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Renegade Game Studios Renegade Game Studio | Architects of the West Kingdom | Board Game | Ages 12+ | 1 to 5 Players | 60 to 80 Minutes Playing Time

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As royal architects, players compete to impress their king and maintain their noble status by constructing various landmarks throughout his newly appointed domain.

The traditional worker placement mechanics have been spiced up with constant acceleration and an aggressive aspect not usually seen in these games. Architecten, van yt en bgg, sprak me totaal niet aan, en je relaas dat het stuk is doet er alleen een schepje bovenop.

There’s a new, socketed Guildhall board to place on top of the main board, along with a new card to cover a spot in the Black Market, with some new iconography. and it also reduces the loss of virtue you’d normally suffer for some of the less savoury actions on the board.

I often think of these reviews as lecture notes for a course I will never deliver, so please forgive me my occasional diversion. If you already knew ‘the smithy’ was a gain resources card you could probably work out the rest from context. Construct various landmarks throughout his newly appointed domain and remain virtuous, or be found in the company of thieves and black marketeers! It’s a fresh take on worker placement, building further on Raiders’ already stellar offering, and is able to boast the same elegance in design as its predecessor but with a snappier speed.The ability to capture workers adds depth to the game as does the Virtue balancing act (both for VP at the end of the game as well as the ability to do certain actions in-game). The bot doesn’t gather resources, except for marble, which is used for scoring, so something like money from the Tax Stand is instead placed back in the bank. You can capture a different group of workers from any (or the same) location, for every additional worker you have at the Town Centre. All in all I found Architects of the West Kingdom to be a much more rewarding experience than I initially gave it credit for. Also, we could either find some two player variants on the internet or turn to a solo game if we don’t have anyone to play with.

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