It’s a New Year’s Eve miracle!
I wasn’t going to post anything else this week (other than Monday’s review and the December “New to Me” post) when I received this lovely email from Board & Dice announcing the 2020 release from designer Daniele Tascini and I had to do a post!
Tascini is known for doing complex games that use dice in interesting ways, like Teotihuacan and Trismegistus so why not do yet another interesting dice game?
Tekhenu: Obelisk of the Sun is going to be a 2020 release that does yet more interesting things with dice. (not sure why the BGG page doesn’t have the picture of the box yet since it’s in the email, but maybe soon?).
Tekhenu will take place in an Egyptian pantheon (after the Aztec pantheon of Tzolkin and the ancient Mexican mythos of Teotihuacan (funny that I just played the latter game yesterday!)). Instead of just using dice as workers as Teotihuacan does, this one will have the dice values affected by the shadows of the obelisk that’s in the middle of the board.
Let’s quote the email since it’s New Year’s Eve and I’m already getting a bit tipsy:
“The game board is divided into six sections, each associated with an Egyptian god: Horus, Ra, Hathor, Bastet, Thoth, and Osiris. In the center stands an impressive obelisk (Tekhenu) casting its shadow onto different parts of the board. As a result, the area around the obelisk will be divided into sunny, shaded, and dark sections, depending on how the obelisk casts its shadow at that particular moment. As the game progresses, the sun’s rotation will alter which sections are sunny, shaded, or dark.
There are five different color dice: white, yellow, black, brown, and gray. Depending on the color of the die and the position of the obelisk’s shadow, each die will either be considered Pure, Tainted, or Forbidden. While you may never draft Forbidden dice, you are always free to draft any other die, whether Pure or Tainted.”
There will be the drafting of dice, which will have different effects depending on where the die is in relation to the shadows of the obelisk, which sounds really intriguing.
The game is played over four rotations of the obelisk, and you’ll be using the dice to do things like build statues, get resources, raise your population, or and its happiness (or maybe to get more champagne for your celebrations, but that may be just a delusion based on posting this on New Year’s Eve – I wouldn’t necessarily believe that last one)
Where you draft the dice from (both the section of the board as well as where it is in relation to the obelisk’s shadow) will determine what you can do with it.
It sounds really intriguing.
After watching the Heavy Cardboard playthrough of Trismegistus, I’m not sure how this game will be. That one looked a bit too complicated based on the obscure symbology on the dice.
This one looks like it could hit that sweet spot between Teotihuacan and Trismegistus.
We’ll see what happens when this comes out. There’s no word yet on when in 2020 it will be coming, and whether or not it will be a Kickstarter (it might be, as many of Board & Dice games do go the Kickstarter route)
Keep an eye on the blog and if I hear anything else, you’ll be the first to know!
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