In the Land of the Pharaohs
Amun-Re takes place in ancient Egypt during the time of the Pharaohs. Players take on the role of rival Dynasties. During the course of the game, they will use their influence to take control of different Provinces and erect Pyramids. As soon as each player controls 3 Provinces, the Old Kingdom ends and a first scoring round takes place. Points are awarded, especially for completed Pyramids. Then the entire board is emptied, with the exception of Pyramids and Building Blocks. The second half of the game begins with the New Kingdom. The game plays in the same way, and ends with a second scoring round. The player with the most points is the winner of the game.
66 Gold Cards (18 x 1, 12 x 2, 12 x 5, 9 x 10, 10 x 20, 5 x -3
39 Power Cards n.b. backs of Gold and Power Cards are identical.
15 Province Cards
15 Single Pyramids
15 Double Pyramids
15 Building Blocks for Pyramids
10 Player Blocks in the 5 Player colours (1 Bidding Block and one Scoring Block in each)
1 Amun-Re Temple
1 Pharaoh for the Starting Player
15 Province Markers in the 5 Player colours (3 each)
5 Summary Cards
Before the first game, all the cardboard pieces must be popped out of the frames. The Amun-Re Temple and the Pharaoh must be assembled as they consist of two pieces each.
Playing Board is laid out in the middle of the table.
player takes one ‘Master Builder’ card from the Power Card deck into his
hand – the rest of the Power Cards are shuffled and placed face down next to
Province Cards are shuffled and placed face down next to the board.
Pyramids, Building Blocks and Farmers are placed near the board.
player chooses a colour and takes the 2 Player Blocks and 3 Province Markers of
that colour, as well as an Summary Card, and Gold Cards to the value of 20, plus
one -3 Card. Each player
places one of their Player Blocks on the ‘0’ space of the scoring track as a
oldest player sorts the Gold Cards into their respective values and acts as
banker for the rest of the game. With
less than 5 players, the remaining -3 cards are placed back in the box, as they
are not required.
Amun-Re Temple is placed on the space to the left of the Temple Track.
oldest player takes the Pharaoh, and becomes the Starting Player for the first
Details of the Playing Board and when they are needed.
Phase 1 and 2
Symbol and Name of Province
Free Power Card
Free Building Block
Free Power Card and Free Gold
Power Card (to buy)
Cultivation Area (for farmers)
Flat Land (for pyramids)
Start Space for Amun-Re Temple
2 farmers (BAHARYA)
Income (not guaranteed)
Temple in the Province
Dividing Line between Lower and Upper Egypt
The game is divided into two halves, one in each of the Old and the New Kingdom. Each half consists of 3 Rounds, and each Round consists of 5 or 6 Phases :
Phase 1 – Reveal the Province Cards
Phase 2 – Acquisition of the revealed Provinces
Phase 3 – Player Actions (purchase and use of Power Cards, Farmers and Building Blocks)
Phase 4 – Offering to Amun-Re
Phase 5 – The Harvest and other Income
Phase 6 – Scoring (only at the end of 1st and 2nd game halves.)
Rounds, the Old Kingdom ends, and the Provinces are scored.
In the New Kingdom a further 3 Rounds are played, after which the
Provinces are scored once again, to end the game.
1st Game Half – The Old Kingdom
Phase 1 – Reveal the Province Cards
The starting player draws the same number of cards from the face-down deck of Province Cards as there are players, and places these on their respective Provinces on the board.
Provinces, additional Free Power Cards (BUTO, DAKHLA, EDFU, THEBES – 2 cards
each), Free Building Blocks (ABYDOS, MEMPHIS – 2 stones each) or Free Gold
(DAKHLA – 12 Gold) are placed. The
free materials are only placed in the provinces indicated by symbol(s) in a box.
The Free Power Cards are drawn face down from the deck and placed, still
face down, underneath the Province Card. The
Free Building Blocks and Free Gold are taken from the general supply and placed
in the Provinces.
The following 4 Province Cards are revealed, and placed in the appropriately named Provinces. (4-player game)
In BAHARYA Province there are already 2 Farmers printed on the board. There are no Free Materials (no box showing Free Materials).
In DAKHLA Province, 12 Free Gold and 1 face down Free Power Card are placed.
In ABYDOS Province 1 Free Building Stone is placed.
In SAWU Province, as in BAHARYA, no Free Material is placed.
2 – Acquisition of the Revealed Provinces
Each Player acquires exactly one Province. How does this work?
Starting Player takes his Offering Stone and places it on one of the value
spaces on any one of the face up Province Cards. Thus he has placed a bid. The other players follow in a
in turn places his Bidding Block on any vacant number space on one of the
Bidding Block is placed on a Province Card on which Bidding Blocks have already
been placed by other players, then it must be placed on a higher value space
than the existing Blocks.
each player has placed their Bidding Blocks, players check to see if any player
has been out-bid. If this is not
the case, then the Bidding Phase ends and each player takes possession of their
province. However, if at least one
player was outbid, then the Bidding Phase continues. Going in a clockwise
direction, each player that was outbid places their Bidding Stone on another
Province Card, as before. The stone
may not be placed on the Province it was just outbid on, and when placed on a
new Province card, must be placed in the highest position (if available).
Thus it continues in a clockwise direction, omitting those players who
were not overbid. When there is
only one Bidding Block on each Province Card, then each player takes possession
of their own Province.
In the first Bidding Round, Red began and placed his Bidding Block on the ‘3’ space in ABYDOS. Black chose to place his on the ‘1’ space in SAWU. Blue outbid Red in ABYDOS and placed his Bidding Block on the ‘6’ space. White outbid Blue in his turn, and placed his Bidding Block on the ‘10’ space in ABYDOS.
the second Bidding Round it is now Red’s turn, and he must choose another
Province Card. He places his
Bidding Block on the ‘0’ space in DAKHLA.
Now it is Blue’s turn. He
places his Bidding Block on the ‘6’ space in SAWU and thereby outbids Black.
the third Bidding Round, Black must find a new Province. He decides on BAHARYA and therefore places his Bidding Block
on the ‘0’ space. Now there is
one Bidding Block on each of the Province Cards and the Bidding Phase is over.
Each player now pays the appropriate amount and takes their Province.
pays 10 Gold, Blue pays 6 Gold, Red and Black pay nothing.
pay the required Gold to the bank, and take back their Bidding Blocks.
The Province Cards are placed face up in a discard pile next to the
face-down deck of Province Cards. Each
player then puts one of his Province Markers on the Symbol Space of the Province
he has just bought. If there is a
Free Power Card or Free Gold symbol in the Province, the player takes these into
his hand, as indicated. If there
are Free Building Block symbols, the blocks are placed in the Province. The player can use them in Phase 3 to build a Pyramid.
must not bid higher than they can afford to pay. If this occurs, the offending player must give up all his
Gold, and the Bidding Round starts again.
In Phase 2, the Power Cards ‘Bid Blockade’ and ‘Outbid in the Same
Province’ can be played. See ‘Description of the Power Cards’.
3: Player Actions (Purchase and use of Power Cards, Farmers and Building Blocks)
Beginning with the Starting Player, each player can now carry out the following 3 actions in the indicated order: Buy and Use Power Cards, Farmers and Building Blocks. Each player carries out all of his desired actions. Then the next player takes their turn in a clockwise direction. A player can carry out less than 3 actions or forego carrying out any action if they wish.
prices for items are always the same – 1 piece of any type (Card, Farmer or
Block) costs 1 Gold, 2 pieces cost 3 Gold, 3 pieces cost 6 Gold etc. (see Price
Table on the board.) More than 7
pieces can also be bought (8 pieces cost 36 Gold, 9 pieces cost 45 Gold, 10
pieces cost 55 Gold etc.)
2 Power Cards cost 3 Gold - 4 Farmers cost 10 Gold - 3 Blocks cost 6 Gold
The player pays a total of 19 Gold.
a. Buying and Using Power Cards
A Player may buy Power Cards. Purchased Power Cards can be played immediately or my be retained for later Rounds. Power cards always feature positive actions, which can be used in different rounds. How and when Power Cards can be used is explained in detail on page 12.
Power Cards can a player buy? The
highest number (card limit) that is shown in the top margin of the Provinces
controlled by a player is the highest number of cards that player can hold.
In Round 3, Red owns MEMPHIS, AMARNA and AVARIS Provinces. He can buy up to 3 Power Cards, because MEMPHIS’ card limit is 3, which is the highest.
Round 2, Blue owns BUTO and MENDES Provinces and therefore cannot buy any Power
Cards, because no Power Cards are shown in the top margin of either Province
(card limit = 0)
may hold as many Power Cards in his hand as he wishes.
When played, a Power Card is put on a discard pile, face up near the face
down Power Card draw pile.
may discard Power Cards at any time during the game. For each Power Card discarded to the discard pile, the player
receives 1 Gold from the Bank.
face down draw pile is exhausted, the discarded Power Cards are shuffled and
turned over to form a new draw pile.
b. Buying and Using Farmers
A player may buy Farmers, who will bring him Gold at Harvest. If he buys any, he must place them immediately. He announces how many he wishes to purchase, and pays the price according to the Price Table on the board. He may then distribute them as he wishes amongst his provinces. However, each province may only take as many farmers as it has free Cultivation Spaces. Exception – ‘Free Farmer’ (see ‘Description of Power Cards’ on page 12).
Red owns BAHARYA and BERENIKE Provinces. So far, no Farmers have been placed in these provinces, however there are two already printed in BAHARYA, which Red does not have to buy. He buys 2 Farmers, therefore pays 3 Gold to the Bank and places the 2 Farmers on BAHARYA. No Farmers can be placed in BERENIKE, as there are no Cultivation Spaces in this Province. Exception – if Red plays the ‘Free Farmer’ Power Card, he can put one on BERENIKE, placing it on the flat land.
the ‘Free Farmer’ Power Card can be used here (see ‘Description of the
Power Cards) .
c. Buying and using Building Blocks
A player may buy Building Blocks in order to build Pyramids, which score points in both Scoring Phases of the game.
player buys Building Blocks, he must place them immediately. He announces how
many he wishes to purchase, and pays the price according to the Price Table on
the board. He may then place them as he wishes in his provinces.
As soon as a player has 3 Building Blocks in a Province, he immediately
returns the Blocks to the general pile, and places a Pyramid in their place.
If a player builds a second Pyramid in a Province, he replaces the Single
Pyramid with a Double Pyramid, as long as there is one left in the general pile.
Pyramids and Building Blocks may not be moved from one Province to
In MEMPHIS there are two Building Blocks and in MENDES there is one Pyramid and one Building Block. Red buys 3 Building Blocks (paying 6 Gold). He places one Building Block in MEMPHIS. There are now 3 Blocks there, so he exchanges them for a Pyramid. He places the other two Blocks in MENDES so he has a total of 3 Building Blocks there. He exchanges them also for a Pyramid (and can exchange his two Single Pyramids for a Double Pyramid.)
‘Master Builder’ Power Card can be used here (see ‘Description of the
Power Cards’ .)
4: Offering to Amun-Re
Now an offering must be made to Amun-Re. The success or failure of the Harvest depends on the level of the Offering. How does this take place?
player must choose one or more of their Gold cards or the ‘ -3’ card and
place them face down in front of themselves.
The ‘ -3’ card must be played on its own! (Exception:
‘Change the Offering). In order to keep the number of cards offered secret,
players may cover them with their hand. Any
errors made are considered to be an Offering of -3.
players reveal their Gold cards. The
total of all the Gold cards (including ‘-3’ cards) is the value of the
Offering. The Amun-Re Temple is
moved to the space on the Temple Track corresponding to the Offering total.
Red: 9 Gold
Blue: 4 Gold
Black: -3 Gold
White: -3 Gold
Total Offering: 7 Gold
Amun-Re Temple is moved to the second space on the Temple Track, because the
Offering is in the 3 – 12 range.
now rewards the players who have brought him the largest offerings with Power
Cards, Farmers and Building Blocks. The player with the highest bid may take 3
items of his choice in any combination; (e.g he can take 2 Farmers and 1
Building Block, or 3 Power Cards.) Next, the player with the second highest bid
may take 2 items of his choice, then all other players who have not offered
their -3 card may take one item each.
case of two or more players offering the same amount, the Starting player always
has the advantage, or the next player following him in a clockwise direction.
who lays a ‘-3’ does not take an item (he has stolen 3 Gold from Amun-Re’s
Offering). He draws 3 Gold from the
Rules when drawing Items:
If a player draws Power Cards, he is not bound by the Card Limit in his Provinces.
player draws Farmers, they must be placed on unoccupied Cultivation Areas in his
Province. The ‘Free Farmer’
Power Card cannot be played now!
player draws Building Blocks, they must be placed immediately in one or more of
his Provinces. If this results in 3
or more Building Blocks being in a Province, they must immediately be exchanged
for a Pyramid. The ‘Master
Builder’ Power Card cannot be used now!
player who bid the most gold will be the new Starting Player, and becomes
Pharaoh. If all players bid ‘
-3’, the Starting Player does not change.
The offered Gold is put in the Bank.
The Power Card ‘Change the Offering’ can be played during Phase 4.
Following is a brief explanation, but see also ‘Description of the
it, and what does it do?
lays the ‘Change the Offering’ card together with his chosen Gold cards or
the’-3’ card, face down in front of him (this is the only exception to the
rule that the ‘-3’ card must be played on its own).
After the calculation of the value of the Offering, any player who has
played a ‘Change the Offering’ card, beginning with the Starting Player,
says if he wants to increase or decrease the total value of the Offering by 3
Gold. The total is then amended
the ‘Change the Offering’ card always changes the total value of the
offering, and does not affect the individual bid of the player playing the card.
5: The Harvest and Additional Income
Beginning with the Starting Player each player now draws Gold from the Bank. There are two types of income – Harvest Payments and Other Income. Harvest Payments are made wherever there is a Farmer. Other Income comes from Provinces where there is a picture of a coin, with or without a camel. Some Provinces deliver both types of Income (e.g ABU).
For each Farmer in his Province, a player is entitled to the number of Gold indicated by Amun-Re’s Temple.
The owners of ABU and BERENIKE Provinces always receive 4 or 8 Gold.
owners of KHARGA, SAWU, and AVARIS Provinces receive 5, 7 or 8 Gold if
Amun-Re’s Temple is on the first or second space of the Temple Track.
A camel is pictured on these spaces as well as on the Province to
indicate this. (The ancient
Egyptians would sell camels during a bad harvest.)
Players receive this additional income regardless of whether they have Farmers
in their Provinces or not.
The Amun-Re Temple is on the second space of the Temple Track and Red owns MEMPHIS, ABU and SAWU.
position of the Amun-Re Temple means that each Farmer earns 2 Gold as Harvest
Payment. SAWU also earns 7 Gold in
Additional Income (because of the camel!)
1 Farmer 2 Gold
2 Farmers 4 Gold
Additional Income 4 Gold
Additional Income 7 Gold
Red earns a total: 17 Gold
The Power Cards ‘8 Gold’ and ‘Harvest Increase’ can be played in Phase 5
(see ‘Description of the Power Cards’).
players have received their Income, the next round begins at Phase 1.
Phase 6 only takes place at the end of the first and second halves of the
6: Scoring (only at the end of the first and second game halves)
During scoring, players earn points, which are marked on the scoring track.
are earned for the following:
Each Pyramid is worth 1 Point. (4 Pyramids = 4 Points)
complete lines of Pyramids
Each complete line of Pyramids (one Pyramid in each of a player’s Provinces) is worth 3 Points. Each further complete line is also worth 3 Points.
Complete Line 3 Points
Incomplete Line 0 Points
(For reasons of clarity, no Double Pyramids are shown in this example).
the Province with the most Pyramids, both west of the Nile and east of the Nile.
The owner of the Province earns 5 Points. If there is more than one Province with the highest number of Pyramids, the number of Building Blocks in the Province is counted. If there is still a tie, then all tied players receive 5 Points each.
of the Nile Blue owns the Province with the most Pyramids (EDFU).
East of the Nile both Blue and White own Provinces with the most Pyramids and Building Blocks (ABU and BERENIKE).
Blue gets 10 Points
White gets 5 Points
temples in the Provinces of DAMANHUR, EDFU and AMARNA
A Temple is worth 1, 2, 3 or 4 Points depending on the space that Amun Re’s Temple is on on the Temple Track at the end of the first and second halves of the game.
gets 3 Points for each Temple in DAMANHUR
Black gets 6 Points
Bonus Power Cards
Each of these cards is worth 3 Points, as long as their condition is fulfilled.
(Gold is only counted at the end of the second half of the game – on other
words, at the end.
player with the most Gold gets 6 Points. The
player with the second highest amount of Gold gets 4 Points, and the player with
the third highest amount gets 2 Points. The other players receive nothing.
In the case of a tie, all tied players get the full amount – the next
position is then void.
example: 2 players have the most Gold. Both
receive 6 Points. The player with
the second highest amount only receives 2 Points.
of Scoring in the second half.
Blue plays the following Bonus Power Cards:
Blue gets the following Points:
1. He has built 7 Pyramids 7 Points
2. He has 1 complete line of Pyramids 3 Points
3. He has the Provinces with the most Pyramids:
West of the Nile 5 Points
East of the Nile 5 Points
4. He has a temple in EDFU. The Amun-Re Temple is on the first space of the Temple Track 1 Point
5. He has played 2 Bonus Power Cards, and their conditions are fulfilled 6 Points
6. We assume that he has the least Gold of 4 players 0 Points
Blue gets 27 Points
the Old and the New Kingdom
After the Scoring Phase of the first half of the game, all players remove their Province Markers from the board. All farmers are removed from the board and returned to the general pile. The Pyramids and Building Blocks are left where they are. They are acquired when the Province is purchased under the New Kingdom.
revealed Province Cards from the Old Kingdom are shuffled and placed face down
to form a new Province deck fro the New Kingdom. Attention: Any
unplayed Province Cards from the Old Kingdom (only in a 3 or 4 player game) are
not used in the New Kingdom and should be returned to the box.
2nd Game Half – The New Kingdom
This half plays exactly as the Old Kingdom. The Starting Player begins the 1st Round with Phase 1.
of the Game and Final Scoring
ends at the end of the second half, therefore after 6 rounds.
player whose Scoring Block is furthest along the Scoring Track is the winner.
If there is a tie, then the player with the most Pyramids is the winner.
If there is still a tie, then Building Blocks are counted. In the event of there still being a tie, then several winners
are announced …
Description of the Power Cards
Generally, and additionally to those already described, the following conditions apply to Power Cards:
only be used in the indicated Phases
be exchanged for Gold with the Bank at any time (1 card is worth 1 Gold)
can never play 2 identical Power Cards at the same time.
In Phase 3 (Player Actions) a player plays a ‘Master Builder’ card and converts 2 Building Blocks into a Pyramid. He has another ‘Master Builder’ card, but he cannot now play it here, nor in another Province.
In Phase 6 (Scoring) a player plays a ‘Farmer Bonus’ card. He has another ‘Farmer Bonus’ card in his hand. He cannot now play this, although he can play other Bonus Power Cards.
Cards [I have included the German titles in square brackets]
Blockade (x2) [Bietblockade]
Other players must outbid this player by at least 2 spaces higher on the Province card. If the owner of the Province changes the Province card, this Power card also applies to the new Province.
Use in Phase 2.
in the Same Province (x2) [Überbieten in gleicher Provinz]
The player may outbid players on the same Province card. They do not therefore have to change cards when re-bidding.
Use in Phase 2.
Farmer (x5) [Gratisbauer]
The player takes one free Farmer from the general pile. He must immediately place it on the flat land of one of his Provinces.
Use in Phase 3.
Builder (x8) [Baumeister]
The player may exchange 2 Building Blocks in one Province in return for a Pyramid.
Use in Phase 3.
the Offering (x4) [Opferkorrektur]
This card can change the total value of the Offering by plus or minus 3 Gold.
Use in Phase 4.
Increase (x5) [Erntesteigerung]
The player lays this card in one of his Provinces. The Harvest Payment in this Province is increased by 1 Gold per Farmer.
Use in Phase 5.
The player lays this card in one of his Provinces and receives 8 Gold. However, the Harvest Payment and Additional Income do NOT now take place in this Province.
Use in Phase 5
Bonus (x2) [Bauernbonus]
If a player has at least 9 Farmers in his Provinces, he gets 3 Points.
Use in Phase 6.
Bonus – West or East of the Nile (x2) [Provinzbonus – Nilseite]
If a player’s 3 Provinces all lie West of the Nile, or if they all lie East of the Nile, he gets 3 Points.
Use in Phase 6.
Card Bonus (x2) [Machtkartenbonus]
If a player has at least 7 Power Card Symbols in his 3 Provinces (Power Cards in the top border, plus Free Power Cards), he gets 3 Points.
Use in Phase 6
Bonus – Upper / Lower Egypt (x2) [Provinzbonus Unter-/Oberägypten]
If a player’s 3 Provinces all lie in Upper Egypt, or if they all lie in Lower Egypt, he gets 3 Points.
Use in Phase 6.
Province Bonus – Bank of the Nile [Provinzbonus Nilufer]
If a player’s 3 Provinces all lie on the bank of the Nile, or if none of them lie on the Bank of the Nile, he gets 3 Points.
Use in Phase 6.
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