December 22, 2009

World Without End Board Game Hit Shelves


Squeezing in as a release just before Christmas is probably one of the nicest treats to end the year. The World Without End [Amazon, Funagain] is a board game adaptation to the Ken Follet novel of the same name, and is a sequel to the amazing Pillars of the Earth board game (and novel).

Now in the original Pillars players worked to refined raw resources to construct various portions of the cathedral in the fictitious English town of Kingsbridge. Everyone was in direct competition to get their hands on the mines, smiths, and workshops, and to employ the best artisans on the board before their competitors snatched them up. In World Without End, players vie for prestige in the same town 200 years later, all while staving off their opponents progress, and avoiding outside determents like, say, the Plague. That jerky plague.

The good news is that this title doesn't seem to be a mindless sequel to the original. Instead there are great new turn mechanics, a sizeable random event deck, and interesting cooperative and competitive elements in every single turn. And that's on top of the resource management elements and area of control elements that were such a success in the first title.

For a better idea on what we're talking about, checkout this great user review on BGG. It sums everything up nicely.

Here are the game's official details:

"England in the early and middle 14th Century! Journey to Kingsbridge, England, where 200 years ago Prior Phillip oversaw the building of the cathedral renowned as "The Pillars of the Earth." Now farmers, wool dealers, and builders seek wealth and prestige amidst a rivalry between the priory and merchants. As the plague reaches town, nothing remains as it once was. World Without EndTM is based on Ken Follett's best-selling novel. Strive to navigate turbulent events, ensuring and balancing your food supply, income, and prestige. Piety and loyalty remain vital, for you must cater to the upper classes. And precious medical knowledge is your greatest weapon against the Black Death. So, gather your power and spirit and rise above your rivals into legend! World

Without End contains:

  • 1 game board
  • 30 gold markers
  • 100 cards (4 summary, 4 event, 48 action, 4 chapter)
  • 57 markers (20 medical, 11 plague, 12 piety, 14 loyalty, 1 favor)
  • 10 die-cut tiles (7 building project, 3 covering)
  • 41 wooden resource cubes (25 wood, 15 stone, 1 metal)
  • 37 wooden commodity pieces (10 grain, 15 wool, 12 cloth)
  • 16 wooden house pieces
  • 1 wooden start player piece
  • 4 wooden scoring tokens
  • 4 player screens
  • 1 tax die
  • game rules
  • bag

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