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El Grande Big Box
, players take on the roles of
in medieval Spain. The king's power is flagging, and these powerful lords are vying for control of the various regions. To that end, you draft
(knights in the form of meeples) into your court and subsequently move them onto the board to help seize control of regions. After every third round, the regions are scored, and after the ninth round, the player with the most points is the winner.
In each of the nine rounds, you select one of your 13 power cards to determine turn order as well as the number of
you get to move from the provinces (general supply) into your court (personal supply).
A turn then consists of selecting one of five action cards which allow variations to the rules and additional scoring opportunities in addition to determining how many
to move from your court to one or more of the regions on the board (or into the
—a secretive tower). Normally, you may only place your
into regions adjacent to the one containing the king's pawn. The one hard and fast rule in El Grande is that nothing may move into or out of the king's region. One of the five action cards that is always available each round allows you to move the king to a new region. The other four action cards vary from round to round.
The goal is to have a majority of
in as many regions (and the
) as possible during a scoring round. Following the scoring of the
, you place any meeples you had stashed there into the region you had secretly indicated on your region dial. Each region is then scored individually according to a table printed in that region. Two-point bonuses are awarded for having sole majority in the region containing your
(large meeple) and in the region containing the king.
El Grande Big Box
, the 20th anniversary edition of
, includes all previously published expansions:
Grand Inquisitor & Colonies
King & Intrigant
King & Intrigant: Players' Edition
King & Intrigant: Special Cards
as well as something currently known only as the "Anniversary Extension".
Players: 2 - 5
Playtime: 90 + minutes
Published by: Z-Man Games
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