Castles of Burgundy

Castles of Burgundy Overview

In the Castles of Burgundy, you’re a prince who has been granted an estate. A vast tract of land upon which to develop your realm into a prosperous kingdom. In it, you’ll be setting up shipping networks to bring exotic goods and various baubles from faraway lands, mines to gather precious metals to turn into coin, buildings to improve your trading prospects, farms and pastures for food, and research institutes to discover knowledge to help you prosper.

At the same time, other princes will be jockeying to hire the workers to help them develop their estates. You’ll have to compete with them for those precious developments to see who can earn the bragging rights to having the most populous, prosperous estate out of them all.

Core Mechanics: Tile placement, Dice-rolling

Victory Condition: The player who has the most points at the end of the game wins.

How players should set up to play Castles of Burgundy

Ease of learning: Castles of Burgundy’s mechanisms and number of available actions make it a game that’s easy to grasp what you can do. Each turn, you’ll roll two dice and can choose from the small menu’s worth of options:

  • take a hexagonal tile from the board
  • add a hexagonal tile to your estate
  • sell goods
  • or take 2 workers

But what makes this game hard to understand fully is that certain tiles, notably the building tiles and the knowledge tiles, all do different things. The building tiles’ functions are shown on the player board, though it’s not evident from the get-go what the symbols under the buildings mean. But after a few games, it should be a lot clearer.

The same cannot be said for the knowledge tiles. As I stated previously, each knowledge tile does something different. You can kinda figure out what the symbols mean, but if you want to have a clearer idea, you’d best consult the rulebook.

Purchase from: Amazon

Learn how to play Castles of Burgundy (condensed rulebook)

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