Thursday, November 20, 2014

#69: The City (Mark's 100 - 2014)

The City

Mark's Ranking
  • 2014: 69th
  • 2012: 67th
  • 2010: prior to publication
  • 2005: prior to publication
  • rank: 1193
  • rating: 6.61
Print Status
  • OOP, I think
Why It's On The List
  • A stripped-down & family-friendly use of the Race for the Galaxy mechanic - this time for city-building. It's fast (15 minutes or so) and has that potato-chip ("can't play just one time") quality.
Tips & Tricks:
    • Tom Lehman (the designer) suggests that The City is "a 5 minute bit of strategy planning followed by a horse race to the end of the game."
    • It's a lot easier to play if you use poker chips to track points.
    • Tom also suggests that are at least 5 (maybe more) paths to victory built into the system.
    • Be warned - there is not (yet) an English version of this game... and if German text frightens your fellow gamers, this will not be a comfortable fit for you.
    • There are some rumblings about a new edition of this game (with a new theme) in English... but nothing solid.

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