Arkadia is a strategic board game centered around the construction of the city and castle of Arkadia. Players take on the roles of builders, utilizing cards, workers, and neutral workers to erect houses and develop the city, intertwined with the growing castle at its heart.

Gameplay Overview

  • City Building: Construct houses in Arkadia with the seal of one of four families.
  • Dynamic Economy: Exchange family seals for victory points, with their values fluctuating based on the castle's development.
  • Castle Construction: Build the castle alongside the city, influencing seal values and acting as the game's timer.

Special Features

  • Family Seals: Houses are built under the patronage of families, earning their seals for players.
  • Variable Seal Values: The value of each seal changes based on the castle's progress.
  • Game Timer Mechanism: The construction of the castle's second layer triggers the final round.


Arkadia offers a rich and engaging experience for players who enjoy city-building games with a twist of economic strategy. The unique mechanism of building a central castle that influences the game's economy and timing adds depth and strategic complexity. Players must carefully balance their actions between expanding the city and contributing to the castle, all while navigating the changing values of the seals to maximize their victory points. Arkadia is a compelling game for those who enjoy planning, strategy, and a competitive race to gather the most gold by the end.

Nominated for 6 awards.

⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2007

  • 2 - 4 Players
  • 45 - 60 Minutes
  • 10+ years old
  • Medium difficulty

We like Arkadia so much that we recommend it in the following board game recommendation lists 2024

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