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Kingdom Builder (2011) is a strategy world-building game where you create a kingdom by placing settlers' houses. You work to build settlements with positions and orientations that meet three specific criteria chosen at the start. This, along with special Location abilities that let you move and grow your settlement in different ways, creates a game that is both simple to learn and has considerable depth.

The board is constructed when you start and varies each play. Before starting you pick three Kingdom Builder cards that define the gold scoring rules for the round. This might require you to build near mountains, form horizontal lines of buildings or build next to castles' terrain.

Each turn you place three settlement tokens on unoccupied hexagons matching the terrain type you draw (grass, fields, deserts, forest). You have to place them adjacent to any existing settlements. If you build next to the Location tiles you get special actions each turn like placing additional settlements or moving an existing settlement. When someone has placed all their settlements when someone places the last settlement.

What starts as a simple placement game quickly evolves into a competition for space. Placement is restrained to start with and so less combative, but as you get more Location tile special abilities you can move into areas other players are working on and even bridge your settlement across rivers. All the while players are competing to find new ways to meet more Kingdom Builder criteria and score more points.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Kingdom Builder 23 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Strategy and World Building game with Collecting and Sequencing elements. You can play with 2 to 4 players in the same room.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Learn to Play: This takes half an hour to learn. It's quite a complex game but this is through a simple set of layered rules rather than a lot of things to learn.

Before you play it's important to do the following:
  • Highlight what the different Location abilities offer in the current board.
  • Read through the Kingdom Builder scoring cards so everyone understands.
  • Go through some legal and illegal Settlement placement on the board.

Play Time: This game will take between 45 minutes and 50 minutes to complete.


Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Provided younger players can cope with others targeting the places they are building, or working to foil their point-scoring plans, they can have a good time with this game.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2011

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 2-4

Genres: Strategy, World Building (Collecting and Sequencing)

Accessibility: 20 features

Components: Board, Dice, Placeables, Score Board and Tokens

Developer: Real Queen Games (@Real_QueenGames)

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