Thursday, September 17, 2020

Game Profile: Crown Of Emara

Crown Of Emara

Publisher:  Pegasus Spiele, 2018
Players:  1 – 4
Time:  45 – 75 Min.
The theme for Crown of Emara is to compete to become the next King.  In order to become the king, you must score points with the citizens and score building points as well.  Both kinds of points are tracked as the game progresses.  At the end of the game the lower of your citizen and building points will be your final score.  Balance between the two is absolutely necessary.
Crown of Emara comes with 2 modular boards with a rondel in the center of each.  You have a councilor on each rondel.  One board is where your councilor/craftsman acquires resources (wood, grain, stone, and cloth).  The other board is where your other councilor spends resources at various locations: castle, cathedral, construction site, and market.  These locations provide various actions that include acquiring and exchanging books, coins, signet rings, and gaining both citizen and building points.  Additionally, it is where you can recruit an advisor or increase your noble rank. All for the purpose of citizen and building points.   You have a deck of nine action cards that will each be played twice during the 18 rounds of the game.  The key to success is to have each of your councilors in the right spot at the right time to do what you need to do.
The game consists of six rounds where each player will play 3 cards which are drawn randomly from their deck at the start of the round.  Planning is essential to maximize the ability of each card when it is available to play.  Play time is supposed to be 45 to 75 minutes.  I feel it takes a little longer – closer to 60 to 90 minutes.

We love this game because it brings a good deal of depth to the game that is not overly long.  The two boards look great on the table.  The two rondels really provide a challenge and we find that the game is well balanced.  End game scores have been close.  Crown of Emara works well with 2, 3, and 4 players.  It does have a 1-player variant that we have not tried.

Crown Of Emara

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