Players are trying to make the best castle combining three different architectural styles into a beautiful hodge podge castle. Wizards like medieval castles. Gnomes for seem to really like Tudor style architecture. Lastly, fairies build and live in some very scary trees! There isn’t that many building rules, just that you need to keep your themes attached to one another and not directly attach one to the others!
On your turn there is going to be 9 different castle tiles you can select from. You don’t have to play the it right away or even be able to play them right away. Just keep it nearby and try to get it incorporated into castle before the end of the game. If you just don’t like any of the tiles available you can also flip one of them over for a single point at the end of the game.
Scoring is pretty simple as well. You get two points for every tile in your castle, points for towers you have installed, and those tiles you flipped over during the game. However, there is some penalties if you have exposed your castle to the air. You can’t have a complete castle if you are missing some of your walls!
One of the reasons that this game is so approachable is that you are never locked into the shape of your castle until you score at the end of the game. Lots of other tile placement games you would need to be able to place tiles immediately and also wouldn’t be able to change your castle if a more advantageous way to set it up. That element also makes it more fun as you are constantly tearing down and rebuilding your beautiful castle!