A recent war has left all the king's castles in ruin. Only the foundations of these once magnificent monuments remain. The war not only robbed the king of his castles, but also of his youth. The now elderly king must choose a successor form among his sons. He has charged them with rebuilding his castles and promised the throne to the one who can rebuild the tallest and largest castles. Tired of war, the king requires that the building be done in peace and a spirit of cooperation. Each prince has 6 knights to supervise the building. Two or more princes may work together on a castle with their knights competing to control the highest towers of the castle. The king will spend each year in a castle and will reward the prince whose knights are guarding him. Once each year the king will tour the castles to judge the progress of each son. After he finishes the third tour, he will choose his successor and prepare for his own death.
This game won the Spiel des Jahres (German Game of the Year) in 2000.
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