Egizia - General game info
Egizia
2-4 players, 90 minutes, 12 years and older
AuthorAcchittocca
IllustratorFranz Vohwinkel
Published byHans im Glück
Rio Grande Games
Online since 2010-07-03
Developed by (Brer Bear)
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Yucata.de owns a license for the online version of this game. A big "thank you" to the copyright owners (publisher and/or author and illustrator) who make it possible to have this game for free online here!
Note: This online implementation uses slightly changed rules!
Egizia - Rules

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List of contents: Components
Preparation
Game overview
The playing of a round
  1. Lay out Nile cards
  2. Place ships along the Nile
  3. Feed construction crews
  4. Produce stones
  5. Build
     a) Sphinx
     b) Obelisk & graves
     c) Pyramid & Temple
  6. Bonus for co-operation in building
  7. Determine player sequence for the next round
Stone market and Grain market
Game end
  Final scoring
Rule changes for 2 or 3 players
Description of the round spaces
Description of the Nile cards
Description of the Sphinx cards
The online game


Components

  • 1 large game board
  • 4 player tableaus
  • 32 ships in 4 colors
  • 96 stones in 4 colors
  • 16 construction crew tiles in 4 colors
  • 4 quarry start cards
  • 4 grain start cards
  • 56 Nile cards (3 sets of cards: 22 x 1/2, 22 x 3/4, 12 x 5)
  • 29 Sphinx cards
  • 20 grave tiles
  • 4 player sequence number tiles 1,2,3,4
  • 1 water ring
  • 4 Scarab tiles


Preparation:

  • Place the game board in the middle of the table.




  • The players use 1 player sequence number tile for each player in the game.
    They shuffle these tiles secretly and each takes one and places it in his play area.
    With fewer than 4 players, the players return unused tiles back to the box.

         


  • Each player takes 1 player tableau in the color of his choice and places it near him on the table (this is his play area).
    Each player takes the 4 construction crew tiles in his color and places them on his player tableau:
    He places the Joker tile on space 2 of the lower row and the other 3 tiles on space 1 of the upper row.




  • Each player takes 8 ships in his color and places them in his play area.

                 


  • Each player places 24 stones in his color in his play area. From these 24 stones, he uses 4 as follows:

    • He places 1 stone on the scoring track. The player who has player sequence number tile 1 places his on the last place and so on. (not used in the online game)


    • He places 1 stone on the top-most space of the stone market,




    • another on the top-most space of the grain market. With both, the sequence does not play a role.




    • Each player puts the fourth stone as the stone marker on the stone table of his player tableau as shown below:





  • Each player takes 1 quarry start card and 1 grain start card, which he places face-up beside his player tableau. With fewer than 4 players, place the unused start cards back in the box.

     


  • Shuffle the Sphinx cards and place them face-down as a supply on the space on the game board. Each player draws one, looks at it, and places it face-down in his play area.

     


  • Separately shuffle the 3 sets of Nile cards with the numbers of 1/2, 3/4, and 5 on their backs and place them face-down next to the game board.

       


  • Place the water ring on the middle of the 3 irrigation spaces of the game board.




  • Shuffle the 20 grave tiles face-down and distribute them on the 12 grave spaces. Return the remaining 8 facedown back into the box. Turn over the first 4 grave tiles.




  • Place the 4 Scarab tiles next to the game board. Whenever a player moves his scoring marker past 50, he takes one as a reminder. (not used in the online game)

Game overview

Egizia lasts for 5 rounds. In each round, the players can increase the strength of their construction crews, add new quarries or fields, take Nile and sphinx cards, and cooperate in the building of king‘s graves, obelisks, pyramids, and temples. The goal is to collect points. Players can earn points immediately for building and points at the end of the game from the sphinx cards.

In each round, the players pass through 7 phases, then the next round begins. The details on how the individual phases are played is described in the following.



The playing of a round

  1. Lay out Nile cards
  2. Place ships along the Nile
  3. Feed construction crews
  4. Produce stones
  5. Build
  6. Bonus for co-operation in building
  7. Determine player sequence for the next round

1. Lay out Nile cards

At the beginning of each round, the players draw 10 Nile cards from the supply and place them face-up on the 10 card spaces on the game board next to the Nile, beginning at the source.

In rounds 1 and 2, players draw from the 1/2 supply, in rounds 3 and 4, they draw from the 3/4 supply, and in round 5, they draw from the 5 supply.

At the end of rounds 2, 4, and 5, players return unused cards from the just-completed supply back into the box.



2. Place ships along the Nile

The player with the number 1 begins and places one of his ships on the Nile space of his choice. Next, the player with the number 2, then the player with the 3, and finally, the player with the 4. Then, placing continues again with the player with the number 1 placing his second ship, and so on. Only 1 ship may float on each space.


The important rule: A player must always place his new ship further down-river from his already-placed ships.


A player can place his ship on the following 3 types of spaces:

  • A space with a Nile card

    The player first takes the Nile card and then places one of his ships on the now-empty space where the card was. Afterwards, he executes the action on the card or places it in his play area.
  • Round space

    The player places one of his ships on a round space next to the Nile. Then he executes the action designated by the space.
  • Building space

    The player places one of his ships on an empty building space of his choice. A player may only place 1 ship at each site: the sphinx, the obelisk/graves, and the temples/pyramid. If none of the 3 spaces at a site is empty, the player may place his ship next to one of the spaces and speculate that in phase 5 at least one of the other players there will not or cannot build there.

If no player can or wants to place another ship, the phase ends and the players take back their ships into their play areas, with exception of the ships in building sites. These remain on the game board for now.



3. Feed construction crews

Beginning with the player whose stone is in front on the scoring track, each player checks to see if he can feed his construction crews. To do so, he compares the strength of his construction crews with how much grain he has (grain start card + grain spaces + Nile cards). If the player has at least as much grain as the strength of his construction crews, nothing occurs. If the player has less grain, then he must lose points on the scoring track. His score may go below zero. The number of points he must lose depends on where his stone is on the grain market. (Between 1-3 spaces per not nourished construction crew member, see example below).


  • The water ring
    To better understand feeding, here are some examples which show how the water ring comes into play. Its location determines which grain fields are watered and, thus, how much grain is available to feed the crews:
    Only the green fields supply grain. Only the green and the yellowish green fields supply grain. All grain fields supply grain.
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  • Feeding phase examples

    The 4 blue construction crews: Blue‘s grain fields: The water ring is on:
    The 4 construction crews have strengths of 1, 2, 3, 3, for a total strength of 9. Blue has a total of 11 grain. All green and yellowish green fields are watered and supply grain.

    Blue has 2 grain fields which are both watered in this round, and from them has enough grain to supply crews with strength up to 11. Thus, blue can feed his construction crews.



    The 4 red construction crews: Red‘s grain fields: The water ring is on:
    The 4 construction crews have strengths of 2, 2, 2, 4, for a total of 10. Red has a total of 8 grain. Red has also the anytime grain surplus card. Only the green fields are watered and able to supply grain.

    Red‘s two grain fields are watered and together can feed construction crews up to strength of 8. Red has an anytime grain surplus card, which he discards adding 4 grain, giving him a total of 12, which is more than enough to feed his crews with a strength of 10. The 2 surplus grain is wasted and cannot be carried over to another round, however. Had red not had or chosen not to use the surplus grain card, the he would have moved backward on the scoring track (see next example).



    The 4 green construction crews: Green‘s grain fields: The water ring is on:
    The 4 construction crews have strengths of 3, 3, 4, 4, for a total of 14. Red has a total of 19 grain but only 12 grain are watered. All green and yellowish green fields are watered and supply grain.

    Because of the position of the Water ring, green can only use the upper two grain fields. They feed construction crews up to a total strength of 12, thus he is missing 2 grain.

         

    The green marker stone on the grain market indicates that green must lose 2 points for each grain he is short for feeding his crews. Thus, green loses 4 points, moving his marker on the scoring track backward 4 spaces, placing his stone behind the red stone on the space he reaches (in this case, space 14).



4. Produce stones

Beginning with the player with number 1, each player must move his stone marker on his player tableau forward by the number of stones he receives from his quarries. If he would have more than 25 stones, the surplus is wasted.


  • Example:

    Red has 1 stone at the beginning of the 4th phase. He has 2 quarries, which together supply 5 stones each round. He moves his marking stone forward to space 6.



5. Build

Now the players build at the 3 building sites from top to bottom: first the Sphinx, then the Obelisk/graves, finally the Temple/Pyramid.



General rules for building:

  • Building means the player places stones of his color on empty spaces of the obelisk, the pyramid, and the temple. It also means that the players draw cards from the sphinx supply or take grave tiles.
  • The player needs 1 construction crew and 1 or more stones for each building site.
  • The player must reduce exactly the same number of stones on his tableau as he draws sphinx cards. With adding stones to building and taking grave tiles, it is the value of the space or the tile that determines the number of stones used.
  • The player can use each construction crew in each round only once.
  • After using a construction crew he turns over the tile and turns it back at the beginning of the next round (thus, construction crews are used, but not consumed).
  • The player can never use the Joker construction crew alone. He can use it once per round with another construction crew and then must, likewise, turn it over.
  • If a player does not build, he takes his ship back from the building site (into his play area), thereby freeing up the space in the building site for a player who has his ship at this building site "on speculation".

A. Sphinx - take cards: keep 0 or 1 card and score points for cards returned

  • The player whose ship is closest to the Nile begins:
  • He selects 1 construction crew plus, possibly, his Joker construction crew.
  • He draws a number of sphinx cards up to the strength of his construction crew, but, at most, 5 cards.
  • He selects 1 card and places it face-down in his play area. He places the remaining cards face-down under the sphinx card supply. He may also choose to keep no card.
  • For each card he returns, he immediately scores one point, recording it on the scoring track.
  • He reduces the number of stones on his tableau by the number of cards he drew and turns over the used crew(s).
  • All sphinx cards count only during the final scoring.
  • Then, the next player (next closest to the Nile) takes his turn.

  • Example:


    Blue uses his construction crew with strength 2. He draws the two top-most sphinx cards, selects 1 and places it face-down in his play area. He places the other one face-down under the sphinx and scores 1 point, recording it on the scoring track. Then he turns over the used construction crew and reduces his stones by 2.


B. Obelisk and Graves - score points and improve grain or stone market

 
  • The player whose ship is closest to the Nile begins:
  • He selects 1 construction crew plus, possibly, his Joker construction crew with sufficient total strength for his building project. The strength of the construction crew must be at least as large as the value of the spaces which he wants to build.
  • He places 1 or more stones on the obelisk and/or takes 1 or more grave tiles (and places stone(s) on the empty spaces left by the tiles he took).
  • He turns over the used crew(s) and reduces the number of stones on his tableau by those he used.
  • He records his points on the scoring track and moves one of his marking stones on either the stone market or the grain market 1 field downward.
  • Then, the next player (next closest to the Nile) takes his turn.

General rules:

When building the Obelisk, the players players must build stones from bottom to top (all lower numbers must be filled, before a next higher space can be built).


At the Graves, a player must take the first face-up tile, then the second, etc. He may not skip a tile. When a player takes a grave tile, he turns over the next face-down tile so that there are always 4 face-up grave tiles (until all 12 are turned up).

  • Example:

         
    The two obelisk spaces have the values 1 and 2, the grave tile has the value 4, giving a total value of 7. Red uses his strength 5 construction crew and his strength 2 Joker construction crew. He records 7 points on the scoring track, reduces his stones by 7 on his tableau, and turns over the two construction crews.


C. Pyramid and Temple - score points

 
  • The player whose ship is closest to the Nile begins:
  • He selects 1 construction crew plus, possibly, his Joker construction crew with sufficient total strength for his building project.
  • He places 1 or more stones on the pyramid and/or the temple.
  • He turns over the used crew(s) and reduces the number of stones on his tableau by those he used.
  • He records his points on the scoring track.
  • When a player completes a row of the pyramid, the player who built the most scores bonus points (see example below).
  • Then, the next player (next closest to the Nile) takes his turn.

  • Example:

      
    Yellow uses his strength 3 construction crew. He builds a value 2 space of the pyramid, as he has only 2 stones available. He scores 2 points and records them on the scoring track, reduces his stones to 0 on his tableau, and turns over the construction crew he used.

General rules:

When building the Temple, the players must build stones from bottom to top. The two columns on the left and on the right are built separately (all lower numbers must be filled, before a next higher space can be built). When the columns on both the left and right are built, then the two middle columns are built, each requires a single stone, and, finally, the stones can be built on the top.


With the Pyramid, the players build as follows:
The 1st stone in each row must be built on the left, then without gaps players build the row to the right. As soon as a row is completed, the player who has most stones in the row scores 1 point for each stone he has in the row. If there is a tie, the tied player who has a stone furthest left in the row scores the point(s).



* A player can build here as the stone is supported from directly below, even though there are empty spaces in the row below.






6. Bonus for co-operation in building

Each player scores bonus points for participating in the building. A player is considered to have participated if he used at least one stone from his tableau in order to take cards or tiles or build the buildings. Each player counts how many ships he has on the 3 building sites (not still speculating). Beginning with the player whose scoring stone is in front, the players score points according to the following table by moving their scoring stones on the scoring track.

1 ship 1 point
2 ships 3 points
3 ships 6 points

Afterwards the players take back their ships into their play areas.


General rules for scoring points:

When scoring bonus points and for the final scoring, scoring always begins with the player who is the furthest along the scoring track. Then follows the next player along the track and so on.

When scoring points for building, the player scores the points as he builds.



7. Determine the player sequence for the next round

The player who has the fewest points on the scoring track takes the player sequence tile 1, the player with the next lowest points takes the player sequence tile 2 and so on. If several players are on the same space, then the player furthest back in the space takes the smaller numbered player sequence tile, as he arrived at the space later.


Afterwards, the next round begins with the laying out of the Nile cards.


Stone market and Grain market


Stone market:

On the upper spaces of the stone market nothing occurs. When a player moves his marker, in the course of the game, to the lowest space, he adds 3 stones to his tableau. Each time that a marker is already on the lowest space and would be moved further downward, the marker remains there and the player adds 3 stones to his tableau.

At game end, any player with his marker on the bottom or second to the bottom space of the stone market may convert his remaining stones into points at the rate of 2 stones for 1 point.


Grain market:

Here is where the players see how many points they lose when they cannot completely feed their construction crews. The points lost are reduced as the players move their marking stones downward. A player whose stone is on the bottom or second to the bottom space pays 1 victory point per unfed crew member in phase 3.

When a player arrives at the lowest space, he immediately scores 2 points. Each time that a marker is already on the lowest space and would be moved further downward, the marker remains there and the player scores 2 points.




Game end

The game ends after the 5th round (including defining the player sequence). The final scoring follows.



Final scoring

Player "4" begins and executes the following 3 steps. Then player "3" does the same, and so on.

  1. If the player‘s marker is on one of the bottom two spaces of the stone market, he may sell his remaining stones. For each 2 stones he sells, he scores 1 point (rounded down).

  2. The player sums the values of his grave tiles and scores points according to the following table:



  3. The player checks his Sphinx cards to see which have conditions he has fulfilled and scores those points accordingly. For complete descriptions of the Sphinx cards, see page 11.

The player with the most points is the winner. If players are tied, the player whose stone is in front on that space of the scoring track is the winner



Rule changes for 2 or 3 players

With 2 or 3 players only use 2 spaces at each building site. To make this clear, cover the 3rd building space with a stone of an unused color.



Description of the round spaces


Round space Name Description
Edfu The player who places his ship here must move his marker on both the stone market and the grain market down 1 space.
Thebae The player who places his ship here must move both shown construction crews 1 space each to the right on his tableau.
Passalon The player who places his ship here must move his Joker construction crew to the right 1 space on his tableau.
Additionally, he may move the water ring 1 space to the left or the right. However, the water ring must always be on one of the 3 round fields on the board.
Selinon The player who places his ship here must move both construction crew tiles shown 1 space to the right on his tableau.
Beni Hasan The player who places his ship here must move both construction crew tiles shown 1 space to the right on his tableau.
Alyi The player who places his ship here must move one of his 4 construction crews (of his choice) 1 space to the right on his tableau. Then he adds 2 stones to his stone marker on his player tableau.
Heliopolis This works exactly as with Passalon.

Additionally, it is not allowed to use the Nile card "You can place a ship on an occupied round space" here.

According to game developer it is also not allowed to use the anytime Nile card "Double benefits of a round space" here!




Description of the Nile cards

There are 3 different types of Nile cards. Depending upon type, they are used in different phases:


Anytime: (German: Jederzeit)
The player may use this card at any time on one of his turns. Afterwards, he returns it to the box.

Permanent: (German: Permanent)
These cards are valid for the entire game and are placed face-up in the player‘s play area. Grain fields and quarries are also permanent cards.

Immediately: (German: Sofort)
The player must use this card immediately and completely. Afterwards, he returns it to the box.


Nile card Set of cards Description Online game
1/2 (1)

3/4 (1)
Green grain field
is always watered and will always feed the player‘s construction crews.
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1/2 (1)

3/4 (1)
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3/4 (1) -
1/2 (1) Yellow-green grain field
will feed the player‘s construction crews only if the water ring is in the center or on the right.
-
1/2 (1)

3/4 (1)
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3/4 (1) -
1/2 (1) Brown grain field
will feed the player‘s construction crews only if the water ring is completely on the right.


Additional functionalities
(immediately and only once)

card "6":
The player moves his marker on the grain market 1 space downward.

card "7":
the player moves his marker on the stone market 1 space downward.

card "8":
The player scores 3 points.

card "9":
The player adds 4 stones to the stone marker on his player tableau.

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1/2 (1) -
3/4 (1) -
5 (1) -
1/2 (2)

3/4 (2)
Quarry
gives the player 2, 3 or 4 extra stones in each round.
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1/2 (3)

3/4 (1)
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3/4 (1) -
1/2 (1) The player can use the card as 4 grain when feeding his crews. If the player cannot feed his crews in phase 3, he can decide whether he wants to use this card. Click it in the separate window to use it.
1/2 (1) The player can add 3 strength to a construction crew, which he uses. You can click this card in a separate construction window if a crew has been chosen.
3/4 (1) The player can add 4 strength to a construction crew, which he uses. You can click this card in a separate construction window if a crew has been chosen.
5 (1) The player can add 5 strength to a construction crew, which he uses. You can click this card in a separate construction window if a crew has been chosen.
1/2 (1) The player can execute the action designated by a round space twice. Cannot be used on Heliopolis! If a player has this card, a "2x" field will be shown next to a possible round space. Click there to place a ship on the round space and to use this card.
3/4 (1) Before the next player takes his turn, the player may place a second ship. Click this card to be able to place another ship.
3/4 (1) The player may use 2 yet unused construction crews plus possibly his Joker construction crew. If you have this card you will be able to click 2 crews + joker in the selection window during the building phase.
3/4 (1) A player who placed his ship next to the regular fields to speculate can build. This cards can only be used during the Nile phase (phase 2).
5 (1) On each building site where the player has a ship, he can build first. If he has a speculative ship, all players may build. Keep the card in play area until all builds are done. This cards can only be used during the Nile phase (phase 2).
5 (1) The player may keep 2 cards from the Sphinx. You can click 2 cards.
5 (1) The player adds 6 stones to his stone marker on the player tableau. It is not possible to use this card during the final scoring. You have to use it before.
5 (1) The player can sell stones for 1 point per stone up to 10. He does not have to fulfill the usual stone sales condition. It is not possible to use this card during the final scoring. You have to use it before.
1/2 (1)

3/4 (1)
The player allocates this card to one of his grain fields and thereby improves its ability to produce by 1 level in all cases for the entire game. It is not possible to use this card during the final scoring. You have to use it before.
1/2 (1) Once per round, the player may place one of his ships on a round space that already has a ship. He may not place a ship on the last gray bordered space Heliopolis. You do not have to activate this card manually. You can directly click on possible round spaces.
1/2 (1) Each round, the player may move one of his construction crews (his choice) one space to the right (even after the feeding phase). If the played decides not to play this card during the Nile phase (i.e. before feeding) he can only play this card later in this round if he has another move during construction phase.
1/2 (1) The player may exchange stones for grain at the rate of 1:1 in order to feed his construction crews (he reduces stones accordingly). If the player cannot feed his crews in phase 3, he can decide whether he wants to use this card. Click it in the separate window to use it.
1/2 (1) The player may draw 2 additional sphinx cards (maximum still 5). He pays no stones for the additional cards. He may draw just 2 cards and use 0 stones.
This can only be used if the player has a ship on a building space of the Sphinx.
This card will be played automatically when you draw the first sphinx card.
3/4 (1) Each round, the player can spend 2 stones from his tableau to move one of his construction crew to the right 1 space on his tableau. He can even do this after the feeding phase. -
3/4 (1) Once per round, a player may place a ship upstream (closer to the Nile source), than his last ship. Afterwards, the normal rules apply. You do not have to activate this card manually. You can directly click on possible Nile fields.
3/4 (1) The player may take one of the cards remaining on the Nile at the end of each round. If you have this card you will have an extra turn at the end of the Nile phase to be able to use the card.
5 (1) The player adds this card during the final scoring to his collected grave tiles. This card will be played automatically during the final scoring.
1/2 (1)

3/4 (1)

5 (1)
The player moves his stone market marker 2 spaces downward. -
1/2 (1)

3/4 (1)

5 (1)
The player moves his grain market marker 2 spaces downward. -
1/2 (1)

5 (1)
The player moves 2 of his construction crews (his choice) on his tableau 1 space to the right or one of his crews 2 spaces to the right. -
3/4 (1) The player must move the two shown construction crews on his tableau 1 space each to the right. -
3/4 (1) The player must move the two shown construction crews on his tableau 1 space each to the right. -
5 (1) The player receives 1 point for each of his stones in the shown buildings. -
5 (1) The player receives 1 point for each of his stones in the shown buildings. -




Description of the Sphinx cards

(used during the final scoring)

The players collect the Sphinx cards face-down and try to fulfill as much as possible before game end.


With these cards, the condition on the card must be fulfilled, so that the player can score the points indicated.


...is built

If the 7th, 8th, 9th level of the Obelisk is filled in the Obelisk, the player receives the points indicated.


It is not important whether and how many of the player‘s own stones are in the Obelisk.



...is built

If the given conditions are fulfilled, the player receives the points indicated.


It is unimportant whether and how many of the player‘s own stones are in the indicated building.



...last level achieved

The player receives points according to the table on the card.


Example:
If at least 3 players reach the bottom space of the stone market, the player receives 7 points.




With these cards the player must fulfill the condition on the card so that he can score the points indicated.


You have at least... :

The player has at least 6 or 7 of his stones in the Pyramid.

The player has at least 4 or 5 of his stones in the Obelisk.

 

The player has at least 4 of his stones in the Temple.

The player has at least 2 of his stones in each building.

The player receives 1 point for each of his stones on the Graves.



You receive for ... construction crews:

The player player receives so many points as his construction crew on the tableau is strong.



You receive for most productive quarries and fields... :

The player receives the points shown on the card if the sum of his quarries or grain fields is greater than for all other players.

Note: For the purposes of these cards, grain fields count as the modified not original color if improved by a nile card.



You reach the last level... :

The player must in each case reach the last level. It is unimportant how many other players reach the last level.



Other cards:

For each permanent card the player has, he scores 2 points (does not count grain fields or quarries).

After the player scores all other points, he scores an additional point for each 10 points he has on the scoring table (rounded down).





The online game

Screenshot of Egizia (German version):




Some clues to the online version of Egizia, in the style of F.A.Q.:

Are there differences between the online game and the original board game?

To ensure the flow of the game or keep the programming at a manageable level, the following adjustments were made:

  • In general, a player can only make moves in phases 2 ("place ships on the Nile"), 3 ("feed construction crews") and 5 ("build"). All other game phases are performed automatically by the program.

    In phase 3 a player only makes a move if he cannot feed his construction crews but has one or more Nile cards that can support the feeding ("+4 grain", "exchange stones for grain", "improve grain card"). He can then decide which of his cards he wishes to use.

  • For some Nile cards there are special rules at what time they can be used. Read the rightmost column of the Nile cards table above and the next section to get more information.

  • It is not possible to use Nile cards during the final scoring, as the final scoring is done automatically. This is particularly true for grain improvement cards and the cards which give you extra stones or the possibility to exchange stones against points.

    Each player must therefore be vigilant in seeing to use cards still usable as long as he can make more moves in the game.

  • In 2-player games, the Nile card "You can place a ship on a full building site" will not be used because each player can place a ship on a building site.


How can I use my Nile cards?

Important note:
Since it would be too much work to create all necessary English card images for the game board, the Nile cards on the board have German text. Nevertheless, this should not be a big problem because the cards can be well distinguished by graphics and color.

Immediately-cards are executed directly and automatically, and finally removed when you take such a card in the Nile phase. The player information will be immediately updated so that you resemble what has changed. With some immediately cards you need to choose construction crews on your tableau first.


All permanent- and anytime-cards you have taken are shown in your card area below the board. By default, there is room for two rows of cards, which is sufficient in most cases. If you have yet more cards, you can scroll within this card window. If you only have a small screen resolution, you may need to scroll down the entire game window to see your card sector completely.


In general, for these cards, the following applies:

  • Cards in the card window, which you can use at the moment always have a red border. Click on a card to use it.

    Depending on the card additional windows will open to select crews or to execute other actions. Pay attention to the instructions in the info line below the board or in the extra window.

    Remember that it depends on the situation of when cards are used. Also read the section about differences to the original game. In the table of the Nile cards you can find more information how to use the Nile cards.

  • Some cards do not have to first be clicked to use them. This is also described in the rightmost column in the cards table above, for example is the "place a ship upstream" card will be played automatically when you place a ship on an upstream field.

  • Some cards have to be activated in a separate window, e.g. cards to support feeding or to increase the strength of a construction crew.

  • In the building phase cards can be used at the beginning and at the end of the turn, but not during the construction.

  • Used anytime cards are removed from the card area after the action is finished, permanent cards get a "X" in the upper right corner until they can be used again. The player information will be updated at the end of a card action.


Where can I see which game information in the game window?

The board and its components should be apparent if you have mastered the rules. Under the board you can adjust, whether all available tooltips (Nile cards + round spaces), only Nile card tooltips or no tooltips should be displayed.


More interesting is the area right of the board. The individual player information panels are displayed in that area.

In general, the sequence of the shown player information panels depends on the number sequence tiles. The topmost player is always the player who currently has number tile "1".

Since the number tiles can be moved to other players during the game, it is possible that the information panel of a player changes its place during the game.

Since there is a lot of information to be displayed a player can vary what information is currently shown. There are 3 possible information panels. You can switch through them by clicking on the lower left area of the player info panel.


Player info panel Description
Information which is displayed in this and all other views:
  • Number tile of the player
  • Nile cards of the player
    (Number also includes grain cards, back of the card changes depending on the game round)
    Mouseover opens a popup window which shows all collected anytime and permanent cards of the player
  • Sphinx cards of the player
    Mouseover opens a popup window with all sphinx cards. You can also see how many points you would get for the sphinx cards at the moment.
  • Collected grave tiles of the player
    Number on top: Sum of all tile values (including eventually +8 for Nile card), lower number: number of collected tiles
    Mouseover opens a popup window with more information.
  • Points of the player
    (bottom right)
    If 2 or more players have the same number of points, an ordinal number shows the sequence.
Information shown only in this view:
  • Number of remaining ships
    Ship color is player color
  • Last move of the player
    Mouseover opens popup window with more information. When the game is finished, mouseover opens a popup window with information about the final scoring. This is also shown in the last move in a history game.
  • Player tableau
    Mouseover opens a popup window with a larger tableau.
Information shown only in this view:
  • Strength of the crews
    Number is the strength. If crews have been used the back of the crew tile is shown.
  • Tableau stone marker
    Number of available stones.
Information shown only in this view:
  • Collected grain cards
    It is shown how many grain of each color the player currently has. Improved grain cards are considered here.
    Mouseover opens a popup window with all grain cards and quarries of the player, including start cards.
    If a grain card has been improved, one or two symbols of the Nile card are shown on the card.
  • Stone production
    Number of currently produced stones.



Are there game variants available?

Some players think the permanent Nile card "Draw +2 Sphinx cards" and the sphinx card "During final scoring: For each 10 p. you scored take 1 p. more" are too powerful. Since the desire was to be able to play Egizia without these cards, you can optionally remove them when creating a new invitation.

Can the game end in a draw?

No. There is also a sequence if players have the same number of points. This is described in more detail in the above rules. Thus a draw is not possible.



Help! I think I found a bug, what now? :(

Don’t panic! Just follow this standard procedure and consider the sequence:

  1. Make sure that the supposed bug is not due to a lack of knowledge of the rules. Read again eligible sections of the rules. You could also ask experienced players for their opinion. General questions about the rules can be posted in the general forum.

  2. If the bug is obvious (for example, the game is broken, you can do nothing more) or cannot be resolved with the rules, post a bug report in the forum.

    Important: Do not forget to add the following information to your posting:

    • your browser (Internet Explorer 8 etc.)
    • the game number (you can find it in the title bar of the game window)
    • game round and game phase
    • number of players
    • Please describe the facts in such detail that an outsider can understand it. A single sentence is not sufficient for this.

  3. If for some reason you do not want to post a bug report in the forum, you can also send a message to the Egizia programmer. However, this should remain the exception. Send a private message to Brer Bear.

We do our best to fix confirmed bugs quickly, but possible loss of points, which is due to a bug, will not be compensated.


Note to Firefox users:

If graphical components of the game window are not displayed (ships, stones, cards, tableaus etc.), it often helps to clear the browser cache.

 
 
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