As they wandered through Mexico, the Aztec, or Mexica, as they later called themselves, searched for the sign prophesied by their God, Huitzilopochtli: an eagle, perched on a cactus, eating a snake. There they would settle.
Many years later, in 1325, the Mexica finally found the sign they sought and settled in their home on an island in Lake Texcoco. They spent the next 200 years exploring their chosen home and building their famous capital city Tenochtitlán. They built dams to channel the water around land on which they built their homes. They called the building groups that were contained within the canals Calpulli. The Calpulli formed the basis for Aztec society.
In 1521 Hernán Cortés destroyed Tenochtitlán: a city of 15 square kilometers that had been home to 200,000 people. Later Mexico city rose on these ruins. Today, there are only a few remnants of the capital city of the Mexica.
In this game, the players return to the time of the Mexica. They build districts (Calpulli) surrounded by canals, build bridges connecting the districts, and build buildings in the districts. Players score points for founding districts and, twice in the game, for the buildings they have built in the districts. The player who scores the most points will win the game.
1 game board
43 canal tiles
15 Calpuli tiles
12 action chips
4 game figures
4 scoring markers
4 rule summary cards
1 rule booklet
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