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Tales of Tiles - Subject-Builder

In 2017, the board game Azul© became an international phenomenon, garnering mass-market success and accumulating multiple “Game of the Year” awards. German game designer Michael Kiesling was inspired by the buildings in Portugal while creating his unique tile game.

This Game Schooler Subject-Builder© explores the history behind the one of the oldest countries in Europe. Students uncover the story of azulejos and how the tiles became distinctly Portuguese, and explore contemporary Portuguese culture.

** Works best when implemented with the board game Azul©.

Skills & Subjects

Students will discover the following Skills and Subjects while completing this Game Schooler product.

    • Anthropology Anthropology
    • World History World History
    • Art History Art History
    Required Game

    Note: This Game Schooler product requires the following game to fully implement


    In the game Azul, players take turns drafting colored tiles from suppliers to their player board. Later in the round, players score points based on how they've placed their tiles to decorate the palace. Extra points are scored for specific patterns and completing sets; wasted supplies harm the player's score. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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    This product is compatible with Azul by Next Move Games/Plan B Games. This is NOT an Official Next Move Games/Plan B Games product/project. This is a non-licensed product and all trademarks and copyrights are properties of their respective owners.
    Additional Details
    • Age:Grades 6 to 8
    • Format:PDF
    • # of Pages:11
    Table of Contents
    • 1. Table of Contents
    • 2. Introduction
    • a. Overview
    • b. Key Outcomes & Objectives
    • c. Instructional Design
    • d. Implementation
    • 3. Azulejos - The Tiles
    • 4. Portuguese History
    • 5. Portuguese Culture Today
    • 6. Quiz
    • 7. Gameplay Guide
    • 8. Credits