A Game of Medieval Cities, Nobles and Intrigue!!!
Increase your city's prosperity by influencing powerful
characters and building new districts. The player with the
most points worth of districts at game end wins.
Citadels is a game designed by Bruno Faidutti in 2000 and it is for 2-7
players ages 10 and up.
A Brief Introduction
Citadels is a game where people build cities. Each city in order to be complete must have 8 districts.Each district must be unique to the player
and in order to build you need money!
Citadels is a card game.Everything is played with cards. There are several characters to choose from and each round different options will be available.
Players use their characters powers in order to complete their city first.The Game ends when a city has 8 districts.The player with the higher costing city (It might not be the completed one) wins the game.
66 District Cards
8 Character Cards
8 Reference Cards
30 Gold Counters
1 Wooden Crown Counter
10 Character Cards (Dark City: Called Bonus Cards with White Star)
14 District Cards (Dark City: Called Bonus Cards with White Star)
Each district card shows the cost of building it(the coins on the top left corner) and the type of district they represent(colour dot on the bottom)
There are blue, red, green, gold, purple districts each one representing different aspects of a city such as trade districts, military districts etc.
b)The Character Cards
Characters produce flavor for the game.Each type of character has a special ability that help a player in his game.
The main Characters used are:
1. Assassin: Announce a character. The player with that character
says and does nothing when called.
2. Thief: Announce a character the player with that character gives all gold in possession at the beginning of their turn.
3. Magician: May trade entire hand with another player, or, may
discard any number of cards and draw the same number.
4. King: Gets 1 gold for each noble (gold) district built. Receives
crown pawn immediately and starts next turn.
5. Bishop: Gets 1 gold for each religious (blue) district built. The
Bishop cannot be targeted by the Warlord.
6. Merchant: Get 1 gold & 1 for each trade (green) district built.
7. Architect: Gets 2 district cards and may build up to 3 districts.
8. Warlord: Gets 1 gold for each military (red) district built. May
destroy 1 district by paying 1 less than the build cost.
c) The Kings Meeple
The King as mentioned above is the first player who picks a card.This can give a significant advantage to this player since the person choosing as every person has fewer options after the king.
This mmeple is given to the King player and he will pick first on his next turn.
d) The Gold
Money makes the world go round and this game is no different.
These gold coins are strong and durable and they are the curency of this game.
The Quality Of The Components
The cards are of high quality paper with great artwork.They are quite durable and the images shown create a nice background fitting to the theme of the game.
The king's meeple is a strong wooden oneof average size but work could be done on this one since it is too simplistic
The gold coins are small but their details are really nice and they are
This game is not original and it is not breathtaking but the mechanisms
behind it make it a decent choise for every gamer.Different players will use different strategies and different strategies will produce different results.There are other sets of character cards included in the game that replace the existing ones. This can create a new flare for the game since different characters means different powers!
This is a very nice overall game for light gamers but a fun one for the familly.Heavy gamers will find it simplistic but once they look past the siple exterior they will find fun and strategy all around.
My rating is 7/10
You are welcome!!
At the time it was made, it was original .
The truth is that there were other games with similar mechanisms in 2000.
That takes nothing away though from its cleverly drafted mechanisms and its durability.
I like this game and have played it over 100 times.