.

The cardboard tokens are similar to the unique—they punch out simply and are good, however nothing spectacular. The meeples are a enjoyable contact—the charioteers are for one of many Temple boards, and the yellow Imhotep is for one of many Pyramid boards.

The entire thing comes in a slim field, which is good since you’ll in all probability simply need to ditch the field and retailer every part with the bottom recreation, which has loads of additional area in it.

Imhotep: A New Dynasty game in progressA recreation in progress utilizing the brand new websites. Photograph: Jonathan H. Liu

How you can Play Imhotep: A New Dynasty

You’ll be able to obtain a replica of the rulebook right here. Since that is an enlargement, I gained’t get too detailed concerning the general recreation guidelines, and concentrate on what’s new. (Be happy to revisit my assessment of the bottom recreation in case you’re not accustomed to the sport already.)

The sport nonetheless takes place over 6 rounds, with the identical choices: place a stone on a ship, take stones from the quarry, or sail a ship to a website and unload the stones there. What’s new is how these numerous websites work, plus the prophecies playing cards, that are a mini-expansion.


As earlier than, select one model of every website and lay them in a row. A number of the websites will embrace further setup directions, like putting the chariots in the world or shuffling the tomb tokens. Let’s check out the brand new websites.

Black Market

The Black Market may be seen in the photograph above on the proper finish—it has two areas for single face-up playing cards, and two areas for three face-down playing cards. When you go to the Black Market, you might take both a single face-down card, or take a look at a face-down stack and select considered one of them, putting the others again. On the finish of the spherical, the face-up playing cards are cleared and changed, and the face-down stacks stay and are simply refilled again to three playing cards.

Luxurious Market

The Luxurious Market seems virtually just like the common market however has a gold coin symbols in between the playing cards. At setup, every participant will get 2 gold cash. If you go to the market, chances are you’ll both take one face-up card, or you might pay a gold coin to take two adjoining playing cards collectively. (If there aren’t sufficient playing cards left in the market, you get playing cards from the highest of the deck as an alternative.)

Imhotep: A New Dynasty scaffold boardThe Scaffold is a brand new sort of Pyramid website. Photograph: Jonathan H. Liu


The Scaffold is a brand new Pyramid website, although it doesn’t actually seem like a pyramid. Nevertheless, as with the opposite Pyramid websites, you rating instantly as quickly as a stone is positioned. On this case, the scaffold tiles are shuffled, and a random one is positioned on the constructing space. Stones are loaded from left to proper, and also you rating no matter is proven on the area, which is perhaps factors, a card from the deck, and even additional stones from the quarry. When one tile is crammed, the participant with probably the most stones on it scores a bonus three factors (or 1 level every if there’s a tie); then the subsequent tile is stacked on prime.

Imhotep: A New Dynasty Pyramid corridor siteImhotep wanders the hall. Photograph: Jonathan H. Liu


The opposite new Pyramid website is the Hall, the place Imhotep wanders the corridor, getting in the best way of constructing. Imhotep begins in the highest left area, and when stones are unloaded, they go into the subsequent out there areas clockwise from Imhotep, scoring instantly. Nevertheless, each time any participant takes stones from the quarry, they could transfer Imhotep 1 area clockwise (to the subsequent open area), thus altering the place the subsequent construct shall be.

Imhotep: A New Dynasty C boards setupA setup utilizing all of the “C” websites. Photograph: Jonathan H. Liu

Temple of Ra

The Temple websites are all the time scored on the finish of every spherical—on the “A” and B” sides they might simply stack up, and whoever is on prime of every stack will get the factors (or different bonuses). The Temple of Ra makes use of the identical precept, however solely has three areas, so issues get coated up fairly shortly. The primary and final areas award both 2 factors or four stones from the quarry; the center area permits you to draw three market playing cards and select 1 to maintain.

Imhotep: A New Dynasty Arena temple boardCompete in a chariot race! Photograph: Jonathan H. Liu


Though the Area doesn’t seem like a temple, it scores on the finish of every spherical based mostly on participant placement—however now it’s a chariot race. Gamers begin with their chariots on the Begin area. Whenever you unload a stone, you set it on the trail and transfer your chariot the variety of areas indicated on the trail, skipping over occupied areas. On the finish of the spherical, gamers will rating factors for being in first and second place. (In a 2-player recreation, solely the chief scores.) Moreover, on the finish of the sport, you’ll rating the purpose worth of the area the place you ended. A number of gamers may be on the End area.

Imhotep: A New Dynasty burial moundThe Burial Mound is a vertical pyramid. Photograph: Jonathan H. Liu

Burial Mound

The Burial Mound is a brand new Burial Chamber board—although it seems to be like a flat pyramid. Stones are positioned from left to proper after which stacked on prime in a brick sample. It’s solely scored on the finish of the sport, and also you take a look at your contiguous sections of stones in the mound: every part scores for the variety of stones x the variety of ranges the part spans (as much as four). So in the photograph above, the white participant scores 10 factors for having a piece of 5 stones that spans 2 ranges. Black will get 2 factors (a piece of two stones that’s solely on 1 degree), and brown will get three factors (three particular person stones, in order that they’re 1 degree every).

Imhotep: A New Dynasty Tomb Burial ChamberThe Tomb randomizes the place you possibly can construct. Photograph: Jonathan H. Liu


The Tomb is one other Burial Chamber website the place you rating factors based mostly on contiguous areas. Nevertheless, this time the out there constructing spots are randomized every spherical. The Tomb is a grid with every area numbered, and every spherical you draw 4 random Tomb tiles and place them on the board. Once you unload a stone, chances are you’ll select any of the out there Tomb tiles and construct in the corresponding area. On the finish of every spherical, unused Tomb tiles are faraway from the sport, so in the event you miss your probability to construct on a spot, it’ll by no means be out there once more.

Imhotep: A New Dynasty The Great ObeliskConstructing the Nice Obelisk. Photograph: Jonathan H. Liu

The Nice Obelisk

For the Nice Obelisk, give every participant the obelisk card matching their participant colour. Every area on the location board exhibits one of many little polyomino items, and whenever you place your stone on the board, you’re taking the corresponding piece from the availability. The items are positioned onto your obelisk card (which varieties the bottom) and construct up, Tetris-style. You’ll be able to’t depart any open areas, and items have to be positioned as they’re acquired—something you possibly can’t place will get discarded. On the finish of the sport, gamers rating 2 factors for every accomplished row of the obelisk, and there are additionally bonus factors for gamers with probably the most accomplished rows.

Imhotep: A New Dynasty Alley obeliskThe Alley requires obelisks of particular heights. Photograph: Jonathan H. Liu


The Alley is the opposite Obelisk board: whenever you unload stones, it’s a must to select one of many 5 obelisks to start constructing. Every one has a required peak and some extent worth; when you’ve chosen one, no one else can construct there, and you can’t start one other obelisk till it’s accomplished. Accomplished obelisks rating their level worth on the finish of the sport; incomplete obelisks rating 1 level per stone on the finish of the sport.

Imhotep: A New Dynasty prophecy cardsProphecies of the gods—will you make a prediction? Photograph: Jonathan H. Liu

Prophecies of the Gods

The Prophecies are an elective mini-expansion. To setup, give every participant the 2 scarab tokens in their participant shade, and randomly deal three of the prophecy playing cards face-up close to the location boards.

In the course of the recreation, you could make as much as 2 prophecies by putting your scarab token in the suitable spot on a card—there are spots for Rounds 1 and a couple of, Rounds three and four, and Rounds 5 and 6. Chances are you’ll solely make one prophecy throughout every of those durations, however any variety of gamers might make the identical prophecy (so there could also be a number of scarabs on a single area on a card).

The prophecies are your predictions that a sure requirement will probably be met, similar to having probably the most stones in one of many websites, or utilizing no less than three of the pink “immediate action” playing cards. The sooner you make the prediction, the extra factors it’s value—however the greater the penalty in case you fail. On the finish of the sport, all the prophecies are assessed and factors and penalties are given.

Different Guidelines Modifications

Two different guidelines modifications: if you use the pink quick playing cards, they’re stored in entrance of you rather than discarded (in case that specific prophecy card is in play). In a two-player recreation, in case you run out of stones, take one of many unused colours and add these stones to your quarry—they’re handled as in the event that they’re your colour.

Why You Ought to Play Imhotep: A New Dynasty

I actually loved the Imhotep base recreation, and A New Dynasty provides much more selection to the sport, with out making issues too complicated. It’s nonetheless pretty straightforward to study since in any given recreation you solely have 5 websites to maintain monitor of. I like the best way that the brand new websites retain some similarities with the originals in phrases of when and the way they’re scored, whereas introducing some new tips, too.

As an example, the scaffolds nonetheless present fast factors or different bonuses, however there’s additionally a majority bonus for accomplished rows. In contrast to the older pyramids, although, you solely know the rewards for the present plank, and it’s a chance to load stones that may overflow to the subsequent degree. The tomb nonetheless scores based mostly on related stones, however forces you to assume vertically. And the power to have an effect on scoring whereas taking stones from the quarry (with the Hall location) is fairly fascinating as a result of now taking stones doesn’t really feel as very similar to a misplaced flip and can be utilized extra strategically.

The chariot race in the world is numerous enjoyable, too—it’d really feel like 2 factors for being in first place just isn’t a lot reward for the variety of stones it’s a must to commit, however should you keep in the lead for the complete recreation, that basically provides up (to not point out the end-game bonus). Because you skip over occupied areas, the present place of gamers is absolutely necessary to think about: you may truly transfer additional with that single arrow than one other participant does with the triple arrow.

Imhotep: A New Dynasty new market cardsMarket playing cards add some new instruments to the combination. Photograph: Jonathan H. Liu

The brand new market playing cards add a couple of new actions, permitting you to return stones to your quarry to take highly effective actions, like sending a stone anyplace or double-parking a ship. The Stone Decoration provides you an additional level per stone in your provide on the finish of the sport, which pairs very properly with the Cargo Sled that provides 2 areas to your sled. The Personal Quarry is an instantaneous card that provides you some extent and three stones, after which there are a number of extra Statue playing cards added to the combination.

The prophecies playing cards allow you to make bets, however since they’re public, everybody is aware of you’re going for specific issues. For those who declare that you simply’re going to have probably the most stones in the temple by the top of the sport, you recognize that your opponents are in all probability going to work towards you as a lot as potential—notably should you made that prediction early and it’s value 7 factors. However, you may be capable of use the prophecies as misdirection: when you have an decoration card, getting different gamers to put lots of stones in the temple should be value it, plus you’ll be able to concentrate on one other constructing website as an alternative. I might advocate utilizing the prophecies after you’ve gotten used to the sport a bit, since it may be troublesome to foretell issues should you’re nonetheless studying the sport.

When you like Imhotep and also you need to spice it up somewhat, A New Dynasty is a wonderful enlargement. You continue to have the identical robust selections to make: load a stone or sail a ship? The place do I sail in order that I maximize my rating with out giving one other participant a bonus? However now you might have some new methods to construct … and to impede your opponents.

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