When we mentioned some of the recent changes in Ahau, we talked about how the K’atun replaced the original Maya calendar from the previous version. But what exactly is a K’atun, and how does it add to the authentic Maya elements in Ahau?
K’atun is a time-unit in the Maya calendar, marking 7200 days, approximately 20 tropical years. In the Maya culture, the end of a K’atun was considered to be significant, and it was always celebrated. This tradition was highly cherished in Tikal, where the Twin-pyramid complex was built to honor the end of the 20 years – it was the first complex built for this purpose, but it was also followed by eight more, signaling how important this tradition was to them. K’atun was also a practical way to keep track of the age of the rulers. Living through four or five K’ atuns meant that the ruler earned an exceedingly honorable title, which translates to “4-(or 5-)kʼatun ruler”.
We thought integrating this tradition into the game would be exciting and also very thematic. It also results in a completely new way for gaining Fame in the game, as at the end of every K’atun, your pyramid temple, among others, will be evaluated and scored. The game is taking place in the period of 4 K’atuns, almost 80 years – that is plenty of time to preserve your rulership and to build a legacy to remember!