Citadels (Revised Edition)


You have a rare opportunity. The kingdom has achieved an unprecedented level of prosperity, and as one of its great builders, you have been commissioned to build a new city from the ground up.

However, this is a competition. If your city surpasses those of the other builders, you will earn the title of master builder and achieve lasting renown. If it does not, you will be rewarded with nothing at all. As eager as you are to shape the city of your dreams, you must also watch out for your opponents.

They will do anything to ruin your plans and stop your city from being completed. You shouldn’t hesitate to do the same to them if you truly seek victory.


Citadels (Revised Edition) contains all the great content included in Citadels (2016), but is scaled to fit a smaller, more portable box.

In Citadels, players take on new roles each round to represent characters they hire in order to help them acquire gold and erect buildings. The game ends at the close of a round in which a player erects their eighth building. Players then tally their points, and the player with the highest score wins.

Players start the game with a number of building cards in their hand; buildings come in five colours, with the purple buildings typically having a special ability and the other coloured buildings providing a benefit when you play particular characters. At the start of each round, the player who was king the previous round discards one of the eight character cards at random, chooses one, then passes the cards to the next player, etc. until each player has secretly chosen a character. Each character has a special ability, and the usefulness of any character depends upon your situation, and that of your opponents. The characters then carry out their actions in numerical order: the assassin eliminating another character for the round, the thief stealing all gold from another character, the wizard swapping building cards with another player, the warlord optionally destroys a building in play, and so on.

On a turn, a player earns two or more gold (or draws two building cards then discards one), then optionally constructs one building (or up to three if playing the architect this round). Buildings cost gold equal to the number of symbols on them, and each building is worth a certain number of points. In addition to points from buildings, at the end of the game a player scores bonus points for having eight buildings or buildings of all five colours.

This edition includes twenty-seven characters — eight from the original Citadels, ten from the Dark City expansion, and nine new ones — along with thirty unique building districts, and the rulebook includes six preset lists of characters and districts beyond the starter list, each crafted to encourage a different style and intensity of gameplay.

Designer:  Bruno Faidutti
Publisher: Z-Man Games
Player numbers:  2-8
Recommended Age:  10+
Game Time:  30-60 mins

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What’s in the box? Game Contents:

  • 27 character cards
  • 84 district cards
    1. 11 Military Districts
      • Barracks x3
      • Fortress x2
      • Prison x3
      • Watchtower x3
    2. 12 Noble Districts
      • Castle x4
      • Manor x5
      • Palace x3
    3. 20 Trade Districts
      • Docks x3
      • Harbor x3
      • Market x4
      • Tavern x5
      • Trading Post x3
      • Town Hall x2
    4. 11 Religious Districts
      • Cathedral x2
      • Church x3
      • Monastery x3
      • Temple x3
    5. 30 Unique Districts
      • Armory
      • Basilica
      • Capitol
      • Dragon Gate
      • Factory
      • Framework
      • Gold Mine
      • Great Wall
      • Haunted Quarter
      • Imperial Treasury
      • Ivory Tower
      • Keep
      • Laboratory
      • Library
      • Map Room
      • Monument
      • Museum
      • Necropolis
      • Observatory
      • Park
      • Poor House
      • Quarry
      • School of Magic
      • Secret Vault
      • Smithy
      • Stables
      • Statue
      • Theater
      • Thieves’ Den
      • Wishing Well
  • 6 reference cards
  • 30 gold plastic pieces
  • 32 tokens
  • 1 plastic crown
  • Rulebook


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