Players: 1-4
Complexity: 5/10
Duration: 90 min.
Age: 12+

King Ludwig II of Bavaria is known for building over-the-top castles. Throughout his reign, he spent all of his personal fortune and a great deal of borrowed money in order to turn his wild and lavish dreams into reality. He was eventually declared insane, only to die a mysterious death the following day.

Castles of Mad King Ludwig is a tile-laying game where each player is trying to build the perfect castle, subject to the whims of the King. Each player acts as a building contractor, adding rooms to the castle they are building while selling their services to other players. Points are earned based on how well the castle adheres to the ever-changing demands of the King. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins!

Castles of Mad King Ludwig - How to Play


75 Unique castle rooms
6 Stairs
9 Hallways
4 Foyers
24 Favors
76 "1000" Mark coins
20 "5000" Mark coins
4 Wooden player markers
1 Large wooden master builder token
4 Player aids
27 Bonus cards
50 Room cards
1 Double-sided contract board
2 Room boards
1 Corridor board
1 Score tower