The game immerses itself in the culture and history of the ancient Maya. The game board features a map showing the territory of the classical Mayan civilization with several historical buildings and artifacts. The deities which can be invoked for bonus actions were carefully selected to represent the Mayan pantheon, including Kukulkán, the feathered serpent, the god of peaceful trade among nations, and Kinich Ahau, the sun god who represented the divine nature of the ruler. The regions show resources (corn, limestone, water, cocoa, obsidian) that characterized the trade of the era. The pyramid temple serving as the individual player board and the cover art were inspired by the Temple of the Night Sun, a building featuring a series of masks illuminated by the rays of the sunset. Even the progress of the game is depicted by an ancient Mayan calendar with Mayan numerals. Finally, the whole game was designed to imitate the struggles of rival city-states who sometimes trade peacefully, or sometimes go to war.