Friday, May 9, 2014

Game Profile: The Builders: Middle Ages

Becoming the First Builder of the Kingdom is the dream of any foreman.

Classification Micro Game Line - Strategy Game
Mechanics Card Drafting, Set Collection, Worker Placement
Publication Asmodee, 2013
Ages 10+
Time 30
Players 2 - 4

The Builders: Middle Ages is a micro game in a small metal tin that really doesn’t feel like a small game.  The object of the game is to accumulate 17 victory points.  Points are scored by constructing a variety of buildings using a wide array of workers.  Each player gets 3 actions per turn.  An action can be used to take 1 of 5 workers that are available, or to assign a worker to the construction of a building.  There is a cost to assign a worker to work on a building.  Apprentices work cheap.  Master builders are more expensive.  Each builder brings a unique set of resources to the project, i.e. stone, wood, knowledge or tile.  Each building requires a unique mix of resources to complete it.  Some buildings can be completed with one worker.  More complex buildings can require as many as 3 or 4 workers.  Once completed buildings yield both coins and victory points.  Some simple structures yield only 1 point and a few coins.  The Cathedral yields 8 victory points and 20 coins.

We have had a chance to play The Builders: Middle Ages and found that players will need to hire a well- balanced work force to complete a variety of buildings.  It is necessary to complete some smaller structures in order to maintain the supply of coins necessary to fund the workers on the more complex structures.  This is a lot of game in a small box.

We have an open copy of The Builders: Middle Ages available in our Store Demo Library for you come in and try.

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