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An innovative game of area control, conflict, and Mayan mythology designed by John Clowdus.
An innovative game of area control, conflict, and Mayan mythology designed by John Clowdus.
2,053 backers pledged $221,984 to help bring this project to life.

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It is a time of blood, of ritual, of war. Gods walk among the tribes, each hungering for the devotion that gives them form. Though the gods are many, only one will endure the ages above all others.

Mezo is an innovative game of area control for  2-4 players inspired by Mayan mythology. Players control a powerful god and a tribe of followers. These tribes will clash for dominance, build step pyramids, and make sacrifices all in the name of their god. 

The first big box game from Small Box Games designer John Clowdus (Omen, Hemloch, Neolithic), Mezo redefines area control and conflict-driven game play. The game features massive god miniatures, each with vastly asymmetrical  strategies, as well as numerous paths for players to achieve victory! 

This campaign also proudly offers the TRIBE pledge level: a non-miniatures edition of Mezo that includes all stretch goals! Plastic components are replaced with wooden components and cardboard standees.

The CHIEFTAIN PLEDGE is the core experience featured in our playthroughs with the Dice Tower and Man Vs. Meeple. It contains beautiful unit miniatures for 4 tribes (3 sculpts per tribe), as well as 4 massive Mayan gods! With all gods unlocked, this pledge level offers 91 possible game play combinations of gods from 2-4 players! Estimated retail value of $90--not including Souls for Xibalba content.
The CHIEFTAIN PLEDGE is the core experience featured in our playthroughs with the Dice Tower and Man Vs. Meeple. It contains beautiful unit miniatures for 4 tribes (3 sculpts per tribe), as well as 4 massive Mayan gods! With all gods unlocked, this pledge level offers 91 possible game play combinations of gods from 2-4 players! Estimated retail value of $90--not including Souls for Xibalba content.
The DEVOTED PLEDGE is the ultimate experience for Mezo. It expands the game to five players with an all new tribe (3 more sculpts), as well as 5 more massive Mayan gods that further explore the game with all new strategies. It also includes more Altars and Wrathful tiles for even more game variability! With all gods unlocked, this pledge level offers 1,573 possible game play combinations of gods from 2-5 players! Estimated retail value of $140--not including Souls for Xibalba content.
The DEVOTED PLEDGE is the ultimate experience for Mezo. It expands the game to five players with an all new tribe (3 more sculpts), as well as 5 more massive Mayan gods that further explore the game with all new strategies. It also includes more Altars and Wrathful tiles for even more game variability! With all gods unlocked, this pledge level offers 1,573 possible game play combinations of gods from 2-5 players! Estimated retail value of $140--not including Souls for Xibalba content.
The TRIBE PLEDGE offers the same game play experience as the DEVOTED PLEDGE level, only without the plastic unit and god miniatures. Instead, units are replaced with wooden components while the gods are massive punchboard standees! All other components are exactly the same as the DEVOTED PLEDGE. It is important to note that any plastic stretch goals that are unlocked are not included with this pledge level. Instead, miniatures like gods will be punch board standees. With all gods unlocked, this pledge level offers 1,573 possible game play combinations of gods from 2-5 players! This will only be available in small quantities after the campaign directly from Kolossal. This edition of Mezo will not be available in retail.
The TRIBE PLEDGE offers the same game play experience as the DEVOTED PLEDGE level, only without the plastic unit and god miniatures. Instead, units are replaced with wooden components while the gods are massive punchboard standees! All other components are exactly the same as the DEVOTED PLEDGE. It is important to note that any plastic stretch goals that are unlocked are not included with this pledge level. Instead, miniatures like gods will be punch board standees. With all gods unlocked, this pledge level offers 1,573 possible game play combinations of gods from 2-5 players! This will only be available in small quantities after the campaign directly from Kolossal. This edition of Mezo will not be available in retail.
Each of the tribes has three unique sculpts: champion, shaman, and warrior. The Piranha tribe is included with the Devoted pledge. The tribe shown in our video content and graphics are the Jaguar tribe. We will share these other sculpts during the campaign.
Each of the tribes has three unique sculpts: champion, shaman, and warrior. The Piranha tribe is included with the Devoted pledge. The tribe shown in our video content and graphics are the Jaguar tribe. We will share these other sculpts during the campaign.
The pyramid add-on is perfect for those that wish to elevate the game's already impressive table presence even further! Standees are also available for those that pledge at the CHIEFTAIN or DEVOTED levels.
The pyramid add-on is perfect for those that wish to elevate the game's already impressive table presence even further! Standees are also available for those that pledge at the CHIEFTAIN or DEVOTED levels.
Group pledges must be manually entered through the DEVOTED pledge. Mutiply shipping costs times the amount of copies you would like. All group pledges must be in a multiple of three.
Group pledges must be manually entered through the DEVOTED pledge. Mutiply shipping costs times the amount of copies you would like. All group pledges must be in a multiple of three.

For more insight into what makes Mezo such an innovative game, we invite you to watch the comprehensive videos below. This section also includes a summary of game steps about the heart of the game: the Conflict Step.

A game of Mezo plays out over three ages with the core of each age being defined by the Conflict Phase. At the start of the phase the top conflict tile will be revealed showing which region the conflict will occur.

Each player will then draw the top three cards from their god's unique action deck, select one to play during the conflict and return the remaining cards to the top of their action deck. Players will then simultaneously reveal their action card for the conflict.
Each player will then draw the top three cards from their god's unique action deck, select one to play during the conflict and return the remaining cards to the top of their action deck. Players will then simultaneously reveal their action card for the conflict.
In turn order, one at a time players will perform one of the available actions from their chosen action card until all players have performed two of their three available actions in an attempt to win one or more of the conflict rewards.
In turn order, one at a time players will perform one of the available actions from their chosen action card until all players have performed two of their three available actions in an attempt to win one or more of the conflict rewards.
After each player has had the opportunity to perform their actions the conflict is over and players determine how the spoils will be divided.
After each player has had the opportunity to perform their actions the conflict is over and players determine how the spoils will be divided.
First, the player with the most strength in the conflict receives the altar bonus for that region.
First, the player with the most strength in the conflict receives the altar bonus for that region.
Second, the player with the most Shamans will place one of their Shaman minis from the conflict onto the Immortal Calendar gaining an immediate powerful effect in addition to securing VP during End of Age scoring.
Second, the player with the most Shamans will place one of their Shaman minis from the conflict onto the Immortal Calendar gaining an immediate powerful effect in addition to securing VP during End of Age scoring.
Third, the player with the most Warriors will place one of their Warrior minis from the conflict onto the Heroic Codex gaining an immediate powerful effect in addition to securing VP during End of Age scoring.
Third, the player with the most Warriors will place one of their Warrior minis from the conflict onto the Heroic Codex gaining an immediate powerful effect in addition to securing VP during End of Age scoring.

After all conflicts in an age have been resolved, the age ends. At the end of the third age, the most powerful god rises above all others! 

For more detailed information on how to play Mezo, please peruse our rules draft here and let us know if you have any questions in the comments section of our campaign or on our BGG page here

  •  Mezo is the eighth campaign from Kolossal Games. While Kolossal is new to the industry, we hit the ground running, armed with the knowledge of industry best practices, experienced partners, and wonderful games. Our first game Western Legends  is in the process of fulfillment. We believe in open and honest communication and will share all info as we receive it with our backers. 
  • This is the first big box game by prolific designer John Clowdus. John has designed dozens of successful games over the last eight year through his own brand Small Box Games (Omen, Hemloch, Neolithic). Mezo is no exception to the quality and level of innovation he brings to everything he touches.
  •  Kolossal does not sell to online discounters. Backers will receive the game at a lower cost (even after shipping rates) and before the retail release of the game. Tribe pledge backers save $40 before shipping. Chieftain pledge backers save $50 before shipping. Devoted pledge backers receive $55 before shipping. The pyramid add-on has $5 savings now as well. Further, direct sales via the Kolossal website will only be to US customers.
  • This campaign features a simplified production level of the game without miniatures for those that want to back Mezo at a more affordable level.
  • Our team is led and supported by industry and marketing experts. We have a machine that works, fueled by amazing games that are designed, developed, and illustrated by incredibly talented people. The game is easy to learn while providing interesting, diverse, and tense game play each game, combining familiar mechanisms in a unique, new way.  
  • The game contains incredible illustrations, graphic design, and miniature designs from talented illustrator Daryl Toh
  • We are committed to begin fulfillment to backers of this game before it is made available in retail. Components and materials for the game are in the final stages of completion upon launch. All files will be uploaded to our manufacturing partner within one week of the campaign's ending. This ensures timely delivery to our backers. 
  • By backing at ANY pledge level through our campaign, you will receive, at no extra cost, the Souls for Xibalba.  This expansion will be comprised of stretch goals unlocked throughout the campaign and will only be available directly through Kolossal (at a cost) after the campaign. We have many exciting and interactive goals planned for those who are backers of Kolossal's eighth official release! 

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    DEVOTED: FRENCH LANGUAGE EDITION

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    DEVOTED: GERMAN LANGUAGE EDITION

    This is the ultimate Mezo experience which expands the game from 2-5 players. It includes 5 additional massive Mayan god miniatures and all of their components, as well as more altars and Wrathful tiles. This pledge level also includes all stretch goals that will comprise the Souls for Xibalba direct exclusive expansion.

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    DEVOTED: ITALIAN LANGUAGE EDITION

    This is the ultimate Mezo experience which expands the game from 2-5 players. It includes 5 additional massive Mayan god miniatures and all of their components, as well as more altars and Wrathful tiles. This pledge level also includes all stretch goals that will comprise the Souls for Xibalba direct exclusive expansion.

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    DEVOTED: SPANISH LANGUAGE EDITION

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