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Tikal Variant

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Tikal Variant

  

 

This variant is to ensure that Tikal maintains the same level of player interaction the standard four-player version enjoys, when you only have two or three players. I’ve found that playing with less than four people using the standard rules usually results in the players merely spreading out over the board with little interaction with each other. There is no impetus to hamper other players goals or “claim jump” when there are more temples and treasures than two or three players can possibly claim. Note: I designed this for the basic game. I never play the auction version, so I have no idea how this variant with interact with it.

In case you aren’t aware, in the basic four-player version there are 36 tiles (in groups “A” through “G”). Divided by four (players) this allows everyone nine regular turns (plus four scoring turns).

For Three Players -

Basically you’ll be removing six tiles from throughout the tile stack.

Remove the tiles listed from the following tiles groups: from “B” - one level 3 temple, from “C” - one jungle (clear), from “D” - one jungle (clear), from “E” - one jungle (clear), from “F”- one level 4 temple, and from “G” - one level 2 treasure.

In summary, you’ve removed three jungle (clear), one treasure and two temple tiles. This will leave 30 tiles. Divided by three (players) this allows everyone ten regular turns. There will be four scoring rounds, just like in the basic four-player game (three by volcano and the final). In effect, two of the 24 treasure tokens will not be used.

For Two Players -

Basically you’ll be removing twelve tiles from throughout the tile stack.

Remove the tiles listed from the following tiles groups: from “A” - one level 2 temple, from “B” - one level 3 temple and one jungle (clear), from “C” - one jungle (clear) and one level 3 treasure, from “D” - one jungle (clear) and one level 5 temple, from “E” - one jungle (clear) and one level 2 treasure, from “F”- one level 4 temple and one jungle (clear), and from “G” - one level 2 treasure.

In summary, you’ve removed five jungle (clear), three treasure and four temple tiles. This will leave 24 tiles. Divided by two (players) this allows both players 12 regular turns. There will be four scoring rounds, just like in the basic four-player game (three by volcano and the final). In effect, seven of the 24 treasure tokens will not be used.

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Michael Ward

 

 

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Last Updated on Saturday, 15 May 2010 06:14