Players begin with eleven Minoans arranged in their Palace
The TZUKH dice is rolled to determine who starts
The initial Wanax placement on any of the 79 white squares is called the "kickoff"
The possible kickoff positions are named after birds and animals
Each player then, in turn, places their Wanax in the Labyrinth to engage
The opponent's placements are called "follows"
The possible follow squares are named after fish
Here terracotta won the roll to start
Who starts has virtually no effect on who ends up winning the game
but can steer the initial direction and mood of play