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The Castles of Burgundy

The Castles of Burgundy is a strategic board game for 2-4 players (solo mode available in the 2019 edition) where players compete to build the most prosperous estate by trading goods, constructing buildings, and expanding their territories in medieval France.

8.14 / 10
BGG Rating
12+
age
2011
published year
2 - 4
player count
2 - 4
Recommended player count
30 - 90 mins
play time

How Complex is The Castles of Burgundy?

2.99 / 5

The game has a moderate level of complexity, with many different actions and strategies to consider, but the rules are straightforward and easy to learn.

How much Luck is involved in the gameplay of The Castles of Burgundy?

2 / 5

Luck plays a moderate role in the game, as players rely on dice rolls to determine which actions they can take, but there are also many ways to mitigate luck through workers, strategic planning and resource management.

How much Player Interaction does The Castles of Burgundy offer?

2 / 5

The game has limited player interaction, as players primarily focus on building their own estates and do not directly interact with each other beyond competing for certain tiles and resources.

How much Replayability does The Castles of Burgundy offer?

4 / 5

The game offers a high level of replayability due to the many different combinations of tiles and player boards, as well as the variety of strategies that can be employed to achieve victory.

Why you should play The Castles of Burgundy

Strategic gameplay

The Castles of Burgundy is a game that requires careful planning and strategy. Players must manage their resources and make strategic decisions to build the most successful estate.

Replayability

With a variety of different game boards and a large number of tiles, The Castles of Burgundy offers a high level of replayability. Each game is different, and players can try out different strategies each time they play.

Easy to learn

Despite its strategic depth, The Castles of Burgundy is relatively easy to learn. The game mechanics are straightforward, and the rulebook is well-written and easy to follow.

Solo play

The Castles of Burgundy can be played solo (with the 2019 version or with an expansion), making it a great option for those who want to play a board game but don't have anyone to play with.

Why you should avoid The Castles of Burgundy

Lengthy gameplay

The Castles of Burgundy can take a while to play, especially with a full complement of players. The game can take up to 2 hours to complete, which may be too long for some players.

Limited player interaction

The Castles of Burgundy is a game that is largely played in isolation. There is limited player interaction, which may not be appealing to those who prefer games with more social interaction.

Theme

The Castles of Burgundy has a medieval theme, which may not be appealing to all players. Some players may find the theme to be dry or uninteresting.

Complexity

While the game is easy to learn, it can be complex to master. Some players may find the game to be too challenging or overwhelming.

Luck-based

Despite its strategic depth, The Castles of Burgundy does have an element of luck involved. Players must rely on the roll of the dice to determine which tiles they can use, which may not be appealing to those who prefer games with less luck involved.

Where to find the Rules of The Castles of Burgundy

Check the rules of The Castles of Burgundy in a PDF file.

You can also find the community-driven rules summary, player aid, etc., in the The Castles of Burgundy files section on the BoardGameGeek website. You need an account on BGG to download files.

Beginner Strategies for The Castles of Burgundy

These strategies are for players who have either not played or played one or two games of The Castles of Burgundy.

Focus on completing regions

The game is won by scoring points, and one of the best ways to score points is by completing regions. Try to focus on completing regions as early as possible, as this will give you a steady stream of points throughout the game.

Use your workers wisely

Workers are a valuable resource in the game, as they allow you to change the number of the die roll. Try to use your workers efficiently by planning ahead and using them to take actions that will help you complete regions or score points.

Pay attention to the bonus tiles

Bonus tiles can be a great source of points, so to earn them, try to completely cover all spaces of one color in your duchy if possible. Some bonus tiles are easier to obtain than others, so prioritize the ones that you think you can take.

Keep an eye on your opponents

The game is competitive, so it's important to keep an eye on what your opponents are doing. Try to block them from completing regions or taking actions that will give them a lot of points.

Be flexible

The game is full of different options and strategies, so be flexible and willing to adapt your strategy as the game progresses. Don't be afraid to change your plans if you see a better opportunity to score points.

Advanced Strategies for The Castles of Burgundy

Focus on the endgame

As you become more familiar with the game, you'll start to realize that the endgame is where the most points are scored. Try to plan ahead and set yourself up for a strong finish by completing regions that will give you a lot of points in the final scoring.

Pay attention to the player order

The player order can have a big impact on the game, as it determines who gets to take actions first. Try to position yourself in a way that will give you an advantage in the player order.

Don't be afraid to take risks

As you become more familiar with the game, you'll start to realize that taking risks can pay off big time. Don't be afraid to take a chance on a risky move if you think it will give you a big advantage.

Mechanics

Tile Placement
Hexagon Grid
Open Drafting
Pattern Building
Dice Rolling
Turn Order: Stat-Based
End Game Bonuses
Variable Set-up
Worker Placement with Dice Workers
Grid Coverage

Categories

Dice
Medieval
Territory Building