Thursday, January 6, 2011

GAMING THURSDAY: Citadels Card Game

by Fantasy Flight Games

From the Manufacturer:
Citadels is a game of nobles, intrigue, and citiess. The current printing of Citadels includes the Dark City expansion detailed elsewhere - look for the purple logo on your box lid if you're not sure if your copy includes the Dark City. Citadels with the Dark City Expansion includes: •66 District cards•8 Character cards •8 Reference cards•30 gold coins•1 wooden crown marker•10 Bonus character cards!•14 Bonus purple district cards!

Age Recommendation: 10 and up

Number of Players: 2-7

Play Time: 20-60 minutes

My Experience: The first time I played this game was with a bunch of people who had played it several times previously... so I was worried I wouldn't pick it up quickly. At first glance, it seems like there is a lot going on, there are character cards, each with their own number and special skill, there is a "king" who gets to go first, and there are cities collected that also, sometimes, have special features that enhance play.
However, within seconds, I was feeling right at home. This game is fun, intuitive and easy to learn.
I have found it most fun when players form alliances, or enemies, with the other players... it really adds to the political intrigue of the game.

I recommend purchasing this game off of Amazon, where it's about half the price of what you'll find in any comic or book store... although I have noticed the Amazon price of the game going up... when I bought it in June it was $13.99 and now it's $18.99.... but even at comic shop prices, it's still well worth the cost.

This is a fun game that is playable by all types of game lovers... from the group of  uber-gamers to sitting around the family table.

Rating: A+

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