Rainy Day Game's Card Game Review of Citadels:
Citadels in Summary
In the Citidels card game you'll compete with up to 7 other players to build the most valuable town in the land. Each turn you assume a character (King, Theif, Magician, etc) which will give you special powers. You have to choose your character carefully to improve your situation the most.
Allowing anywhere from 2 to 8 players to join in the fun, Citadels is a very versitile game you can use on quiet evenings at home or on those big game nights with friends. Its simple rules, fast and exciting player interaction and simple fun will make Citadels an often played game in your collection.
The central mechanic of the Citidels card game is the choosing of your character. Each turn, the King (randomly determined for the first round) takes the character deck and chooses who he would like to play this round. The deck is passed to the left and the next person chooses their character.
Once everyone has their character, the basic game turn begins. The King reads out the list of characters in order. (Note: This is usually different than the order of seating around the table!) On your turn you may either take two gold peices from the pot, or you may draw two district cards and choose one to keep (the other is discarded).
Whether you took the gold or the card, you now have the option to build a district. This represents one area of your town or citadel. The price is listed on the card, and this is also the number of victory points the district is worth. Each district also has a colour suit which affects income and voctory points. For example, the Bishop will receive an extra gold piece for each blue or "Religious" district in their city.
But, it's not as easy as that. The Citadels card game is full of characters that interact with each other and this sure isn't a solitaire game. Will the Assassin knock you out of play for this round? Will the Theif take all your gold and spoil your plans for building? Perhaps the Magician will cast a spell and suddenly the cards in your hand will change.
The first player to build their eigth district signals the end of the Citadels card game. Finish up the round and tally up your points. You get one victyory point for each gold piece you spent in your city, plus some additional bonuses.
Who should buy Citadels?
The Citadels card game is really marked by its versatility. With allowing between 2 and 8 players, there are few situations it can't be played. Of course it is a lighter game, and the tactics of character selection and district building are not epic or brain bursting by any means.
Sometimes you have to design the evening around a game. For example when we want to play Empire Builder, we have to think about who should be invited and how long we can play. Not Citidels. When you have some people over and want to play a game which fits whoever happens to be there, Citidels is a great option to have.
It's the swiss army knife of card games. Enjoy.
The Manufacturer's Card Game Review of Citadels:
Nominated for the German Game of the Year in 2000, Citadels has finally arrived in an English language edition. Game enthusiasts of all genres will be enchanted by this wonderful game of bluffing, deduction, and city-building. Wrapped in a medival theme and gorgeously illustrated, players seek to be the first to complete a grand city of their own. Each game round players secretly take the roles of either the King, Magician, Architect, Assasin, Thief, Bishop, General, or Merchant and seek to use the powers of such offices in their efforts to win the game.
As an additional bonus, the English version will ship with 10 new cards designed by Bruno Faidutti himself. These cards feature new locations and new characters to make your game of Citadels even more diverse than the original German version.
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