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The Castles Of Burgundy
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- Game idea, over the course of phases of play, players collect the game-deciding victory points via trading, livestock farming, city building or scientific research, the player with the most victory points in the end is the winner
- Game components, 164 six-sided tiles, 42 goods tiles, 20 inches Silverlings inches 30 worker tiles, 12 bonus tiles, victory point tiles, playing pieces, dice, game board, player boards
- 2-4 players
- Playing time 30-90 minutes
- Instructions in French included
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A detailed strategy game for dedicated gamers set in medieval France.
15th Century princes devote time and effort to strategically trading and building their prosperity and their estates.
Designed for players who relish strategy games composed with intricate details, colorful artwork and quality construction, The Castles of Burgundy challenges players with strategic options to acquire the victory points they need to win the game. Players work between the main game board and their own personal game board to acquire the possesions, points, wealth and knowledge they need to earn victory points. The quest begins from the moment the game starts until it ends, keeping everyone fully engaged and thinking of creative ways to buy, trade or sell as a means of amassing their fortune. Advanced game play rules are included.
A Complex Strategy Game that Challenges Players to Think Ahead and Plan Big
A game of both subtle and overt strategy, wit and patience, The Castles of Burgundy sparks the imagination with its various animals, land, building and ship tiles, as well as the give and take between the two game boards. Intricate play details promote cause and effect, attention to detail, mathematical calculations and patience. Since the game is played over five rounds, players must develop a strategy and keep the game's objectives clear in their minds over a lengthy time period. Players compete against one another, but also against themselves, as they test strategies that could help them amass their assets more quickly than their opponents.
Players Manage Assets and Sharpen Their Business Skills
The Castles of Burgundy is for players who prefer games of strategy to those of luck. This is a game with historical perspective with the inspiring theme of France during medieval times. Players must be alert and ready to think clearly across two game boards, intricate details and multiple areas at once.
What's In The Box?
164 six-sided tiles, 42 goods tiles, 20 Silverlings (game's currency), 30 worker tiles, 12 bonus tiles, 4 victory tiles, 8 playing pieces, 9 dice, 1 game board, 6 player boards, 1 set of instructions
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Top Customer Reviews
Having found that resource strategy games can get a little dull and predictable, though (Agricola, I'm looking at you), I had pretty modest expectations of this game. We've also found that games designed for more than 2 players frequently don't work as well when just 2 people play, but this one breaks that mold.
What we liked:
1. Balance of strategy and chance. There's just enough chance in the die rolls and tile placement to make even the best strategy a little unpredictable. But a good, adaptable strategy is a must, and there's plenty of thinking in this game to appeal to most inveterate plotter.
2. Scalability. We've played with 2 and 4 players, and the games were equally fun. The game is well thought-out in both cases, much like Stone Age seems to be.
3. Accessibility. While we're avid gamers, we've also played with non-gamers and an 11-year-old - all of whom really got into this game. The 11-year-old needed some coaching on some of the finer points, but she frequently managed to beat us with her subtlety - like kids so often do.
4. Durability. This game is typically high-quality construction, with attractive artwork, thick cardboard tiles, and wooden markers. I don't worry about it falling apart before we get tired of playing.
5. Clear rules.Read more ›
For those prepared to enjoy a strategy game with some depth, difficult decisions and a 2 hour playing time, this is worth the investment.
Game Play : the game is played in 25 turns, divided into 5 rounds. Each players goal is to earn the most points by filling their kingdom with appropriate tiles; animal tiles for pastures, buildings for cities, mines for mountains, etc. Players get two actions per turn, determined by the dice they roll. Die rolls correspond to areas where you can claim tiles, land spaces where you can place those tiles or goods you can ship. Many tiles provide the opportunity for bonus points or actions. Additionally players can also purchase tiles from the limited supply in the center on the rare occasions that they have the funds to do so. Thankfully, there are tools in the game that allow players to adjust their die rolls to help mitigate the luck factor.
The Castles of Burgundy has the interesting effect of often increasing your number of potential decisions as the game progresses. In many games of this type, by mid-game you have formed a strategy and decisions become rote from there out. While there are some strategic pathways you can follow in this game, the decisions grow more complex as the game goes on because of all the factors impacting what tile you might want and where you want to place it.Read more ›
First off, the game is very high quality, as is typical of Ravensburger games in general. We own several Ravensburger games and have given some away as gifts, and everyone who's played them remarks on the quality. The game board is a nice, thick cardboard as are the various tiles used in the game. The markers are wooden, which always impresses me. I really like my games to have a minimum of plastic whenever possible. Overall, this game should wear very well.
I will admit that the first time we played, we were a bit intimidated. However, we're fans of games like Carcassonne and The Settlers of Catan, both of which are a little confusing on first play. Castles consists of five phases of five rounds so, though it took a while to set up and figure out the initial aspects of play, by about the third or fourth round of the first phase, we began to get the hang of the game and, once we did, it really took off from there.
There were three of us playing: myself, my husband, and my eight-year-old daughter, who enjoys the more challenging and strategic board games. All three of us loved the game right from our first time playing. My daughter loved it so much, in fact, that she kept begging us to play it again. Our initial game was on a weekend night and we let her stay up late to play.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This game is probably in my top 10 to play. Really simple mechanic to learn, but has some complex strategy. It's a great 2-3 player game. Read morePublished 6 days ago by vwatson
We love this game. Upon first opening the box, it is a little intimidating with a all the pieces and the huge instruction manual. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Jenna Brooke Sabatini
pretty fun game with 2 players. my fiance and i enjoyed it once we put down the drinks and learned to playPublished 15 days ago by Matt Sharky
Good game- very involved and difficult to learn though. Instead of 30-90 minutes, our first game play lasted closer to 3 or 4 hours... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great game! Has some aspects of other games that we have played all mixed together.Published 1 month ago by Oz