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Pillars of the Earth

4.7 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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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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Product Description

The Pillars of the Earth is based on Ken Follett's best-selling novel.

From the Manufacturer

England at the beginning of the 12th century and Prior Phillip of Kingsbridge has a glorious vision to build the largest, most beautiful cathedral in England. To accomplish the task, Phillip recruits the most renowned builders in the country. However, the fate of the Cathedral is constantly threatened by all manner of catastrophes and oppositions. The Pillars of the Earth is based on Ken Follett's best-selling novel. Players join together to help build Kingsbridge Cathedral. Using your workmen and resources, you must wisely deploy assets to overcome unexpected difficulties and shortages to prove yourself the greatest builder of them all. Will your efforts be recognized when the Great Cathedral at Kingsbridge is complete? It contains 1 game board, 1 cathedral (6-piece), 12 master builder figures, 75 cards, 35 worker figures, 82 building material cubes, 9 indicator pieces, 1 die, 1 bag, and game rules.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 2.9 x 11.6 x 11.6 inches
Item Weight 2.6 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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ASIN B000P0TEBG
Item model number MFG4103
Manufacturer recommended age 12 - 16 years
Best Sellers Rank #38,248 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#5,763 in Toys & Games > Games
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4.7 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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By James McCarty on January 28, 2008
I have played this game several times and enjoyed each game.

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...
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This game is a lot of fun and very quick to play (1 hour when you know how to play it).

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.
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Playing this game for the first time 8 years after it was released is probably a bit unfair to it since every other game that comes out nowadays is worker placement and everyone's trying to come up with something different to make their worker placement game the diamond in the rough. And as a HUGE worker placement game fan AND critic I've played a lot of them and have seen some diamonds but also a lot of rough.

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...
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Me and my wife have had a great time playing this game. It wasn't to hard to learn how to play. After a few rounds you get the hang of it. There are a lot of different stratgies you can take, which makes the game really interesting.
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If you are a fan of the book and like strategy games then you will enjoy this one. It is made up of 6 rounds of 14 steps each. At the beginning of the round you choose resources and craftsmen to use at the end of the round. A lot of the strategy is determining where to place your master builders so that you get the best resources and therefore receive the most kudos for contributing to the cathedral. The first time we played it took us about 3 hours to go through the instructions and firgure out all of the possibilities. It was fun and challenging but further play will determine if this game is a long running entertainer.
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Pillars of The Earth is a fantastic board game. This feels like a gorgeous classic, if you enjoy euro-game styles. Everything from the board, to the cards, to the meeples are made with exceptional quality. When comparing Pillars of the Earth to a similar yet good game, Stone Age... Pillars seems a "tight" game. The resources are more challenging to get, gold is an issue, and the game world shines as well. The ways the game world comes out, is with the event deck. Since the game takes places over 60 years, it makes sense that the country might lose/win a war, or a new king might usurp the throne. All of which greatly affects the economy, (resource gathering). Several instances with this game also has proven that if someone is behind on the point track, they can still pull off a victory. The winner is not completely set early on in the game.

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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