Posted by James (admin) on 27th September 2014
Royals is a new eurogame by the designer of last year’s Triassic Terror and the excellent Francis Drake too. The board shows 4 European countries and each has various titled positions (Baron, King, etc.) which players can earn. Each turn, you draw 3 country cards, or 1 country and 1 intrigue card. Similar to the game mechanic in Ticket to Ride, country cards are drawn from 3 face-up cards or unseen off the draw deck.
After drawing cards, you can choose to play country cards to take control of a position – each position shows how many cards matching the relevant country are required. If another player already holds the position, you must play an intrigue card that shows the country as well (each intrigue card shows 2 different countries).
When taking control of a position, you place a cube of your colour on that position on the board (moving any previous owner’s cube to the city space next to the position). In addition, any player that takes control of a position also places a cube on the tile next to the board that shows the same position – these cubes accumulate throughout the game. Read the rest of this entry »