Biblios (2007)

Average Rating: 7.24/10
Board Game Rank: 260
Strategy Game Rank: 173
Family Game Rank: 33
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Publisher
Year Published
2007
# of Players
2 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 3 players
Recommended with 2–4 players
(182 voters) [poll]
Mfg Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
30 minutes
User Suggested Ages
8+
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Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
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Primary Name
Biblios
Alternate Names
Scriptorium
Scripts and Scribes
Τα Χειρόγραφα του Αββαείου
ビブリオス
ビブリオス:中世の写本師
文獻室
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THE GAME CONCEPT
You are an abbot of a medieval monastery competing with other abbots to amass the greatest library of sacred books. To do so, you need to have both the workers and resources to run a well-functioning scriptorium. To acquire workers and resources, you use a limited supply of donated gold. In addition, you must be on good terms with the powerful bishop, who can help you in your quest.

OUTLINE OF GAME PLAY
The object of the game is to score the most Victory Points. You win Victory Points by winning any of the 5 categories: Illuminators, Scribes, Manuscripts, Scrolls, and Supplies. You win a category by having the highest total number of workers (Scribes, Illuminators) or resources (Manuscripts, Scrolls, Supplies) in that category. This is determined by the numbers in the upper left corner on the cards. At the start of the game, each category is worth 3 Victory Points. As the game progresses, the values on the Value Board will change and some categories will become worth more or less Victory Points than others. The game is divided into 2 stages: a Donation stage and an Auction stage. During the Donation stage, players acquire free cards according to an established plan. In the Auction stage, players purchase cards in auction rounds. After the two stages, winners of each category are determined and Victory Points awarded. The player with the most Victory Points wins.

GAME CHARACTERISTICS
The game involves a good deal of strategic planning, some bluffing, and a little bit of luck. The rules are easy to understand, but you have to play it a few times to develop a playing strategy. It plays differently from 2-4 players, but each game is equally fun and challenging.

Components:
87 Total Cards
1 Scriptorium
5 Six-Sided Dice (5 different colors)
1 Rule Book

Card Size:
Standard Card Game (Magic the Gathering and similar CCG's)

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Components

  • 1 Value Board
  • 5 Dice
  • 87 Playing Cards
  • 2 Reference Cards

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Designer's 5-player variant

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Τα Χειρόγραφα του Αββαείου
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Greek first edition
Publisher: Kaissa Chess & Games
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Year: 2015
Product Code: KA111878
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English edition 2015
Publisher: IELLO
Artist: David Palumbo
Year: 2015
Product Code: 51028
Size: 7.63 x 5.38 x 1.63 inches
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Japanese edition 2014
Publisher: Hobby Japan
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Year: 2014
Size: 7.68 x 5.31 x 1.65 inches
Japanese
Release Date: Jun 6, 2014
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English edition 2014
Publisher: IELLO
Artist: David Palumbo
Year: 2014
Product Code: 51028
Size: 7.75 x 5.50 x 1.75 inches
0.88 pounds
English
Release Date: 2014
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Japanese edition 2012
Publisher: Hobby Japan
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Year: 2012
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Release Date: May 31, 2012
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2 Biblios 2page Rules Summary
Rules summary designed to fit on a single double sided letter (8.5x11 inch) page. This summary sheet was created by starting with Benjamin Maggi's excellent previous summary, changing the formatting, adding some missing details where I felt his summary was vague, and correcting some mistakes in the rules (at least according to my 2015 iello English printing of the rule book)
English
2016-01-02
3 Paper box for cards
Paper box for cards, 7x10 cm, pdf file, v. 1.0. Box can store about 40-60 cards, depending of their thickness. Use several boxes for some games. [url=https://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/187003/]- List of boxes and how-to video.[/url] [url=https://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/41958/item/2773195#item2773195]- All for your lovely games.[/url] [imageid=2845508medium]
English
2015-02-19
11 Biblios player aid (printer-friendly)
visual player aid. shows card distribution and player number setup. printer-friendly: no images used, minimal colors. A4 size.
English
2015-02-16
10 Biblios (Player Aid)
Short player aid that lists the basic rules for the game.
English
2014-10-03
18 Rules Summary
V.2: All of the rules of the game. Originally my rules summary was 2 full pages. I adjusted the spacing and such so that it is now 3 pages... but now it can be printed (with pages 2-3 back to back), trimmed, and laminated AND still fit in the box! No rules changes were made, so if you like the older format that is okay too.
English
2014-09-18
1 Résumé des règles - Biblios
Un résumé des règles en français avec l'essentiel de ce qu'il faut savoir pour préparer le jeu et jouer.
French
2014-08-11
5 Biblios rulebook Chinese version
The Biblios rulebook Chinese version consists of official rulebook and 5-player variant translation. 文獻室中文規則v1 包含了 規則書 和 5人遊戲變體規則 的中文翻譯。
Chinese
2013-07-20
4 Regras para o Biblio
Regras em português(BR) baseadas na versão em inglês.
Portuguese
2013-04-24
14 Biblios Solo
rules for playing Biblios... by yourself!
English
2013-03-23
20 Player aid x 4 - includes card distribution, total values and player count set-up
Player aid that prints 4 to a sheet showing the suit distributions, total suit values and set up by player count. Intended to be printed on label paper and mounted. Includes decorative titled image for reverse of player aid.
English
2012-11-09
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Statistics
Board Game Rank: 260
Strategy Game Rank: 173
Family Game Rank: 33
Num Ratings: 7024
Average Rating: 7.24
Standard Deviation: 1.19
Num Views: 372495
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Avg. Game Weight: 1.7
Fans: 235
Personal Comments: 2070
Users Owning: 8968
Users Wanting: 605
Users Trading: 149 [find trade matches]
Has Parts For Trade: 3
Want Parts In Trade: 3
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Total Plays: 31680
Plays This Month: 238
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