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Giles Pritchard
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Citadels

Citadels is a character selection and building game by Bruno Faidutti (Queen’s Necklace and many more), every turn the group of players selects one of a pool of characters, this character will give that player a special ability. On their turn a player may collect gold or more ‘district’ cards, build a ‘district’, and/or use their character’s power.

There are typically eight characters to choose from, the regular ones being the Assassin, the Thief, the Magician, the King, the Bishop, the Merchant, the Architect, and the Warlord. Each of these characters provides a different ability, the Assassin can kill another character (good deduction and a pinch of luck are required to assassinate the character owned by a particular player), the Thief can steal gold, the Magician cards, the King can take extra money and is the first next round to select a character from the pool of eight, and so on.

The expansion that comes with Fantasy Flight’s new version of the game includes a bunch of new characters that can be exchanged with the regular ones, a bunch of new special district cards, as well as some gorgeous plastic ‘butterscotch’ appearing gold pieces and a small wooden crown marker to indicate who the King is.

Citadels is a game that can be played with between 2 and 8 players (there will be 9 characters to choose from in an 8 player game), the length of the game will depend on how familiar everyone is with the process, and how many people are playing, the more people the longer the game.

The object in Citadels is to build the best and most wealthy Fantasy city (yes it does say Medieval on the box), the game ends when someone builds eight districts – although this person may not be the actual winner of the game!

This game involves clever character selection, an ability to think on your feet, intelligent play, a dash of luck and a good sense of humour (especially if you get assassinated regularly!).
Check out Bruno Faidutti’s web site for tons of information about the history of the game, about the making of it, as well as many variants – including a great drinking game!

If your group has a penchant for Role Playing – an accent for the characters doesn’t go astray – nor does a large golden crown to be worn by the undisputed King! - the object of playing these games is fun after all; Citadels will provide that and more!

 
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Glen Burnie
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One quick correction... you say

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There are typically eight characters to choose from, the regular ones being the Assassin, the Thief, the Wizard, the King, the Bishop, the Merchant, the Architect, and the Warlord.


But the Wizard is not part of the regular characters. The Wizard is an expansion character. The Magician is the original character.
 
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Giles Pritchard
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You're absolutely right, sorry about that - what a basic mistake! A mix-up of magic-master terminology!

Thanks for pointing that out!
I can't believe I made that mistake!
Cheers - Giles
 
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