Renegade Game Studios Renegade Game Studio | Architects of the West Kingdom | Board Game | Ages 12+ | 1 to 5 Players | 60 to 80 Minutes Playing Time

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Renegade Game Studios Renegade Game Studio | Architects of the West Kingdom | Board Game | Ages 12+ | 1 to 5 Players | 60 to 80 Minutes Playing Time

Renegade Game Studios Renegade Game Studio | Architects of the West Kingdom | Board Game | Ages 12+ | 1 to 5 Players | 60 to 80 Minutes Playing Time

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It’s once again all about worker placement, only this time around instead of raiding coastal villages as a Viking, you’re building cathedrals as a 9th century French architect. Competitive American games tend to be the opposite: Dice-rolling messes where you aren’t just trying to do better than your opponents, you’re actively attacking or working against each other. The new differing feature in Architects is the ability to take your opponents’ pieces off the board.

One character draws a free building card when visiting the Black Market for example, while another committing tax evasion pays one fewer silver for taxes.You have to discard 1x Building card (from your hand) and then pay the allocated resources (not the ones on the card itself). Well, to craft both new options, you need to stack a worker on top of a worker that is already in the guildhall, as well as pay 5 Silver for the adornment. Your actions include collecting resources and enlisting apprentices to help you build buildings, working on the cathedral and making sure your virtue is on the right track – or not, if the starting powers of your characters are a little shady (more on that later).

There’s a new, socketed Guildhall board to place on top of the main board, along with a new card to cover a spot in the Black Market, with some new iconography. Or, if that doesn’t appeal, it’s for anyone who wants to steal everyone else’s tax money and blow the cash on a giant cathedral. Climb too high and you will not be able to visit the lucrative black market but gain end game points. The spots in the Guildhall are not filled quickly at the start of the game as players are working to collect resources and build an engine of sorts to maximize their actions. Architects of the West Kingdom is the latest board game in a line of “It's a standard worker placement game, but…” style of design.

It’s not worth much at first, but the value builds quickly and each time you work on it you also score a Reward - generally an extra point of Virtue and some resources. Suddenly I wasn’t working on a strategy anymore, I was trying to jail as many opposing workers as I could before triggering a Black Market reset, which in turn triggers a check to see who has the most workers in jail and punishes you accordingly – Debts, which the opponent couldn’t all pay off, resulting in massive penalties. Note that in that final round, players can still take the Guildhall action even though all the spaces are filled. Architects of the West Kingdom is a very good game but I confess my heart sank when I first opened the box.

There is a virtue track found on the left edge of the board as well as a market for apprentices in the bottom right. These really steer you in a certain direction; while you could argue this is too constraining, I found it a breeze compared to being thrown in the deep end.Town Centre – This is a weird location where you may spend 1 coin per worker you have in the Town Centre to then collect all the workers of one color from a single board location mentioned thus far. This leaves you with a choice: rise above such petty competition and remain virtuous, or resort to thievery and hit the black market like it’s the Next Boxing Day sale. You can capture a different group of workers from any (or the same) location, for every additional worker you have at the Town Centre. If you eventually get tired of the same old thing though, there are also a couple of variants for you to play with. In Architects of the West Kingdom: Works of Wonder, builders from far and wide have travelled to partake in the King’s latest endeavour -.



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