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Name Castles of Mad King Ludwig (2014)
Complexity 2.6578
BGG Rank 167
Player Count 1 - 4
Mechanism(s) Auction: Dutch, End Game Bonuses, Hidden Victory Points, I Cut, You Choose, Pattern Building, Set Collection, Tile Placement, Turn Order: Progressive

In the tile-laying game Castles of Mad King Ludwig, players are tasked with building an amazing, extravagant castle for King Ludwig II of Bavaria...one room at a time. You see, the King loves castles, having built Neuschwanstein (the castle that inspired the Disney theme park castles) and others, but now he's commissioned you to build the biggest, best castle ever — subject, of course, to his ever-changing whims. Each player acts as a building contractor who is adding rooms to the castle he's building while also selling his services to other players.

In the game, each player starts with a simple foyer. One player takes on the role of the Master Builder, and that player sets prices for a set of rooms that can be purchased by the other players, with him getting to pick from the leftovers after the other players have paid him for their rooms. When a room is added to a castle, the player who built it gains castle points based on the size and type of room constructed, as well as bonus points based on the location of the room. When a room is completed, with all entranceways leading to other rooms in the castle, the player receives one of seven special rewards.

After each purchasing round, a new player becomes the Master Builder who sets prices for a new set of rooms. After several rounds, the game ends, then additional points are awarded for achieving bonus goals, having the most popular rooms, and being the most responsive to the King's demands, which change each game. Whoever ends up with the most castle points wins.

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Organization Year Ranker Rank List
The Dice Tower 2018 People's Choice 51 Top 100 Games All Time (2018)
Board Game Squad 2019 63 Top 100 Board Games of All Time: Analyzing Your Favorite Reviewers’ Top Games Lists
The Boardgame Mechanics 2019 Jason 61 2019 Boardgame Mechanics Top 100
Sickledrips 2019 Tom Heath 36 Slickerdrops Top 50
Mensa 2015 0 Mensa Select 2015