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Name Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar (2012)
Complexity 3.6728
BGG Rank 49
Player Count 2 - 4
Mechanism(s) Bias, End Game Bonuses, Turn Order: Claim Action, Worker Placement

Tzolkin: The Mayan Calendar presents a new game mechanism: dynamic worker placement. Players representing different Mayan tribes place their workers on giant connected gears, and as the gears rotate they take the workers to different action spots.

During a turn, players can either (a) place one or more workers on the lowest visible spot of the gears or (b) pick up one or more workers. When placing workers, they must pay corn, which is used as a currency in the game. When they pick up a worker, they perform certain actions depending on the position of the worker. Actions located "later" on the gears are more valuable, so it's wise to let the time work for you – but players cannot skip their turn; if they have all their workers on the gears, they have to pick some up. 

The game ends after one full revolution of the central Tzolkin gear. There are many paths to victory. Pleasing the gods by placing crystal skulls in deep caves or building many temples are just two of those many paths...

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Lists with this game

Organization Year Ranker Rank List
The Boardgame Mechanics 2019 Jason 17 Top 100 (2018)
The Dice Tower 2018 People's Choice 44 Top 100 Games All Time (2018)
Stonemaier Games 2018 Jamey Stegmaier 1 Top Worker Placement (2018)
Heavy Cardboard 2018 Amanda 47 Top 50 of all Time of Right Now
Board Game Anonymous 2019 Anthony 82 Top 100 Board Games of All Time – 2018 Edition
The Boardgame Mechanics 2019 Jason 4 2019 Boardgame Mechanics Top 100
The Boardgame Mechanics 2019 Joel 83 2019 Boardgame Mechanics Top 100