Architects of the West Kingdom review

Architects of the West Kingdom Board Game Review


Name: Architects of the West Kingdom

BGG Weight: 2.85 / 5

Year Published: 2018

Publisher: Garphill Games

Designer: Shem Phillips and S J Macdonald

Number of Players: 1-5

Playing Time: 60-80 minutes

Game Category/Theme: Medieval, Construction, Worker Placement

Mechanics: Open Drafting, Solo / Solitaire Game, Variable Player Powers, Worker Placement



Strategy: 8.4

Complexity: 7.6

Player Interaction: 7.8

Replayability: 8.2

Game Rating: 8.0

Cost: 5.0



Weight Rating = (7.6 + 8.4) = 16

Playability rating = [(8.2 + 7.8 + 8.0) – 7.6] = 16.4

Play Rating score = (16 + 16.4) x 2 = 64.8

Value Rating = 64.8 / 5 = 12.96


Final Score Rating = 64.8 + 12.96 = 77.76



Architects of the West Kingdom is a strategic worker placement game that is set in the medieval era. In the game, players take on the role of architects who are competing to build the most impressive cathedral for the king. Players must gather resources, recruit workers, and complete various tasks in order to construct their cathedral.

The game offers a solo play option, which is great for those who want to practice their skills or simply play alone. The game also offers a cooperative play mode in the expansion, Architects of the West Kingdom: Age of Artisans.

One of the things that I like about Architects of the West Kingdom is the unique twist on worker placement mechanics. In this game, players can capture each other’s workers, which adds an element of player interaction and strategy to the game. Additionally, players can also gain virtue points for returning captured workers, which can be used to gain additional benefits.

The game has a moderate complexity level, with a variety of different strategies and paths to victory. The game also has a high replayability factor, as each game offers a unique experience depending on the actions of the players.

Overall, Architects of the West Kingdom is a great game for those who enjoy strategic worker placement games with a unique twist. The game offers both solo and cooperative play options, which adds to its versatility.


Other recommended games:

  1. Paladins of the West Kingdom – a worker placement game set in the same universe as Architects of the West Kingdom.
  2. Raiders of the North Sea – a worker placement game with a Viking theme.
  3. Viticulture – a worker placement game set in a vineyard.
  4. Scythe – a strategy game set in an alternate history 1920s Europe.
  5. Great Western Trail – a strategy game about building a cattle ranching empire in the American West.
  6. Agricola – a worker placement game about farming and building a home.
  7. Caverna – a worker placement game about building a dwarven cave.
  8. Teotihuacan: City of Gods – a strategy game set in the ancient Aztec civilization.
  9. Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar – a worker placement game set in the Mayan civilization.
  10. Everdell – a worker placement game set in a woodland kingdom populated by forest creatures

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