Posted by: gschloesser | March 1, 1970

Tikal

Several different treasure scoring variants are offered for a change of pace to this 1999 Spiel des Jahre winner. 

Some have expressed concern over the scoring of treasures in Tikal.  A few variants have been suggestions have been proposed to alter the scoring method of the treasures:

Avid British Gamer Derek Carver has offered the following variants to Tikal, the 1999 Spiel des Jahre recipient.  He recommends these variants as a method of ‘opening up’ the game.

1)  Only value treasures at the end of the game and score them double the listed value:  2 / 6 / 12.

2)  Allow a player to steal a treasure ONLY if he has a unit in the victim’s camp.  That piece is then removed from the game.

3)  Don’t allow the ‘taking over’ of temples.


Scott DiBartolo has proposed a completely different scoring chart for treasures.  He offers the following variant:

“We have been playing Tikal a bit lately and I thought it might be interesting to come up with a variation for scoring the treasures.  Usually you score 1 point for one treasure, 3 points for two treasures and 6 points for three treasures of a kind.  The totals for each column are 8 points if all treasures are singles, 24 points if all doubles, and 48 points if all triples.  Not that a game would really finish this way, but I used it as a baseline for the values.”

“I thought it would be fun to have some treasures worth more than others (as in real life) and invented the following chart.  My treasure descriptions may not be the most accurate, but you should be able to discern which one I’m speaking of.”

 

TREASURE

X1

X2

X3

       

Beaded Necklace

0

1

2

Wooden Totem

0

2

4

Ceremonial Plaque

0

2

4

Mayan Idol (with headdress)

1

3

6

Golden Totem

1

3

6

Golden Idol

1

3

6

Jade Mask

2

4

8

Tikal Mask

3

6

12

“The totals still remain the same so I don’t think it will alter the balance.  It adds an element of risk to the treasures and encourages a bit more trading.”

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