Here’s The Deal with Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar. If you want to know more about the rules of the game, watch my How to Play Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar video.

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HI! It’s Ryan from Nights Around a Table, and this is Tzolk’in, a worker placement/worker removal game for 2-4 players. Here’s the deal.

You and your friends play rival tribes during the heyday of Mayan civilization. As the Tzolk’in, the great Mayan calendar, wears on, you’ll compete to gather resources and please the gods to earn victory points and win the game. When the central Tzolk’in gear finishes one full revolution, the game is over, and you tally up the points to see who’s won.

On your turn, you can do one of two things: you can either place one or more workers on a small gear, or pull one or more workers off a small gear. That’s it! Place or pull. The sections around the gears give you different rewards. At the end of every round, the main Tzolk’in gear rotates, which, in turn, rotates the smaller gears one notch. Generally speaking, the longer your worker stays on a gear, the more valuable the rewards become. But if your worker rides a gear for too long, you may get bumped off and go home empty-handed.

Well, does it sound interesting? If you want to learn more about the rules of the game, click the link at the end of this video or in the description below to watch my complete How to Play video, which includes the overview segment you just watched. And if you like what i’m doing, click the badge to subscribe, and the bell to get notifications. And now, we dance!

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Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar

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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