castles of mad king ludwig graphicIn the tile-laying game Castles of Mad King Ludwig, players are tasked with building an amazing, extravagant castle for King Ludwig II of Bavaria…one room at a time. The King loves castles, having built Neuschwanstein (the castle that inspired the Disney theme park castles), and he’s commissioned you to build the best castle ever — subject, of course, to his ever-changing whims.

Each player starts with a simple foyer as a building contractor. One player takes on the role of the Master Builder, which changes after every round, and sets prices for a set of rooms that can be purchased by the other players, with him getting to pick from the leftovers after the other players have paid him for their rooms.

When a room is added to a castle, the player who built it gains castle points  and bonus points. When a room is completed the player receives a special reward. Additional points are awarded for achieving bonus goals and being the most responsive to the King’s demands, which change each game. Whoever ends up with the most castle points wins.