Castles of Mad King Ludwig Game
King Ludwig II of Bavaria has commissioned you and up to three other players to build the biggest, most extravagant castle ever" per his ever-changing whims, of course. In this clever tile-laying game, each player acts as a building contractor, constructing a castle for the King. For each round, one player becomes the Master Builder; this player draws tiles and sets their prices. The other players then take turns buying room tiles and paying the Master Builder accordingly (which gives the contractor money for future rounds). After purchasing tiles, players add them on to their castle, earning points based on the size, type, and location of the room. Finished rooms earn special rewards. After several rounds, the game ends, and additional points are awarded for achieving bonus goals, having the most popular rooms, and responding to the King's demands. Whoever has the best castle wins!
Nominated for numerous Golden Geek game awards and the 2015 Mensa Select Winner, this incredibly thematic game is perfect for families & gamers alike. The concept is intuitive, the illustrations are fitting, and the overall design is beautiful; it actually feels like you are creating a one-of-a-kind castle! For 2-4 players; 90 minutes.
In the tile-laying game Castles of Mad King Ludwig, players are tasked with building an amazing, extravagant castle for King Ludwig II of Bavaria...one room at a time. You see, the King loves castles, having built Neuschwanstein (the castle that inspired the Disney theme park castles) and others, but now he's commissioned you to build the biggest, best castle ever - subject, of course, to his ever-changing whims. Each player acts as a building contractor who is adding rooms to the castle he's building while also selling his services to other players.
In the game, each player starts with a simple foyer. One player takes on the role of the Master Builder, and that player sets prices for a set of rooms that can be purchased by the other players, with him getting to pick from the leftovers after the other players have paid him for their rooms. When a room is added to a castle, the player who built it gains castle points based on the size and type of room constructed, as well as bonus points based on the location of the room. When a room is completed, with all entranceways leading to other rooms in the castle, the player receives one of seven special rewards.
After each purchasing round, a new player becomes the Master Builder who sets prices for a new set of rooms. After several rounds, the game ends, then additional points are awarded for achieving bonus goals, having the most popular rooms, and being the most responsive to the King's demands, which change each game. Whoever ends up with the most castle points wins.
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