How to play – Version 0.4
Cards are randomly laid out from the village centre outwards, with players exploring one connected piece each turn.
Players move one space from the village center each turn, and may build an appropriate building on their new land. Players start with 1 coin, so can only afford to build farms, foresters or mines.
Play then continues out with players exploring and building.
Here players have been lucky – finding mountains and forest early.
As players develop their economy and spaces for building runs out, players begin building more advanced economies, with upgraded farms (estates), and buildings that convert base materials into goods. Finally buildings such as the Keep will turn these goods into Honour, which is how you win the game.
In a short game the player with 15 Honour first is the winner.
Let have a look at some of the buildings:
Of course as some make legitimate profit, others make money in more illicit ways. Players can also invest in building up from a (not so) humble thieves den, to become robber barons with the Robbers Keep, which earns more money the more players that are in the game.
A more legitimate way of earning may be through the market. In longer games there becomes a demand for an easy way to swap between food wood and ore. Once upgraded the market building allows the controlling player to swap between goods – giving them control later in the game.
Similaly finding and building the temple building gives a little regular income, but once upgraded later becomes a powerful regular way to get honour, to finding the temple early can swing the game later on.
Players may also upgrade the town centre into a City with a little investment. This allows players to get involved in their political ambitions, gaining a steady income of money and honour and gaining other benefits such as charging leasing fees on other players – or just throwing them in jail.
If more than one player goes for the same position, a vote is called and the winner takes the position. If a position is already taken and the applying player is not voted in, they return to their old position. If an incumbent player is voted out however, they return to Citizen position. So it’s dangerous to be at the top without the correct bribes!
The game ends when a player has 15 Honour for a short game and 30 for a longer game.
Patreons can get a print and play of the latest version right now – the full game is still in development for the end of 2017.
Ideas for expansions now available to take a look at – here!
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