Thebes aka Jenseits von Theben is a board game in which players are digging for treasures. Players travel around the board, digging for treasures (kind of like Indiana Jones), players get to put these treasures on display to gather points, and the treasures themselves have various point values. The mechanic in which players is unique in that you can actually have back to back multiple moves in the game. Depending on what you choose to do on your turn, such as how long to dig (the longer you dig, the more treasures you may receive), where to travel to (the further distance, the longer the time needed), your movement pawn moves ahead along the perimeter of the board. The player whose pawn is further behind, gets their turn, so if I'm way behind, I can have several shorter moves before I catch up to the other players ahead.
There's a lot of luck in the game but that's the theme of the game. A player will "dig" for treasure, this treasure is along with other blanks are in a bag. You pick out your hopeful treasure from the bag without looking. How many you get to pick out is determined by having the correct cards in your hand AND selecting how long you want to stay at that location for a "dig". We also chant "dirt" "dirt" "dirt" when another player is digging. The treasures picked out, you get to keep, the "blanks" or "dirt" as we call them, get mixed back in the bag. The way we play is we put keep out a blank every time a dig occurs, this helps give better odds for the next player.
The game is a lot of fun, chanting "dirt", picking how long to dig/how many treasures to pick out, location to travel to, cards to collect, etc. If you don't like luck based games, you won't like this, but if you don't mind, it's a light hearted game with some luck.
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