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Citadels (before 2017: Without fear and nobility)
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Game data
author Bruno Faidutti
graphic Cyrille Daujean
publishing company Hans im Glück Verlag ,
Fantasy Flight Games ,
999 Games ,
Nexus ,
Edge Entertainment ,
Galakta ,
etc. a.
Publishing year 2000, 2017
Art Card game
Teammates 2 to 7
Duration 60 - 90 minutes
Age from 10 years on


Citadels (previously in German: Ohne Furcht und Adel ; French Citadelles ; English Citadels ; Dutch Machiavelli ) is a card game with changing identities for 2 to 7 players, ages 10+. The author is Bruno Faidutti , for the German-speaking area it is distributed by Hans im Glück . The game was nominated for Game of the Year in 2000. The game uses a game mechanism for card distribution developed by Marcel-André Casasola Merkle for the Verräter card game.

The aim of the game is to erect a city in your display as quickly as possible, i.e. to erect eight buildings.

Game material

In addition to some overview cards, the game comes with 65 largely different building cards and 8 character cards . There are also 30 tokens that represent the gold required to build the building cards and the rules of the game . The game was sold with the same equipment in two editions with two very different sets of rules.

Game mechanism

Each player starts with a supply of gold and building cards. In each round, however, the character cards are redistributed according to a complex mechanism. Initially, it remains largely secret which player has selected which character. The different characters have different special abilities - some constructive, others destructive.

After the characters have been assigned, they are called up in a given order, and it is the respective player's turn. Here the other player has the opportunity to take various actions: the character's ability can be used, building cards can be drawn, gold accumulated and, finally, a maximum of one building can be built, which is a card from the player's hand and must be paid for with his gold.

Then the next character is called. When all the characters have had their turn, the character cards are returned, shuffled and a new distribution begins. The starting player changes depending on the previously selected character cards and not - as is often the case - on the seating order.

The complexity of the game lies in the distribution of the character cards. The characters have certain synergy effects with the buildings already on display. Different characters are also advantageous at different game phases. Especially the aggressive character skills are not yet unmasked to other characters played - not players ! Therefore, it can make sense to choose a less advantageous character, but avoid the hostile actions of your opponents.


The game ends in the round in which the first player erected his eighth building. Then the victory points are calculated. The main part is made up of the buildings erected. As a rule, their victory points correspond to the respective building costs in gold. However, there are also victory points for other game objectives.

Issues and expansion

An expansion appeared in 2004 with The Dark Lands . It allows the game with 2 to 8 players. It is played with 9 character cards. In addition to duplicates of the previous 8 characters, 10 new characters are included in the expansion. These 18 characters form 9 pairs. Before each game, a card is selected from each couple (who have similar character abilities) and the following game is played entirely with this card. The duplicates of the old cards are necessary to replace any worn cards from the basic game and thus to ensure the confidentiality of the character selection.

In addition, 15 new building cards with special skills are included, some of which can be exchanged for cards from the basic game for each game. In addition, there is a wooden king figure that replaces the card and plastic stand from the basic game.

In 2008, a special edition of the game appeared in the form of a metal box, which contained both the base game and the expansion.

A second mini-expansion with the theme "Circus" appeared in autumn 2012 in connection with a new edition of the basic game. The expansion is not available separately and consists of 15 cards of a new type, which are called "action cards". These can be played during a turn, similar to building cards, and bring the player various tactical advantages. The extension was designed by Hans im Glück Verlag independently of the actual author Bruno Faidutti.

In 2017, Hans im Glück published a completely new edition, which is also sold in the German-speaking area under the international title Citadels . It contains the base game, the expansion The Dark Lands and an additional expansion called The Dark Fellows .


The game is available in the following translations: Chinese, Danish, English, French, Greek, Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Croatian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, Spanish, Slovenian, Hungarian, Russian, Czech / Slovak.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Hans im Glück: Without fear and nobility
  2. Bruno Faidutti: Citadelles , as of August 2011