Sagrada Rules and Gameplay Instructions

Turn into an artisan competing against others to create the most beautiful stained glass window for the Temple of Sagrada Familia by learning these Sagrada rules! 

The game of Sagrada, by Floodgate Games, is based on the unfinished Architectural work of the Sagrada Familia Temple in Barcelona, Spain, by Antoni Gaudí, in 1883.  In fact, the temple is still under construction and not expected to be completed until 2026!  

You can compare the Window Frames in the Sagrada game to the actual Stained Glass Windows of the Sagrada Familia Temple and see their similarities! 

By drafting dice in different colors and shades, you must complete your stained glass window pattern to the best of your ability and be the player with the most victory points at the end of the 10 rounds to win.

Help finish creating these beautiful stained glass windows for the temple by learning how to play Sagrada below!

What is Sagrada the Board Game?

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Sagrada is a dice-rolling strategy game where players compete to have the most completed stained glass window at the end of all 10 rounds. By drafting dice in different shades and colors and using different Tool Cards, you will create a beautiful masterpiece!

Each player has their own personal Private Objective cards that gain them additional points at the end of the game, as well as Public Objective cards that all players will try to accomplish.  Score the most Victory Points to win the game!

Number of players: 1-4

Ages: 13+

Difficulty: Easy-Medium

Length of play: 30-45min

Category: Dice rolling, Set Collection, Strategy, Family, Solo, Drafting, Competitive

Similar to: Roll Player, Yahtzee, Wingspan

Main Objective: Score the most Victory Points at the end of the game based on your Private and Public Objective cards.

Why We Love It: Not only is the game appealing to the eye, but its overall gameplay is very relaxing and requires a lot of strategic thinking about each move you make.

What You Will Need to Play Sagrada

Everything you need to play Sagrada can be found in the box:

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The following components are found in each base game:

  • 4 Window Frame Player Boards
  • 12 Window Pattern Cards (double-sided)
  • 12 Tool Cards
  • 10 Public Objective Cards
  • 5 Private Objective Cards
  • 90 Dice
    • 18 of each color: red, yellow, green, blue, and purple
  • Dice Bag
  • 4 Score Markers
  • Round Track with Score Track on the reverse side
  • 24 Favor Tokens

Sagrada Rules

Game Setup

Follow these simple instructions to set up a game of Sagrada for 2-4 players:

  1. Find the Private Objective Cards, which have a Gray Die on the back, shuffle them, and provide 1 to each player, face down. Each player should keep this card secret but may look at the card themselves.
  1. Provide each player with a Window Frame Player Board.
  1. Find the Window Pattern Cards (double-sided) and provide 2 to each player, randomly.  The players must choose 1 of the 4 patterns to play with and put the other card back into the box.

Be aware that each of the Window Pattern Cards has difficulty levels shown by several white dots on the bottom right of each pattern. The smaller the number, the easier the pattern will be to create.

  1. Provide each player Favor Tokens equal to the amount of white dots on their pattern card.  Then, each player slides their Window Pattern Card into the bottom of the Window Frame Player Board.
  1. Place the Round Track nearby, and each player places a Score Marker near it that matches the color of their Frame Board.  These markers will be used to score points on the other side of the Round Track at the end of the game.
  1. Locate the Tool Cards and shuffle them.  Reveal 3 cards face up in the center of the play area. 
  1. Find the Public Objective Cards, which have a Blue die on the back, shuffle them, and place 3 face-up in the play area.
  1. Place all colored dice into the dice bag and randomly select a player to go first and provide them the bag of dice. 
  1. Return all remaining cards, not in play to the box.  They will not be used for the remainder of the game.

How to Play Sagrada the Board Game

Sagrada is played over 10 rounds each game.  At the start of each round, the starting player for the round takes the dice bag and randomly pulls out the number of dice as follows:

  • 2 Players: 5 Dice
  • 3 Players: 7 Dice
  • 4 Players: 9 Dice

The starting player rolls these dice, which then creates the Draft Pool.  

In clockwise order, beginning with the starting player, each player may do each of the following actions:

  • Choose 1 die from the Draft Pool and place it in an available space in their Window Frame.
  • Spend Favor Tokens to use a Tool Card.

Players may choose to perform only one action, both actions, or none at all and pass their turn.  

Each round consists of 2 turns per player. Once each player has taken their first turn at drafting dice, the turn order reverses.  

The player who was the last to choose a die on the first turn will immediately draft another die (if they choose to).  Then, every other player drafts their last die in counter-clockwise order.

There will be at least 1 die left in the Draft Pool after all players have taken their dice.  Take 1 of the remaining dice and place it on the Round Track’s first space signifying that Round 1 has been completed.

How to Place your Dice

When drafting your very first die, it must touch the very edge of the Window Frame.

Every die that is placed afterward must meet the following conditions:

  • The die must be placed adjacent to a pre-existing die in the Window Frame. This includes diagonal spaces!
  • The die must be placed into a space it belongs:
    • Example: A red die must be placed on a red space, a 3 die must be placed into a 3 space, and so on.
    • White spaces are neutral, and you can place a die of any color or face value (shade) there.
    • The die cannot be adjacent to a die of the same color or shade.
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Favor Tokens and Tool Cards

Favor Tokens are the clear tokens that are provided to you at the beginning of the game based on the difficulty of the Window Pattern you chose.

In order to use a Tool Card, you need to place one of your Favor Tokens on the Tool Card of your choosing:

  • If there are no current Favor Tokens on the Tool Card you would like to use, you only need to place 1 Favor Token to use it.
  • If there are existing Favor Tokens on a Tool Card (previously placed by you or another player), you must add 2 Favor Tokens instead.

Tool Cards are completely optional to use during the game.  They are most helpful towards the final rounds if you need to move any dice around in your Window Frame in order to help you fit more dice properly.

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Ending a Round

At the end of each round, you will place 1 leftover die (there will be times when there will be more than 1 leftover) on the Round Track for that specific round that was just played.

The Dice Bag then gets passed clockwise to the next player, and they become the starting player for that round and will roll the dice to create the Draft Pool.

Once you place a die on the 10th spot on the Round Track, the game is over, and it’s time to take the score and determine the winner.

How to Win the Game

In order to win a game of Sagrada, you need to be the player with the most Victory Points at the end of the game.  

Scoring Victory Points at the end of the game:

  1. Remove all dice off the Round Track and flip it over the Score Track.  You will use each player’s matching colored Score Marker to keep track of each player’s points individually.  
  1. Players will then start tallying points from the Public and Private objectives they have completed on their Window Frame.  Each Objective card is different and will have specific details on how to score these points listed on the card.
  1. Each player gains 1 Victory Point per leftover Favor Token in their possession.
  1. Each player loses 1 Victory Point per open space in their Window Frame.

If at any time a player goes over 50 Victory Points, flip their Score Marker over to the “50” side and place it at the beginning of the Score Track to resemble 51 points and so on.

The player with the most Victory Points wins the game!  

If there is a tie for highest score, the player who accumulated the most points from their Private Objective will break the tie. If this still does not break the tie, then it goes to the player with the most remaining Favor tokens.

Video Tutorial for Sagrada

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Sagrada be played Solo?

Yes! In Solo mode, you will try beating the score of the total sum of the dice values on the Round Track at the end of the game.  There are also additional changes such as rolling less draft dice and using draft dice in place of favor tokens to use Tool Cards.

Is Sagrada hard to learn?

Sagrada is fairly easy to learn; however, the second time you play the game, it will run much smoother as you will be more familiar with the proper placement of dice and will likely use more Tool Cards.

Can Sagrada be played with more than 4 players?

Yes, but you will need to purchase the Sagrada 5&6 Player Expansion.  This expansion also adds more Private Objective cards, Window Patterns, and Tool Cards.

Expansions for Sagrada and Similar Games (Our Guides)

The following expansions are currently available for Sagrada:

If you are a fan of Sagrada, refer to our guides for these similar games you may also enjoy:

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