Designer: Reiner Knizia
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Players: 2 to 4
Time: 40 minutes per player
This is an excellent tile-placement game that has had several versions since its first appearance in 1994, including a Beowulf: The Movie themed version at one point!
The game is simplicity itself:
The board is made of a 5 x 6 grid, and one of the thirty spaces is filled each turn by the player whose turn it is - Either by drawing a blind tile and placing it, or by placing one of their castles (size 1 to 4), or by the player playing his "secret" tile that he drew at the start of the round.
Once the board is full, each row and column is scored: Players multiply the value of their castles in a row by the total of the tiles in that row. Lots of good tiles and a large castle can earn you loads of points, but lots of nasty tiles can really hurt!
There are 12 good tiles (1 to 6 twice) and 6 bad tiles (-1 to -6 once), as well as 5 special tiles:
The two Mountains split rows or columns into two separate parts;
The Dragon stops the good tiles scoring, but allows the bad tiles to score;
The Gold Mine doubles the value of the row and column it is in (whether it is a positive or negative total);
And - new to this edition - the Wizard adds a point to the value of your castle.
An excellent game, and a great new version with posh plastic castles!
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