Rules: Phase 1: Province Selection|
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A number of Provinces equal to the number of players are selected at random for auction. In the Old Kingdom (rounds 1-3), these are selected from all 15 Provinces, and once a Province has been selected in a round, it cannot be selected again in the following rounds of the Old Kingdom. In the New Kingdom (rounds 4-6), the Provinces are selected only from those provinces that were selected during the Old Kingdom (9 in a 3-player game, 12 in a 4-player game, and all 15 in a 5-player game). Again, once a Province has been selected, it cannot be selected again in the following rounds of the New Kingdom.
In some Provinces, additional Free Power Cards (BUTO, DAKHLA, EDFU – 1 card each; THEBES – 2 cards), Free Building Stones (ABYDOS – 1 stone; MEMPHIS – 2 stones), Free Farmers (BAHARYA – 2 farmers) or Free Gold (DAKHLA – 12 Gold) will be awarded to the player that acquires that Province in Phase 2.