Ulm is at its historic heyday. The Ulm cathedral has not been completed, but the city is already prestigious. In this game, players expand the reach of their influence to utilize the city’s hustle and bustle in the marketplace.
The game comes with one game board, one cathedral (to be assembled), 12 tower tiles, one oath charter, 50 action tiles, four barges, 52 seals, 12 family crests, 33 cards, 12 city coats of arms, eight descendant tiles, 26 coins, 30 Ulm sparrows, one cloth bag, and two books of instructions.
The game is played over 10 rounds. In each round, a player takes a Tower tile and places it on the Cathedral. Then, he/she/they draw(s) an action tile and push(es) it anywhere into the Cathedral area’s grid. The actions of the chosen row then need to be carried out. This could be a Money Action, Clear-Away Action, Card Action, River Action, or Seal Action.
Although there are only 10 rounds to a game, the game still takes about an hour or so to play through once. When gameplay gets started, things move at a decent pace, but there’s a lot to think about when it’s your turn, so it’s not the speediest of games. Game designer Gunter Burkhardt does an amazing job of making this strategic game one that requires a lot of thought. This is a great way to immerse yourself in a new world and distract yourself from reality.
Artist Michael Menzel illustrates this game to look regal. The cover artwork is beautiful, looking something like an oil-pastel piece of art. The cards and game pieces are realistic and very self-explanatory, so it doesn’t take much to understand what’s going on in the game once it gets moving.
Overall, this is a great game to play with some friends (two to four players, ages 10 and up) to pass time. It’s a great game night addition, and won’t disappoint. R&R Games, Inc. is known for putting out heavily themed games like this one, and not a single one is a letdown. Head over to your local game shop and pick up Ulm today!