Who will be king of the Isle of Skye? Chieftains fight for this title by expanding their clan’s territory. Starting from their own castle, players lay landscape tiles in order to claim fields, waters and mountains, breed animals, construct new buildings and increase their income. Only those who are cautious with their money and clever at trading get the buildings they need. How does this work? In each round players set the prices for their tiles and commit their own funds to them. However, it’s their opponents who have first refusal on these tiles. Whatever players don’t sell they need to pay for themselves. Who’ll get a bargain and who’ll pay over the odds? Who’ll get just the right tile they need to fulfil the ever-changing scoring conditions?
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Isle of Skye seems simple thanks to its slim rulebook but really it’s wonderfully challenging. In this economic tile-laying game, as in real life, players need to use their experience to cleverly manage and spend their money. Isle of Skye further impressed with its flexible scoring system: the criteria are different in every single game. The elegant integration of numerous innovative mechanics and ideas is very almost perfection.