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Store:  Strategy Games
Edition:  El Grande
Series:  El Grande
Format:  Board Games

El Grande

English language edition

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Ages Play Time Players
12+ 90 minutes 2-5

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Product Description

It is time of awakening. The position of the king is secure, but the high aristocrats, the Grandes, look to expand their influence. Thus, intrigue fills the country! Their primary weapons are the attendants to the king: the Caballeros. Each Grande has his favorites, recruited from the provinces, which he deploys to accumulate the power he so desires. Fencing, not with the sword, but with cunning and deceit, the Grandes struggle for power, sending the Caballeros openly into the regions and secretly to the Castillo. Although this strategic game requires subtle strategies, it is easy to learn and comes with an introduction that ensures a fast entrance into the game. We have produced a game that is both beautiful and practical, making the game a pleasure to play every time.

Product Awards

Games Magazine Awards
Best Family Strategy Game, 1999
Spiel des Jahres
Game of the Year, 1996
Deutscher Spiele Preis
1st place, 1996

Product Information

El Grande has the following expansions available:

El Grande: König & Intrigant promo cards 50 cards: 5x 15, 25, 35, 66, 75, 95, 125, 135, 145, 155 Out of Stock

The El Grande Expansions English language edition Out of Stock

El Grande: Grandissimo English language edition Out of Stock

El Grande: König & Intrigant Player's Edition 55 cards: 5x Joker, 13, 23, 43, 53, 63, 73, 83, 93, 113, 153 Out of Stock

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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.6 in 36 reviews

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by mike
The Grande Game of all Games
February 07, 2010

Among all of the games we own, El Grande is undoubtedly our favorite. Though it takes some time to learn, it is relatively simple to play (albeit difficult to master). Generally, we've found that people like games they have won in the past. El Grande is requested by friends who have both won and lost - and this is evidence that it is an enjoyable and interesting game.

On balance, it seems that the initial placement of grandes may heavily bias the outcome of the game (despite a card that allows you to move your grande). Also, seating position makes a big difference (as it does for poker and many other games). Otherwise, this game is much more about tactics and strategy and diplomacy than it is about luck. Also, it takes time to learn how cards play against one another and the importance of timing.

This is a great game that everyone should have in their library.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
It Stands the Test of Time
July 21, 2009

El Grande is the grandfather of area control games, and it still works after all these years. After reading so many great things about this game, I finally decided to get my own edition of it. The Decennial Edition includes four different expansions making the gaming possibilities almost endless. I have not found a reason to venture beyond the basic game yet as it still has all the charm and strategy I need.

As you work to extend your influence over Spain, other Caballeros will be battling it out with you in a fight that is incredibly brief when one considers all that is going on. Although the timing of the game can seem short, there are so many different ways you can use your turn and those in power will continually shift every round.

Why go for the latest and flashiest when Wolfgang Kramer gave us all we need in El Grande? Find out why this game is a classic.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
Area Control at it's Best
September 12, 2006

It's been a long time since I've fallen in love with a game. I play a lot of them and like to try new games often. I miss the feeling I had when discovering some of the great gateway games like Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne. El Grande really was a very pleasant surprise. It's been a while since I've played a game and immediately wanted to play again, as was the case with playing this.

Basically, it's an area capture/control game with some other neat elements mixed in that really make it fun. The secret decision making, the taking of various rolls, and deciding if you would benefit more from turn order priority (Higher Power Cards) or replenishing your ability to make moves (Lower Power Cards) all come together to create a very exciting and tense game.

Is there luck? Yes, there is in that you can't know for sure what your opponents are going to do. However, the psycology behind guessing what they'll do adds quite a bit to the game. If you look at their situation and guess correctly you can really benefit. However, tables can turn when your opponent assumes you'll make moves based on what they think you'll do. Confusing I know... basically there is a lot of guessing and some mental bluffing that goes on.

One of the best and most tense moments of the game comes when everyone reveals where their Castille caballeros will go on the map.

In a nutshell, it packs a lot of fun elements into a reasonably simple game. Not as deep and brain-burning as Puerto Rico and the like, but offers a similar amount of satisfaction from deciding on a strategy, taking risks, and seeing how it plays out.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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