As a huge fan of the Renegade Games and Garphill Games production of Raiders of the North Sea (I haven’t played the other two in the series, Shipwrights of the North Sea and Explorers of the North Sea), I was really excited to see today’s press release of a new game.
Designer Shem Phillips, along with first-time designer S J McDonald, has moved on from the Vikings. I guess maybe he felt like he’d done enough with them?
Apparently he’s moving on to Carolingian history instead of North Sea. Today’s announcement was for a really interesting-looking game, Architects of the West Kingdom.
Another series of games?
Maybe. Which has this History buff going nuts.
I’ll try and calm down.
(Looking at the Architects page, it does look like this is a new trilogy)
What do you do in this game?
Players are architects (Editor: In the West Kingdom?) who are competing to impress the king with their architectural delights by building landmarks and literally awesome buildings (Editor: That’s the Latin term, right?).
You’ll have to gather resources, hire apprentices, and watch out for any treachery. Other architects may be trying to sabotage your works!
“The aim of Architects of the West Kingdom is to be the player with the most Victory Points (VP) at the game’s end. Points are gained by constructing various Buildings and advancing work on the Archbishop’s Cathedral. Throughout the game, players will need to make a lot of moral decisions. However, only at the game’s end will their virtue be judged. A few underhanded deals here and there might not seem like much, but fall too far and you will be punished. The game ends once a set number of constructions have been completed.”
The artwork is by is also by Mihajlo Dimitrievski, just like the North Sea series, and you can see it in the art Renegade released today.
The cards look beautiful and the map looks very familiar in style (if maybe not function, as I haven’t seen the rules yet).
Architects of the West Kingdom is due out in October 2018, and it will eventually make it into my collection I’m sure.
Also, I just noticed on the Garphill site that it will be coming to Kickstarter tomorrow! I’m assuming this is the Garphill edition and not the Renegade Games edition, though I don’t think there should be any differences.
Edit: It is on Kickstarter! Go back it here.