In this multi-award-winning game, builders compete against each other to contribute the most to Kingsbridge cathedral's construction and, in so doing, score the most points. To play the game, players must use workers to procure building materials, and then use craftsmen to refine the materials into points.
What steps will you take on your path to victory? Will you seek an audience with the king perhaps, to get to the metal you need? Or should you avail yourself of the support of influential personalities? A brief stay in the monastery could be as beneficial to you as strong ties to your craftsmen...
Your workers may also be used to produce gold, the currency of the game. Players are given three master builders each turn, each of which can do a variety of tasks, including recruiting more workers, buying or selling goods, or directly obtaining points. Getting early choices with a master builder costs gold, as does purchasing more capable craftsmen. Players must strike a balance between earning gold to fund their purchases and earning victory points.
The game, designed by Michael Rieneck and Stefan Stadlerwith artwork by Michael Menzel, Anke Pohl and Thilo Rick, is published by Kosmos. It has won several awards, including the 2007 Deutscher Spiele Preis, 2007 Juego del Año, 2007 Årets Spill Best Family Game, and 2008 Games magazine Game of the Year.
It is suitable for 2-4 players 12 years and older. It has been published in several languages as:
Die Säulen der Erde
I Pilastri della Terra
Les Piliers de la Terre
Los Pilares de la Tierra
Οι Στυλοβάτες της Γης