The Castles of Burgundy
This one’s been on my play list for a very long time. I kind of wish I’d been introduced to Stefan Feld this way and not Aquasphere! This one is super-accessible, tricky to figure out the most profitable path through the points salad, but you never have too darned many choices to make.
The overview is pretty straightforward: you’re trying to end the game with the most victory points. You play five phases, each made up of five rounds. Every round you roll two dice and then spend them on things. And because it’s a tableau-building thing you end up with really elaborate sequences that far exceed the two-die thing you have at the beginning.
The game gets swingier as you go, which is pretty fun tbh. You start out feeling good about a 10 point turn, and end the game scoring 40 or 50 at a time.
No quibbles gameplay-wise, just a few quibbles graphic design-wise — stuff like the same action being displayed in several different ways. Kind of a drag.
Nice way to spend a Saturday! Got in two games, neither of which ran especially long with three players. I think our second game — with the asymmetrical maps on which you have to build your kingdom — came in around 90ish minutes.