Tara: Ireland's Royal Board Game
Poisoned Chalice, end of game: surprisingly every kingdom, even the largest, had just one knot.
Front view of 2nd edition
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(second edition, TG552)
Inspired by the Book of Kells and its mesmerizing patterns woven amongst the vellum pages, Project Kells evolved. Standing atop the Hill of Tara and contemplating the conjoined ringforts of Forradh and Teach Chormac, the games of Sacred Hill and High Kings of Tara were born. Steeped in the ancient legends of Ireland’s Celtic heritage and royal past, these unique games of pure strategy are appreciated by young and old alike.
Tailten Games won the Games Magazine award for BEST ABSTRACT GAME 2006; the Spiele für Zwei - Spiele Akademie 2005 (Austria); Index 100 - Showcase 2005 in Ireland; and the award for 'Best Irish-Style Traditional Gift' 2005 in Ireland for Project Kells.
According to the designer, Murray Heasman,"The game takes five minutes to learn, yet a lifetime to master." The sheer beauty of this game alone makes it a gift to treasure--but the three separate games each pose a daunting task for any strategic or abstract gamer.
In all there are eight variants to stimulate the mind, so take it to your own level. From a more simple Sacred Hill, a go-like game with its' elemental challenges, to an all-out-brain-burner in the form of Poisoned Chalice... Project Kells combines the best of beauty, gameplay, theme, and replay value.
You’ll be amazed at the possibilities. Once you’ve learned the basics, be prepared to delve deeper, because you’re likely to be already hooked on this game. Scoring with knots (instead of kingdoms) will get you addicted.
This is very probably the same game [system] as The High Kings of Tara.