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Once upon a time ...

1289. To strengthen the borders of the Kingdom of France, King Philip the Fair decided to have a new castle built. For the time being, Caylus is but a humble village, but soon, workers and craftsmen will be flocking by the cartload, attracted by the great prospects. Around the building site, a city is slowly rising up.



The players embody master builders. By building the King's castle and developing the city around it, they earn prestige points and gain the King's favor. When the castle is finished, the player who has earned the most prestige wins the game. The expansion Caylus Expansion: The Jeweller was included in the 2nd Edition.



Each turn, players pay to place their workers in various buildings in the village. These buildings allow players to gather resources or money, or to build or upgrade buildings with those resources. Players can also use their resources to help build the castle itself, earning points and favors from the king, which provide larger bonuses. Building a building provides some immediate points, and potentially income throughout the game, since players receive bonuses when others use their buildings. The buildings chosen by the players have a heavy impact on the course of the game, since they determine the actions that will be available to all the players.



As new buildings are built, they stretch along a road stretching away from the castle, and not all buildings can be used every turn. Players have some control over which buildings are active by paying to influence the movement of the Provost marker. The final position of the marker is the newest building that can be used that turn. The Provost marker also helps determine the movement of the Bailiff marker, which determines the end of the game. Generally, if players are building many buildings and the Provost is generous in allowing them to be used, the game ends more quickly.




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    Once upon a time ...
    1289. To strengthen the borders of the Kingdom of France, King Philip the Fair decided to have a new castle built. For the time being, Caylus is but a humble village, but soon, workers and craftsmen will be flocking by the cartload, attracted by the great prospects. Around the building site, a city is slowly rising up.

    The players embody master builders. By building the King's castle and developing the city around it, they earn prestige points and gain the King's favor. When the castle is finished, the player who has earned the most prestige wins the game. The expansion Caylus Expansion: The Jeweller was included in the 2nd Edition.

    Each turn, players pay to place their workers in various buildings in the village. These buildings allow players to gather resources or money, or to build or upgrade buildings with those resources. Players can also use their resources to help build the castle itself, earning points and favors from the king, which provide larger bonuses. Building a building provides some immediate points, and potentially income throughout the game, since players receive bonuses when others use their buildings. The buildings chosen by the players have a heavy impact on the course of the game, since they determine the actions that will be available to all the players.

    As new buildings are built, they stretch along a road stretching away from the castle, and not all buildings can be used every turn. Players have some control over which buildings are active by paying to influence the movement of the Provost marker. The final position of the marker is the newest building that can be used that turn. The Provost marker also helps determine the movement of the Bailiff marker, which determines the end of the game. Generally, if players are building many buildings and the Provost is generous in allowing them to be used, the game ends more quickly.

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    Designer William Attia
    Mfg Suggested Ages 12 and up
    # of Players 2 − 5
    User Suggested # of Players Best with 3 players Recommended with 2, 3, 4, 5 players (546 voters) [ ]
    Year Published 2005
    Artist Cyril Demaegd Arnaud Demaegd Mike Doyle (I)
    User Suggested Ages 12 and up (98 voters) [ ]
    Subdomain Strategy Games
    Website http://www.ystari.com/wpe/?cat=5
    Publisher Ystari Games Brain Games Edge Entertainment Esdevium hobbity.eu Hobby Japan HUCH! & friends Korea Boardgames co., Ltd. Lautapelit.fi Quined White Goblin Games Rio Grande Games What's Your Game? White Goblin Games
    Playing Time 120 minutes
    Family Caylus Country: France Ystari originals
    Honors 2005 Meeples' Choice Award 2005 Tric Trac d'Or 2005 Tric Trac Nominee 2006 Deutscher Spiele Preis Best Family/Adult Game Winner 2006 Golden Geek Best Gamer's Board Game Nominee 2006 Golden Geek Best Gamer's Board Game Winner 2006 Golden Geek Board Game of
    Primary Name Caylus
    Expansion Caylus Expansion: The Jeweller
    Alternate Names Caylus Premium Limited Edition ケイラス 凱呂斯 凱呂斯城 케일러스
    Mechanic Worker Placement
    Game category City Building Economic Medieval
    Language Dependence No necessary in-game text (164 voters) [ ]
    Play time filter N/A

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