Egizia: Shifting Sands Edition is an updated version of the beloved strategy game Egizia.
Players travel down the Nile, placing boats as they go, to collect
resources that will help them construct some of Egypt's most famous
monuments. With new monuments to build, new cards to collect, and a
constantly shifting river, Egizia: Shifting Sands Edition is a streamlined, modern update that both longtime fans and new players can easily pick up and enjoy.
In Egizia, players must place their pawns following the
course of the Nile, moving northwards. In this way, each placement not
only blocks the opponents from choosing the same square (except
monuments, where multiple players are always allowed), but also forces
the player to place their remaining pawns only on the squares below the
one they just occupied.
When the placement phase is over, the workers of the players (which
are separate from the pawns) must be fed with the grain produced in the
fields. The production of each field is based on the floods of the Nile,
so some fields may not give grain each turn. If a player doesn't have
enough grain for all their workers, they must buy it with victory
points. After that, stones are received from the owned quarries and used
to build the monuments (if the right to do so was reserved earlier)
along with the workers.
In this new edition, players each get a chance to build across the
Colonnade, a new monument. The more columns you build, the better powers
you unlock to help you on the river. Perhaps once per turn you can
place boats on occupied river spaces or upstream, or gain an extra point
each time you place bricks in monuments. With randomized rewards from
game to game, the Colonnade is a dynamic new monument to shake up
Below the Colonnade, where the graves once stood, lie the mysterious statues — a new monument unlike anything else in Egizia.
These tiny build sites are cheaper than any other monument, but they
hold the potential for high reward if you fulfill their requirements.
Players must plan early as they can place only one brick in a statue per
round, and each level they build has more strenuous requirements for
Egizia: Shifting Sands Edition keeps all the painstaking risk/reward decisions of the original Egizia and adds new depths of strategy, balance, and gameplay for a fresh twist on a timeless classic.