Castle Keep - Gamewright
2 - 4 PLAYERS * ÂGES 8 & Up
36 Tower tiles
36 Wall tiles
18 Keep tiles
Tower and wall tiles come in three colors (red, yellow and blue)
and three shapes (curvy, zigzag and straight). Keeps simply
come in three colors.
Shape Tower Wall
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Be the first to construct a castle using tower, wall and keep
tiles, or bring your opponents’ castles to rubble. The first
player to bui d a 3 x 3 tile castle or entirely destroy an
opponent’s castle wins the game.
Thoroughly shuffle all of the tiles and deal four face down
to each player. (Look at your tiles but keep them secret
from opponents.) Stack the rest in two face down draw
piles in the center of the playing area. Any tiles discarded
during the game are stacked face up next to the draw piles.
The person to the left of the dealer goes first and play
continues clockwise.
On each turn:
1. Draw two tiles from either face down pile.
2. Either build onto your own castle or attack an
opponent's castle or pass your turn.
3. At the end of your turn, discard down to four tiles,
if necessary.
If the draw piles ever run out of tiles, shuffle the discard pile
to make new draw piles.
Build Onto Your Own Castle
Place as many tiles from your hand as you wish, following
these rules:
* The first tile placed in your castle must either be a
wall or a tower.
* After the first tile is placed in the castle, any new walls
or towers mustbe placed adjacent to existing walls or
towers by matching either the color or shape (or both
color and shape) of the existing adjacent tile.
* Towers are placed at the corners, walls are placed on the
sides and a keep is placed in the center of a 3 x 3 grid
(three tiles across by three tiles down).
* A keep must match the color of any other tile currently
in the castle.
Attack an Opponent's Castle
Once all the players have at least two tiles in their castle
grids, you may use your turn to attack an opponent's castle
instead of building onto your own. You may attack in one
of two ways:
1. Play a wall tile that exactly a
matches (in shape and color) a )
an opponent’s wall tile. Place the
matching tile on top of your
opponent's tile, then remove
the pair to the discard pile. If
the wall is part of a connected
line of same-colored walls or
towers, the entire group of
same-colored tiles is destroyed
and removed from play.
MU red tiles
: - y From play.
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2. Destroy an opponent’s keep by playing either:
two exact matching keep tiles
on top of your opponent’s keep
if there are wall or tower tiles in
the castle or,
one exact matching keep tile if your
opponent’s keep is the last tile left in the castle.
Pass Your Turn
If you choose neither to build nor to attack, simply discard
down to four tiles and play passes to the left. Strategy note:
Choose carefully which tiles to keep and which to discard.
* You may only attack one opponent per turn.
* If you choose to attack, you must still discard down
to four tiles at the end of your turn.
* If you end your turn with four or fewer tiles in your
hand, do not discard. (Remember to draw two tiles
on your next turn.)
* If the keep is the only tile left in your castle after an
attack, the first wall or tower tile that you play must
match the keep’s color.
The first player to build a
complete 3 x 3 castle or
entirely destroy an opponent’s
castle wins.
Note: The last wall or tower tile
played into your castle only has
to match on one side.
Last Tile
Co leted Castle
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Once you master the basic rules, add one or more of these
variants for a more challenging game:
1. You may destroy opponents’ tower tiles in addition to
walls. Like with destroying walls, the tower tile must
match identically.
2. At the beginning of your turn, you may draw your first
tile from the top of the discard pre: The second tile
must still be drawn from one of the face down piles.
3. The last tower or wall tile placed into your castle must
match on both sides, not just one.
Test your “fortress fortitude” by trying these other ways of
playing. The above rules apply in addition to the following
rules, unless noted.
Two-Player Takeover
If you make a successful attack in a two-player game, you
may use the destroyed tile(s) in your own castle on
subsequent turns instead of discarding the destroyed tiles.
All players build two castles. Win by finishing both of your
castles or by destroying all your opponents’ castles. Players
may interchange tiles etween their two castles during
their respective turns.
King of the Castle (for two players)
Both players build onto a single castle during their respective
turns. As in the regular game, players may use their tiles
to destroy matching tiles. The first player to complete the
castle wins.
Siege Solitaire
This is a one-player game. Deal yourself four tiles. Then
turn over another tile from the draw pile to start your
castle. (The “wall or tower first” rule does not apply, so a
keep may be placed first.) Draw one tile at the beginning
of every turn, then play tiles from your hand as in the
standard game, discarding down to four. At the end of
each turn, turn over two tiles from the draw piles. If either
matches ANY tile currently in your castle (including the
keep), matching tiles are destroyed along with any adjacent
same-colored walls or towers. (If a tile matches more than
one tile in your castle, choose which tile to destroy.)
Win if you are able to build a complete castle before the
draw piles are exhausted. Lose if at any time your castle
has no tiles, or if your castle is unfinished when the draw
piles are exhausted.
Transport yourself to a time when protecting your possessions
meant defending your keep, the most secure part of the
castle. Keeps were often called “great towers” because of
their imposing structure — walls over 10 feet thick and 75
feet high. They served various functions, from last resort
strongholds during battle to sites of castle dungeons. While
there are few remaining keeps still standing today, you can
get a small taste of what it was like to build and defend a
castle in this game that is simple to learn, yet full of strategy
and challenge for all ages.
Game by: Richard D. Reece
Tile Illustrations by: Chris Lensch
Cover Illustration by: Dean MacAdam
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