The Castles of Burgundy… game review

wpid-20150802_194629.jpgJust so you’re aware, I’m not all about running.  My family and I are big gamers.  We love to play games… board games as well as video games.  It promotes excellent quality time, strategic thinking, and sharpens problem solving skills.  While our son prefers video games to board games (what 10-year-old doesn’t), we still can get him to play board games with us occasionally.  Okay, we MAKE him play board games with us occasionally.  But then sometimes we regret that decision because when he plays, he usually blows up our meticulously thought-out strategy and wins.

James is the big researcher of which new game we should try.  Recently he purchased The Castles of Burgundy by Ravensburger (they make fabulous puzzles too).  The game takes place near the Renaissance age, with castles, and ship trading, and farms, etc.  You are trying to build a kingdom.  The games pieces and the art work are incredible.  High quality.

Very briefly, this is how it’s played.  Players roll 2 dice.  You can choose 1 of 4 actions with each dice… move a game tile to your player board, place a game tile from your “stock” onto your kingdom, sell goods for coin and victory points, or change the dice in for 2 worker’s tiles (worker’s tiles allow you to change the number on the dice by +/-1).

wpid-20150802_194553.jpgThe object of the game is, of course, to score as many victory points as you can through game play and bonuses.  There are 5 phases in the game, each phase with 5 turns.  The game ends when you’ve played through the 5 phases.

This is an excellent game for just 2 players.  You can play with more people, but it’s important that it be fun for 2 players as sometimes it’s only James and I playing.  We took it along on our recent trip to Boise and played at night in our hotel room, so it travels well too.  Like I said, we’ve just recently obtained it, so we’ve only had a chance to play 4 games… I’ve won 2 and James has won 2.  We’re going to sit on it for awhile now and let that score fester until it’s time to break the tie.  I feel the stars aligning just right and Mercury is in Mars and the Moon is in Jupiter and the solar flares are emitting the perfect energy for me to win the next game…

If you’re a game lover… try it, you’ll like it!

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