Posted by James (admin) on 11th September 2010
Louis XIV is mostly a worker placement game but it’s quite unusual. First of all, there’s no board; instead, there are 12 mini-boards laid out corner-to-corner in a square grid – this makes it easy to flip over any of the mini-boards but it also leaves spaces where various tokens get placed too. Over 4 rounds, players try to earn as many victory points as possible. Players can earn many VPs by fulfilling their mission cards which are completed by collecting the power chips shown on each card. There are 4 types of power chip as well as one type that counts as any type.
Each round, players receive 5 cards – each card corresponds to one of the 12 mini-boards. Each turn, players can play one of their cards and place up to 3 of their cubes (workers) from their supply onto the mini-board that matches their card. Also, they can move any of the newly placed cubes onto an adjoining mini-board so long as they leave at least one cube behind and do not spread in two different directions at once from the same mini-board. As players only have a limited amount of cubes, they can use their turn to add some cubes to their supply instead of placing. Players discard the last card left in their hand so usually get 4 turns. Read the rest of this entry »