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Citadels is the award winning game by Bruno Faidutti in which players are attempting to complete their city first. Each turn, players choose a secret role from eight choices: bishop, thief, king, etc. Each role has a special ability and allows ...

In Citadels, players take on new roles each round to represent characters they hire in order to help them acquire gold and erect buildings. The game ends at the close of a round in which a player erects her eighth building. Players then tally their points, and the player with the highest score wins.

Players start with a number of building cards in their hand; buildings come in five colors, with the purple buildings typically having a special ability and the other colored buildings providing a benefit when you play particular characters. At the start of each round, the player who was king the previous round discards one of the eight character cards at random, chooses one, then passes the cards to the next player, etc. until each player has secretly chosen a character. Each character has a special ability, and the usefulness of any character depends upon your situation, and that of your opponents. The characters then carry out their actions in numerical order: the assassin eliminating another character for the round, the thief stealing all gold from another character, the wizard swapping building cards with another player, the warlord optionally destroys a building in play, and so on.

On a turn, a player earns two or more gold (or draws two building cards then discards one), then optionally constructs one building (or up to three if playing the architect this round). Buildings cost gold equal to the number of symbols on them, and each building is worth a certain number of points. In addition to points from buildings, at the end of the game a player scores bonus points for having eight buildings or buildings of all five colors.

What's New in the 2016 edition

The 2016 edition of Citadels includes twenty-seven characters — eight from the original Citadels, ten from the Dark City expansion, and nine new ones — along with thirty unique building districts, and the rulebook includes six preset lists of characters and districts beyond the starter list, each crafted to encourage a different style and intensity of gameplay.


  • 2000 Spiel des Jahres nominee.
  • 2000 Meeples Choice Award winner.
  • 2000 A la carte 1st Place, Fairplay Magazine prize for card games
  • 2000 Deutscher Spiele Preis 6th Place.
  • 2001 Nederlandse Spellenprijs winner.
  • 2001 International Gamers Award Best Strategy Game Nominee.


Playing Time
60 minutes
10 and up
Min Players
Max Players
Year Published
Bruno Faidutti
Card Drafting
Set Collection
Variable Player Powers
City Building
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Rated 4.89 on the scale 1 - 5 based on 9 customer reviews
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Excellent� game that is well

Excellent� game that is well balanced with lots of options while not being complicated or that rules are confusing

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Very good service. The game arrived quickky. The price was good. The game 'Citadels' is very good. So glad I bought it from you.

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Excellent service.

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It's a magic game! It's

It's a magic game! It's smart, logic, funny, creative and more.. Loving fantasy.

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Love the game, my friends

Love the game, my friends and I can't stop playing it

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