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- Strategy game for the whole family
- Beginners to advanced players
- High level of interaction
- Easy to learn, For 2 to 4 players
- Playing time: 45 minutes
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Queen Games 60832 - Kingdom Builder
Donald X. Vaccarino
In Kingdom Builder the players create their own Kingdoms by skillfully building their settlements and aiming to earn the most gold at the end of the game.
A highly variable game board and varying scoring conditions will ensure that you won’t be playing the same game ever, unless you want to.
Kingdom Builder can be played individually or in any combination with the expansions Kingdom Builder: Nomads, Kingdom Builder: Crossroads and Kingdom Builder: Marshlands.
A strategy game for the whole family.
- Players: 2 - 4
- Playing time: 45 minutes
- Age: 8 years and up
- For beginners and advanced gamers
- Easy to learn
- Highly variable
- Made in Europe
Build your Kingdom and expand into five different terrains: grass, canyon, desert, flower field and forest. The composition of the game board varies with every game!
Play a terrain card and place three settlement on unoccupied spaces of the corresponding terrain. Gain extra actions by placing settlements adjacent to locations.
Gain extra action through locations. You may perform each gained extra action once during your turn. Extra actions e.g. allow you to build additional settlements or move settlements.
Kingdom Builder Cards
The Kingdom Builder cards determine the amount of gold the players gain at the end of the game. Each Kingdom Builder card is evaluated for each player.
About Queen Games
Queen Games, a small family run operation, prides itself on quality game production from ecologically sustainable sources since over 25 years.
Today, the product range covers a wide spectrum, from children's games all the way up to strategy games. Whether for two people or the whole family, there is a game for everyone!
The award winning game designed by Donald X. Vaccarino. In Kingdom Builder the players create their own Kingdoms by skillfully building their settlements, aiming to earn the most gold at the end of the game. A highly variable game board and varying scoring conditions will ensure that you won’t be playing the same game ever, unless you want to.
From the Manufacturer
The latest release from the designer of Dominion. In Kingdom Builder, the players create their own kingdoms by skillfully building their settlements, aiming to earn the most gold at the end of the game. Build an engine to control more tiles, which give access to more abilities -- which help you earn more gold. Each game, players will use a random set of Kingdom Builder cards (3 of the total of 10 cards), special actions (4 of possible 8), and terrain sectors to build the map (4 of 8 tiles), ensuring you won't play the same game twice.
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Top customer reviews
The one drawback in the game is that it is very unforgiving at the beginning. Your first three turns can make or break your game. A bad initial placement can make it very difficult to recover. While experience can help you overcome this, there's no help for you if you receive a bad card draw. (Getting two or three of the same terrain in a row at the beginning can be a particularly bad situation). For this reason, we play with a minor variant. Each player starts with two cards instead of one, replenishing their hand each turn. This greatly reduces the luck factor and, in my opinion, greatly increases the enjoyment due to having more choice. Some argue this lengthens the game, however, in my experience the length of the game is far more dependent on the playing style of those at the table. When approached about this, the designer preferred to keep the game as it was and won the Spiel des Jahres so it's obviously a quality game as written. In my opinion, it truly shines with the variant.
I mostly play this as a 2-player with my boyfriend, but it's also fun and playable with up to 4. I highly recommend this game to anyone looking for an easy to learn game with surprising depth.
Simple enough or too simple, that is the question.
If the goal of the game is to provide a 20 to 30 minute playtime with enough in-game strategy to be fun and enough variation to entice players to play again, then I feel this game is a winner. This game was the hit at our family's reunion this year because players could learn it quickly and get a different game experience each time they played.
Like Carcasonne and Settlers of Cataan, this game is fun enough on its own but could really take off as newer expansions are added. Additional quadrant boards, additional goal cards, new settlement types and differing gameplay options with new locations could earn Kingdom Builder's a prime spot on a gamer's shelf.
If you have any questions about the gameplay or need some input on rule interpretations, the boardgamegeek website has a forum with an active community (and the game's designer even responds to the occasional rule question).