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Build Prague in Medieval Times with Vladimír Suchý in Praga Caput Regni

W. Eric Martin
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Board Game: Praga Caput Regni
Czech publisher Delicious Games, which debuted in 2018 with Vladimír Suchý's Underwater Cities, will release a new title from the designer, one in which "its weight index will be higher than it was in case of other Vladimír's games", says Delicious' Katka Sucha.

Here's an overview of Praga Caput Regni, which is for 1-4 players, with a playing time of roughly thirty minutes per player:
Charles IV has been crowned King of Bohemia and ruler of the Holy Roman Empire. From his castle in Prague, he oversees construction of new fortifications: a bridge across the Vltava River, a university, and a cathedral rising within the walls of the castle itself. Prague is already among the largest cities in Europe. King Charles will make it the capital of an empire!

In Praga Caput Regni, players take the role of wealthy citizens who are organizing various building projects in medieval Prague. By expanding their wealth and joining in the construction, they gain favor with the king. Players choose from six actions on the game board — the "action crane" — that are always available, but which are weighted with a constantly shifting array of costs and benefits. By using these actions, you can increase your resources, improve the strength of your chosen actions, and build "New Prague City", the Charles Bridge, or city walls. You can possibly gain additional actions or even participate in the construction of St. Vitus Cathedral.

Board Game: Praga Caput Regni
The Charles Bridge and its game-y equivalent

Clever players will discover synergies between carefully timed actions and the rewards from constructing civic projects as all of the mechanisms mesh together. At the end of the game, the player who most impressed King Charles wins.
Sucha notes that Vladimír Suchý was born in Prague, and with Praga Caput Regni he has fulfilled his longtime dream of designing a game that incorporates the city's long history. "The mechanisms are meant to invoke a number of 3D medieval historical sites and buildings that can still be admired here today", she writes.

Praga Caput Regni is intended to be a SPIEL '20 release, but in any case it will be released in Q4 2020.
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