Castles of Burgundy Deluxe Edition Unboxing
Castles of Burgundy is a well respected game designed by renowned designer Stefan Feld. Originally released in 2011, Castles of Burgundy is a Eurogame that incorporates dice rolling, dice placement, and tile placement that sees players take on the role of an aristocrat establishing his/her region or duchy. The game is routinely among board game influencers' top 10 of all time, and currently resides at a healthy 17 on the Board Game Geek top 100.
I had always wanted to try Castles of Burgundy, but there was a persistent issue preventing me from it- the look. The pale color pallet seemed dull, and in my mind, somehow also colored my desire to play the game unimpressively.
Enter Awaken Realms. It was announced that Awaken Realms was releasing their own edition of Castles of Burgundy. This company doesn't know how to do anything small scale. Every game I've ever seen from them is a gargantuan, ultra deluxe experience. I have previously played three of their titles: Tainted Grail, Lords of Hellas, and Nemesis: Lockdown, and each one was lovingly lavish. With such an audacious company at the helm steering this new edition, I was again interested in Castles of Burgundy.
My copy arrived earlier this week and I went through it. While I haven't played it yet, I wanted to take others on a tour. So, allow my pictures and thoughts to elucidate your need (or not) to get this fancy new edition, whether you're already a Castles Connoisseur or a Burgundy Baby.
This box is quite large- maybe three times the size of the original title. It does include every expansion that has previously been designed for it and an entirely new module involving growing grapes. The included letter was an especially nice touch.