Teotihuacan: City of Gods designers unveil new dice drafting board game Tekhenu: Obelisk of the Sun

Set for life.

Daniele Tascini and David Turczi are co-designing an upcoming dice drafting board game titled Tekhenu: Obelisk of the Sun.

Tascini created popular strategy title Teotihuacan: City of Gods, which Turczi developed a solo mode for - check out more games for one with our best solo board games.

The two also collaborated on last year’s Trismegistus: The Ultimate Formula. Previously, Turczi designed Anachrony, plus co-op board game Kitchen Rush and the civilisation building title Dice Settlers. Meanwhile, Tascini is best known as the co-creator of Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar alongside Simone Luciani.

Themed around ancient Egypt, the game features the titular obelisk in the centre of its main board. Every round, Tekhenu casts a shadow on the six different sections of the board, leaving different parts shaded, dark and sunny respectively.

Each area is linked to an Egyptian god, including deities Horus, Ra, Hathor, Bastet, Thoth and Osiris.

Furthermore, the one to four players will draft dice - the actions and selection of which are dependent on the sun’s location. Dice come in five different colours and can be pure, tainted or forbidden. As you’d expect, forbidden dice cannot be drafted.

You’ll use these dice to make resources, build structures and manage your population’s happiness with activities like festivals. The person with the most victory points after four full rotations of the obelisk wins.

The status of your ‘soul’ will be tracked, veering on a balance of purity or tainted. Where you sit on this spectrum will affect not only your victory points, but turn order too.

The game comes from publisher Board & Dice, which also released Teotihuacan: City of Gods, Dice Settlers and Trismegistus.

Tekhenu: Obelisk of the Sun will be released on July 30th 2020.

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Sara Elsam

Staff Writer

Sara has been writing since 2017, contributing news, features and more to outlets including Eurogamer, Rock Paper Shotgun, Variety, The Guardian, BBC and Tabletop Gaming magazine. The team’s resident expert in Dungeons & Dragons, they’re also a fan of all things horror and psychedelia both on and off the table. They are happiest rolling big dice, raising mobs and rocking out with their Bard-Lock.