Coming soon from Scott P. Hansen, the creator of “Posse: Wild West Justice”, which I have yet to play, is another western themed game called Mahola. Mahola, which translate to the word dance from the Native American language English, is a game of Native American dance.

Mahola is for three to four players, for players ages twelve to adult, & has a fifteen to thirty minute play time. In this card game players randomly receive one of four character cards; Maiden, Shaman, Chief, & Hunter. Players may then look at their characters, but do not reveal them. On the back of each character card is a play order chart.

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Each player will then be dealt five cards face down. This will be the player’s starting hand. The remaining cards are then placed in the center of play. This is now the draw deck.

Each round is played in five turns. At the start of each turn a player will add one card from their hand to their tableau. Then each player will pass one card to the player on the left, one card to the player on their right, & then draw a card from the draw deck. Player’s will do this for five turns adding a card each turn to their tableau. Every time a player adds a card to their tableau they can either place their new card to the left or right of an open card. A new card can not be placed in between two cards in the tableau.

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At the end of turn five players reveal their characters & adjust their tableau according to their character ability. Then scoring will begin to score their cards. Players will start by comparing the color of the value at the top left of each dance card. If it matches the color of the player’s character, add points to the score. f the color doesn’t match, then subtract that many points. If the color doesn’t match, but the spirit animal matches, no points are given.

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Next the player will add the value of any matched secondary dance icons to their score & any points for adjacent dance. If there is a tie for scoring, then the player with the most Special Dance cards is the winner. If there is still a tie, the player with the most secondary dance matches wins. Once all scores are added, the winner of the round will receive a favor token.

Players will continue to follow the setup rules each round. So, at the start of each of the rounds each player will get a random character card & draw a new hand of dance cards.

The first player with three favor tokens wins the game.

I really like this game. The artwork is beautiful & the rules are easy to follow. But you do need at least three people to play. However, it is a game you could take when you go to the pub or to a restaurant with family or friends.

As I am part Native American I really appreciate Scott’s work on this game. I have had a great time playing this game. Mahola is now available on Kickstarter: Mahola. Scott is also currently working on his next game, Vaudeville.

So get ready to do a little traditional dancing & game on!

-Christopher Richter

Twitter:@Boardgaming_FTW

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