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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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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

  • Designer(s): Wolfgang Kramer, Richard Ulrich

  • Manufacturer(s): Rio Grande Games, Hans im Gluck

  • Artist(s): Doris Matthaus

  • Year: 1998

  • Players: 2 - 5

  • Time: 90 minutes

  • Ages: 12 and up

  • Weight: 1,502 grams

  • All-Time Sales Rank: #78

  • Language Requirements: This is an international edition or domestic edition of an imported item. Game components are printed in English. Manufacturer's rules are printed in English.

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.6 in 33 reviews

One of the best
October 18, 2003

My game group typically plays one new game every week. Sometimes a new game gets played just once - sometimes twice, just to check whether the game is really as bad as the players thought after the first session.

Rarely, a new game gets added to our list of 'classics' - those games that we play over and over for months. El Grande is one of those. It has become the second most popular of the new games we have tried this year (the most popular new one being Citadels).

A great game for people that enjoy games that require strategic thinking.

Well ... I was wrong.
October 06, 2003

I returned to El Grande recently after a long break ... and what can I say! My initial review was very wrong! Every game has been a winner: tense, exciting, tough decisions and of course that all important element: lots of opportunities to 'do people over'! Everyone who's played has enjoyed it and I've had no problems getting players to come back for more, in fact it's now enjoying an unusual amount of play (for a game that's over 7 years old) at my local games club! Each game is different as strange combinations of action cards force one to make unusual decisions and modify one's previous tactics.

How one's oppinions can change over time! Come back El Grande, all is forgiven, you're a true Classic!

One of the Top Five Games Ever Designed
February 12, 2003

A simply fantastic game. The rules are clear, easy to learn and easy to explain, but due to the game mechanics (described at length elsewhere), game play is deep and varies with each play. A tense, exciting, highly interactive, beautiful game. Worth every penny. Plays best with 4 to 5 players, though.

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