Rating: 6 Fair
Popularity:5
Difficulty:Easy
Year:2000
Players: 2-4 players
Playing time: 60 minutes
Age:12+

Created by: Leo Colovini, Studio Tapiro

Published by: Rio Grande Games, Venice Connection, Winning Moves Germany (Winning Moves Deutschland GmbH)

Alternate Names: Carolvs Magnvs

Description:

This game uses a collection of smallish hexagon clusters arranged in a circle. Mercenaries, in the form of small wooden blocks, are placed onto the land pieces.

Players can then use these blocks to attempt to gain control of the corresponding mercenary type, or place the same small blocks onto the board which can help the player who controls that color.

Once a player has majority of control markers on a piece of land, he can build a tower there.

The tower serves as a semi-permanent control marker, as well as a way to win. If two land pieces are controlled by the same player, the land pieces are combined into one, which makes the position harder to take by the other players.

The first player to place a set number of towers wins the game, but the game can also end when the land masses are reduced to three or fewer, in which case the player with the most towers placed wins.

Prices:
Retail Price:$25
Amazon:$50
Awards:
Spiel des Jahres Nominee 2000

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Charlemagne has requested that his contentious heirs (the players) build castles for his security and comfort in the territories he likes to visit in the course of his travels.

To do this they are forced to compete for the services of the five clans of paladins (the five colors of cubes), through whom the Emperor rules his lands.

Components

  • 15 board segments representing territories of the Empire. (Notice that the segments, of 3 different shapes, can be easily fitted together to form larger territories - a significant element of the game)
  • 5 sets of discs each numbered 1 to 5 (2 black, 2 white, and 1 gray)
  • 4 courts: small rectangular boards with the picture of a castle and along one edge a row of dots in the 5 colors
  • 2 cotton bags
  • 200 small wooden cubes representing the 5 paladin clans in the 5 colors
  • 1 large yellow figure representing the Emperor Carolus Magnus
  • 4 dice with 5 faces in the 5 colors; the 6th face has a crown
  • 5 clan markers (wooden cylinders) in the 5 colors 30 castles in 3 colors (black, white, and gray)

The Game For 2 Players: …



The Game For 3 Players

The game for 3 players is the most demanding because it contains more elements that must be watched. Thus, we recommend you play the 2 player version at least once before playing the game with 3 players.

The rules for 3 players are the same as those for 2, except for the following:

  • Players use 8 castles of each color (not 10), 4 dice, 3 courts, and 3 sets of discs (one of each color). Return 2 castles of each color, 1 court, and the 2 remaining sets of discs to the box. …




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