Castle Merchants (2005)

Average Rating: 5.82/10
Board Game Rank: 5206
Strategy Game Rank: 1244
Family Game Rank: 1056
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Year Published
2005
# of Players
2 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 3 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
45 minutes
User Suggested Ages
8 and up
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Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
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Mechanic
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Castle Merchants
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Castle Merchants is a tile laying, hand management, pick up & deliver game. You play the role of a merchant peddling his wares to various castles in the land. Since all the merchants are offering the same wares for sale, the merchant who is able to reach a castle first can receive a higher price than those visiting in later turns.

You must manage your hand of path cards that you use to place paths onto the board, or to traverse the paths themselves. You may play any number of cards on your turn, but must be careful as you can only replenish your hand with a certain amount of cards regardless of how many you played. Whether or not you want to reduce your hand size to push on farther and beat your competition to a castle is just one of the decisions you'll find yourself making every turn.

Merchants must build paths wisely, for if you can't fully make use of the tiles you play, there is a chance that a competing merchant might be able to speed past you on the path and make his delivery to the castle first. Merchants must also be wary of possible rock slides that can make a path impassable and force them to have to change their plans and find a way around the obstruction. The first merchant to accumulate 18 pieces of gold is declared the winner.

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Components:

  • 1 12-page color rules booklet (4 pages each in English, Dutch, and German)
  • 1 path die
  • 1 game board
  • 4 horse cart mats
  • 4 merchant pawns
  • 10 rock slide tiles
  • 20 wares markers (4 each of cheese, cloth, jewels, weapons, and wine)
  • 29 gold coins
    • 1 five-coin piece
    • 4 four-coin pieces
    • 6 one-coin pieces
    • 7 three-coin pieces
    • 11 two-coin pieces
  • 45 round path tiles (9 each of castle, field, forest, mountain, and village)
  • 60 path cards
    • 12 of each path type (castle, field, forest, mountain, and village)

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Castle Merchants
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Z-Man English/Dutch/French Edition
Publisher: Z-Man Games
Artist: Patrick McEvoy
Year: 2005
Product Code: ZMG 7004
Size: 11.50 x 11.50 x 2.50 inches
3.04 pounds
Dutch, English, French
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Statistics
Board Game Rank: 5206
Strategy Game Rank: 1244
Family Game Rank: 1056
Num Ratings: 322
Average Rating: 5.82
Standard Deviation: 1.37
Num Views: 58798
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Avg. Game Weight: 1.9
Fans: 4
Personal Comments: 186
Users Owning: 657
Users Wanting: 10
Users Trading: 112 [find trade matches]
Has Parts For Trade: 2
Want Parts In Trade: 0
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Total Plays: 397
Plays This Month: 1
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