Set in the same ancient city as Teotihuacan: City of Gods, Founders of Teotihuacan is a standalone prequel in which players compete to create plans for the best designed city. You don’t need to have experience with the original game to play this, but if you do you’ll encounter some familiar looking iconography.
1-4 players, ages 14+
Playing time: 60 minutes
Designer: Filip Głowacz
Artwork: Chuy de Leon, Odysseas Stamoglou & Aleksander Zawada
Publisher: Board & Dice
On your turn, you place 1, 2 or 3 discs on an action space. If you‘re the first to place a disc on a location you may also perform the bonus action, which changes each round. The number of discs determines your action strength, and if you place on top of other discs already on that space, you add that number up to a maximum of 4.
Each location gives you two options: either take a ‘build’ action to construct a building, temple or pyramid tile in your city, or take an ‘influence’ action to produce resources, make an offering or gain a favor.
When you take a building action, your action strength and the reach of your architect come into play. The more strength, the larger the structure you can build, eventually making up the difference by paying additional resources. The current location of your architect determines which districts of your city you can currently build in, and that changes every turn.
This may sound pretty straightforward, but there’s a catch: The resources your buildings produce are placed next to them on your player board, so you’ll have to manage the limited space in your city pretty carefully.
All this makes Founders of Teotihuacan a game that is easy to learn, yet provides a lot of depth and challenges. We’re therefore very happy that we were able to add it to our collection and are confident that we’ll continue to have a lot of fun with it!