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Architects of the West Kingdom

Rated 4.8 out of 5
Based on 9 reviews
 
average rating 4.8 out of 5
Based on 9 reviews
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Learning Curve
Rated 3 out of 5
Aesthetics
Rated 3 out of 5
Enjoyment
Rated 3 out of 5
9 Reviews
Reviewed by nicola s.
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I recommend this product
Average play time
30-60 Minutes
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Rated 4 out of 5
Review posted

Architects

Thoroughly enjoyable. Lots of options, medium strategy and well balanced.

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Rated 3 out of 5
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Rated 3 out of 5
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Reviewed by David H., from United Kingdom
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Rated 4 out of 5
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Excellent twist on worker placement

Architects of the West Kingdom is an excellent game which takes worker placement and adds some twists. The goal of the game is to score points from building the cathedral and individual buildings.

Like it's predecessor, Raiders of the North Sea, it take the common mechanism of worker placement and messes with the conventions of that genre. Rather than having a small number of workers to make the best of, each player starts with 20. Rather than a tight race to claim spots on the there is no limit to the number of workers on a given spot. In fact, the more workers you place in one spot over a number of rounds the better the rewards.

It also has more player interaction than most worker placement games as you can arrest your opponents workers and get money for them which also stops anyone from exploiting one location too much. This is not a mean mechanism, however, as it doesn't cost the arrested player anything to get them back and it allows them to use the workers again once they've been bailed out of jail.

My only quibble with the game, so far, is that it is not easy to build a coherent strategy and I find myself doing things on a very tactical short-term approach. This could just be my inexperience with the game.

All in all, Architects of the West Kingdom is an excellent mid-weight worker placement game that refreshes the genre.

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Reviewed by Fay B., from United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
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Fay

This is a great game

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Reviewed by Shang T., from United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

A twist on the standard worker placement

The capturing mechanic is really fun and unique which also adds lots of player interaction!

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Reviewed by Juan, from United Kingdom
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Rated 5 out of 5
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Nice resources/workers game

A bit complicated to start but a well balanced and enjoyable game.

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Architects of the West Kingdom is set at the end of the Carolingian Empire, circa 850 AD. As royal architects, players compete to impress their King and maintain their noble status by constructing various landmarks throughout his newly appointed domain. Players need to collect raw materials, hire apprentices, and keep a watchful eye on their workforce. These are treacherous times, and rival architects will stop at nothing to slow your progress. Will you remain virtuous, or be found in the company of thieves and black marketeers?

The aim of Architects of the West Kingdom is to be the player with the most victory points (VP) at game's end. Points are gained by constructing various buildings and advancing work on the Archbishop's cathedral. Throughout the game, players need to make a lot of moral decisions. However, only at game's end will their virtue be judged. A few underhanded deals here and there might not seem like much, but fall too far and you will be punished. The game ends once a set number of constructions have been completed.

 

 1-5 PLAYERS  |  60-80 MINS  |  AGES 12+

 

REVIEWS

average rating 4.8 out of 5
Based on 9 reviews
  • 5 Stars
    7 Reviews
  • 4 Stars
    2 Reviews
  • 3 Stars
    0 Reviews
  • 2 Stars
    0 Reviews
  • 1 Star
    0 Reviews
100% of reviewers would recommend this product to a friend
Learning Curve
Rated 3 out of 5
Aesthetics
Rated 3 out of 5
Enjoyment
Rated 3 out of 5
9 Reviews
Reviewed by nicola s.
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Average play time
30-60 Minutes
Why I choose Thirsty Meeples
  • Reliable
  • Great Choice
  • Generous Loyalty Scheme
  • Knowledgeable Staff
  • Best Place for Board Games
Rated 4 out of 5
Review posted

Architects

Thoroughly enjoyable. Lots of options, medium strategy and well balanced.

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Learning Curve
Rated 3 out of 5
Aesthetics
Rated 3 out of 5
Enjoyment
Rated 3 out of 5
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Reviewed by David H., from United Kingdom
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Rated 4 out of 5
Review posted

Excellent twist on worker placement

Architects of the West Kingdom is an excellent game which takes worker placement and adds some twists. The goal of the game is to score points from building the cathedral and individual buildings.

Like it's predecessor, Raiders of the North Sea, it take the common mechanism of worker placement and messes with the conventions of that genre. Rather than having a small number of workers to make the best of, each player starts with 20. Rather than a tight race to claim spots on the there is no limit to the number of workers on a given spot. In fact, the more workers you place in one spot over a number of rounds the better the rewards.

It also has more player interaction than most worker placement games as you can arrest your opponents workers and get money for them which also stops anyone from exploiting one location too much. This is not a mean mechanism, however, as it doesn't cost the arrested player anything to get them back and it allows them to use the workers again once they've been bailed out of jail.

My only quibble with the game, so far, is that it is not easy to build a coherent strategy and I find myself doing things on a very tactical short-term approach. This could just be my inexperience with the game.

All in all, Architects of the West Kingdom is an excellent mid-weight worker placement game that refreshes the genre.

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Reviewed by Fay B., from United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
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Fay

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Reviewed by Shang T., from United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

A twist on the standard worker placement

The capturing mechanic is really fun and unique which also adds lots of player interaction!

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Reviewed by Juan, from United Kingdom
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Nice resources/workers game

A bit complicated to start but a well balanced and enjoyable game.

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