Tessera box logo

Tessera is a 2-4 player tile-laying game reminiscent of Dominoes in which players are competing to score the most points. Featuring a Roman mythology theme in which players are attempting to earn the most favour of the Gods, players play cards (featuring beautiful mosaic designs) into the Temple grid. The card can adjoin, be totally separate from, partially or wholly overlap, other cards already in the grid. Once played, if the card has joined existing areas belonging to the God(s) on the card then the player may choose to either score points immediately or improve their multiplier(s). If scoring immediately, the player counts the number of tiles in the conjoined area they just played into and places that many scoring tokens into the column where that God token is present.

2 player game in progress render

Each player has their own board to keep track of their multipliers and points and a major part of the game is correctly judging when to score points and when to build up for more scoring later. There is a pleasing amount of interaction as the players vie for the favour of the Gods, but these acolytes are fickle and prone to changing their minds so you must expect other players to not only maximise their own scoring but look to diminish that of their opponents.

The winner of the game is the player with the most points at the end of the game. Players simply multiply the total value of tokens in each section by the multiplier above it to work out their grand totals.

Player board render

The rulebook includes include background information on the history of Roman mythology and the seven Gods featured in the game. Some of them are very familiar in popular culture whilst others may be less well known.

  • Jupiter - King of the Gods and the God of the sky and thunder, as shown on his God marker.
  • Minerva - Goddess of wisdom, arts, trade and strategy, she is depicted in
  • Tessera with a scroll and quill.
  • Mars - Well known for being the God of War, he was also the guardian of agriculture and the embodiment of virility and aggression. His swords and shield mark him out.
  • Flora - The Goddess of the flowering of plants, aptly represented by a floral wreath.
  • Neptune - God of freshwater and the sea. He’s well known for holding a trident, as was his Greek predecessor Poseidon.
  • Apollo - God of music, healing, light and truth. His symbol is the lyre, a stringed instrument similar to a harp.
  • Vesta - Goddess of the hearth and home, she is represented in Tessera by the fire in the hearth.

God tokens

Please note that this is prototype artwork and subject to change. We are also working to make Tessera colour-blind friendly. Whilst each God has an associated colour they also feature different symbols and shapes.

Coming soon on Kickstarter