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USA
Tasty Minstrel Games Fan
Megacon Games fan
Plaid Hat Games fan
29 of 30 gamers found this helpful
“Spread Out”

One of the biggest mistakes I see new players make is that they engage in “district warfare” were they spend too many resources trying to control one district competing with another player who is trying to do the same. Remember that two second place districts are worth more than one first place district and that being second place often takes much less resources.

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Tasty Minstrel Games Fan
Petroglyph
40 of 43 gamers found this helpful
“Buy guilds early”

Disclaimer: This tip is not as effective when playing with the Expansion Expansion

One of my favorite strategies involves buying up the guilds early, it puts a little more pressure on other players whether they want to pay you to use the action or let you take the action for free.

Also, if your opponents beat you to buying the last guild, your resources won’t be too out of balance and you won’t lose out on being able to buy something in its stead.

After you’ve bought all the guilds and built all your cards, you can then start building walls without buying a card so as to save you those precious few coins to use on spaces you still need to pay for.

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USA
Military Service
20 of 21 gamers found this helpful
“Voices and Names”

Give all of your Dwarfs, Gnomes, and Elves names, and voices. It will annoy the other players to the point where they will not be able to correctly analyze the right play and you will win! It also adds a little player interaction.

WARNING/NOTICE: If you do this while playing with a spouse you may end up sleeping on the couch….but that may not be a bad thing if you just got a new video game and wanted to stay up all night playing it but didn’t want to seem rude.

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BoardGaming.com Beta 2.0 Tester
Went to Gen Con 2012
BoardGaming.com Bronze Supporter
Advanced Reviewer
27 of 29 gamers found this helpful
“The importance of turn order”

One of the great things about this game is the strategy that goes into the turn order. As with most worker placement games turn order is very important as it allows you to select the resource you want before all others, but Belfort mixes in the area control mechanic and it really throws this aspect of the game for a loop that can make or break you.

One thing to note in Belfort is that this is not a left to right turn order. Each player has a numbered card that tells their turn order. When you place on the board for turn order you are actually trading with another player. Because of this often times first and last place are often traded the most, but each has their own advantage.

Going first is the best used on NON scoring rounds. This way you can get the best selection of the different guilds that offer you the most return. However, going last is the best on scoring rounds. Going last allows you to see the board and place your buildings after everyone else seeing where you can have the most influence in a section for area control. And the throw a twist at you. In the last round you usually do not want to go last with too many players as you are left with the least amount of options of places to put your buildings.

This is a great mechanic for the game. You really have to work it in a number of ways to come out with the win.

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Belfort Fan
27 of 29 gamers found this helpful
“The More the Merrier”

Recruit, Recruit, Recruit…the more elves and dwarves you have, the more actions/resources you can obtain. You also score points for majority of these pieces so the benefit is two-fold!!

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Gamer - Level 3
Critic - Level 2
Sophomore
31 of 34 gamers found this helpful
“They're Little and Limited”

Short in stature and short on patience, the Gnomes of Belfort are a *must have* on several of the building types if you aim to dominate the city. But beware, there is a FINITE amount of these little dudes available in the game and once they’re gone, they’re gone. A race to control the most Gnomes can sometimes make the difference between winning and losing as they not only help your buildings “work” better in terms of income, flexibility, and powers, but they themselves are worth points in the end if you control the majority of them in the game.

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I'm a Real Person
22 of 24 gamers found this helpful
“Teach the Guilds”

I have taught this game three times now and each time it seems that the players don’t fully grasp how powerful some/all of the guilds can be. I’ve found owning guilds in the early game can be a nice advantage to have in the long run.

When explaining the game be sure to explain each guild that’s available on the board, the benefits of using the guilds, and the benefits of owning the guilds. I’ve found this can put a little more emphasis on the guilds but makes the game play much more enjoyable for everyone.

It’s basic but it really makes a difference when everyone understands.

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I play red
Gamer - Level 5
22 of 24 gamers found this helpful
“Note the resources of other players”

Especially if you’re not the last player in turn order, take note of the resources the other players have to try to determine which buildings they are capable of building. It can help you decide which buildings you should try to build and in which districts you should build them.

Granted, this can take quite a bit of analysis, but you usually have plenty of time to think this through while others are taking their turns. And if you can keep track of the cards they have bought, so much the better.

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Rosetta Stone
Football Fan
Explorer - Level 5
Junior
27 of 30 gamers found this helpful
“Final Turn Time Limit”

This game can be crippled with Analysis Paralysis on Scoring rounds, so we’ve created a Time Limit for moves on the final Scoring round. We’re considering placing a time limit on all Scoring turns, but for now the Final round is the only one we enforce.

The major problem we had is that it always felt rushed at the start of the Scoring round placement, so we start the turn by letting everybody look at the board for a minute or two.

Then when we start placing tokens, everybody gets 1 minute to place a token or pass. Since passing ends your turn, and your game, you really need to be quick on your toes.

This works great for our group, but might not work for everyone. Give it a shot and if it seems too tight, try 2 or 3 minutes per person.

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Noble
27 of 31 gamers found this helpful
“Turn Order with WIzards' Guild”

If the Wizards’ Guild is in play, then pay attention to the King’s Tent – especially on the second to last turn! If you want to ensure you get the first chance to use the Wizards’ Guild on the final round, then you’re going to need to go to the King’s Tent in the second to last turn to solidify that turn order. The Wizards’ Guild is pretty powerful on that last round as it can create a big swing in majorities in 2 districts!

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Rated 25 Games
24 of 28 gamers found this helpful
“Controlling game time and downtime”

While this is an excellent game, certain circumstances can make the game play and feel longer than it should. To limit overall game time and downtime, try these tips:

1) Limit the number of players to 3. The area control mechanics need at least 3 players to really shine, but beyond that it can add a lot of time.

2) Fight analysis paralysis. Tell players to plan when it’s not their turn so they can act quickly when it is. Also, tell them it’s okay to make less-than-optimal decisions for the sake of fun.

3) Shorten the game. If you want to include several players but don’t want to spend all night placing dwarves, try the variant of only playing until the second scoring round instead of the third. Keep in mind this lessens the impact of long-term benefits from buildings, and thus shifts the balance of effectiveness toward immediate benefit buildings like the gatehouse or keep, but as all players should be aware of this it should not be considered a balance issue. Make sure all players are in agreement in regards to this variant – finding out the game is over when you expected a few more rounds can be a night-ruiner.

Of course, if you do have all night and all the players are used to significant downtime, go ahead and play how you like.

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Belfort Fan
Eminent Domain Fan
Marquis / Marchioness
43 of 52 gamers found this helpful
“The Gatehouse Is Powerful”

Since scoring is based on control of districts and worker majority, the Gatehouse is powerful. Just build it and add a gnome and you will have influence in 2 districts.

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Tasty Minstrel Games Fan
Petroglyph
21 of 27 gamers found this helpful
“No dummies for newbs”

When I teach a player and it’s just going to be the pair of us, I leave out the dummy player. The game works fine 2-player without the dummy and they don’t have to figure out the strategy for where to place the dummy before they’ve fully grasped the game.

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Gamer - Level 3
Critic - Level 2
Sophomore
26 of 34 gamers found this helpful
“The Taxman Cometh”

One strategy that I will often play is trying to maintain my score at a level slightly under the level of the next highest Tax Bracket on the score track. This is especially important when you’re not in the lead as you’ll need every ounce of the golden stuff (i.e. gold) in order to try to take the number one spot back from the player who is most obviously cheating!

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Gamer - Level 3
Critic - Level 2
Sophomore
21 of 28 gamers found this helpful
“Mix and Match”

The Guilds come in sets that Jay and I arranged in sets that would promote a certain “feel” if used together, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use an Interactive guild with a Basic guild. Spice things up by varying the guilds you play with once you’ve got a good feel for how things work. And let us know which combinations of guilds you think are the best – we’re always looking for feedback on our games!

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