Pillars of the Earth
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- For 2-4 players
- Takes about 90-120 minutes to play
- Based on the best-selling Ken Follett novel
- High-quality pieces
- Takes 90 to 120 minutes to play
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To put the game in context:
- Each player is a master builder working on the cathedral at Kingsbridge England in the 1100s.
- Each turn represents about 10 years and their are 6 turns.
- Your goal is to make the greatest contribution to the construction of the cathedral. VPs represent that contribution.
Each turn has three major phases:
- In the first phase, you allocate your workers to producing various resources. You may also hire craftsmen during the phase.
- In the second phase, you allocate your master builder tokens to various tasks and functions. You are limited to three tokens so you must choose wisely. Also the other players are competing for the same tasks and functions.
- The third phase is mechanical and represents the actual actions you planned in the first and second phase. Once you learn the game, the third phase resolves very quickly.
I really like the way the game captures the feel of the book. Also, for an economic and production game, it plays very quickly once you become familiar with the turn flow. The component are of a very good quality.
The only thing I don't care for the randomness in allocating master builder tokens. It makes strategic planning difficult, but that might be an accurate reflection of the medieval world...
The only thing I found troublesome was to get the hang of it at the beginning. The mechanics of the game concentrate the strategy in a few moments at the begining of 6 rounds and the rest of the round is an automatic outcome of your decisions as a player. This makes it diffcult to understand where your actions are getting you... So BE PATIENT... The second time you play it, you'll enjoy it a lot more.
This is a fine game, it's well designed, has interesting decisions, and also teaches and plays easily and quickly. But it is just kind of bland next to all the worker placement stuff available nowadays.
Each turn players start by either buying craftsman or supplies of resources. Then when that phase is finished the starting player draws the players pawns randomly from a bag one at a time. When a player's piece is drawn he can decide to pay the current amount to place his pawn or place it for free after all other pawns have been placed. This is my favorite part of the game because it is a somewhat interesting and well designed approach to worker placement. The first seven pawns placed in a turn (each player has 3) cost 7-1 gold to place. This puts a cost on selecting highly sought after spaces while also giving you the option to take the "leftovers" for free. The starting player also still gets an advantage since he is able to once that round put a piece back and reselect.
However aside from a very small selection of special ability cards that's all that gives this game any kind of personality. The rest of the game is very standard worker placement actions leading up to having your craftsman just turn resources into points to represent building a cathedral (there's even 6 wooden pieces of the cathedral...Read more ›
I will not make the decision and say BUY IT, noting that it is expensive (it was over $100 when I bought it). I will say, however, that this game has proven every dollar I payed for it. Not disappointed in the least amount.
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Takes a bit of patience getting through the pages of directions/rules the first go-around, but completely worth it. Quality sturdy board and wooden playing pieces.Published 12 months ago by SM
This is my all time favorite worker placement game. It's a simple game at heart, with beautiful components and a fast game play.Published 22 months ago by MBNuckles
One of my favorites boardgames. I've been looking for this game long time ago, because it's out of print and I've found in Amazon. If you like strategy game this is for you.Published on May 9, 2014 by Jesse James Correa do Prado Jr
this game really interesting and feel bore sometime but aftet that I because can not find the best win method, make me keep playing. somehow conflict feeling.Published on March 6, 2014 by Lew Chong Hao
Love just about everything about this game: Turn mechanics (and jockeying/paying for position), quality of the components, the board artwork, the theme (yes it is more evident than... Read morePublished on December 10, 2013 by G. Morgan
I'm a serious gamer. This game, while fun, doesn't seem to have a lot of depth nor re-playabilty, Nice board, good components.Published on November 13, 2013 by Dan F. Steele
This is a worker placement game that really simplifies everything. Turn resources into victory points. Read morePublished on October 23, 2013 by Jon Henderson