About this project
Fief is a French language boardgame classic and is being re-introduced by Academy Games in English with updated rules, cards and map board. This edition includes additional components, which enhances game play.
The game board represents a portion of the Kingdom of France in the Middle Ages. Villages have square outlines that are connected by roads that allow Lord and Troop movement. The villages are grouped into eight colored background areas that represent individual Fiefs, which are domains given to Lords to preside over.
Each village also belongs to one of five church Bishoprics. Each Bishopric is outlined with a heavy border line and is numbered between 1-5 along the edge of the board inside a Bishop's Mitre.
Each village is part of both a Fief and a Bishopric.
Each player controls up to four family members, comprised of male and female nobles. These family members will rise in power by gaining Royal and Ecclesiastic Titles.
In 'Fief - France 1429', a player may attempt to gain control of all the villages in a Fief to gain the Royal Title of Baron, Earl or Duke. For each Fief a player controls, he gains 1VP. These Titled Lords may now take part in the election for the next King. They may even be a candidate to become King, thus bringing 1VP and more power to the family!
Other members of your family may follow the calling of the Church to gain the Ecclesiastical Titles of Bishop and then Cardinal. These titles allow you to Tithe Bishoprics, taking the Church's (in this case 'YOUR') fair share of income from other Fief Lords! The highest goal your clerical family member can attain is to be elected Pope, bringing 1VP and special privileges to your family!
You win the game as soon as you have 3VPs. This is easier said than done and you may need to form alliances with other players through diplomacy and marriage to obtain your goal. When one of your family members marries a noble of another family, the two of you become allied. You now win the game together with 4VPs and cannot win alone, unless your marriage is annulled by the Pope or your spouse is 'mysteriously' murdered or dies of some other foul means!
In addition to being wary of your fellow players, you may draw event cards that can quickly change your destiny. Bounty Event cards are beneficial to the Player and include ‘Good Harvest’, ‘Good Weather’ and ‘Added Taxes’ cards. But some cards are Disaster Cards that can randomly effect all players in specific Bishoprics. These include 'The Plague', 'Heavy Rain', 'Famine', and 'Peasant Uprisings'!
Income can be increased by players imposing church tithes on their opponent’s villages or taxing their own Fiefs. Players may purchase new Fief titles, improve their village incomes with mills, and fortify their cities.
Players will also need to protect their land and castles. Men at Arms and Knights can be purchased, as well as Siege Engines.
If you feel that other players are not running their Fiefs as well as you can, you may try to invade their territories! But you must risk one of your family members to lead the troops into possible battle, where they might be killed or taken prisoner.
If two opposing armies are in the same village square, a Battle may be initiated. The players assess the size and strength of their armies, which determine the number of Battle Dice each may roll.
Each 'f' rolled is a hit. Men at Arms are defeated with one hit, while Knights require three hits to be removed from the battle.
Fief is a highly interactive game of diplomacy, alliances, open chivalry and dastardly deceit! Perfect for 3 to 6 'friends' to spend a fun evening together. Thank you for your support.
If you back us on Kickstarter, you will receive the game several weeks before the games arrive in any other retail outlets!
USA - Free Shipping
Canada - Please add $10 for the first game and another $8 for each additional Fief, Freedom, 1812, 1775, or Conflict of Heroes game. Your games will be shipped to you from Toronto.
[FR] Québec - Ajouter 10$ pour FIEF ou 18$ pour FIEF + le Réveil de l'Ours.
European Union - Please add $20 for shipping and VAT. Add an additional $8 for each additional Fief, Freedom, 1812, 1775 or Conflict of Heroes game. Your games will be shipped to you from our European warehouse.
Norway & Switzerland - Please add $25 for shipping.
[FR] France - Frais de port offerts.
[FR] Belgique & Suisse - Ajouter 20$ pour FIEF et 28$ pour FIEF + le Réveil de l'Ours Autres Pays Francophones - Nous contacter : firstname.lastname@example.org
All other International Locations - Please add $40 for the first game and another $20 for each additional Fief, Freedom, 1812, 1775, or Conflict of Heroes game.
Risks and challenges
Our first two Kickstarter projects, '1775 - Rebellion' and 'Freedom - The Underground Railroad', were very successful. But with each new project, there are new challenges that we could face. Shipping delays can happen. With the success of our past games, we have more foreign language translations that need to be done. This game also includes a lot of potential stretch goals, which will need new artwork, production planning, etc.
We also delay shipments if production samples sent to us are not acceptable. In the past, we have often delayed the projects by up to 3 months to have game components totally redone.
80% of the artwork is done. We have already re-written the core rules and these are in the editing phase. But some of the potential limited edition Stretch Goals will take time to develop, especially the Templar expansion deck and counters!
Fief - France 1429 is being printed in conjunction with Asyncron Games, our French partners. They are a very experienced publishing company with whom we have done 4 previous games.
Thanks for your support. Uwe Eickert - Academy Games.
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