Hi all, I recently had the pleasure of finally playing then buying Caylus. After weeks of reviewing tips and reviews of this game, I had a friend who owns it teach me. I was blown away with how many ways this game can be played. There are so many ways to score victory points and the flow of the game works very well.
After explaining the game to me and jumping right in, I was able to see that this game is much deeper than I had anticipated. There are so many routes on your trail to victory that the combination’s are endless. My first experience with the game was with 4 players. At the beginning, the game was very light-hearted as I was learning, but the tone of the game shifted to a high competitive atmosphere which was an experience in its own right.
I was finding that I had to be very careful with what types of moves I was making or it would give away my intentions. I really liked the aspect of the many different residences and that you can actually help your own game-play by strategically monopolizing certain areas so that other players are forced to use that space earning you a victory point. This is just one of the strategies that I deployed early on, in my very first experience.
I also have to say that during my first game, I truly underestimated the royal favors and their value. Believe it or not the outcome of the game was determined by one of the players strategy of relying on royal favors that helped him to build a prestigious building that gave him a very big boost in his game that spelled victory for him. It became apparent that having different strategies will make you get ahead in this game, but also having a specific strategy can be taken advantage of and you may not do as well as you think you were. Even now, as I am typing, a million different strategies are flowing in my head, and I am becoming very excited for my next session of Caylus. I’m addicted .
This game for me is a great worker placement game. I am a big fan of Carcassonne, Agricola, and Stone Age. Even though the same aspect of this game is laying your workers to do your bidding, this game is much heavier than the previous mentioned games.
The induction of the provost really had me going. We played very friendly as I was trying to learn all the different rules, but as the game heated up, I drew first blood with that provost and soon realized that the provost can really screw up somebody’s game. Whether it is to chip away at their gold or just let their worker become useless, it always brought a smile to my face when I moved the provost at the behest of my opponents and watch them squander gold just to make sure their workers were not placed in vain.
Overall, the experience had me hooked immediately. I was impressed by the depth of Caylus, the millions of different strategies that can be deployed, and just the overall fun-factor and feeling of accomplishment as I was playing. For the amount of money I payed for this game, you get a lot out of it as far and what the game comes with, the amount of time you will spend playing it. Out of I give this . I believe that Caylus will be one of my all time fave’s and will have many sessions to come out of this game.