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A deck-building game of ancient Egypt
For 1 - 4 players
Valley of the Kings: Afterlife
A Game by Tom Cleaver
For 1-4 players, ages 14 and up
Players are Egyptian nobles at the time of the pharaohs, preparing
for their death and burial in the Valley of the Kings. In the Egyptian
religion, when you die you can take it with you! Egyptians therefore
stocked their tombs with goods such as weapons, works of art, and
jewelry. You compete with the other players to accumulate the best artifacts for your tomb. At the end of the game, you score the artifacts stored there – the player with the most victory points wins!
Valley of the Kings: Afterlife plays as a stand-alone game, but it also integrates seamlessly with the original Valley of the Kings game. This means that you can use cards from both games interchangeably to make the game a new experience every time you play. You can also use the cards to expand the game to more than four players. See “Optional Rules” on page 16 for more details.
Goal Fill your tomb with the most valuable artifacts!
Components Your game of Valley of the Kings: Afterlife should include the following.
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• Rulebook (this book) • 96 Artifact cards (40 level I cards, 29 level II cards, 27 level III cards) • 4 Tomb cards 2 • 4 Reference cards Artifact Cards These cards represent the various jewelry, weapons, tomb art and other treasures players try to accumulate during the game.
1. Card Title: The name of the card.
2. Gold Value: The gold value is used for buying other cards.
3. Cost: This is how much gold it costs to buy the card.
4. Frame Color: The frame color is coded to the set or card type. All tomb art, for example, has the same light blue frame color. This makes it easier to identify your set cards. The symbol in the upper left hand corner of each card can also be used to identify the set or card type.
5. Action: The action on the card can be executed instead of using the card for its gold value.
6. Historical Text: This text features a story or historical information regarding the artifact.
7. Type: There are three types of cards: starter cards, unique artifacts, and sets. The number in parentheses indicates how many different cards appear in that set.
8. Level: Levels are used to sort cards into stacks during setup. 3 Setup
1. Set Up Players: Each player takes a tomb card and a reference card and places them in front of their play area.
2. Set Up Starter Cards: Take all of the level I cards and give each player 4 Shabtis, 3 Urns, 2 Boxes of Food, and 1 Offering Table.
These are starter cards. When playing with fewer than four players, return any remaining starter cards to the box as they will not be used during this game.
3. Set Up Draw Decks: Each player shuffles their 10 starter cards and places them face down to form their own draw deck. Then each player draws 5 cards from their draw deck to form their hand of cards.
4. Set Up Stock: Take all of the level II cards and shuffle them in a face down stack. Take all of the level III cards and shuffle them in a face down stack. Then take the stack of level II cards and place it on top of the stack of level III cards. This combined stack forms the stock.
5. Set Up Pyramid: Draw 6 cards from the stock and place them face up to form a pyramid as shown in the diagram on the following page.
6. Set Up Boneyard: Draw 1 card from the stock and place it face up next to the stock to form the boneyard.
7. Determine Starting Player: The player who most recently visited a museum takes the first turn. Players are now ready to begin the game!
Tomb Reference Card Discard Pile Draw Deck Crumbling Pyramid Whenever a card is removed from the pyramid (unless the card is removed from the top row), the pyramid immediately crumbles. A card from a row above crumbles down to fill the space left by the card that was removed. Usually, only the one card diagonally above the empty space is available to crumble down, but if the empty space is in the center of the base, either of two cards may crumble down. In this instance, you may choose which of the two cards fills the space. When a card crumbles down, it may also leave an empty space that needs to be filled by the card at the top of the pyramid, causing another card to crumble down.
Crumbling Example The bottom middle card of the pyramid is removed, causing it to immediately crumble.
Either of the cards in the center row may crumble down to fill the space. The player chooses to fill the space with the Goddess Nut.
How to Play The starting player takes the first turn of the game; then play continues clockwise around the table. Players continue taking turns until the end of the game (see “End of Game” on page 11).
Taking a Turn
During your turn you must follow these four steps in order:
1. Play Cards: Each card in your hand can be played for only one
of these purposes:
Buy a card from the base of the pyramid.
Execute the action listed on the card.
Entomb the card (once per turn).
You may buy cards, execute actions, and entomb a card in any order you wish during your turn.
2. Discard: When you have played all the cards you chose to play, discard all of your cards in play and all cards remaining in your hand. Cards may be discarded in any order you wish. All cards go to your personal discard pile – not the boneyard.
3. Rebuild Pyramid: If you have made no changes whatsoever to the pyramid during your turn, sacrifice any card in the pyramid by putting the selected card on top of the boneyard. The pyramid will then crumble as normal. Regardless of whether or not you changed the pyramid, replace cards removed from the pyramid with cards from the stock. Draw cards one at a time and fill the empty spaces in the pyramid, starting from the base up.
4. Draw New Hand: Draw a new hand of 5 cards. If at any time you are required to draw a card and your draw deck is empty, shuffle your discard pile to form a new deck.
After you have completed each step, the next player clockwise around the table takes their turn. 7 Buying Cards Cards are bought one at a time from the base of the pyramid. You may
only buy cards from among the 3 cards in the base of the pyramid:
cards in the middle and top row cannot be bought until they crumble down to the base of the pyramid. You may buy any number of cards during your turn that you can afford.
To buy a card you must follow these three steps in order:
1. Lay out cards with sufficient gold value to pay the card’s cost.
If you overpay, no change is given and the extra gold is immediately lost.
2. Remove the purchased card from the pyramid and place it on top of your discard pile.
3. The pyramid crumbles to fill in the empty space in the base.
When a card is played for its gold value, you cannot use its action.
Do not discard the cards you used for gold. They remain on the table as part of your cards in play until the end of your turn.
Buying Example Jay chooses to buy the Goddess Nut which has a cost of 4.
This provides a total gold value of 5 which is sufficient to buy the tomb art. Note that the 1 extra gold value is lost and does not count towards an additional purchase.
Executing Actions Place your card on the table and carry out its action. If a card has more than one part to its action, you must complete all parts. Furthermore, you must execute the parts in order, completing one part before you move on to the next. If one of the parts cannot be executed (for example, because a required card is not available), you may not execute the action.
You must complete all the action parts on a card before doing anything else.
Unless otherwise noted, the effects of actions end at the conclusion of your turn.
You may execute any number of actions during your turn. The cards you play as actions are not discarded until the end of the turn.
When a card is played for its action, you cannot use its gold value.
Action Terms Buy – Buy a card from the base of the pyramid.
Cards in your hand – These are cards you haven’t played yet.
Cards in play – These are cards already on the table that have been played for their gold value or as actions.
Cost – This is the number in the upper right corner of the card.
Draw – Cards must be drawn from your own draw deck unless the action specifically states otherwise.
Entomb – Choose a card from your hand and put it into your tomb, under the tomb card.
May – When “may” occurs in an action, it means that the following text is optional. For example, “You may draw a card” means that you are allowed, but not required, to draw. If it is impossible for you to draw a card, you can still do the rest of the action.
Sacrifice – Choose a card and put it on top of the boneyard face up. Some actions call for sacrificing cards from your hand while others for sacrificing cards from the pyramid. Cards already in play cannot be sacrificed. Unless stated otherwise, cards are sacrificed from your hand.
Set Card – A set card is anything other than a starter card or a unique card.
Take – Unless otherwise noted, this means to take a card from anywhere in the pyramid and place it on top of your discard pile.
Entombing Cards Once per turn you may put a card from your hand into your tomb. Some actions allow you to place additional cards into your tomb. When a card is entombed, you cannot use its gold value or action.
The cards put in your tomb are public knowledge.
Lay out your tomb as shown in the example image so that all players know what cards you have.
Example Tomb Layout End of Game The game continues until all of the following conditions have
No cards are left in the stock.
No cards are left in the pyramid.
All players have taken the same number of turns.
Scoring After the game ends, all players count their victory points (VP).
Only the cards in your tomb count; the cards in your hand, deck, and discard pile are worthless. There are three types of cards: starter cards (Shabti, Urns, Boxes of Food, and Offering Tables), unique artifacts (Sphinx, Ibex Statue, etc.), and sets (mummification, jewelry, chambers, weapons, and tomb art). Scoring of starter cards and unique artifacts is easy – just add up the victory points listed on the cards. For sets, determine how many different cards in each set you have (do not count duplicates) and square the result (multiply the result by itself). For example, if you have 6 different kinds of Tomb Art, you score 6×6 = 36 points. Add up all your points. The player with the most points wins! In case of ties, the player with the fewest cards in their tomb wins. Further ties result in a shared victory.
Scoring Example Number of Victory cards in set Points Jay has the following cards in his tomb: 3 Shabti (1 VP each), a Burial Chamber, 2 Axes, and a Dagger. Jay scores 3 points for his 3 Shabti (1+1+1 = 3), 1 point for his Burial Chamber (1×1 = 1), and 4 points for his 2 different weapons (2×2 5 25 = 4). His total is 8 points. Note that the 6 36 extra Axe is worthless. 7 49 Rule Clarifications You may not look at the contents of the boneyard, other than the top (face up) card.
You may look at your own discard pile (without rearranging the cards) when it is not your turn. During your turn, you may only look at your discard pile if directed by an action.
You may count the number of cards remaining in the stock (without rearranging the cards) when it is not your turn.
If an action allows you to put a card into your tomb, it does not count towards the limit of entombing once per turn.
If a player has accidentally placed any extra cards in their tomb, the cards are placed in their discard pile instead. For all other errors, if the error is caught before the next player plays a card, the error is corrected. If the next player has already played a card, the error is not corrected.
You cannot use the gold value of a card to buy more than one card at a time. For example, if you have a card with a gold value of 6, you cannot buy two cards at a cost of 3 each.
Card Clarifications Antechamber – Search your discard pile. Put a card from your discard pile into your hand.
Once you begin the search, you must complete the action.
Axe – If you discard Axe as the result of an action, each opponent discards the highest cost card in their hand.
The action could be an action you take, or an action an opponent takes. Opponents should reveal their hands to verify that they have discarded their highest-cost cards.
Bow – Take a set card that is not of the same set as any card in your tomb and entomb it.
Unique cards are not set cards and cannot be entombed with the Bow.
Example: Jane has no weapons in her tomb. She can use the Bow to take a Sling from the pyramid and put it in her tomb.
Brooch – Entomb a card from the pyramid. Sacrifice a set card in your tomb.
Starter cards and unique cards are not sets and cannot be sacrificed by Brooch. If you do not have any set cards in your tomb to sacrifice, you cannot entomb a card from the pyramid.
Burial Ceremony – Entomb and number of starter cards.
The starter cards must come from your hand.
Dagger – If there are at least as many cards in the boneyard as there are players, each player, starting with you, takes the top card of the boneyard.
If you must count the cards in the boneyard, do so without revealing them to yourself or anybody else.
Goddess Nut – Select an opponent. That opponent may take the card with the lowest cost. You take the card with the highest cost.
In case of ties for the lowest-cost card, your opponent chooses which one to take. In case of ties for the highest-cost card, you choose which one to take. If your opponent chooses not to take a card, you may still take the card with the highest cost.
Hounds and Jackals Game – Put a card in play into your hand.
Cards in play are any cards you have played this turn for their actions or for their gold value.
Judgment – Set aside a card from your hand and take the top card of the boneyard. Repeat this as often as desired. Then sacrifice the set-aside cards.
You may not examine the contents of the boneyard at any time while executing this action. You may put the set-aside cards on top of the boneyard in any order.
Mirror Case – Take a card. Put Mirror Case into the pyramid as though you were rebuilding the pyramid.
After you take a card from the pyramid, the pyramid crumbles. Then put Mirror Case into the top of the pyramid and let it crumble into position.
Necklace – Entomb the top card of your deck. If it’s a starter card, you may entomb a second card from the top of your deck.
If necessary, you may shuffle your discards to create a draw deck. You cannot entomb more than two cards with this action.
Offering Chapel – Each player may entomb the top card of their discard pile.
Players with empty discard piles do not participate in this action.
Pesesh-kef – Take a card selected by the player to your left.
You do the pyramid crumbling of this action.
Ring – The next card you play this turn has double gold value.
If you play this card as the last play of your turn, the effect does not carry over into your next turn.
Senet Game – Draw a card. Put Senet Game on top of an opponent’s discard pile. That opponent puts a set card on top of your discard pile, or reveals a hand with no set cards.
Draw a card. Then put Senet Game on top of a selected opponent’s discard pile. That opponent then searches their hand and selects a set card to put on top of your discard pile. If the opponent does not have a set card, they must show you their hand to prove it.