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Year Published
2007
# of Players
2 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 3, 4 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
8 and up
Playing Time
60 minutes
User Suggested Ages
8 and up
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No necessary in-game text
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Primary Name
Thebes
Alternate Names
Jenseits von Theben
Teby
Théba
Théby
テーベ
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Thebes is a game of competitive archeology. Players are archaeologists who must travel around Europe, northern Africa, and the Middle East to acquire knowledge about five ancient civilizations -- the Greeks, the Cretans, the Egyptians, the Palestinians, and the Mesopotamians -- and then must use this knowledge to excavate historical sites in the areas of these civilizations. Through the course of the game, expositions are revealed, and an archaeologist who has treasures from the requisite civilizations may claim the prize (this is a change from the first edition's handling of exhibitions). The archaeologist who learns the most about the civilizations, claims the greatest-valued artifacts, and collects the most exhibitions will win out over his or her colleagues.

The key element to the game is that it is played out over a period of two (or three) years, and each action a player performs takes a certain amount of time -- traveling is a week between cities, gathering knowledge takes time for the level of the knowledge, and actually digging at a cultural site takes time to yield a certain number of artifact tiles. The game uses a novel mechanism to keep track of this. There is a track of 52 spaces around the outside of the board. Each time a player moves and takes an action, he or she moves their player token forward in time. Players take turns based on being the one who is furthest back in "time". So, a player can go to an excavation site and spend 10 weeks digging for artifacts, but that will also mean that the other players will likely be taking several actions in the interim while that player waits for the "time" to catch up.

In addition, the artifact tiles for each civilization are drawn from a bag that also contains dirt. When a player excavates a site, that player pulls tiles from the bag, but some may only be worthless dirt instead of valuable treasure. That dirt is then returned to the bag, making the first draw more likely to provide useful tiles.

This is the new entry for the Queen printing of Jenseits von Theben. As the new game changes several mechanisms of the original, and is available in a much wider release, the two games should be regarded as separate entities.

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Contents

  • 1 rule book
  • 1 summary sheet
  • 1 game board
  • 4 archeologists (yellow, blue, green, red)
  • 4 time markers (yellow, blue, green, red)
  • 1 year marker
  • 85 researcher cards
  • 10 exhibit cards
  • 5 summary cards
  • 4 time wheels
  • 4 sets of excavation permissions
  • 155 excavation tokens
  • 5 cloth bags with colored tops

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Polish first edition
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Japanese first edition
Publisher: Arclight
Artist: Michael Menzel
Year: 2013
Size: 12.20 x 8.66 x 3.82 inches
2.76 pounds
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Queen multi-lingual Edition 2012
Publisher: Queen Games
Artist: Michael Menzel
Year: 2012
Product Code: 60461
Size: 11.69 x 11.69 x 3.31 inches
3.68 pounds
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Queen German version
Publisher: Queen Games
Artist: Michael Menzel
Year: 2007
Product Code: 6046
Size: 12.30 x 8.60 x 3.80 inches
2.20 pounds
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Queen multi-lingual Edition
Publisher: Queen Games
Artist: Michael Menzel
Year: 2007
Product Code: 60461
Size: 12.20 x 8.66 x 3.74 inches
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2 Scaling Up THEBES - A Quick Review and Rules for 5-6 Players
This file quickly reviews Thebes, then provides easy rules to scale the game up to 5 or 6 players.
English
2015-05-16
2 Фивы (Игровед)
Правила игры
Russian
2013-09-24
61 Thebes Rule Book (English)
Previously available rule book from Queen's website.
English
2013-03-07
25 SoloPlay_Thebes_v1.pdf
[b]This updated file contains a crucial clarification needed in reference to the AI making a dig. Special thanks to Dan C (jedimusic) for asking the question.[/b] File contains SoloPlay rules to be able to play Thebes in a solo environment. The rules included are brief and use adapted mechanics from the normal rules. Your opponent in this variant is a multi-colored AI collective that will take cards, make digs and attend exhibitions as you direct. This variant is much more challenging and not as linear as the normal rules. This file is #39 in the SoloPlay series. More SoloPlay game files available here on the Geek can be accessed from the following Geeklist: [url=http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/49479][b]SoloPlay Variants Posted on the Geek [/b][/url] 120 DLs of...
English
2013-02-02
3 Thebes Excavation Summary Cards (white circles)
Here's an easy way to keep track of which treasures have been found at each site. Print out these high-res Excavation Summary cards and cross the treasures off as they're discovered. The cards are enlarged, but all five still fit on a single 8.5"x11" sheet. This version has WHITE circles for greater visibility with B/W printing.
English
2013-01-01
4 Thebes Excavation Summary Cards (color circles)
Here's an easy way to keep track of which treasures have been found at each site. Print out these high-res Excavation Summary cards and cross the treasures off as they're discovered. The cards are enlarged, but all five still fit on a single 8.5"x11" sheet. This version has the original COLOR circles.
English
2012-12-25
5 Regex' horizontal tuckboxes for sleeved Thebes cards
Ever had your sleeves caught in the flap of the tuckbox when you were closing it? So here's a new design with an horizontal layout that will no longer cause this issue. 2 boxes are include; one for the research cards and a smaller one for the artifact count and the exhibition. Based on the generator by Craig P Forbes. Designed to fit cards sleeved with standard Mayday sleeves. Get more of my tuckbox designs here: [geeklist=66710][/geeklist]
English
2012-08-03
2 Thebes Score Sheets (for the Ink Conscious)
Fixed Misspelling.
English
2012-02-28
3 Jenseits von Theben - Taccuino Punteggi
File da stampare Fronte/Retro su carta A4, piegare e puntare al centro per ottenere un libretto utile ad annotare i risultati delle partite. File to be printed Front/Back on A4 paper to have a booklet to recording the results of the matches.
Italian
2011-12-09
3 Jenseits von Theben - Foglio Punteggio
Nuova versione rivista e corretta del foglio per il calcolo del punteggio a fine partita. New revised version of the sheet to count the score after the game end.
Italian
2011-05-07
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