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Box art from Castles of Mad King LudwigCastles of Mad King Ludwig

Ted Alspach's 2014 release is, in some ways, a development of his excellent Suburbia. This time, players are designing castles for King Ludwig, with rooms, corridors and gardens. Each addition scores points according to its relationships with existing rooms – and the ones placed later. However, the tiles are not just convenient squares and rectangles, but several interesting shapes.

The really clever bit is the cunning mechanism that sees the first player price up the available tiles each round. They choose last, so have to think carefully about the pricing. It's excellent stuff.

And then there are the secrets: Castles of Mad King Ludwig: Secrets is a clever expansion that adds a fifth player and more.

For 1-4 players, aged 10+, playing time 90 minutes: £43.00 (£35.83 outside the EU)
 

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Castles of Mad King Ludwig
was designed by Ted Alspach and is published by Bézier Games

Find out more:
    Castles of Mad King Ludwig at the BoardGameGeek
    Pevans's first impressions of Castles of Mad King Ludwig at the Gathering 2014
 

The cover from Castles of Mad King Ludwig: Secrets - a long, mysterious hall with an empty chairCastles of Mad King Ludwig: Secrets

This expansion adds all sorts of interesting twists to the game. First off, there are the moats: laying these can get you plenty of points, but you must then keep your castle inside them. There are secret passages players can use to make extra connections between rooms. And, as you might expect, lots of new rooms for your castle.

The eponymous secrets are swan symbols on the new room tiles. These give another resource for players to collect, using them for extra cash during the game or hoarding them for points at the end.

All in all, that's a lot of fascinating features for further twists on a clever game.

For 1-4 players, aged 13+, playing time 90 minutes: £17.00 (£14.17 outside the EU)
 

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Castles of Mad King Ludwig: Secrets
was designed by Ted Alspach and is published by Bézier Games

Find out more:
    Castles of Mad King Ludwig: Secrets at the BoardGameGeek

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