Friday, May 2, 2014

Game Profile: Camelot The Build

A game of interior design with positively medieval stratagems and low cunning.

Classification Family Game
Mechanics Tile Placement
Publication Wotan Games, 2013
Ages 10+
Time 30 - 45
Players 2-5

Camelot The Build is a tile laying game where players must make good decisions on every round.  The object of the game is to score the most points by playing your tiles at the right time and place in order to maximize your own points without setting up your opponents to score too many points from the tiles you just played.  The game board has an outline of the castle with a few rooms outlined within it.  Tiles must be played to match the outlines on the game board.  That means tiles with lots of places to play score low or no points.  Tiles with restricted places to play will score higher points.  What ramps up the intensity is that all tiles played on your turn are scored along with all tiles that lie adjacent to the tiles you just placed.  When you score big, you probably set up someone else to score big right behind you.

Each player starts the game with 3 high scoring tiles and 7 additional tiles drawn at random.  Your hand of 10 tiles must be placed on the playing area in front of you with 7 tiles placed face up and 3 tiles placed faced down.  Each player’s hand will remain this way throughout the game, 7 tiles exposed for all to see and 3 tiles kept secret until played.  Players can play from 1 to 3 tiles on each turn.  Playing 3 tiles in a row doubles the score for the round.  At the end of their turn a player will draw additional tiles bringing their total back to 10 tiles.  One devious twist in the game is that when a player makes their last play their score is doubled and counted as negative points instead of positive points.  So, do not keep high scoring tiles for your final play or it will hurt.

I have played Camelot The Build as both a 3-player and 1 4-player game.  The final scores for the games have been tight.  The crux is to time the play of high point tiles to your best advantage.  Then to take maximum advantage of your opponents’ high point tiles while reserving low point tiles to play on your final turn.

We have an open copy of Camelot The Build available in our Store Demo Library for you come in and try.

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