|Number of Players
||Israel Cendrero, Sheila Santos
||The Red Cathedral
The construction of St. Basil’s Cathedral is proceeding at a steady pace. The moment has arrived to find the best specialists of each guild and to apply their skills and knowledge to turn this monument into something that will even surprise the Tsar himself. It is necessary to send contractors to the far reaches of Russia to be able to stand out from the competition and achieve victory.
Contractors is the first expansion of The Red Cathedral, the hit game from Shei Santos and Isra Cendrero where players construct Moscow’s St. Basil’s Cathedral and compete to make the most memorable contribution and win the favor of the Tsar. The expansion is illustrated by Pedro Soto and Chema Román, two artists inspired by the work of Ivan Bilbin, the Russian artist renowned for his majestic representation of Slavic folklore in his works. The Red Cathedral stands out among recent games for its original rondel mechanism, winning the hearts of thousands of gamers all around the world.
The expansion comes in a box that includes almost as much content as the original game and takes the experience into another dimension. In Contractors you will find 10 new guilds that can be combined with those from the basic game, 6 additional blueprint cards, and a new card for the solo mode. Many of these new guilds use the Contractors module, which among other things, introduces a new board containing a map of Russia. You will send contractors throughout Russia to recruit the talent of the best specialists and artisans of the country to aid in the construction of the cathedral.
As in the original game, each of these guilds includes 3 different cards, of which one per guild can be included into the game, meaning that Contractors offers 30 new different ways to play The Red Cathedral. And among other highlights are a black die that is to be used alongside the 5 existing dice used to obtain resources, diamonds which serve as a wild-card form of resource, and the contractors, which are Cossack meeples that incorporate a worker placement element into the game.