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Thames & Kosmos | 692384 | Imhotep - Builder of Egypt | Family Board Game by Thames and Kosmos | Toy of The Year Finalist | Parents Choice Gold Award Winner | Spiel Des Jahres-Nominated | Ages 10+

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Each player takes a coloured set of stones and a sled, and each player places one stone on the zero space of the score track. As you add stones, the player’s owner may choose which stone goes to which pyramid, and then gains the bonus. If a row or column has at least 2 figures in it, you may choose to unload that row or column’s boat. The game is easy enough to learn, with most of the actions and ways to score points being intuitive, but experience and tactical play matters.

My favorite comment on Imhotep comes from Eric Martin , who wrote, “I like big blocks and I cannot lie. Hunt the Ring-bearer and bring the precious Ring to his Master, or crush your enemies with your unstoppable armies. It’s still a great family game, though, because kids can play with an assist from the adults, or everyone can agree to “just play” without overthinking it or intentionally screwing other players.As always with Kosmos, the components in Imhotep are beautiful and add to your immersion in the theme.

I like a nice, tight space where you can continuously have your best plans thwarted in clever ways by your opponent.You can move a ship to a site of your choosing, provided that the ship has at least the minimum number of required stones aboard (indicated on the bow of the ship token). As I mentioned earlier, it’s a bit more complex than recent winners for SdJ and there is a bit more targeted play that what I’m used to in a SdJ. In this game, players take on the roles of Nefertiti and Akhenaten, one of Egypt’s most famous royal couples. Regardless of which side you are playing, players will score a point for each unplayed action tile in their possession. Imhotep is definitely not a game where you can build up an engine and then set it loose to see where it takes you.

I don’t have to deal with cards or blocks or all the complexities therein; I can just shuffle up the tokens, place them on the boats, and I’m good to go.

Just like standard Imhotep, the Obelisk is a great thing to dump on a player who is already winning it. Imhotep is a lovely game for you to play with your family as its elegant design means that it is accessible for all. Currently I have nearly 50 lists, and the more we can collect the more accurate we can represent the People’s Choice Top 100 Games for Two. It’s not going to feel quite as hateful as, say, 7 Wonders: Duel, but it’s definitely not going to feel awesome all the time.

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