In Italy during the Middle Ages, it is of paramount importance to build
castles at attractive locations – but unfortunately other landlords are
also trying to gain power in the country.
In the strategy game Castelli, the players gradually develop their
influence and try to collect as many raw materials as possible. The game
board is a grid which alternately shows production areas and spaces for
tiles. A production area grants its building materials or silver to the
player with the highest combined value on the adjacent tile edges. The
tiles start face-down, and each turn, one of them is revealed. During
their turns, players can rotate the tiles, thus influencing who gains
which building materials, which are subsequently used to build castles.
With the unusual turning mechanism of the tiles, every player has the
power to distribute the raw materials between himself and the other
players on each turn. Building castles then results in victory points,
depending on the positions of the villages and cities – and that's what
it's all about if you want to become the most successful landlord!
The two expansion modules included – "Dilemma" and "Battle" – can be
combined freely with the basic game. They increase the challenge and
time of play gradually. The game also includes material for a "Castelli
tournament" in which four players play in pairs simultaneously.
Castelli is a game for 2-4 players (best with 4) and takes approximately
45 minutes to play.