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Mateusz Pitulski
Poland
Toruń
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Nov 2014
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Daniel Kearns
United States
Bloomington
Indiana
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Silence is golden.
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O God, thy sea is so great and my boat is so small.
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10
Dec 2011
Yep. Really really good. And difficult too. I think I've gotten worse each time I've played. UPGRADE. Just plain great. My dad said after his one game: "Okay, next time we're in Indiana we have to play this game again because it really is fascinating." My dad!!?! UPDATE. Fan-freakin-tastic. Sooo, when's the expansion due again? UPDATE: Still great, figuring out how to manipulate your position is so interesting.
2013-01-04
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Jeremy Van Maanen
United States
Madison
Wisconsin
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Sep 2014
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Martin Ralya
United States
R'lyeh
Utah
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10
Oct 2014
This is an excellent game, cleverly tuned and nicely variable, with short turns that are enjoyable to plan without triggering AP. It's got a puzzle quality to it, in a good way, and it lasts exactly as long as it should. It feels very polished, and it's relatively easy to teach (even to non-gamers).

I love the way it combines 3/10 random victory conditions, 4/8 random special abilities, 4/LOTS of terrain placements, and random card draws into a whole that doesn't feel random, isn't purely tactical (you need to start with a strategy, but adapt it), and which feels satisfying without being too heavy. I've never played anything quite like it.

Although it's not a game where I feel connected to the theme, without the theme it wouldn't be nearly as fun -- despite being quite abstract. It plays differently with two (more wide-open, and you can often accomplish more of your original plan) than with 3+, but it's fun with all player numbers I've tried it with.

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October 2014: Bumped up from a 9 to a 10. This is one of my all-time favorite games, delivering a consistently fun, engaging experience at every player count and with new as well as more experienced gamers.
2014-10-06
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Goran Niksic
Serbia
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Sep 2013
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Vince Lupo
United States
ALEXANDRIA
Virginia
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Jan 2012
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Joel Weeks
United States
Roswell
Georgia
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Feb 2012
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Kris Wolff
United States
poulsbo
Washington
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10
Jul 2012
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L G
Portugal
Coimbra
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Jan 2014
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Ketty
Chile
Santiago
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10
Jan 2012
[ESP] sinceramente no estaba segura de que esperar de este juego. Tenía mucho buzz pero su nota cuando lo compré era inferior a 7. Por otro lado ya tenía juegos similares.
Fue una grata sorpresa. Kingdom builder es un juego muy sencillo de aprender en el cual cada partida es diferente gracias a sus múltiples tableros y métodos de puntuación. Si te gustan los juegos de control de area entonces te lo recomiendo 100%

5 jugadores - jugamos en un tablero de 2x3. El juego fue tan bueno como con 4 jugadores. Eso si todos jugaban bastante rápido (con jugadores lentos se dee hacer eterno...)

Actualización: Mientras más lo juego, más me gusta :o)
2012-01-20
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Will M. Baker
United States
Alameda
California
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Mar 2015
Components: Simple wooden settlements. Gorgeous board, with a few little extraneous details on the hexes to give them personality. I like the pasted on fantasy theme, but would enjoy it more if the settlements were something a bit more mobile, like horses; it just doesn't make sense to have them flying all over the place.

Experience: First, it's fun. It's a challenge to reach the various superpowered locations, to meet the victory conditions, and to allow for maximum maneuverability. It's best to not be adjacent to a particular terrain type, but failing that, it's best to be adjacent to as many of that type as possible, to create the most options.

Second, it's fast. Games have been coming in at an hour each so far. We're partly slowed down by having to help each other recognize and adhere to the adjacency rule, which for some reason is really tough to wrap our brains around.

Third, it's highly modular. The intersection of different map configurations, different location powers, and different victory conditions help to keep this game interesting. We can play several games back-to-back, and each has a distinctive feel to it, with unique struggles. I love the opening of games like this (e.g., Settlers of Catan, Thunderstone) where I survey the land, trying to recognize the various vulnerabilities to be exploited.

There are a few combinations of victory conditions that really complement each other (Knights + Citizens), and some that don't (Citizens + Hermit), so part of the strategy is identifying how the objectives overlay on the board, and which locations will be of most use. The location tiles are mostly balanced, except for the boats. Boats are incredibly useful, regardless of the victory condition, and there are half as many of them as there are other location tiles. In a recent game, I was able to use my first two turns to encircle the boats location, locking out all the other players, which gave me a huge advantage; and their card draws prevented them from stopping me.

Luck of the draw can be damning, but the game is so much fun! Games tend to be very close, which might mean it's just a matter of luck.

Susceptible to analysis paralysis.

First Played: 2011-11-22
Last Played: 2015-01-17
Plays (17):
2 players: 2
3 players: 6
4 players: 9
2015-01-17
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Torsten Tschirner
Germany
Nürnberg
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May 2013
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Inga Alaveer
Estonia
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10
Mar 2012
I just love that game. Who says it has no choices and it's too random? There are lots of choices and you have to think very clearly where to build and what's gonna happen. Yes, the game has random elements, but which game hasn't. For my opinion it only makes those choices harder. Very good game.
2012-04-12
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Norbert Pütz
Germany
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Dec 2012
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Gaetan Perrin
France
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Jul 2012
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P. oeppel
Germany
Duisburg
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10
Jan 2013
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Trevor Kebabz
United Kingdom
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10
Oct 2011
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Angelo Nikolaou
Ireland
Dublin
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10
Oct 2011
I love spatial management, pattern recognition and logical games, as can be seen from my other 10s. This one is exactly perfect for my taste and I fell in love with it from the first play!

The great variety makes each game unique, and every move an interesting riddle. Its gameplay is amazingly deep, allowing for sophisticated actions and builds with rules easy enough for non-gamers.

Its duration, easy scaling, pretty components and replayability mark this as a 10 for me

2011-10-31
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John Bandettini
United Kingdom
London
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10
Oct 2011
My favourite game since my first play of it. It was love at first sight. Should be the number 1 rated game on the geek, but unfortunately some people just don't get it, thinking it is a luckfest that would be much better if you drew more cards. Oh dear, oh dear I think you totally missed the point.
2015-01-07
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Daniel Halasz
Hungary
Szada
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10
May 2013
Az első játék tetszett. Jó játék, de talán nem kiemelkedő. Tetszik a várhatóan nagyfokú változatosság, és így újrajátszhatóság. Tetszik, hogy aránylag gyors, és egyszerűek a szabályok. Szép is a játék nagyon. Nem tetszik, hogy menet közben fogalmunk sincs, hogy ki hogy áll, kivel is kell éppen versenyezni, kinek kéne esetleg kicsit keresztbetenni. Nomeg nem tetszik az ára sem.

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Kétszemélyesen is nagyon jó, szerintem jobb is, mint 4-esben. 7->8
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Az 50. játékhoz közeledve, se unalmas még, így kiérdemelte a 10-est.
2013-05-09
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michal mariak
Poland
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10
Aug 2013
Great fast game for 2-4 players. Random boards and kingdom cards make every game unique.
2013-06-12
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Teddy Winand
United States
Lincoln Park
New Jersey
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10
Feb 2012
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Chad Adams
United States
Windermere
Florida
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10
Nov 2011
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Matthew Lock
Canada
Halifax
Nova Scotia
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10
Jan 2013
+ Nomads + Crossroads expansions.
I love the gameplay and components, my friends are excited about it, awesome game.
2014-01-21
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Jim Rogenski
United States
Marietta
Ohio
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Apr 2012
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Dennis Engilis
United States
Elk Grove
California
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Jun 2015
Quick, varied gameplay each time, interesting mechanics, and the first player doesn't always win nor does the first to use all settlements. Not the scope of Dominion, but clearly that wasn't the idea. More strategic than at first apparent. Includes Capitol, Crossroads, and Nomads expansions.
2014-08-05
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Ulrich Fonrobert
Germany
Wachtberg
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Nov 2011
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Dave DiMaio
United States
Newark
Delaware
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Jun 2012
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Mark Levine
United States
New York
New York
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Jan 2015
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KingKel Adams
United States
Florida
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Nov 2011
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Jürgen Aden
Germany
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Jan 2014
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Martin G
United Kingdom
Bristol
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Mar 2014
Those who have been arguing that having only one card in hand makes it too luck-dependent are missing the point I think. With more than one card, there would be way too many options and you might as well just do away with the cards altogether. They're there as a constraint - if you play well, you should have sufficient options most of the time anyway. I'm really enjoying how the goal cards in play dramatically change the morphology of the board. It'd be kind of fun to photograph some endgame layouts and try to guess which goals were in play.
2011-12-31
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Jimmy Okolica
United States
Washington Township
Ohio
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Apr 2015
Not a bad game. It's easy to teach and quick to play. The varying boards, special powers, and goals means this game has a high degree of replayability.

Mar-2015: I've fallen in love with this and have acquired all the expansions. With repeated plays, the amount of control increases significantly. However, this is a game that all about front-loaded strategy. Your first 2 - 3 turns will often determine your game and mis-playing them can be unrecoverable. It actually has a bit of a similar feel to Terra Mystica, but much shorter.
2015-03-13
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Evil!Travis
Canada
New Brunswick
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"You can only become slightly less embarrassing at Werewolf once you realize you are an abomination to the game like all of us." - dbmurph22
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Dec 2011
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Ray Key
Canada
langley
british columbia
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Mar 2012
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Tom Chase
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Jul 2012
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David Lupo
United States
atlanta
Georgia
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Jan 2012
A great game with simple yet robust rules. This is easy to learn, but it will take time to master

The instructions could use some clarification on a few points.
2012-02-11
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David G.
United States
Moorpark
California
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Feb 2015
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A S
Germany
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Jan 2013
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David Dyer
United States
Tucker
Georgia
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Jan 2012
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Jason Coeyman
United States
Huntington
West Virginia
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Jun 2014
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Thomas Wintermute
United States
Ft Meade
Maryland
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Feb 2012
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Robert Põld
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Jan 2012
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Kathy Sheets
United States
Port Saint Lucie
Florida
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Feb 2012
4-26-14-Just a note to add that we play with all expansions in the mix from the time we received them. There are a couple of things we leave out of Nomads; Miles does not like the tile that allows you to remove an opponent's settlement and also does not like the stones. We love the way the expansions have kept the game fresh even after so many plays. I would never choose to play without at least the Nomads exp.

7-29-12-To illustrate how much my husband (the non-gamer!) loves this game: he asked me today to order another copy because he's afraid we will wear out our current copy and then it will be out of print! The only thing bad about this game is that I fear we will never get to play some of our other games that are still sitting in shrink!

3-8-12-We have played 41 games so far, in 3 weeks--we're obsessed! Miles and I like to play 2p tournaments, best out of 3. The more we play, the more we find there is to this one. Sometimes you draw the objectives or the action tiles and you think, "we just had those in the last game!" but we've found that games are radically different from just one rotated player board or 1 card or tile. We've also found that games are no longer 2p solitaire! We are quite aggressive in our play and cut each other off when it suits us.

2-23-12-We've found the games goes on too long (for us) if there are more than 2 special action tiles (of the 4 used for each game) which require players to move pieces from the board rather than from their supply. 2p games go about 15-20 min. and 3p not much more; maybe 5 min.

I find it easier to get a truly random setup by shuffling the special action tiles face down on the table and picking 4, then finding the corresponding game board sections, shuffle them on the table and put them together randomly without rotating them again after the shuffle is done.

Sometimes, depending on the objective cards drawn, this game plays as multiplayer solitaire and other times we very much get in each other's way, cutting each other off from large areas of the board. That even happens in 2p games! I like both ways AND I find it lots of fun seeing what kind of game is going to result from each random setup.

2-17-12-Right now I am obsessed with this game so I am making the guys play with it as often as possible. So far we have 7 plays, either 2 or 3p. I'm getting the hang of it a little better and am able to be more competitive. It's great fun and the guys like it, too.

2-12-12-Only played a couple of times but we are liking it. It's not quite easy as some people are making it out to be. Each decision is quite important even though the rules are simple. I like the way that different objectives are used for each game and also boards. All the variety should make this a highly replayable game. It also plays fast which is always a good thing at our house. I do see that this might be more fun w/4 players since then you would get in each other's way more, influencing your decisions more directly.

2-4-12-NEW (ordered coolstuffinc.com)
2014-04-26
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Jim Shaw
United States
Swoyersville
Pennsylvania
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Jan 2014
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Richard Southall
United Kingdom
Exeter
Devon
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Jan 2014
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John Heiple
United States
Pennsylvania
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Feb 2012
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TracyB
United Kingdom
Southampton
Hampshire
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"I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary. I run…to savour the trip along the way."
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Nov 2012
Quick and pretty with no nastiness. Really enjoying this! The expansion introduces some less pleasant interaction apparently so I won't be getting that.

Update: We continue to enjoy this periodically and when it does come out you can never leave it at only 1 game. It really is the sugary snack food of board games!

Increased to a 10 after 12 plays.
2015-01-03
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Karen Woodmansee
United States
San Jose
California
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Jan 2014
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David S
United States
Seattle
Washington
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Mar 2013
I prefer more complex, longer-lasting games, as they tend to provide more fulfillment than lighter ones, but I've found that Kingdom Builder offers a satisfying game experience. It's simple and easy to teach, but it's still fun and will likely serve as a great gateway game for my non-gaming friends and family.

UPDATE: If you've only played the game once or twice and feel that it is too light, I encourage you to stick with it. It's one of those games that improves with repeated plays. Admittedly, though, it does play better with a lower player count.
2015-04-22
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