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Castles of Mad King Ludwig (2nd Edition)

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Bezier Games
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Number of Players 1-4
Playtime 90 Min
Suggested Ages 13+
Designer(s) Ted Alspach
Publisher Bezier Games

In the tile-laying game Castles of Mad King Ludwig, players will be tasked with building an amazing, extravagant castle for King Ludwig II of room at a time. You see, the King loves castles, having erected Neuschwanstein (the castle that inspired the Disney theme park castles) and others, but now he's commissioned you to build the biggest, best castle ever — subject, of course, to his ever-changing whims. Each player is a building contractor who is adding rooms to the castle he's building while also selling his services to other players.

In the game, each player begins with a simple foyer. One player takes on the role of the Master Builder, and that player sets prices for a set of rooms that can be bought by the other players, with him getting to pick from the leftovers after the other players have paid him for their rooms. When a room is added to a castle, the player who built it scores castle points based on the size and type of room constructed, as well as bonus points based on the location of the room. When a room is finished, with all entrance ways leading to other rooms in the castle, the player receives one of seven special rewards.

After every purchasing round, a new player becomes the Master Builder who sets prices for a new set of rooms. After several rounds, the game is over, then additional points are awarded for achieving bonus goals, having the most popular rooms, and being the most responsive to the King's demands, which change each game. Whoever ends up with the most castle points wins the game.

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