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The Pillars of the Earth

by Mayfair

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  • Players: 2-4
  • Playing Time: 90-120 minutes
  • Designers: Michael Rieneck and Stefan Stadler
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Technical Details
Item Weight1 Kg
Product Dimensions7.3 x 29.5 x 29.5 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:12 years and up
Item model numberMFG4103
Main Language(s)English
Number of Game Players4
Assembly RequiredNo
Batteries Required?No
Batteries Included?No
  
Additional Information
ASINB000P0TEBG
Best Sellers Rank 149,226 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.8 Kg
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Date First Available30 April 2007
  
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England at the beginning of the 12th Century... Prior Phillip of Kingsbridge has a glorious vision. To build the largest, most beautiful cathedral in England. To accomplish the task, Phillip recruits the most renowned builders in the country. However, the fate of the Cathedral is constantly threatened by all manner of catastrophes and oppositions. The Pillars of the Earth is based on Ken Follett's best-selling novel. Players join together to help build Kingsbridge Cathedral. Using your workmen and resources, you must wisely deploy assets to overcome unexpected difficulties and shortages to prove yourself the greatest builder of them all! Will your efforts be recognized when the Great Cathedral at Kingsbridge is complete?

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The Pillars of the Earth is based on Ken Follett's best-selling novel. Players join together to help build Kingsbridge Cathedral. Using your workmen and resources, you must wisely deploy assets to overcome unexpected difficulties and shortages to prove yourself the greatest builder of them all! Will your efforts be recognized when the Great Cathedral at Kingsbridge is complete?

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alex on 12 Jan 2014
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Great game and easy to pick up. First time playing just follow the REALLY clear instructions. Addictive game, love it!
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Amazon.com: 16 reviews
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Excellent game 28 Jan 2008
By James McCarty - Published on Amazon.com
Durability:    Educational:    Fun:   
I have played this game several times and enjoyed each game.

To put the game in context:
- Each player is a master builder working on the cathedral at Kingsbridge England in the 1100s.
- Each turn represents about 10 years and their are 6 turns.
- Your goal is to make the greatest contribution to the construction of the cathedral. VPs represent that contribution.

Each turn has three major phases:
- In the first phase, you allocate your workers to producing various resources. You may also hire craftsmen during the phase.
- In the second phase, you allocate your master builder tokens to various tasks and functions. You are limited to three tokens so you must choose wisely. Also the other players are competing for the same tasks and functions.
- The third phase is mechanical and represents the actual actions you planned in the first and second phase. Once you learn the game, the third phase resolves very quickly.

I really like the way the game captures the feel of the book. Also, for an economic and production game, it plays very quickly once you become familiar with the turn flow. The component are of a very good quality.

The only thing I don't care for the randomness in allocating master builder tokens. It makes strategic planning difficult, but that might be an accurate reflection of the medieval world...
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A little difficult to start to play 14 May 2007
By Daniel Kvedaras - Published on Amazon.com
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This game is a lot of fun and very quick to play (1 hour when you know how to play it).

The only thing I found troublesome was to get the hang of it at the beginning. The mechanics of the game concentrate the strategy in a few moments at the begining of 6 rounds and the rest of the round is an automatic outcome of your decisions as a player. This makes it diffcult to understand where your actions are getting you... So BE PATIENT... The second time you play it, you'll enjoy it a lot more.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great game 21 Feb 2009
By G. J. Monson - Published on Amazon.com
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Me and my wife have had a great time playing this game. It wasn't to hard to learn how to play. After a few rounds you get the hang of it. There are a lot of different stratgies you can take, which makes the game really interesting.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
6 rounds at 14 steps each 15 Jan 2008
By William S. Oetting - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase Durability:    Educational:    Fun:   
If you are a fan of the book and like strategy games then you will enjoy this one. It is made up of 6 rounds of 14 steps each. At the beginning of the round you choose resources and craftsmen to use at the end of the round. A lot of the strategy is determining where to place your master builders so that you get the best resources and therefore receive the most kudos for contributing to the cathedral. The first time we played it took us about 3 hours to go through the instructions and firgure out all of the possibilities. It was fun and challenging but further play will determine if this game is a long running entertainer.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Masterpiece 24 Feb 2008
By Christine Biancheria - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an outstanding game that plays well with just 2 or up to 4. The rules aren't terribly long, though you'll need a learning game to get a feel for how it plays out. Games take 2 hours or less (certainly less than Monopoly and Risk!). It's fun and a great way to challenge your mind. Great for older kids and definitely great just for adults. I highlyl recommend it!
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