Belfort is a charming worker placement and area control board game set in the Tasty Minstrel universe, where players use fantasy characters like Elves, Dwarves, and Gnomes to gather resources and construct buildings in the vibrant city of Belfort. The game combines strategic resource management with competitive area majority mechanics, making it a captivating experience for players who enjoy planning, building, and a touch of fantasy.

Gameplay Overview

  • Fantasy Worker Placement: Utilize Elves, Dwarves, and Gnomes to collect resources and build the city.
  • Resource Collection: Elves gather wood, Dwarves mine stone, and together they can collect Metal, with Gold also being a key resource.
  • Building and District Control: Construct buildings across five city districts, each offering unique benefits and influence.

Game Mechanics

  • Area Majority Scoring: Score points based on control in city districts and among worker types.
  • Income and Taxes: Buildings provide income, but higher scores lead to higher taxes.
  • Strategic Building Choices: Select buildings to maximize influence and gain special abilities.

Winning the Game

  • Resource Management: Efficiently manage resources and gold to outbuild competitors.
  • Balance Influence and Income: Navigate the balance between gaining influence and managing tax increases.
  • Strategic Planning: Choose buildings and placement carefully to gain the upper hand in each district.


Belfort offers a delightful blend of strategy, resource management, and fantasy elements. Players are immersed in a world where managing a diverse workforce of fantasy creatures is key to success. The game's mix of worker placement and area control mechanics, along with the charming thematic backdrop of building a city, makes Belfort a game that appeals to both strategic thinkers and fans of fantasy-themed games. Whether competing for dominance in different districts or carefully selecting buildings for maximum benefit, Belfort provides a rich and engaging experience for those looking to craft, control, and strategize their way to victory in a whimsical city-building adventure.

Nominated for 3 awards.

  • 2 - 5 Players
  • 120 Minutes
  • 12+ years old
  • Medium difficulty

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

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