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Year Published
1995
# of Players
2 − 5
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 5 players
Recommended with 3, 4, 5 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
90 minutes
User Suggested Ages
12 and up
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Language Dependence
Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
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Subdomain
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El Grande
Alternate Names
大王
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In this award-winning game, players take on the roles of Grandes in medieval Spain. The king's power is flagging, and these powerful lords are vying for control of the various regions. To that end, you draft caballeros (knights in the form of colored cubes) into your court and subsequently move them onto the board to help seize control of regions. After every third round, the regions are scored, and after the ninth round, the player with the most points is the winner.

In each of the nine rounds, you select one of your 13 power cards to determine turn order as well as the number of caballeros you get to move from the provinces (general supply) into your court (personal supply).

A turn then consists of selecting one of five action cards which allow variations to the rules and additional scoring opportunities in addition to determining how many caballeros to move from your court to one or more of the regions on the board (or into the castillo - a secretive tower). Normally, you may only place your caballeros into regions adjacent to the one containing the king pawn. The one hard and fast rule in El Grande is that nothing may move into or out of the king's region. One of the five action cards that is always available each round allows you to move the king to a new region. The other four action cards varying from round to round.

The goal is to have a caballero majority in as many regions (and the castillo) as possible during a scoring round. Following the scoring of the castillo, you place any cubes you had stashed there into the region you had secretly indicated on your region dial. Each region is then scored individually according to a table printed in that region. Two-point bonuses are awarded for having sole majority in the region containing your Grande (large cube) and in the region containing the king.

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Components

  • Game board
  • 5 Grandes (the large cubes) in 5 colors
  • 155 Caballeros (the small cubes) in 5 colors (31 per color)
  • 1 King (large black pawn)
  • 1 Round marker (small black cube)
  • 65 Power cards in 5 colors (numbered 1-13 in each color)
  • 45 Action cards
  • 9 Region cards (with rule summary on the backs)
  • 5 Secret disks with pointers
  • 1 Castle (Castillo)
  • 2 Mobile scoreboards with the values “8/4/0“ and “4/0/0“
  • 1 Sample game sheet
  • 1 game rules

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El Grande
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Gabinete Ludico Spanish Edition 2012
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Release Date: Nov 24, 2012
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El Grande
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Descartes French Edition
Publisher: Descartes Editeur
Artist: Doris Matthäus
Year: 1998
Size: 14.70 x 10.70 x 2.80 inches
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El Grande
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999 Games Dutch edition
Publisher: 999 Games, Hans im Glück Verlags-GmbH
Artist: Doris Matthäus
Year: 1996
Product Code: 999-GRA01
Size: Long Rectangle (e.g. Power Grid)
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Hans im Glück German SdJ Edition
Publisher: Hans im Glück Verlags-GmbH
Artist: Doris Matthäus
Year: 1996
Product Code: 48112
Size: 14.70 x 10.70 x 2.80 inches
3.25 pounds
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El Grande
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Rio Grande English First Edition
Publisher: Hans im Glück Verlags-GmbH, Rio Grande Games
Artist: Doris Matthäus
Year: 1996
Size: 14.76 x 10.83 x 2.83 inches
3.31 pounds
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Spielhilfe: Spielbereich für Aktions- und Machtkarten, Provinz- und Hofbereich. ---- Player boards in German.
German
2015-04-01
0 Cards in Greek
Οι κάρτες στα Ελληνικά
Greek
2014-12-04
3 Player boards in Greek
Based on user's badgeguy upload.
Greek
2014-11-12
0 El Grande score calculator
A small program (running in Windows) to calculate El Grande scorings. You fill the number of cubes in each region plus Castillo and the positions of King, grandes and mobile scoreboards and then the points by player by region and totals are shown. You can optionally postulate the destination of cubes in the Castillo from each player to check what the totals would be. I don´t expect it to be used in real live games, but it can be useful to plan your castillo move in games in yucata.de.
English
2014-05-06
0 Правила гри El Grande українською / El Grande rules in Ukrainian
Неофіційний переклад правил гри El Grande українською, версія 1.0. It is an unofficial translation of El Grande rules into Ukrainian, version 1.0 (posted with permission from Rio Grande Games).
Ukrainian
2014-02-11
3 Papir za bodovanje
12 tablica za bodovanje igre
Croatian
2014-01-02
5 ElGrande_Card_Japanese (全拡張対応)
プレイヤーズエディションのカードを追加増補。完全版になりました。 20周年版を手に入れた方はぜひどうぞ
Japanese
2013-11-27
3 Estonian paste ups
Estonian paste ups / Eestikeelsed kleepsud kaartidele
English
2013-02-10
17 Resumen de reglas en español
Resumen de reglas en español, con un formato similar al que usa Ketty para sus resúmenes. No incluye expansiónes, solo juego básico.
Spanish
2013-01-16
4 Cartas en castellano, basadas en la de Fenolin
Cartas en castellano, basadas en la de Fenolin. [geeklist=148780]Mis otras traducciones y ayudas de juego.[/geeklist]
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2012-11-03
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Strategy Game Rank: 18
Num Ratings: 15422
Average Rating: 7.84
Standard Deviation: 1.34
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