Citadels is the reprinting of the older citadels game including the Dark City expansion and nine new characters for a total of 27 characters. A game starts with players holding some building cards which will either have a generic power or ones activated when you play a certain character card.
The first player takes the eight characters chosen for the game (free choice or one of the presets suggested in the rules) and chooses one to be placed aside. From the remaining 7 cards the first player choses one and plays it face down in front of them before handing the remaining cards clockwise. Each player will select a card in the same way until everyone has a facedown character in front of them.
The character cards are all numbered and the first player will call out the numbers in order. If anyone has that numbered character in front of them they then turn it over and activate it. They can also draw 2 gold from the bank or draw 2 more building cards. Then optionally they may build one of their buildings paying the gold cost. Then the first player calls out the next number and so on.
The game will end after a player has built a certain amount of buildings and the players score points from the buildings in front of them.
The trick of the game is in the way the character powers interact with each other. The assassin which is a number 1 can kill any other number effectively cancelling their turn. Useful if you know what someone else has taken. Other cards give you bonus gold to cards, or react to buildings you have already played. It is a game of reading others as much as knowing your own strategy and this is by far the best way to buy it.
Player Count: 2-8
Time: 30-60 Minutes