Last week, two teams of explorers entered the Valley of the Kings competing to discover the treasures of Pharaoh Tutankhamun. After eight years of exploring, one team emerged famous and the other was forgotten....
We spent four days last week playing an awesome game together as we learned about the exploration of King Tut's tomb. We split into two teams of explorers (boys and girls worked nicely for us) who competed to explore the tomb and become the most famous exploration team. On each turn, the team spent wealth to make an exploration and find an item from the tomb. The items gained the explorers wealth, which could be traded for fame. Sometimes, an event occurred and the team had to decide what course of action to take. The teams had to work together to manage their wealth and make decisions that would lead to their team getting the most fame and winning the game.
The boys team was in the lead for most of the week, but not by much. The girls team found a lot of very valuable items including the mummy's mask, but they also got cursed by the mummy. On the last day of play, the two teams were neck and neck and the final scores ended 50 to 51 points with the boys the champions. It was so close!
The items from the tomb and the events that happened were displayed in a powerpoint and we played two Senet games using our Senet board. Each team had a giant die to roll which was a ton of fun. This was a fantastic way to look at and learn about the items in the tomb of King Tut and the kids loved playing the game. It was like Choose Your Own Adventure meets National Treasure. Sometimes, it was difficult to get through our days because they couldn't wait until it was time to play more! They took the game seriously, thought hard about each decision, did a great job working together, and learned a ton about the exploration of King Tut's tomb in the process.