Chose an Entity. Then place it on the table under two follower cards. (see below).
Every player gets five cards in hand.
Draw two cards and make max. two actions:
You win by being the first one place your Entity on top of the ritual card.
Every player builds their own pyramid. Your mission is to build your cult in a pyramid shape. What you strive for is four followers on first row. Three doctrines on second row. Two artifacts on third row, and finally on row four - one ritual card.
These cards are base cards. And the have a numbers to show which row. And a symbol that shows category.
Two to one
Every base card besides followers need support. This means for example that you need two follower cards placed on the table to be able to place one doctrine card. With three followers you can place two doctrine. cards. Four followers supports three doctrines. (see below). Two doctrine supports one artifact, and so on.
This card is movable. But only on top of placed cards. You want to be first to climb all the way to the top, to the ritual. One action is one step to one of the closest card.
Protect and attack
How you chose to play is up to you. Besides building your cult/pyramid you can protect base cards or attack others. Thereby try to destroy your opponent chances to win.
By removing card, several other cards who are unprotected card may fall. If removed card is need for their support. (see below).
You can not remove a shielded card unless you you use two attack cards. You can not place a shield card on another shielded card. Nor on a empty spot or on entity.
This is the structure your cult are aiming for.
The infinity sign means it can be place on any row. It can be a base card - pyramid card. But there are also shield and attack cards that can be used on any row.
Pyramid shape or shape-ish
The shape of the pyramid structure may vary. To win the pyramid does not have to be hole. And you can build it wider.
Due to the law of two base cards support one, the consequence can be costly. Shielded card doesn't fall. It will seem to float.
You can remove a shield with two attack cards.
But it also costs two actions.