magnetic travel edition
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In the game of Cathedral you are 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.
This is one of my favorite travel editions of any game!
Whereas Travel Settlers of Catan was disappointing due to the ease with which the pieces can be dislodged, Travel Cathedral is very sturdy, and you really can bump around without disrupting the gameplay.
The game is made with top-notch components. The box is wooden and seals with magnets, wooden pegs, and a metal clasp. You can open it and the two halves of the box seperate completely. You can use either half of the board as the current game board as both contain a game grid on the inside surface. The depths of the walls on each half is different: one is shallow (perfect for playing while laying down - e.g. on the grass or on a sleeping bag), and the other one has deep sides.
If you really have to be careful about keeping tabs of the pieces you can use one side to store all the pieces while playing into the other side. However we tended to play by keeping the pieces in a pile in front of us and using the shallow box for gameplay.
The pieces themselves are wooden with black magnetic bottoms. They cling sufficiently well to the surface that it is hard to dislodge them, and you can hold the board upside down and they still hold on. But not so tight that it's hard to get them off.
Cathedral itself is a delightful game. It's an abstract piece-playing game similar to Blokus, with elements of Go (making territories). You are trying to put as many of your pieces on the board as you can, while trying to prevent your opponent from placing all of his pieces on the board. Your pieces take up 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 grid units, and are variously shaped and very interesting to look at. They look like houses, buildings, and roads (abstract versions).
All in all, this is one of the best travel games I've purchased and I know I'll be taking it with me on our road trips this summer. It's worth the price.