Weekly Challenge #3: Caylus Magna Carta

It has been a long time coming, but and I finally got to bust out #Caylus Magna Carta. The shelf of shame is crumbling indeed!

Besides this game having the ugliest box cover I have ever seen (background looks like 90s powerpoint; probably why its out of print), I thought it was a good game! I have never played #Caylus, however the general consensus is that CMC plays very similar to its predecessor, but quicker and with less going on. At its heart it is a worker placement driven by money that allows you to act and resources that allow you to build. The buildings you then build also create more spaces for your workers to "work". You and your opponents are attempting to help build a castle as well with the resources you gain. Helping to build the castle rewards you with prestige tokens that not only act as a method of gaining points, but also function as the game-end condition in that when these tokens are depeleted the game ends.

Pros:

  • there are a lot of good decsions to make over the course of the game, and they change as you go as you build more buildings
  • easy to teach, intuitive flow to the game
  • turns are fairly quick, helps scratch the itch for a meaty game but in shorter amount of time without melting your brain
  • multi-use cards
  • optional beginner mode which is very accessible
  • setup is variable
  • nice components (linen finish cards, wooden pieces)

Cons:

  • box cover is UGLY
  • not a huge variety in buildings you can build
  • seems like it would play much better with 3-4 people
  • out of print

I would like to give it another go, but overall I thought it was fun! 

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3 days ago

Nice write up 😀 I've not come across this set of games before. There must have been a whole team if people who were like 'yes, that art is perfect!'

3 days ago

Haha I know right? It just fits games like #Agricola and#Le Havre so nicely! Haha this series is very similar since it's from the lookout crowd

3 days ago

Do you have a favourite of their games?

3 days ago

Sorry I wrote my earlier reply thinking this was on my Oh My Goods! post! Lol

to correctly respond to your earlier comment.... yes and that team had also experienced a power outage right at the moment it was to be approved haha

3 days ago

Haha, I did think it was a little odd 😄

Supporter4 days ago

That's Neal right? lol

Also, were you two planning to tackle any other unplayed games?

I've checked out reviews on #Caylus 1303 several times before but never went for it, it just didn't seem like a good game for me and my wife to play at 2p. 

And.. "background looks like 90s powerpoint; probably why its out of print" xD

4 days ago

oh that is definitely Neal lol

Ive looked into 1303 as well. from what Ive seen its preferred over the original by a good number of ppl which is interesting. It does seem like it would play best with 3-4!

Probably not together before the challenge is up! but I am hoping to get a solo of root in tomorrow night!

I am very glad you liked my description xD

4 days ago

Ya it was a good time, I enjoyed my experience, but I would enjoy it more with the more complex modes of the game. New card/buildings that make decision meatier appeal to me!

4 days ago

SAME. I think the beginner mode is really accessible but we for sure would've enjoyed the meatier version. It would've provided way more decisions. Plus the provost would've added a healthy amount of stress haha

4 days ago

Ya, it helps grasp the core mechanics, but it is a simpler game without the other stuff. 

Supporter4 days ago

That cover cover is truly a spectacular example of board game art.... LOL

4 days ago

it truly is something...special... haha 

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