Chickwood Forest

Looted castle, alms to villages


Robin Rooster steals from the rich eagles, gives to the poor sparrows and earns glory! You receive three random loot cards - there are busts, Maid Marihens, henchmen, benefactors and treasures - and villages plus forest cards are placed in a 3xx grid; castle stacks according to number of players are sorted by value and stacked. At the start you are randomly assigned a starting castle, their values determine order of play.

The active player plays a card at a castle, at Castle I and II only maximum two or three; his current castle card determines if he must play his three cards openly or face-down. When all have placed their three cards, you take one of the castles on display with all the loot cards at it, the castle card goes on top of your previous one. 

Loot cards are displayed openly, sorted by type; you add alms on benefactor card and place them on villages in an unbroken chain that cannot touch wood cards; you need not give out all alms. When all have robbed a castle and given out alms, the next round begins with the dealing of cards. If there are not enough cards, you score fame from the values of your castles and given alms as well as from loot cards: majority in chests after resolving busts, clothes and jewelry. Maid Marihen gives additional fame per type of treasure. Henchmen and surplus chests incur penalty points.

A sophisticated, clever little game that has a lot to offer - much tactic and also a bit of strategy, do you go for alms or castles or a mixture, and there is some risk in going for castles! A lot of fun, you will want to play again immediately to try out different options.


Players: 2-5

Age: 12+

Time: 45+

Designer: Matt Loomis

Artist: Alexander Jung, Oliver Richtberg

Price: ca. 17 Euro

Publisher: Zoch Verlag 2017


Genre: Set collecting

Users: With friends

Version: multi

Rules: de en

In-game text: no



Pretty design

Nice topic

Interesting detail mechanisms


Compares to:

Set collecting with strategic option


Other editions:

Currently none


Chance (pink): 1

Tactic (turquoise): 3

Strategy (blue): 0

Creativity (dark blue): 0

Knowledge (yellow): 0

Memory (orange): 0

Communication (red): 0

Interaction (brown): 2

Dexterity (green): 0

Action (dark green): 0