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Imagine yourself living during Medieval Times, the period of history referred to as the Middle Ages. The Roman Empire had recently collapsed and the Renaissance era had not yet begun. Medieval towns cropped up throughout Western Europe. The Cathedral, a place of sanctuary and worship, was the focal point of the city and located in the center of town. Shops and various trading stores surrounded the Cathedral, while residents and shop keepers lived within the stone walls which formed the town boundary. What went on within these walls was dictated by rich and powerful landowners.
In the game of Cathedral, you are such a landowner. The playing board represents the site of the walled city. Two sets of playing pieces symbolize both the buildings and the two opposing forces who battle to gain control by strategically positioning their building pieces back on the board.
In this award-winning game of competition and rivalry, victory goes to the player who is best at blocking and out-maneuvering their opponent.
First, let me say this...I LOVE Cathedral. It's a brilliant game that I enjoy playing often. One of my non-gamer friends enjoyed it so much, that I decided to splurge and buy him the polystone set for his birthday, as it seemed like a bit of an upgrade from my wooden version. We opened the box to play, and the first thing I noticed was how almost impossible it was to distinguish between the light and dark color buildings. Even under the brightest light, it was very tough to tell. And with this game, it's very important to see your pieces in relation to your opponents. The polystone buildings themselves are wonderful, heavy and carved beautifully, but I can't understand who royally screwed up the colouring of the pieces. Needless to say, I am very disappointed, as I feel the game to be almost unplayable. Perhaps we can stain the other pieces, but for the amount of money I spent, I expect a quality production. A few pieces were broken as well, and needed to be glued back together. Stick with the wooden version.