England in the 12th Century. Prior Philip wants to build the most beautiful cathedral in England, while Bishop Waleran is planning his own project, a mighty fortress. As competing builders, players, supported by friends and powerful allies, must obtain raw resources and convert them into building materials, all the while opposed by dangerous foes. Can you overcome the many obstacles set before you and build your monument first?
For players not satisfied with the possibility of playing Pillars of the Earth with two, there now is a card game on the subject solely for two players - maybe this exclusivity helps them to accept a superb game; yes, again on a successful book.
One player tries to erect a cathedral, while the other is in charge of building a fortress, an element that also seems to be part of the book; the one who succeeds first in erecting his building has won the game.
Each of the two buildings consists of three sections/cards; each of those sections require a different combination of materials. Action cards enable players to get to construction materials; other action cards upgrade these materials, such as iron into bells, sand into cement or wool into cloth.