Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar board game
Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar board game

Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar

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The Maya were a highly developed civilization known for its unique art, complex architecture, sophisticated mathematics and advanced knowledge of the stars. At the heart of their society was a mysterious calendar - Tzolk'in. With a length of 260 days, it could predict the right time to plant seeds, the time to build monuments, the day a new baby would be born as well as the movement of the planets. It was the centerpiece of the Mayan cycle of life.

We invite you to become one of the ajaw, the leaders of Mayan tribes. Please the gods and lead your clan to prosperity!

As in the life of ancient Maya, the center of our game is the Tzolk'in calendar - a set of gears that rotate each round of the game. This unique system helps you to visualize the cyclic flow of time and plan your actions in advance. Harvest crops now, or wait for them to grow a little more for higher yield? All will be clear to see on the wheels of time.

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  • 2013-12-24 : Excellent game - but the spatial component makes me suck at it
  • Received: December 20128 - 9, W1
  • --Jan2013-- Lovely cool game; the worker placement thing (which I'd thought might dominate my thinking) was subservient to some very cool timing decisions. I suspect it'll get the occasional play.
  • God it's beautiful. Took more than several plays online before I even learned how to not suffer (in-game, I mean. I still had fun, just never employed any real strategy and consistently took last place) but even then I still am not getting "good" scores. One of those games where even accomplishing things is an acquired skill, which is a damn shame since the one thing that makes me hesitate to buy it is how hard it might be to get friends into it. The expansion is brilliant and I actually scored higher with it than I have without it... it just feels right playing with tribes, which give players choice in direction from the start, and prophecies, which encourage more creative, versatile, and flexible strategies. If I buy this, it will be with the expansion. And now that I've tried that, there's a chance I will. Still, as of right now, as much as I like about it, it's more of a begrudging respect, the kind you reserve for chess or go, than an active passion for the game. It's brilliant, but I don't know that I am.
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Of course! We'll see if you keep up that energy after we get around to playing #Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar

Here's mine! (#Nemo's War (Second Edition) and #Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar used to be at #2 and #3 respectively, but it sounds like we'll be getting a review copy of Nemo's War. And we also got a copy of Tzolk'in for content purposes)

  1. #Too Many Bones
  2. #Root's upcoming 2 player focused expansion (coming to Kickstarter Q1 2021)

Besides that, I have no other games that I'm dying to get. I'll be getting one game for family game nights but I haven't decided what to get yet. We actually got the Ringfit for Nintendo Switch to stay in shape :)

Man, you're on a roll! I'm actually more curious about that one. I've heard great things about the bot and it's been on the Top 100 solo games list for consecutive years now. I think the only part that would set it back for me is that it seemed like it would require longer setup and involve more fiddliness compared to #Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar

I absolutely love this game. I love the design work that went on behind the scenes. I can see the intricacies of Tascini's design throughout each part of the game. The rulebook is written well, and the solo mode is excellent. I can't wait to continue to add Tascini games to my collection, such as #Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar, and #Trismegistus: The Ultimate Formula

I was very intrigued by when #Teotihuacan: City of Gods came out. I thought it was great that somebody was making a game themed around a great pre-colombian american civilisation. The only other game I knew that was themed like that was #Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar. So, I did some research to see what other games out there had that as a theme. In that research I ran into #Tlatelolco. I did look into it a little bit, just out of interests sake.... but, then I forgot about it until you posted this poll. Then, I remembered it, but I didn't remember the exact title, so I had to do just a few searches until I found it.

Those two games are always looming over my head... we have a copy of them and I've been meaning to try it out. Hopefully I'll be able to at least play #Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar two-handed this weekend or something :)

Thanks for the write-up! When I first heard about this game, I was immediately interested since I've wanted to dive into one of the T games. I stopped after seeing how complicated it looks but I love dice manipulation and this seems to be one of the most interesting ones I've seen.

By the way, have you soloed #Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar before? I actually didn't even realize it doesn't have an official solo mode, since I've assumed all T games come with a great solo variant.

I have played #Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar enough to know that I am not very good at it haha.  My friends tell me that #Teotihuacan: City of Gods is very good (they just call it Teo lol).  I'll get to that one eventually.  Both are on Board Game Arena (which I feel like I can't abbreviate here haha) if you would like to try them out!

Haven't heard of any of the others. 

I confess that I don't find the "T Series" to be difficult to pronounce. 

I haven't played any of them

#Tzolk'in: The Mayan CalendarIs the one that I am most interested in. But, #Teotihuacan: City of Gods  is the one I'm most likely to play. 

I sure hope so! I mean, she forgets sometimes but she's already gone through several game sessions that she really enjoyed that went past 3 hours: #Catan and #Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated (the first play of Clank! Legacy was pretty bumpy since it was our first legacy game). But yeah, I have so many games I'd love to introduce to her: #Star Wars: Rebellion, #Brass: Birmingham, #Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar, and #Too Many Bones. I honestly can't see her not liking any of these!

I hope your weekend is relaxing at least. Hope you get in some gaming time! :)


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    Your favorite component: tower from #Amerigo or gears from #Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar