Fight Tooth and Claw to Win the Pharaoh's Favor

Heir to the Pharaoh is a cunning game of cats, dogs and quarreling gods in the sands of ancient Egypt. Designed by Alf Seegert with art by Brian Kohrman, it is for 2 players only and lasts 45 minutes to an hour.

Ancient Egypt is going to the dogs - or maybe to the cats? Displeased by his children, the Pharaoh favors his pets instead. He has decided to alter the lines of succession and will bequeath his entire kingdom either to the feline goddess Bast or to the canine god Anubis. But which one?

In Heir to the the Pharaoh you and your opponent play as Bast and Anubis, each one vying for the Pharaoh's affection - and for his throne! Impress the Pharaoh by digging your mighty paws into the sand. Build majesticShrines, Sun Temples and Obelisks! Use Animal Magic to unleash the power of the gods, who will help you win the favor of the Pharaoh!

The player who claws her way to victory will be the new top dog or fat cat and become Heir to the Pharaoh.

Heir to the Pharaoh combines intense card play with a spacious and colorfully illustrated game board. It mingles multiple mechanisms, including civilization-building (with tile placement and network building), bidding, set collection, area control, and hand management (with players required to exchange all used cards with their opponent at the end of each round). Seven separate player abilities re-combine each round, depending on the favor of the gods earned that round by each player. For example, earning the favor of the god RA lets you add a Player Disc to the current Sun for area control around the edges of the board. PTAH allows you to claim the current Monument Card for set collection scoring. SESHAT lets you place the current Monument Standee on the board to add to the network of Monuments in play. GEB & NUT let you claim and rotate this Monument Standee and aim it at other Monuments to score points. The PHARAOH lets you secretly contribute cards to the construction of the Pyramid, awarding the greater contributor many points at the end of the game. And so on....

The players play as the rival gods Bast and Anubis in ancient Egypt. The Pharaoh has declared that he will offer his kingdom to whichever of these gods most impresses him. Over a series of eight rounds, players work to build a Pyramid and a series of smaller monuments to impress the Pharaoh. The players receive help from the gods, who provide their services to the player who offers the higher bid. By performing actions unique to each god, players build monuments and align them to point at other monuments, gaining influence over the Pharaoh as they do so. To keep competition fair, the Pharaoh has declared that whatever resources either player uses during a playing round will be given to his opponent for use later in the game. Once the Pyramid is completed, the player with the most points is declared the Heir to the Pharaoh and wins the game.
An Overview of the Game in German
PharaohOverview_German text.pdf
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Download the Rules

Heir to the Pharaoh Rule Book - English
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Expansion Rules - English
Curse of the Zombie Kitten of Bubastis and the Mummy Puppy of Cynopolis
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