Architects of the West Kingdom board game
Architects of the West Kingdom board game

Architects of the West Kingdom

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Architects of the West Kingdom is set at the end of the Carolingian Empire, circa 850 AD. As royal architects, players compete to impress their King and maintain their noble status by constructing various landmarks throughout his newly appointed domain. Players will need to collect raw materials, hire apprentices and keep a watchful eye on their workforce. These are treacherous times. Rival architects will stop at nothing to slow your progress. Will you remain virtuous, or be found in the company of thieves and black marketeers?

The aim of Architects of the West Kingdom is to be the player with the most Victory Points (VP) at the game's end. Points are gained by constructing various Buildings and advancing work on the Archbishop's Cathedral. Throughout the game, players will need to make a lot of moral decisions. However, only at the game's end will their virtue be judged. A few underhanded deals here and there might not seem like much, but fall too far and you will be punished. The game ends once a set number of constructions have been completed.

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  • Great fun game, and the components are great.
  • Use your workers to help build a cathedral in the middle ages
  • We have played the prototype in Brazil for Meeple BR Jogos. Amazing game, very clever mechanisms, a lot of replayability and interaction!
  • Worker placement with a unique "capture" mechanic for getting workers back to your board after using them and more efficiency for having more workers at a given site.
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I played my first solo game today! It was on #Architects of the West Kingdom, and it was pretty fun, and a lot shorter since I was the one doing everything. I also got my sister to play it(her first hobby game) and she enjoyed it.

During Thanksgiving, we went to my cousins' for dessert, and I brought #Werewolf. I wasn't very good at explaining the game to them, so the first couple games were a mess. But they really got into the last few games when they knew what the were doing, and I  was able to play around a little more with the deck and added crazier roles.

I was finally able to start a couple of solid games of #Werewolf with my sibling and family friends. I had to reteach it to them, though it was super easy. There were nine of us, so I was able to deal out two Werewolf cards, plus a Mentalist(senses whether two people are on the same team or not) on top of the usual Seer. Twas good fun.

The hardest game I've ever taught was #Axis & Allies. My brother never got to reading the rules, so I took it upon myself. It was also the first hobby game I've ever learned by myself, so I had a lot of trouble with it. About a year and a dozen plays later, some friends and I played it with their uncle. He's been playing this game since he was a kid, and he pointed out a lot of rules we were doing wrong that I missed lol. The biggest rule I got wrong was that instead of spawning units at factories or capitals, I thought we could just spawn units in whatever area we control. That was a huge game changer.

My easiest time teaching a game was our first time playing #Architects of the West Kingdom and a quarter way through teaching, I was just like "screw it we're just watching Watch It Played" lol.

I deffinitely prefer learning the rules myself. Some of my friends suck at teaching games, and that prevents me from fully enjoying the games because I don't know what I'm doing.

I hadn't heard of Obsession before now.  I will have to read up more on it!

Favourite worker placement game is a tough one.  The one that popped up in my head first today was #Architects of the West Kingdom so we'll go with that.

I keep hearing things about #Roads & Boats that looks interesting but I don't think it's easily purchaseable.

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My interest of Obsession isn't very high, I hate the cover art and don't really like the old fashion look. But I haven't played a whole lot of worker placement games, so I'll give it in honest try if I ever happen to get this game.

My favorite worker placement game is #Scythe or #Architects of the West Kingdom, I can't decide. I've only played #Caverna: The Cave Farmers once, but I really liked it and would love to play it again

I found my new most wanted rare game, #Village Attacks. You play as a mythical monster, like the Lych, and defend your castle from a village, who wil throw a tone of peasants at you, then hire mercanaries and hunters. The game looks fantastic. My most wanted game is still #Carnival Zombie, but the second edition is on Kickstarter so I'm going to back it eventually

I like #Architects of the West Kingdom solo but found 2p gameplay somewhat awkward, mostly because I don't like running bots to tighten things up and because it didn't encourage player interaction that much. Seems like #Viscounts of the West Kingdom will be more to my liking at least on the 2p side of things.

I think even my wishlist is curated.  There are a lot of games I'm interested in that don't make it to my wishlist because I'm not likely to buy them... at least not right now.

#Architects of the West Kingdom is a game I really like the idea of but probably won't buy in the near future so it's not on my wishlist, for example.

Here the rundown from last week for my family:

#Santorini got the most plays, over 10 amongst all of us, largley because it is new to us and simple to learn and quick to play. It also confirmed what I suspected: my wife is significantly better at this game than I am. 

#Viscounts of the West Kingdom got 3 plays.

#Viticulture: Essential Edition with #Tuscany: Essential Edition 

#Rhino Hero: Super Battle

#Architects of the West Kingdom


#Ticket to Ride: London

#Ticket To Ride: Map Collection Volume 2 - India

And #Clank! In! Space!

All saw the table one this week.