From the Publisher...
In the 1880's, Richard Wetherill, a rancher and trader, became the first white man to explore the ruins left behind by the Ancestral Puebloans. He called these people "Anasazi," the term used by his Navajo friends. Hidden in sheltered plateaus deep in the southwest, archeologists and explorers were amazed by the wealth and durability of these long-abandoned cities.
Now you too can join in the exploration of these amazing and mysterious ruins! Guide the expeditions from their base camps towards the plateaus where the ruins of the Anasazi can be found. Use your smaller camps to learn more about the vanished peoples as you collect long-lost treasures. To win you must be crafty! The value of the treasures will not be known until the end of the game, and each player has a secret goal to reach!
Can you win fame and fortune among the ruins of the cliff dwellers, or will you be left behind in the dust of history?
Each copy of Anasazi contains:
28 game board tiles (mesas)
1 scoring chart
54 expedition markers
8 mission cards
48 treasures (12 each in four colors)
6 expedition base camps
28 campsite markers (7 each in four colors)
16 wooden towers (with colored markings in four colors)
1 rules booklet
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|Quite alternative game, where the placement of board pieces affects gameplay greatly. The theme of expeditions is very fitting, but don't play it too competitively, since it is easy to argue about the exact measurements and movement in the game.
|Anasazi is a very original take on expeditions into unknown territory. It uses a mixture of large tiles to build the map(reminding me a bit of Tikal) and thick cardboard expedition markers to determine where the expeditions can reach (reminding me of miniature wargames) - a very strange combination indeed, but it works. It is fun, plays fast and is truly a unique gaming experience.