Palace of Mad King Ludwig Game
Though thematically related, consider this game the "distant cousin" of Castles of Mad King Ludwig. Instead of building separate castles, players work off each other to create a single palace from nothing but a few hallways. Each turn, players claim and add a "room tile" to the palace. Doing so awards the player with a particular color swan token, a sort of currency - but these award points at the end of the game, so using them is always a trade-off. Room tiles come in 8 different "room types," each of which provides a unique bonus for players who can complete the room by connecting each entrance to another room. A set of public "favor tiles" also give players a competitive goal to work towards. These award points to players who have the most (or fewest) of a particular type of room or color of swan at the end of the game. However, players also acquire hidden favor tiles and other end-game bonuses, obscuring each player's exact points until the very end! Any good palace needs a moat, so after a certain number of tiles have been drawn, moat tiles are placed, slowly restricting construction. Once no more rooms can be added, the game ends, and the architect who scores the most points wins!
King Ludwig II of Bavaria has called all great architects to design his greatest achievement: a world-renowned palace.
Only the best will do! Gorgeous appointments, white stone, surrounded by water, with swans everywhere. Oh, and the Ludwig touch? All the architects must design the palace together. The designer who shows the strongest influence will receive the order to build it.
In The Palace of Mad King Ludwig, each player builds rooms one at a time in a single gigantic palace. As rooms are completed, a moat slowly forms around the outside. Once the ends of the moat connect, the palace is finished!
Arrange and complete different room types, while leveraging clever placement of swans. The player who contributes the most to the palace wins the game!
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