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Publisher
Year Published
2006
# of Players
2 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 3–4 players
Recommended with 2–4 players
(25 voters) [poll]
Mfg Suggested Ages
8 and up
Playing Time
45 minutes
User Suggested Ages
8+
(7 voters) [poll]
Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
(13 voters) [poll]
Subdomain
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Category
Mechanism
Primary Name
Masons
Alternate Names
Castello
Castello
Mauer Bauer
Mauerbauer
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In Masons, players represent architects, who together establish cities on the landscape of the game board. When a city is completed, all players score points for "guild cards" they play, with the right timing in playing the right card making all the difference.

Each turn, a player first establishes a new wall somewhere on the board. Each wall will be enclosed by two towers, and will have one house placed on each side of it. It's possible for a wall to need only one, or zero, new towers by putting it next to existing towers. It's possible for only one house to be placed, if the wall is placed along the outside of the game board.
After placing the wall, the player rolls three dice to determine the color of one of the towers (the color of a possible second tower may be freely chosen), and that of the two houses (if only one house is placed, then the player may choose which of the dice to pick for the color of the house).
Finally, if the newly placed wall causes a piece of land of be fully enclosed, a new city has been established. If the new city borders one or more existing cities, it may be combined with one of those cities. Two houses of the same color inside the city are upgraded to a palace. A scoring round is now triggered, during which all players get to play one or two "guild cards", and then draw one new card. Each guild card will score a feature of either the just completed city, or outside it. Possible features are the number of houses & palaces or towers of a specified color, the number of fields of the city, the number of houses inside a "district" on the board, the number of palaces inside a city, the different number of colors inside a city, or the total number of completed cities. At the end of a scoring round, whichever player is in last place may discard as many guild cards as desired, and draw new ones to replace them.

The game ends when all pieces of a certain type have been played, and the winner is whoever has the most points.

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Online Play:
Yucata (turn-based)

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Masons
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Rio Grande Games English edition
Publisher: Rio Grande Games
Artist: Franz Vohwinkel
Year: 2006
Product Code: 292RGG
Size: 12.44 x 8.86 x 2.80 inches
2.33 pounds
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German first edition
Publisher: Hans im Glück Verlags-GmbH
Artist: Franz Vohwinkel
Year: 2006
Product Code: 48156
Size: 12.44 x 8.86 x 2.80 inches
2.33 pounds
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Dutch edition
Publisher: 999 Games
Artist: Franz Vohwinkel
Year: 2006
Product Code: 999-CAS01
Size: 12.40 x 10.70 x 2.20 inches
Dutch, French
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0 Guild Card Reference
A "just the facts" version of the guild cards reference sheet.
English
2016-01-16
1 A5 Guild Cards Reference Sheet(s)
I have used the word document uploaded by SteveK2 and reformatted to fit 2 reference tables on each sheet.
English
2013-10-02
2 中文规则
一部很好的家庭游戏
Chinese
2010-05-11
2 Castello kort Nederlands
Samenvatting van de regels in het Nederlands.
Dutch
2009-11-02
2 Castello Kaarten Nederlands
Verklaring van de kaarten in het Nederlands met de originele afbeeldingen.
Dutch
2009-11-02
4 Chuleta cartas
Breve descripción de las cartas.(Traducción del archivo creado por SteveK2).
Spanish
2009-05-27
14 [Español] Resumen Masons con imagenes
Completo resumen con todo lo que necesitas saber para jugar Masons. [imageid=1251209 medium]
Spanish
2009-05-23
5 Resumen de Masons.doc
Resumen de las Reglas de Juego (v 1.0)
2007-09-24
2 Mauer Bauer Resumo PT.pdf
Rules summary in Portuguese / Resumo das regras em português
2007-08-05
22 Masons Player Aid by TimothyP.pdf
This is a player aid for Masons. 2 per page. It contains simplified versions of everything new players need to know while playing. It does not include interpretations of cards, so you will need the back of the manual handy.
2006-10-29
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Meeples & Miniatures Episode #27
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2008-01-24
BGWS 023 – Masons
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