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Kardinal & König

original German edition of Web of Power / China

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Ages Play Time Players
12+ 50-60 minutes 3-5

Designer(s): Michael Schacht

Manufacturer(s): Goldsieber

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Product Description

Europe, the center of power in the 12th century, is the stage for political intrigue. Clerical orders vie to control that power by influencing the cardinals and kings who hold the power. By building cloisters in the courts of kings, the orders try to increase their influence. Each order plots in the ecclesiastic and secular areas to weave a web of power to control the cardinals and kings of Europe.

Product Awards

Games Magazine Awards
Family Strategy Game Nominee, 2006
International Gamers Awards
Best Strategy Game Nominee, 2001
Games Magazine Awards
Best Family Strategy Game, 2001
Spiel des Jahres
Nominee, 2000
Deutscher Spiele Preis
7th place, 2000

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Michael Schacht

  • Manufacturer(s): Goldsieber

  • Artist(s): Franz Vohwinkel

  • Year: 2000

  • Players: 3 - 5

  • Time: 50 - 60 minutes

  • Ages: 12 and up

  • Est. time to learn: 20-30 minutes

  • Weight: 922 grams


  • 1 gameboard
  • 5 scoring markers
  • 1 location marker
  • 40 advisors
  • 100 cloisters
  • 55 country cards
  • 1 rule booklet
Kardinal & König has the following expansions available:

Kardinal & König: Der Vatikan original German edition Out of Stock

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 3.8 in 20 reviews

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quite fun and challenging
August 31, 2003

One reviewer, in two seperate reviews no less, has made claims of limited replay value. Web has become a staple in our gaming group over the past year. In all since its publication I've likely played Web about 30 times. I've also played Web online more than a few times. If I were to base my review on my playings against a computer, it would likely be lower. However, when played against actual people, the game is quite fun and challenging.

I think Web is a game you get or don't. The limited card choices really stump some people. Others see it as part of the challenge of the game. The game sometimes forces you to make lemonaid out of a hand of lemons. However, don't be misled by the 3-card hand. There is a choice when drawing back up to 3-cards. Redraws are made from one of two face up cards (which is immediately replaced after each draw), or the face down draw pile. This limits, to a significant extent, the luck of the draw.

Web is a game of area control. You can control areas in three ways each of which is scores differently. It is also a game of expansion, and protecting current areas of control, with the game mechanics (i.e. 3 card hand) sometimes forcing you to perform some strange optimizations. A medium depth multiplayer game that plays in 40 minutes. A definate winner in my book, and one that stands up well against all but the best Euros.

Constrained choices, limited depth
August 20, 2003

I played a couple times in person then about 15 online before finally passing judgement. This game is quite simply dull. You're choices are determined by your three cards and further constrained by who's already moved in an area (even worse if you have to open a new area). Experienced players will certainly beat new players, but there's just not that much depth or choice in this game. It's perhaps useful as an introduction to german-style gaming, but I'd easily introduce Carcassone or Settlers before introducing Web of Power.

Hunt for the online game first and play a few times. If you like it, buy the real version. Or if you're like me, you'll shake your head and realize the game simply doesn't have my replay value.

by Ben
Most underestimated game in the world
August 18, 2003

Although very different from Chess and Checkers this game has the same sort of abstract, deep gameplaying characteristics. Since there are not many games like that which play with 3 or more players this is an interesting game. There are many finesses in this game that only come out after a couple of games which make that the game becomes more fun the more you play it, it also means that there is no such thing as 'beginners luck' in this game. The more experienced you get with the game the better you will score.

There is also an extension to this game called 'The Vatican', it is not for sale because it exists of only one extra board, you can download it for free and print it out on plain paper.

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