Kingdom Builder

Designer: Donald X. Vaccarino

Artwork: Oliver Schlemmer

Theme:  By skillful building of settlements players create their own kingdoms, aiming to earn the most gold at the end of the game.  The 3 Kingdom Builder cards specify the conditions which must be met in order to earn the desired gold.

Game Information

  • Play Time:  45 minutes
  • Player Count:  2-4
  • Ages:  8+
  • Complexity of Rules:  Medium/Low
  • Setup Time:  Medium/Low
  • Replay Value:  High - The random scoring goals of the game and the modular board setup makes each game vary.  There are also expansions available that add a 5th player as well as more complexity.
  • Direct Conflict:  Low

How It Plays

  • Game Mechanics:  This is a settlement building, area control game.  Three Kingdom Builder scoring goals are randomly selected each game that will determine how players expand their settlements.  Players take turns placing 3 settlement buildings on the terrain type shown on a card drawn the previous turn.  If able, the settlements must be placed next to their previously placed settlements.  Special location tiles on the board are acquired by building next to them and provide additional actions.
  • Turn Summery:  
    1.  Mandatory Action - During their turn, players must build 3 settlements on unoccupied hexes of the same terrain type as their terrain card.
      • The settlement must be adjacent to at least one of the own existing settlements if possible.
      • If a settlement is built next to a location hex, take 1 location tile which can be used on their next turn onward.
    2.  Extra Actions - Location tiles grant extra actions and players can perform each single extra action once per turn.  
      • When building with extra actions, a player must build adjacent to at least one of their own existing settlements if possible.
      • If the action is an oracle or barn they must choose a hex of the same type as the terrain card.
      • If the action is an oasis, farm, or harbor, they must place on the terrain type required by that location tile.
      • If the action is a tower, the player may choose any hex at the edge of the game board.
    3. Discard terrain card and draw a new one.
  • End Game:  Game ends when any player has built their last settlement and every player has taken the same number of turns.
  • Victory:  Players earn gold according to the 3 Kingdom Builder goal cards and an additional 3 gold for each settlement next to a castle hex.  The player with the most gold wins.




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