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Year Published
2009
# of Players
2 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
75 minutes
User Suggested Ages
10 and up
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Language Dependence
Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
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Primary Name
Egizia
Alternate Names
Dolina Królów
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The players are builders in Ancient Egypt, competing to get the most fame building different monuments requested by the Pharaoh (the Sphinx, the Obelisk, the Temple, and the Pyramid).

The game lasts 5 turns. In each turn, the players place their pawns on the board, along the banks of the Nile, getting the advantages shown on each square. On the right bank there are fixed squares where the players may get workers, improve their mercantile capabilities, influence the floods (and thus the fertility of the fields) and reserve the right to build the monuments (that are built only after all the placements are done). On the left bank the players may take cards that are deployed randomly on the 10 squares at the start of each turn; some of these cards are kept until the end of the game (cultivable fields, stone quarries, deities granting special advantages), while others are discarded after the use and offer multiple immediate advantages.

In Egizia, the twist on the worker placement mechanic is that the players must place their pawns following the course of the Nile, moving northwards (from the top to the bottom of the board, that is seen from the Mediterranean Sea). In this way, each placement not only blocks the opponents from choosing the same square (except monuments, where multiple players are always allowed), but also forces the player to place his remaining pawns only on the squares below the one he just occupied (note that "pawns" are placed, since "workers" are one of the resources of the game, like grain and stones).

When the placement phase is over, the workers of the players must be fed with the grain produced in the fields. The production of each field is based on the floods of the Nile, so some fields may not give grain each turn. If a player has not enough grain for all his workers, he has to buy it with Victory Points (the ratio is better for players with improved mercantile capabilities, recorded on a specific track on the board).

After that, stones are received from the owned quarries and used to build the monuments (if the right to do was reserved earlier) along with the workers.

When the game ends, the points scored during the game (mainly building the monuments) are added to the bonuses obtained fulfilling certain conditions on the Sphinx cards. Whoever has the highest total is the winner.

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Awards

2012: Spiel der Herzen, Game of the Year
2010: International Gamers Award Nominee

Components (German Edition 2009):

  • 1 game board
  • 4 player tableaus
  • 32 ships (4 colors)
  • 96 stones (4 colors)
  • 16 construction crew tiles (4 colors)
  • 4 quarry start cards
  • 4 grain start cards
  • 56 Nile cards
  • 29 Sphinx cards
  • 20 grave tiles
  • 4 player sequence number tiles
  • 1 water ring
  • 4 Skarabäus tiles
  • 1 game rules

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Bard Centrum Polish Edition
Publisher: Bard Centrum Gier
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Year: 2012
Size: 8.80 x 12.50 x 2.90 inches
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Release Date: Apr 2012
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IELLO French First Edition
Publisher: IELLO
Artist: Franz Vohwinkel
Year: 2011
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Rio Grande English First Edition
Publisher: Rio Grande Games
Artist: Franz Vohwinkel
Year: 2010
Product Code: RIO410
Size: 9.00 x 12.70 x 3.00 inches
3.20 pounds
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Stupor Mundi Italian First Edition
Publisher: Stupor Mundi
Artist: Franz Vohwinkel
Year: 2010
Size: Medium Rectangle (e.g. Agricola)
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Hans im Glück German First Edition
Publisher: Hans im Glück Verlags-GmbH
Artist: Franz Vohwinkel
Year: 2009
Product Code: Art. Nr. 48202
Size: 12.40 x 10.70 x 2.20 inches
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4 Reference sheet in English with all cards with text for the German version
version 1.1 - fixed/improved some cards descriptions
English
2015-02-22
2 Краткий перевод на русский / Short Russian Rules
Краткий перевод на русский язык. 2 страницы. Правила полностью, исключая полный перевод всех карточек Нила (они итак понятны по тексту на этих карточках в игре).
Russian
2013-07-07
4 The Pharaoh's Court
A variant that introduces a new way to use ships. Includes a graphic onto which players may place ships in accordance with the included rules.
English
2012-06-14
15 [Español] Reglas a la JcK
Completo resumen de las reglas con imagenes al estilo JcK [imageid=1251209 medium]
Spanish
2012-02-29
6 Egizia Teaching Notes v1.0
Teaching script for Egizia. Assumes teacher is familiar with the game.
English
2012-01-03
18 Egizia Player Aid Cards
Version 1.2. Egizia Player Aid. Four player aids per page. Includes Round Summary, End Gaming Scoring Summary and scoring tables on a 3 x 5 inch card. Choose to print player aid with sky/sand background or print player aid with sand only background. * Corrected wording under Grave Tile Scoring.
English
2011-11-17
3 Construction crew tableau
In my experience, beginners find it difficult to keep track of their construction crew strength. So I place these little tableau above the tableau that came with the game and give each player four additional token in their color to keep track of each crew separately. The Crew token is placed in the circle above each track and turned over when a crew has been used during one's turn - as described in the rulebook. This makes it easier for novice players to understand that each of the four tokens represents a group of workers and that the number of workers may increase in each crew during the game, etc.
English
2011-11-05
4 Explanation of the cards in portuguese
First page of the cards revised to correct errors in the manual
Portuguese
2011-03-15
3 Spielhilfe mit versch. Übersichten
Spielhilfe mit Rundenablauf, Nil- und Sphinxkartenübersicht, sowie einer kleinen Siegpunkttabelle
German
2011-02-17
9 Egizia Aide de jeu francais
Aide de jeu complet avec résumé des cartes au verso
French
2011-02-05
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Recon #1 Egizia
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Episode Three of The Gaming Gang
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2010-11-01
Garrett's Games 226 - Friday Meeplefest Roundtable Part 2
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2010-08-15
Garrett's Games 222 - 11 Nimmt!, Jager und Sammler, and Egizia
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Garrett's Games 221 - Egizia
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Spiele-Podcast Nr. 54: Egizia (Hans im Glück)
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