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- Influence the king's court and build the most prosperous realm
- Thwart your opponents in this innovative dice-based bidding game
- For Ages: 10+
- Number of Players: - 5
- Playing Time: 90 min
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Designed by Andrea Chiarvesio and Luca Iennaco, Kingsburg is a briskly paced game for 2-5 players. Players adopt the role of a governor, and vie for resources to build up their province, military power to defend their homes, and above all the influence of the King. Over five years (five turns) players rely on various advisors to the King for resources. From tangibles like gold, wood, and stone to soldiers and portents, each acquisition will shape the future of your community. Kingsburg includes: Rulebook, Game Board, 5 Province Sheets, 21 Six-Sided Dice, 15 Disc Tokens, 60 Goods Cubes, 85 Building Tokens, 20 +2 inches Tokens, 1 King's Envoy Marker, 1 Season Marker, 1 Year Marker, 25 Enemies Cards inches.
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Designed by Andrea Chiarvesio and Luca Iennaco, Kingsburg is briskly paced game for 2-5 players. Players adopt the role of governor, and vie for resources to build up their province, military power to defend their homes, and above all the influence of the King. Over five years (five turns) players rely on various advisors to the King for resources. From tangibles like gold, wood, and stone to soldiers and portents, each acquisition will shape the future of your community. Kingsburg includes: Rulebook, Game Board, 5 Province Sheets, 21 Six-Sided Dice, 15 Disc Tokens, 60 Goods Cubes, 85 Building Tokens, 20 +2 inches Tokens, 1 King's Envoy Marker, 1 Season Marker, 1 Year Marker, 25 Enemies Cards inches.
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Top customer reviews
When my girl friend and I play with only 2 players, we play with a variant. We play with 3 NPC players. Each NPC rolls a different number of dice and automatically places before we get a chance:
NPC 1- 3 Dice
NPC 2- 2 Dice
NPC 3- 1 Dice
The rules recommends having NPC 1 and 2 for a two player game, but we feel that adding that one extra NPC rolling 1 die adds an extra bit of depth because we know that an adviser between 1 and 6 will be taken every turn and more closely mimics the scarcity that you have when you have more players.
Bottom line, great game. Expansion is not needed, but is probably desired since the game only has so much replay ability before it gets stale and the strategies are fully explored.
1 is essentially non-gamers I've slowly gotten into board games with Dominion, Seven Wonders, and a few others (as well as by usually providing dinner).
1 is ruthlessly competitive hardcore boardgamers.
1 is composed of boardgamers who love to play new, interesting games more than winning (even though there is a lot of lighthearted competative spirit, it's not nearly the cutthroat rage of the 2nd group).
This game is pretty decent for all three.
First, the components are generally nice. Everyone gets a kick out of rolling a fist full of colorful dice and dropping them ominously on the board. The wooden resource tokens are a nice touch. The board is nice and solid, and the player tokens are thick chitboard. My only real complaint is the oddly flimsy player mats for tracking your buildings. It's very very thin, floppy, glossy paper that is at a stretch flimsy cardstock. One has already seen some damage from simple normal play. If these were heavy cardboard durability would be a 5.
The simple worker placement mechanism means it's fairly easy to pick up. Novices probably won't win, but managing 3 resources and 3 dice isn't too bad. It also introduces a fair amount of direct competition because it allows you to interact with other players, albeit in a somewhat oblique fashion (which is something a lot of the euro-style games lack a bit). It keeps tension high and makes your choices impact everyone, and those are good things. It also makes it so outside your turn you actually CARE what is going on, unlike in some games like Dominion where you can essentially check out for at least half a game usually.
The other nice thing it does is introduce 2 very potent ways to help the person struggling in the rear to catch up fairly frequently. This gives even new players enough of a boost to keep them in the running. I've rarely seen someone fall so far behind it's hopeless, or for that matter get so far ahead they are certain winners before the end of the game.
I've played enough now to have seen a few different build orders that work fairly well, sometimes to my great surprise.
Here are my only real quibbles with the game:
1: (Player dependant) If you have that guy at the table that 'strategizes' every move, ie just takes forEVER to do ANYTHING every turn, he will ruin this game. The amount of dice combinations on the table can make a player like this bring the game to a screeching halt.
2: The person that rolls best tends to win. This is especially true if they consistently choose the Queen, who gives significant numbers of victory points and allows you to stay 'behind' since the last-player benefits are based on buildings instead of victory points.
3: The "Defense" mechanic actually has minimal danger to anyone. I have in only 1 game seen someone with a significant military presence win, on several occasions have seen someone lose to several enemies and still win the game, and frequently see someone spending nothing on military and getting by on building bonuses and the die roll. Usually it ends up wasting resources on what is really easily beaten for a single extra victory point. I have heard expansions and some house rules that aim to change this, but in general they aren't too worrisome.
With 3-5 players this game is a blast that is easy to get into and a lot of fun (with 2 people it's quite weak). I highly recommend it, and it's a glad addition to my collection.
If you enjoy it, I would recommend getting the upgrade. It will really up the replayability. Great for two players.