Ahau is a highly thematic, Euro-style strategy board game for 1-5 players, combining a unique mix of mechanisms: worker placement, resource management, hand management, engine building, and a simplified combat system. Players embody rulers of the Classic period of the ancient Maya civilization, competing for dominance over the entire Yucatán peninsula, regions, cities, and scarce resources, building their capital city and a glorious pyramid temple to appease the mighty Mayan gods and ask for their supernatural interventions. At the end of the game, the ruler with the most Fame will be crowned K’uhul Ahau (divine lord). Raise monumental strongholds, forge weapons, secure vital supplies, summon the gods who will give you the most power, and lead your people to victory.
The average playtime is 90-120 minutes, the recommended age is 14 and up. We are planning to release Ahau on Kickstarter in February 2022.
Our goal was to create a game where the magnificent ancient Maya history and culture is not just an aesthetic backdrop, but an integral part of the mechanisms of the game. We are confident that we achieved this goal as confirmed by playtesters, and also a renowned Mayanist professor.
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