Friday, June 06, 2008

Kingdoms, aka Auf Heller und Pfennig

The Basics
Description: Auf Heller und Pfennig takes participants to a medieval marketplace which looks remarkably like a plain matrix for square tiles. Each turn players place tiles onto the board which modify (either positively or negatively) the amount of money to be made by the shops that share that tile's row or column. Three times the board is filled with tiles and shop money is earned, after which the player with the most money wins.

In Reiner Knizia's Kingdoms (Fantasy Flight, 2002), the English version of Knizia's Auf Heller und Pfennig, players try to collect the most gold by establishing castles in the richest regions of the realm while avoiding hazards like dragons, swamps, and trolls.

How to Play

Where to Play Online
  • Geek (Free, turn based - Registration Required)

Cheat Sheets (None on the Geek)

Game HintsViews
  • Opinion: A quick fun game to play on the geek.
  • Online: Works well, I still prefer live.
  • Work: Could play twice at lunch time.
  • Home: Easy to teach and learn for all family members..

Other Info

  • Plays best with: Works fine with 2-4 players, best with 2.
  • Gateway Suitability: Very easy to learn, might take two games to grasp farmer scoring.
  • Spouse Suitability: Chrissy is so so on this so far.
  • Re-playability: Not sure.
  • Real Life Setup: A few minutes, just placing tiles in the bag, and handing out pieces.
  • Real Life Time/Length: Without the expansions 35-45 minutes.
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