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Ages Play Time Players
8+ 20-40 minutes 2-6

Designer(s): Michael Schacht

Manufacturer(s): Rio Grande Games, Abacus

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Product Description

Players are knights competing to build castles in the kingdom. But building castles is not the only way to win. There are actually three ways to win: build four castles with different banners, build three different castles and topple the king, or build two different castles and win three tournaments. Players also have the opportunity to acquire special abilities. Players acquire the special abilities, build the castles, and win the tournaments by throwing six dice three times to beat the dice combination on cards that represent the castles, tournaments, and special abilities. Players may also attempt to capture cards from other players and may acquire special cards to protect their cards from capture. The first player to reach one of the three winning conditions is the winner! Players need a good mixture of luck and skill to win this game.

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Average Rating: 3 in 6 reviews

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Poor choice
November 26, 2003

This game is actually pretty boring and winning is left mostly up to chance. It could have a spot on the game table occasionally, but there are so many better choices out there. For now, this one stays in the game drawer and collects dust. I gave 2 stars because I feel it may be more enjoyable for younger ones.

Back and forth but no trebuchet
December 13, 2002

The graphic on the front of the box depicting a somewhat cartoonish lout blowing a raspberry at a knight in a neighbouring castle does give you a good indication of what kind of game this is. Knights is fairly light, with a well chosen knights-and-castles setting, good artwork, and straight forward gameplay.

Some comparisons have been made to Yahtzee, which may give you the wrong idea. The similarity is that players are trying to roll a certain conbination of dice in Knights as they do in Yahtzee. The difference is that in Yahtzee you have lots of options to roll for, with the possibility to change goals halfway thru your turn, but in Knights you choose your goal then roll for it, all-or-nothing. It may not sound significant, but it is very much so, as it reduces tension and obviously tough decisions.

What Knights lack in tension for decisions in rolling dice, it tries to make up for with neat action cards and a fun theme. To a degree it works. You can roll to acquire new castles, or conquer others' castles; you can win jousting tournaments; you can go after action cards either from the deck or from other playters in order to gain some advantages. The action cards are well chosen with catapult giving you an extra roll when trying to conquer castles, guards helping protect your castles, etc.

This game, given the amount of luck, and the nature and gameplay of the game, seems aimed squarely at families looking for a fun diversion for all ages. And it works as exactly that. Gamers may be disappointed by the lack of meaningful decisions, but kids will enjoy going after different objectives. But as with most dice games, there is a lot of luck present, so beware. Also, forget about this ebing a two-player game, it creates too many runaway leads. 3 or more player means everyone can help keep the leader in check.

Yes it's a dice game, and I suppose one could see the vaguest of resemblances to Yahtzee, but this game definitely is its own game. For better or for worse, depends on your perspective, but Yahtzee does have the nice art Knights has. Fun dice game for 6 years old and up.

by Dave
Fun game that takes straegy as well as luck
January 05, 2002

I'm very close to giving this game 5 stars. Yes it's not the ultimate straegy game, but it sure is fun. After you've played a few rounds you pick up on some winning strategy, but just when you think you're there you get a bad roll of the dice. My wife and I have played every night since Christmas and still enjoy it. The three ways to win also add a nice unpredictability. Take a chance and you may topple the king. Very,very enjoyable game. I recommend it for a nice quick play ,light strategy game.

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