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Year Published
2008
# of Players
2 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
8 and up
Playing Time
60 minutes
User Suggested Ages
8 and up
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Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
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Sator Arepo Tenet Opera Rotas
Alternate Names
the Muddle Maze
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Hidden inside the sinners’ pit of the antique library are cursed tomes, heretical books, treatises on witchcraft and black magic, and precious volumes of Kabbalah, all of them written in strange and lost languages. Each book has been placed precisely in the pit, positioned according to exacting rituals; their function to prevent chaos from emerging from the pit. The Keeper is entrusted to stop the souls of the damned from escaping something they attempt continuously by touring the labyrinth and keeping the power contained in the books strong enough to seal the abyss. Only the Keeper knows the rituals and the exact position of every volume as he’s the sole person with access to the Sator secrets.

SATOR AREPO TENET OPERA ROTAS is the seal that keeps the souls of the damned from flowing away...

But the power of the old Keeper is waning, and the sinners’ pit has felt this, using the breath of the damned to slowly shift the volumes which compose the Sator across the labyrinth in order to open a passage for their souls into our world.

Thus, the four Acolytes of the Keeper have been entrusted to recover the holy books that have been moved across the labyrinth. Each volume contains a key which lets one understand some of the arcane words of the Sator and thereby regain control of the labyrinth. The Acolyte who first recovers the four holy books that the Keeper has asked him to find will be able to access the Sator and become the new Keeper.

Goal

Each player represents an Acolyte and tries to be the first to recover the four books that the Keeper has entrusted to him (the four books in the color of his pawn).
The sinners’ pit is an intricate labyrinth of Footbridges and mobile walkways that can be moved by gears and pulleys. They can be turned and pushed in order to create a safe path over which the Acolyte may safely walk the abyss.

To move Footbridges, each Acolyte may read from the book Incertus Movet in Aere Sospeso', which is a kind of user’s manual explaining how to manipulate the walking passages to meet his needs. The more Footbridges the Acolyte moves during his turn, the farther he will be able to walk.
What’s more, he will be able to use the content of his own Liber Fidei, a set of prayers, thoughts and ascetic books, to perform apparently impossible actions (such as the manipulation of time and space) thanks to the power of his faith...

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Publisher: Post Scriptum, Scribabs
Artist: Paolo Vallerga
Year: 2010
Size: 13.78 x 13.78 x 2.36 inches
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Publisher: Post Scriptum, Scribabs
Artist: Paolo Vallerga
Year: 2008
Size: 11.81 x 11.81 x 1.97 inches
2.43 pounds
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Publisher: Post Scriptum, Scribabs
Artist: Paolo Vallerga
Year: 2008
Size: 11.81 x 11.81 x 1.97 inches
2.43 pounds
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2 Greek rules
Μετάφραση των κανόνων του παιχνιδιού. Απλό κείμενο.
Greek
2014-05-29
3 Book & acolyte restriction reference cards
Player aid that summarizes the book and acolyte restrictions for each of the four tile moving Liber Fidei cards, the Free Action, and also includes a pictorial of the gargoyle banishment which new players often forget. New version now indicates a player’s turn ends immediately after gargoyle banishment (a rule that was left out of the English translation). Language independent except for the phrases “Liber Actio” and “finis!” which are Latin for “Free Action” and “end!”. When printed without page scaling and cut along indicated trim lines one page will produce 4 cards, one in each player color the same size as the player aids included with the game.
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2011-11-04
3 rules in Dutch
Dutch rules of Sator
English
2010-11-26
2 Ajuda para Jogadore e Liber Fidei
Ajuda para os 4 jogadores e descrição das cartas Liber fidei
Portuguese
2010-08-30
1 Sator FAQ - Portugues (BR)
FAQ do Sator compilado do BGG e do site oficial. Em português (Br).
Portuguese
2010-05-17
15 Sator FAQ - English
Sator FAQ and minor corrections compiled from official site and BGG Forums.
English
2010-05-17
20 Sator English Rules.pdf
Sator English Rules.pdf Permission granted to post by publisher.
English
2009-09-10
4 Tuckbox
Finally - A Tuckbox for the cards. Without it, it's hard to get everything inside the box without damaging the cards. Besides, it looks good :-)
English
2009-08-30
3 Polish Player Aid/pomoc dla graczy
pomoc dla graczy - opis kart, przebieg rozgrywki
2009-01-06
24 Sator Quick Reference
1-page quick reference in English, a la Liumas. Added correction for "Incertus Movet" cards initial distribution, thanks to Düsterwäldler.
2008-12-13
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