Favor of the Pharaoh (or Favour if you prefer)

by Tom Lehmann & Bézier Games
If you have ever wondered what it would be like if ‘Yahtzee’ and ‘Dominion’ had a baby, you’re not alone. Tom Lehmann released “To Court the King” in 2006, a game where players rolled dice to achieve the highest roll of equal dice (eg 8 x Sixes). After being out of print for some time, Lehmann is back with “Favor of the Pharaoh” (sure we know, Favour here in Australia, but for the sake of this review and for search purposes it is Favor throughout) a revision of his original game. Did he improve on the original design? Is it worth a look? Will it be your next ‘Favour-ite’ game?

Favor of the Pharaoh board game review by Gameapalooza Australian tabletop game news and reviewsFavor of the Pharaoh, dice chucker with pyramids.

Setup & Gameplay
For setup, each player receives a pyramid, player tiles and scarab tokens depending on player order (player order is randomly determined based on player tiles). Following this, a randomly determined 5×4 grid of tiles is made in the centre of the table, this can be done by a player with dice or a free randomiser app from Bézier Games. The start player receives dice based on their tile (to start they receive 3) and they roll to begin their turn.

On a players turn, players roll their dice, choose the dice they want to keep and re-roll the others, this happens one more time (3 total rolls). After their rolls, the active player can look at the ‘hand’ they rolled and can spend those dice to buy a new tile from the grid in the centre. These ‘hands’ can be anything from 3-of-a-kind to rolling 45+. Tiles can be purchased, provided the pre-requisite was rolled. The tiles: add more dice (gold), provide abilities to manipulate dice (blue) and one use abilities (red). Purchasing some tiles provide scarab tokens which also manipulate dice. The next player will then have their turn. The game will continue until a player rolls a 7-of-a-kind and receives the ‘Queen’ tile, triggering the end game. Players will all then receive one last roll attempt to beat the 7-of-akind that was rolled either in number of dice or the same number of dice rolled but with a higher face value, if this happens the player with the ‘Queen’ tile has another chance to defend their title. After this final roll off which ever player achieved the best roll wins the “Favor of the Pharaoh”.

Favor of the Pharaoh game review Gameapalooza Australian tabletop gaming news and reviewsFavor of the Pharaoh Dice, so many glorious dice!

Game Build Quality
The quality of the game is fantastic. The tiles are thick, the dice are brilliant (particularly the unique dice provided) and the insert, along with the app make setup a breeze. The same stellar quality we’ve come to expect from Bézier Games.

Gameapalooza House Rules
Great the way it is!

2-4 Players
Ages: 13+
Setup Time: 5-10 minutes
Play Time: 45 minutes

Overall
Not only has Tom Lehmann improved upon his original design, he’s knocked it out the park. “Favor of the Pharaoh” provides quick, fun and exciting dice rolling with high replayability. The game also adds different types of dice which, not only look amazing, but improve gameplay and provide particularly interesting decisions when choosing dice to re-roll.

The rolling of the dice gives the player direction along with the options of tiles as to what they do on their turn. This makes the game easy to play, especially as a player will always receive something on their turn. “Favor of the Pharaoh” rewards strategy in mitigating poor dice rolls, whilst maintaining the ease of the dice roll. If you can, definitely give it a try. The high price tag may discourage buyers but do not fret, the quality of the components and gameplay provides a unique, quality experience. Do yourself a ‘favour’ and take a look, especially if you enjoy dice games.

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Review By Vincent