Zamek Base Game
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Two families compete for control of the castle within which the game takes place. By adding tiles, you create a network of roads, meadows, houses and pigsties, over which you try to take control. Heralds, monks, squires and farmers will help you take control of the castle's buildings and earn points. You will also receive points for two items that must be present in every good castle: shrines and shackles. At the end of the game, the person with the most points takes over the castle and puts his rival in the stocks.
- 10 castle wall pieces
- 60 castle tiles
- 18 wall tokens (two of each tile pictured)
- 14 followers in 2 colours, and 2 family houses in 2 colours
- A sticker so you can sign your copy of the game!
The following are the main feature changes between The Castle and Zamek.
- The square (feature that separated a road into 3 distinct roads) is a fountain ("fontanna")
- The fountain (feature makes roads score 2x per tile, and looks like a well) is a stocks ("dyby").
- The Tower has been redrawn as a pigsty ("chlew")
- The Court is renamed as a meadow ("łąka")
- The Market, located in a Court, has been replaced by a Shrine or Chapel ("kapliczka")
- The 2 keep pieces have been replaced by family houses using a "gate" meeple ("dom")
Objective of the game
Two families compete for control of the castle within which the game takes place. By adding tiles you create a network of roads, meadows, houses and pigsties, over which you try to gain control. You have to make clever use of your subjects - heroes, monks, squires and farmers - they will help you take control of the castle's objects and earn points.
You'll also receive points for two items that must be present in every decent castle: shrines and stocks. At the end of the game, the person with the most points takes over the castle and puts his rival in the stocks.
Preparing the game
(A) Arrange the wall tiles as shown. The wall forms a scoring track (from 0 to 99). It is the border of the playing area. Note that several tiles on the wall have starting spaces.
(B) Place the 18 special tokens face down on the table and shuffle them. Then place 1 token on each defense tower (except those with spaces 0 and 1). Put the unused tokens back in the box (without peeking).
(C) Place 60 tiles on the table face down and shuffle them. Then make several piles of them and place them outside the castle walls.
(D) Take 1 family house and 6 followers of the chosen color and place them in front of you.
(E) Each player places 1 follower on the zero space of the scoring track.
Playing the game
The game is started by the person who was last in the stocks (or the older player). On his turn, a player may take 3 actions in the following order:
- Adding a tile
- Placing a follower into the castle
- Scoring points
1. Adding a Tile
The player takes 1 tile from any stack and places it within the walls according to the following rules:
- The first tile added in the game must be adjacent to one of the starting spaces. These spaces are treated as tiles.
- Each subsequent tile must be adjacent to at least one side of any of the starting spaces or to another tile.
- A road must be connected to another piece of road – both the one on the tiles and the starting spaces. Note! The exception is the wall. The road on the tile can be in contact with the bricks of the wall.
- Houses, pigsties and meadows can be added to each other in any way you like.
- You can add anything to the wall: a road, a house, a pigsty and a meadow.
- Tiles should be placed with their whole sides together. They can be rotated in any direction.
- If a player doesn't have the possibility to add a tile, he shows it to his rival, puts the tile back in the box and takes a new one from the stack. He then adds it according to the rules described above within the castle walls.
2. Placing a Follower into the Castle
On the just-placed tile the player may (but is not required to) place one follower from his or her supply. If the player doesn't have any more followers in his supply, he skips this action. When placing a follower in the castle, the player may place the follower on one of the areas on the currently placed tile: the house, the pigsty, the road or the meadow. Depending on where the follower is placed, it will have a different function.
Fight for control of the areas
An added tile enlarges a road, house, pigpen or meadow. If there is already a follower (of any player), the player cannot send his follower to that area.
Remember, it doesn't matter how many tiles away a follower who is already in an area is - he controls the entire area and no player can add another follower there.
Connecting Controlled Areas
An added tile may cause player-controlled areas to merge. If this happens, the player cannot send his followers to the connected area, and followers in the merged areas remain in their positions.
The player has added a tile with a pigsty, a road and a meadow.
- The player has connected 2 roads controlled by the white player and the black player. Heralds standing on the road remain in their places, and the player may not place a herald on the added tile.
- The player has connected 2 meadows controlled by the white player. Monks lying on the meadow remain in their places, and the player cannot place a monk on the added tile.
- The player has also enlarged the pigsty, which is not controlled by anyone.
So the player can send his farmer there.
3. Scoring Points
If the added tile has completed building a road, house or pigsty, the points scored are counted. The completion of the construction means that the area is closed and cannot be extended any further. You mark the points scored by moving your followers on the score track.
Points for a completed area are scored by the player with more subjects in that area. In the event of a tie, no player scores points.
A Completed Road
A player with more heralds on a complete road scores 1 point for each tile on that road.
A Completed Pigsty
A player with more farmers on a completed pigsty scores 2 points for each tile that makes up that pigsty.
A Completed House
The player who has more squires on a completed house scores 1 point for each tile that makes up that house.
After scoring points for the first completed house, it becomes the family house. The player places his follower symbolizing the family house on it.
Each time a player scores a larger house (consisting of more tiles), he moves the family house there.
At the end of the game, the family house is the largest house for which a player has earned points.
Gaining Special Tokens
The special tokens are placed on the defense towers on the castle wall (on the scoring track). Each tower covers 2 tiles on the scoring track (e.g. spaces 56 and 57). If a follower stops on one of those spaces, the player takes the special token and puts it in front of him (face up). However, if the follower passes the token space, the player does not gain a special token. 
To get the special token the white player must score 3 or 4 points. His follower will then stop on space 56 or 57. If he scores more and passes these spaces, he cannot take this token.
- A player may use an acquired special token on his next turn or later in the game. He may not use it immediately after capturing it.
- A player may have any number of special tokens.
- A player may use any number of special tokens during his turn.
- The used special tokens should be put back in the box.
A description of the special tokens can be found at the end of the instructions.
Player's turn ends
After the player has added the tile, placed a follower in the castle, and scored points, the player's turn ends. His opponent takes his turn.
End of game
The game ends when all the tiles in the stacks have been used.
- Put the special tokens left on the points track back in the box.
- Then the players score points for meadows and family houses (according to the rules below) – they add them to the points scored during the game.
The player with the most points scored is the winner. In case of a tie, the players share the victory.
Points for Meadows
- Consider any meadow that has at least 1 monk in it - regardless of whether the meadow is completed or not.
- A player with more monks in a meadow scores 3 points for each shrine in that meadow. He moves his follower on the score track by the appropriate number of spaces. In case of a tie, no player scores points.
Points for the Family House
- At the end of the game, there are always at least 16 empty spaces (without tiles) left within the castle walls. You count how many spaces the largest empty area occupies.
- Then you check which player has the larger family house (i.e., how many tiles the house on which the family house stands is made of).
- The player who has the larger family house scores as many points as the largest empty area. A player moves his/her pawn on the on the track by the appropriate number of spaces. In case of a tie, no player scores points.
In this case, the largest empty area has 5 tiles. The player with the larger family house therefore scores 5 points.
Description of wall tokens
Total Wall Tiles: 18
Illustration: Roman Kucharski
For Icons explanation and licensing please visit Icons page.
- Each area is scored separately, so the order in which they are scored can be important if it is possible to land on a tower segment with a wall tile with the first.