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IMHOTEP: IMHO that's a pyramid scheme!


Oh, look! A pyramid!
In Imhotep, the players become builders in Egypt who want to emulate the first and best-known architect there, namely Imhotep.

Over six rounds, they move wooden stones by boat to create five seminal monuments, and on a turn, a player chooses one of four actions: Procure new stones, load stones on a boat, bring a boat to a monument, or play an action card. While this sounds easy, naturally the other players constantly thwart your building plans by carrying out plans of their own. Only those with the best timing — and the stones to back up their plans — will prove to be Egypt's best builder.

Selected for Spiel 2016, Imhotep took a long time to be distributed worldwide. The author offers us a game that brings to mind Zooloretto (the boats that you load but that others can send), Egezia and its multiple market bonuses (of end, of collection, of additional actions), Azul (its arrangement of stones in the tomb) and Pyramids (for its sites where you build in various ways). Imhotep combines several of these mechanics to make a brilliant game.
There are a lot of interactions, as well as opportunistic moves, where your neighbor will inevitably screw up your plans at some point, it is also a game of placement with several ways to win points (and double-sided boards to change the game).

Quite a short and rich game, Imhotep's concept works perfectly, being simple and devious, all without dilemmas for our lil' builders' hearts.

A game worth trying if you've never got your hands on it, by clicking here:

A huge thanks to Phil Walker-Harding, the game designer, as well as the KOSMOS team for giving their authorization to bring this wonder to Board Game Arena.
Let's not forget the most important : XCID, who developed the game for the platform in a pretty efficient way.

Now it's time for you to play it!
Let us know what you think about this game, or... walk like an Egyptian!
11/17/2021 12 comments

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