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Number of Players: 2-8 Cards: 1 Deck of normal playing cards Counters: Assorted counters to represent gold found in the Mayan ruins.
Artifact: A court card. Worth five points. Cave Network: All the face up cards played so far in a game. Cave Collapse: If three cards of the same rank (i.e. 3 fives, or 3 jacks) are ever seen face up on the table. This includes cards just played by continuing players and cards that are currently part of the Cave Network. Continuing Player: A player that continues into the cave network, expanding it by playing a face up card. Fleeing Player: A player retreating out of the cave network for the rest of the game by playing a face down card.
Much like the Incan Gold game, it's a game of pushing your luck and knowing when to betray the other players to get away with as much gold as possible. Every turn a player decides whether to play a card to continue journeying into the caves, or to retreat with their current gains. The chances of dying and not making any money increases as players move further into the caves. The difference between this game and the original is that it uses normal playing cards, and there are more choices for the players involved.
~~2 Players: 32 cards ~~3 Players: 22 cards ~~4 Players: 12 cards ~~5 Players: 12 cards ~~6 Players: 10 cards ~~7 Players: 10 cards ~~8 Players: 12 cards
Each round the players decide whether to proceed forward or to retreat.
The game ends when the cave collapses, or when the continuing players run out of cards.
Five games should be played. For every new game, all the cards apart from the Jokers should be reshuffled - so discarded cards will be different for each game.