Each set of cards comes with written rules and illustrated “How to play” instructions. This page will give an overview of the game and explain special circumstances and FAQs. Instructions in French & Khmer are coming soon!
Object: The object is to build, carve, and populate an Angkor temple. You must work together to accomplish this task. There are no individual winners or losers.
Number of players: The game is designed for 4 players but, if there are 2 players each may play 2 hands, and if 3 players, the 4th hand can either be played by consensus agreement or by taking turns after each Harvest.
The Playing Area: The playing area consists of The Temple: a 16-card square in the center of the table where the temple is to be built and 4 Villages, one in front of each player. The Village in front of each player consists of a 3 by 4 card grid that provides space for 12 cards to be placed in front of each player (Note: More than 12 cards may be placed in each village grid because Buffalo, Elephant, and Artisan cards are played on top of Laborer cards.
Winning the game: The game is won when the temple is completed as follows: 1. A 16-card square of Laterite has been laid down, covered with Sandstone, and decorated by Artisans; (Note: while a Laterite stone must be laid down before Sandstone is placed on top of it, not all Laterite must be played before any Sandstone can be placed on top: likewise, once a sandstone block had been placed on top of a Laterite one, it can be carved by an Artisan even if not all of the Laterite or Sandstone blocks have yet to be played) 2. The interior of the temple includes: 3 towers of carved Sandstone in the center of the temple with Sacred Sword & Silver Nandin placed there; 3 Apsaras are dancing in front of the towers; and King, Queen, and Priest are inside the temple.
Losing the game: The game is lost if the temple is not completed before all the cards in the stock have been drawn or the community has failed because there was not enough rice to feed them after a Harvest or while honoring the gods.