We are proud to introduce today The Builders: Middle Ages, a game by Fred Henry published by Bombyx.
Do we really need to introduce this best-selling game? The Builders is the kind of game that every gamer can love. It is simple and short enough to be a "family" game, but it is rich enough to represent a real challenge for core gamers. In addition of all of this, one of the greatest quality of this game is that it is good with all players configuration (and really good with 2 players).
This game is primarily a race: the first player to reach 17 points triggers the end of the game. You win points (= crown icons) by building buildings using workers. On the image below you can see 3 buildings and 2 workers. The colored bars on the building cards are their cost, and the colored bars on the workers are their work capacity to fulfill that cost. Simple.
On your turn, you can do 3 actions among the following (the same action may be repeated):
_ pick an available building and put it in front of you.
_ pick an available worker and put it in front of you.
_ assign a worker to a building. This costs you coins (worker's salary, top right of worker card).
_ pick some coins (1 for 1 action, 3 for 2 actions, 6 for 3 actions).
To build a building, you must assign enough workers to it, so that the sum of all work capacities are greater or equal to the building costs. When this happens, the buildings is built, you earn the Victory Points, you gain the coins printed on the building, and the workers get back in front of you.
3 more (little rules):
_ assigning more than one worker to a given building during the same turn costs you extra actions (+1, +2, ...). This is why it is often a good idea to build several buildings at the same time. But be careful not to run out of money!
_ in addition to your 3 actions, you may buy additional actions for 5 coins each. This is particularly useful to rush to reach 17 points to end the game.
_ at the end of the game, each 10 coins gives you an additional Victory Point.
This board game is very popular and we are happy to integrate it into BGA Premium games. It means that you need to be a Premium member to create new tables for this game (then any player can join your tables once created).
BGA would like to thank the game designer Fred Henry and the game publisher Bombyx for making it possible to have this adaptation on BGA. Also, Bombyx just released a very original new game named Catch the Moon that we strongly encourage you to check!