Thursday, March 31, 2022

#41: Thebes (Mark's Top 100 2022)

    • rank: 556
    • rating: 7.1
    • published: 2007
    Print Status
    • in print
    Why It's On The List
    • One of the best example of a game design integrating theme & mechanics - drawing tiles from the bag "feels" like archaeology. As well, the use of the "time cost" mechanic makes the game fluid & gives each player a plethora of tactical options.
    Tips &Tricks:
    • The tile bags are a marked improvement over the card decks from the original version of this game, Jenseits von Theben.
    • If you're not going to collect the lecture series cards, just make sure no other person hoards them - that's some big points out there on the rubber chicken circuit.
    • I like to jump out with one or two quick expeditions to harvest a few easy artifacts (and have a variety of colors for the various exhibitions) - but there's something to be said for making sure you have a couple of assistants & shovels before you do any serious digging.
    • Don't forget about the bonuses for highest level of research into each site!

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