|Type(s)||Victory - Castle|
|Sort the Castle pile by cost, putting the more expensive Castles on the bottom. For a 2-player game, use only one of each Castle. Only the top card of the pile can be gained or bought.|
Castle is a type of Kingdom card from Empires. It is a Split pile with 8 differently-named unique Castles; when Castles are selected as a Kingdom card for a game, they are ordered in ascending order of cost in a single Supply pile, of which only the top card can be gained at any given time, though you may look through the pile to see which Castles are next. The Castles are all Alt-VP cards, though some also fit into other card categories as well.
Castles cost from to in ascending order.
Every Castle is a Victory–Castle card, though 3 have an additional type as well. They are all worth some amount of , and most have different abilities as well.
List of Castles
- Humble Castle
- Crumbling Castle
- Small Castle
- Haunted Castle
- Opulent Castle
- Sprawling Castle
- Grand Castle
- King's Castle
In games with more than 2 players, an extra copy of 4 of the Castles (Humble, Small, Opulent, King’s) are added to the pile, still in ascending order of cost.
See individual Castle pages.
An article was written by user Titandrake in this topic. It was edited after some comments by user Faust, among others.
Despite having lots of different effects, Castles aren't that complicated. Just think of them as having a 2nd pile of Provinces in the game. If it's the kind of game where that's appealing to you, then imagine when you'd start greening in a game with 2 Provinces, and start buying Castles about 1 shuffle or 1-3 turns before that.
If you do the math, buying 8 Castles gives you 45Grand Castle. 8 Provinces gives 48 . In principle, this shows that buying only Castles is competitive with buying only Provinces. In practice, no one will ever let you buy all the Castles uncontested. At minimum, expect competition on the + Castles. Sprawling Castle and Grand Castle are almost always worth more than a Province, and players will buy King's Castle just to deny from the player who has more Castles., plus whatever you gained from buying
Having more Small Castle and Opulent Castle, are particularly important. Small Castle can quickly upgrade itself into a better Castle, whereas Opulent is important because it can produce a lot of money when players start greening. This makes buying either Crumbling Castle or Haunted Castle a bit of a risk, because it gives your opponent the first chance at buying Small Castle and Opulent Castle respectively. Of course, how big a risk this is depends on how long you think the game is going to go. The sooner the game ends, the less the Action castles matter. Buying Haunted Castle also makes it less likely your opponent hits . I often find that the risk of revealing Opulent Castle is worth the 2 + Gold + topdeck attack that Haunted Castle gives.in the kingdom leads to all the follow-on effects you'd expect. More makes the game go longer, and longer games favor building your deck more. Many of the Castles help with this - all the Castles between and give you more than just . The two Action castles,
As for Humble Castle, it's a little weird. It gives for every Castle, and there's only 1 Humble Castle, which can make it look like it's worth fighting over. However, it's still a genuinely bad card to buy. At the end of the game, Humble Castle is usually worth 3 to 5 , and although that's above-average rate for , buying it early on is a huge opportunity cost. There are two cases where it's worth buying Humble Castle early. One is Shelters games, to turn your starting Hovel into a Copper. The other is Keep. In a Keep game, Humble Castle is always worth at least 6 . Even in this scenario, I don't like opening Humble Castle. 6 for is very cheap, but opening buys are very, very important. On most boards I'd gladly give my opponent 6 if they were forced to open Copper.
Besides these considerations, Castles are mostly a tactical decision, not a strategical one. They aren't like Gardens, or Duke, or Fairgrounds, where you have to plan a bit to getout of them. Castles are just there, and whether the is worth it or not depends on where you think your deck and the game are at.
|Sort the Castle pile by cost, putting the more expensive Castles on the bottom. For a 2-player game, use only one of each Castle. Only the top card of the pile can be gained or bought.||Empires||June 2016|
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