In each of the nine rounds, you select one of your 13 power cards to determine turn order as well as the number of caballeros you get to move from the provinces (general supply) into your court (personal supply).
A turn then consists of selecting one of five action cards which allow variations to the rules and additional scoring opportunities in addition to determining how many caballeros to move from your court to one or more of the regions on the board (or into the castillo - a secretive tower). Normally, you may only place your caballeros into regions adjacent to the one containing the king pawn. The one hard and fast rule in El Grande is that nothing may move into or out of the king's region. One of the five action cards that is always available each round allows you to move the king to a new region. The other four action cards varying from round to round.
The goal is to have a caballero majority in as many regions (and the castillo) as possible during a scoring round. Following the scoring of the castillo, you place any cubes you had stashed there into the region you had secretly indicated on your region dial. Each region is then scored individually according to a table printed in that region. Two-point bonuses are awarded for having sole majority in the region containing your Grande (large cube) and in the region containing the king.
TDT # 249 - Games Palapalooza
In this episode, Tom and Eric answer quite a few of your questions, including faults in games they love. We also review a whole pile of games, including Wiz War, Rex, Pirates of Nassau, Rocket Jockey, King of Tokyo, and more!
TDT # 161: Top Games That Should Be Reprinted
In this episode, we talk about the future of the Dice Tower, review El Grande, and compare Shadows over Camelot to Battlestar Galactica. We discuss games played over the Thanksgiving holidays, and give our list of games that should be reprinted.
TDT # 74: Auction Games and Battlelore
With reports from Rick, Moritz, and Jason, there is a lot of information in this slightly longer episode. Sam gives his top ten auction games, and I talk about different auction styles.