Going From Contractor to Builder

Going From Contractor to Builder

Disclosure

Here’s a bit of information I’ll bet you didn’t know about Nicole. She comes from a family of contractors. Both her dad and uncles have been local general contractors nearly all of their adult lives. Mostly commercial work in malls, hospitals and the like, but every once in a while a residence (or their own home). Both of her brothers continued in the profession with a small local shop that does commercial cabinetry and residential granite counter tops.

It may have been the 12th century, but real estate was still king. Builders of Blankenburg by Cobblestone Games lets you be the Trump of the prior century! - SahmReviews.com

So it goes without saying that when we discovered Builders of Blankenburg by Cobblestone Games, this tie-in to her family’s history made it just that more attractive to us. Originally a Kickstarter campaign last year, Builders of Blankenburg is set in the year 1123 and challenges you and your opponents to become the most proficient and successful builder in town. You’re obviously not building shopping malls, but constructing basic (and needed) facilities for the growing settlement.

It may have been the 12th century, but real estate was still king. Builders of Blankenburg by Cobblestone Games lets you be the Trump of the prior century! - SahmReviews.com

Each player takes on a character role, from Architect to Trader, each awarding their own bonuses. Some give you additional resources while others allow the buildings you make to house more people. Matching your character role with your game strategy will be necessary to earn the highest prestige (the game’s victory points).

It may have been the 12th century, but real estate was still king. Builders of Blankenburg by Cobblestone Games lets you be the Trump of the prior century! - SahmReviews.com

In order to build a building, you’ll need resources (duh). Each round there is a limited supply in which all players bid on. The highest bidder in a silent auction is allowed to pick one of the five piles of individual resource types, with the second getting the next pick, and so on.

It may have been the 12th century, but real estate was still king. Builders of Blankenburg by Cobblestone Games lets you be the Trump of the prior century! - SahmReviews.com

Then in turn everyone is allowed to construct a building using plans in their hand of cards or one of the communal plans available on the board. But you can’t just plop them down anywhere – the color border on the card dictates the area of town in which it must be developed. If there are no remaining places in that area, you cannot build there until another structure is destroyed.

It may have been the 12th century, but real estate was still king. Builders of Blankenburg by Cobblestone Games lets you be the Trump of the prior century! - SahmReviews.com

Each time you successfully raise a building you’ll receive prestige points as noted on the plan card in the gold circle. You will also place one of your coat of arms on the card to denote ownership, and will receive income any time a citizen or visitor to the town stays the night.

It may have been the 12th century, but real estate was still king. Builders of Blankenburg by Cobblestone Games lets you be the Trump of the prior century! - SahmReviews.com

In case you didn’t win the auctions you needed to build, at the end of a round you are allowed to purchase resources and new plans at fixed prices. You may also discard any unwanted plans to increase the number of new plans you may choose from. But ultimately you will only be adding one new plan to your hand.

It may have been the 12th century, but real estate was still king. Builders of Blankenburg by Cobblestone Games lets you be the Trump of the prior century! - SahmReviews.com

After everyone has settled on the number of resources they wish to purchase, the board is prepared for another round. The resource auction area is restocked and a new citizen arrives to town. The next round proceeds in the same manner as the previous one until either all building spots on the map are occupied or there are no more spaces to add a new citizen on the board.

It may have been the 12th century, but real estate was still king. Builders of Blankenburg by Cobblestone Games lets you be the Trump of the prior century! - SahmReviews.com

Final scoring is performed, with each player receiving an additional prestige point for every 10 silver coins (convert any leftover resources to silver in a 1:1 ratio) up to a maximum of three. You also receive one point for every gold piece in your inventory. Lastly, each region of town is checked to see who owns the most undamaged structures and receives two or three prestige points depending on which district is being scored.

It may have been the 12th century, but real estate was still king. Builders of Blankenburg by Cobblestone Games lets you be the Trump of the prior century! - SahmReviews.com

A couple interesting notes about Builders of Blankenburg. Cobblestone Games has nicely decided to include a double-sided game board. One side for 2-4 players and the other supports 4-6. The game’s designer, Peter Schultz, and his wife homeschool their daughters and have been integral parts of early play-testing. Although advertised for ages 14+ (due to product safety testing requirements),  Builders of Blankenburg can easily be enjoyed by children as young as eight, exhibited by the designer’s own children (and our own). And a true testament to how much of a family project this game truly is, the game’s artist is Peter’s younger sister!

You can find your own copy of Builders of Blankenburg on Amazon for Prime delivery! You can find out more on their official Facebook page and grab a copy of the entire rule book here. Or you can also enter to win a copy for yourself using the form below! Be sure to come back tomorrow for additional entry opportunities!
Builders of Blankenburg Game Giveaway

Scott

About Scott

A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as SahmReviews.com, GiftCardCollector.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

42 comments on «Going From Contractor to Builder»

  1. Brad R says:

    This looks like a great resource and building game! As an engineer and architecture fan, looks right up my alley. Thanks for the chance to win!

    1. Karen says:

      Yah, it does look great. Very interesting looking game.

    2. Kyle Holbrook says:

      I agree, this has a great euro feel that I’m going to look into more.

  2. Thanks for the giveaway! The game looks like a ton of fun!

  3. Shelby says:

    Ooh is love to win this! This would be perfect for my young family!

    1. Shelby says:

      Probably the last time we hired a contractor was to fix our AC!

  4. Dustin Halstead says:

    Looks like a winner. Love building and resource management games.

  5. I hired someone to paint the outside of my house last year. Still need to hire for lots of other projects too.

  6. Ryan says:

    looks like fun!

  7. Tammy says:

    We hired a contractor to do a back patio

  8. Ryan Baker says:

    Thanks for the contest! This game looks great!

  9. Brian Chow says:

    Thanks!

  10. Linda Hang says:

    Thanks!

  11. Miguel Melo says:

    Thanks for the contest!

  12. Nuno Santos says:

    Last one was for a kitchen construction.

  13. Mark Marine says:

    Can’t wait to play

  14. Jeffrey says:

    Last time I hired a contractor was to fix a sliding glass door in a shower.

  15. Georgi says:

    Awesome!

  16. Beth B says:

    The last job we hired help for was to remove a tree that was too close to the house. That’s was in 2010 so you can see we try to do most things ourselve

  17. James says:

    Quick question: The giveaway is not allowing me to use the “subscribe” entry. I click the link but nothing happens. What should I do?

  18. Jason Peterson says:

    I hadn’t heard of this game before now – but it looks great!! 🙂

  19. Eric Shearer says:

    The game looks great, thanks for the contest!

  20. Arielle says:

    The last job we hired a contractor for was replacing our roof back in March.

  21. Bev says:

    This looks like a great game to play. We were going to game day at our local library it’s a fun way to meet other gamers as well as check out games.

  22. Hargitai Anna says:

    nice

  23. Jamie A says:

    We haven’t ever hired a contractor before, but I have several projects I would like to do around the house. The main one I want to do is add a light outside in for the backyard.

  24. EmanuelCB says:

    Good luck everyone. Tks for the contest

  25. Onifun says:

    This game looks awesome! looking forward to try it!

  26. Peter Csuka says:

    I would love to win this

  27. Cristovao says:

    Is this giveaway available worldwide?

    1. Scott says:

      Sorry, US only on this one!

  28. James says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Last time k hired a contractor was to fix our dryer!

  29. Jim says:

    Great Giveaway! I most recently hired contractors to redo my basement thanks to it leaking one too many times!

  30. James Holzhauer says:

    Good luck.

  31. Gabrielly says:

    We hired a contractor to do a back patio!

  32. Lesley F says:

    We hired a contractor to finish out our basement

  33. Benjamin K. says:

    Landscaping for our HOA

  34. jesse johnson says:

    I liked Tinker toys. This looks like a lot more fun.

  35. Richard Hicks says:

    We hired one to do some landscaping.

  36. Shelby says:

    Did someone win this competition? I’m still holding out hope!

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