Biblios is a strategic and competitive board game that immerses players in the role of abbots at a medieval monastery. The primary goal is to build the most impressive library of sacred texts, balancing resource management, strategic planning, and a bit of luck.

Key Elements:

  • Theme: Set in a medieval monastery, players compete as abbots to create the most extensive and valuable library.
  • Gameplay Mechanics: Combines elements of strategic planning, auction bidding, and resource management.
  • Victory Points: Earned by accumulating the most resources or workers in various categories like Illuminators, Scribes, Manuscripts, Scrolls, and Supplies.

Gameplay Overview:

  • Two Game Stages: The game unfolds in two main stages - the Donation stage and the Auction stage.
    • Donation Stage: Players acquire cards for free based on a predefined plan.
    • Auction Stage: Players bid for cards in auction rounds, using a limited supply of gold.
  • Category Values: The value of each category (Illuminators, Scribes, Manuscripts, Scrolls, Supplies) can change throughout the game, impacting strategy.
  • Victory Point Calculation: At the game's conclusion, Victory Points are awarded based on the highest totals in each category. The player with the most Victory Points wins.

Strategic Elements:

  • Resource Allocation: Wise use of limited gold for bidding in auctions.
  • Bluffing and Predicting: Anticipating opponents' moves and bluffing in auctions.
  • Adaptable Strategy: Adjusting strategies based on the changing values of categories.

Player Experience:

  • Engaging Strategy: Requires thoughtful planning and adaptability.
  • Interactive Gameplay: The auction mechanism fosters interaction and competition among players.
  • Replay Value: Different strategies and variable category values make each playthrough unique.
  • Accessibility: Easy-to-understand rules but offers depth for experienced players.


Biblios is an engaging and thematic board game that offers a unique blend of strategy, resource management, and auction mechanics. It appeals to players who enjoy strategic depth and interactive gameplay in a historically inspired setting. The game's simplicity in rules is balanced with the need for tactical thinking, making it suitable for a wide range of players.

Nominated for 2 awards.

  • 2 - 4 Players
  • 30 Minutes
  • 10+ years old
  • Easy to learn

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

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