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Citadels: A Game of Medieval Cities, Nobles, and Intrigue

by Fantasy Flight Games
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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  • Citadels is a card game of bluffing, diplomacy and city-building
  • Revised English editon with extra cards
  • 2 to 7 players
  • Suitable for ages 10+
  • 60 minutes playing time
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Technical Details
Item Weight272 g
Product Dimensions3.8 x 10.2 x 19.7 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:10 months and up
Item model numberMA04
Main Language(s)English, English original, English published, English translation
Number of Game Players7
Number of Puzzle Pieces1
Assembly RequiredNo
Batteries Required?No
  
Additional Information
ASIN158994030X
Best Sellers Rank 4,196 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight454 g
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Date First Available1 Jan 2007
  
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This product is subject to specific safety warnings
  • Warning: Not suitable for children under 36 months
  • Warning: Toy inside. Adult supervision recommended

Product Description

Box Contains

  • 66 district cards
  • 8 character cards
  • 8 reference cards
  • 30 gold coins
  • 1 wooden crown marker
  • 14 bonus purple distrct cards
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    In Citadels, you are a medieval ruler trying to complete your city before your opponents can build theirs. Expand your city by adding new districts, but be sure to invest wisely: Some districts are more valuable than others, but cost more gold to build. There is more to building a city than gold, however. Lords, ladies, and other nobility all have their role to play.     The game changes each turn as each player secretly chooses a new role - Assassin, Thief, Magician, King, Bishop, Merchant, Architect, or Warlord - and the power that comes with it.     This edition of Citadels includes the Dark City Expansion. This exciting addition to the game features 14 new purple district cards and a premium wooden "King" marker.     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 medieval 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, Assassin, 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.  

    • Citadels is a card game of bluffing, diplomacy and city-building
    • Revised English editon with extra cards
    • 2 to 7 players
    • Suitable for ages 10
    • 60 minutes playing time


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    26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A fun card game. 19 July 2007
    Format:Toy|Verified Purchase
    Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 2.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
    The aim is to build citadels by collecting cards representing different buildings, each worth a varying amount of points. The first to buy eight buildings is the winner. To do this, you choose from a variety of characters each round, each with their own special abilities. For instance, you could choose an architect to quickly build up your citadel, a warlord to destroy other player's buildings, or an assassin to kill off another character and prevent another player having a go. Of course, assassinating or stealing is not that easy as you don't know exactly which player will have which character but you can guess based on the player's current situation and their tactical needs as a result. Each round, you can have different characters which can dramatically change your style of play that round.
    There's both strategy and luck involved. It may look complicated to start with, but the game can easily be learned in under 10 minutes. And with the luck element, and the fact that you can go about winning the game in various ways, it's by no way certain that an experienced player will win.
    Citadels is for up to 8 players (9 with the expansion) and the game takes a different form for less than four players as you can choose two characters each every round. This is quite significant since if one of your characters is assasinated, you're not sitting doing nothing that round.
    The average game lasts 30 to 60 mins and never feels it will get bogged down for hours on end.
    Citadels comes in a small box with attractive, well illustrated cards and plastic gold coins. So it's easy to take around and doesn't involved elaborate arrange of pieces.
    Highly recommended.
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars winner for old and young 6 Jan 2010
    By H. Rees
    Format:Toy|Verified Purchase
    Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
    this is a great imaginative fantasy game which anyone over 7/8 will enjoy but adults can really get into it and many can play. It is easy to get into and lasts about 60-90 minutes. It does what it says on the tin basically- the bluffing and strategy is fun and intriguing. A game that needs thought and a good alternative to electronics.
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Vindictive! 9 Oct 2009
    By AlisonH
    Format:Toy|Verified Purchase
    Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
    I bought this for my 10 year old son, who got the hang of it without any trouble. However, it's complex enough to keep adults amused, and there are variations on the game (the character cards you choose to play with)that make each game different, and flexible for 2- many players.For an easily portable card game with money (gold coins),it's ingenious and has as much interest as board games. If yours is a competitive family, you'll find this game addictive and vindictive
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A slightly more interesting game! 27 July 2011
    By fft
    Format:Toy
    Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
    This is a good fun game that works well with 2 people (and more) that is a good step up from "normal games" or cards etc. but not too difficult to pick up. The expansion pack helps make it possible to have a different game every time.
    An excellent buy!
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent game, love it! 2 July 2012
    By L C
    Format:Toy|Verified Purchase
    Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
    Absolutely love this game and would recommend to anyone. Comes in a little box which means its very portable. Played with a few different people and all have enjoyed it. Great artwork too.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most played games in our house 17 July 2011
    Format:Toy
    Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
    I bought this game after my sister showed it to me six years ago. I took to it right away and our family, as they grew up and were introduced to it learned to love it as well. In its basic form the game is exceptionally well balanced and there isn't one dominant strategy that will allow you to win. This is because the interaction between the players is critical during the phase in which you select your role for the turn. The expansion cards are good, but I recommend that you only use one role expansion card at a time; otherwise the game becomes unbalanced.

    Not only is the game play excellent, but the theme fits well and the art, while quirky, really appeals to me.

    Overall an exceptional game and one that we will continue to play for many years, in fact we've played it so much we will soon need to purchase another copy as it is almost worn out.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great game with numerous permutations 28 Aug 2010
    Format:Toy
    Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
    This game is simple to learn but produces multiple permutations and has great flexibility. The 2-3 player version brings the need to anticipate opponents' moves while the fuller 6-7 player variation puts a premium on avoiding the attacks of others. Highly recommended.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Citadels review 21 Sep 2011
    Format:Toy
    Durability: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
    I will begin with saying that I have played this game only a few times. Every time someone asks what will we play, I suggest Citadels, because it's easy to learn, doesn't have a large ruleset and is playable from 2 to 7 people, and is an amazing experience when you do play with 7 people.

    This copy includes the expansion, with 10 bonus characters and 18 bonus districts! This makes it that this game has a huge variety! You can manage to play so many different combinations and choose which of the characters you actually want to play, keep out or improve (Assasin -> Witch, etc.)

    The rulebook is simple to follow and the game is easy to grasp, you might not win alot (only one winner out of 7 people), but the game is so much fun to play.
    In my opinion a must buy if you love RP styled card games.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great game
    Been playing this game with 2, 3 and 4 players and loved it every time.
    Comes in a travel handy format and is a great social game that will make you think and bluff. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Gregory
    5.0 out of 5 stars Genius for 10 players
    One of the first proper board games I purchased and I was not disappointed.

    For a game to be this fun and scale up to 10 players is just pure genius on the part of the... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by W. Masek
    5.0 out of 5 stars Quick, easy games
    One of my favourite things about this game is that you can play a game quickly and without a lot of setup. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Giles Reger
    5.0 out of 5 stars great game
    it is to be taught to the new game playars
    almost fit in your pocket so you can take it anywhere
    it takes only a minute to prepare it (there's no board you need to... Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Anna
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic game
    A fantastic game, doesn't take too long to play (an hour or so) once you get the hang of it.
    Published 4 months ago by Kate
    4.0 out of 5 stars this was a gift
    This was a Christmas gift to my sister and brother in law so I can't really rate it, but they said they enjoyed playing it thoroughly
    Published 4 months ago by Celine
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great card game
    I purchased Citadels on a whim and it turned out be an excellent purchase.

    The premise of the game is very simple, the game ends once eight district have been created by... Read more
    Published 5 months ago by E. Duffy
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game
    If you want to play some simple game with friends but yet joyful - look no further!
    It is easy to learn (takes no more than 10min), fun to play and thanks to the expansion -... Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Ivo Dimov
    4.0 out of 5 stars Highly enjoyable...
    A very surprising buy, saw it on offer but would easily pay the full asking price. A game with subtle strategies, probably best with 4 or 5 players.
    Published 6 months ago by L. J. Taylor
    5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic little game that plays well with seven.
    Rules are easy to pick up and learn. Nice little mechanic where every turn you pick a character to use with each having a special ability. Card quality is excellent. Read more
    Published 8 months ago by tony
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