Features 72 land tiles,which picture city, road, and field segments and cloisters. Also features 40 followers in 5 colours. Each follower can be used as a knight, thief, farmer, or monk. One of each player's followers is the player's scoring marker.
Winner of the coveted Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) 2001.
Typically a game lasts about an hour with 5 people, and I can't recommend it strongly enough. If you're considering buying any board game, you won't go far wrong with this one.
The box suggests it is suitable for age 10 and above but it certainly didn't bore any of the adults so there is no upper limit.
It can be played by 2-5 people. Playing with 4 we found it took about 45 minutes to complete a game.
The rules are simple but for once we found it was a game that the more we played it the more we enjoyed it. The fact that you turn over a tile so everyone can see it, and then decide where to place it, allows others to help or suggest alternative courses of play - so everyone can learn the game together as they play.
Wooden "people" markers can be placed on one of the four types of landscape (fields, cities, roads or cloisters) and these people become farmers, knights, thieves or monks respectively. Scoring is based on the size of city "owned" by your knight, length of road controlled by your thief and so on.
Our set included the "river expansion" which starts the same off with some additional tiles and makes the playing area less cramped, but you'll need to make plenty of space on the dining table once you get into it!
It wins perhaps the ultimate accolate in that it distracted us from the television for most of Christmas Day and everyone was keen to resume play on Boxing Day.
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