Tabannusi: Builders of Ur

Tabannusi: Builders of Ur

Type: Strategy, Area Majority, Dice Drafting, Tile Placement
A game by: David Spada, Daniele Tascini
Solo mode by: Daniele Tascini
Art by: Zbigniew Umgelter, Aleksander Zawada
Players: 1–4
Play time: 60–120 min
Age: 14+
Release date: November 2021
Status: In development

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Set in ancient Mesopotamia, a cradle of civilization, at a time when the location of Ur was a coastal region, players work to build the Great City of Ur, expand its districts, and establish themselves as powerful builders.

The game features 2 double-sided game boards to accommodate differences between player counts. The board itself features 5 regions, each tied to a specific color die. There are 3 building districts, 1 temple district, and 1 port district.

Each turn, your worker will activate one of these districts. When activating a district, you must first take a die from the district. This die matches the color of the district and serves two functions:

  1. The die itself becomes a resource of its color.
  2. The value of the die determines which district your worker will activate on the following turn.

Through various actions you will be able to expand your influence in the various districts, expanding construction sites and turning them into buildings to score valuable victory points. But you will also exert your influence in the temple district in order to earn the king’s favor. In the port district you can obtain ships with important abilities and for scoring victory points.

You must spend your actions wisely and always make sure that you keep an eye on the general timing of the game. The moment a district is emptied of dice, a scoring will occur.