Tuesday, December 30, 2014

#56: Industrial Waste (Mark's 100 - 2014)

Industrial Waste

Mark's Ranking
  • 2014: 56th
  • 2012: 51st
  • 2010: 47th
  • 2005: 35th
  • appeared on all four lists
  • rank: 869
  • rating: 6.78
Print Status
  • OOP
Why It's On The List
  • Though overshadowed by the appearance of the 900 lb gorilla of Euro gaming (Puerto Rico), Industrial Waste was and is a very good game of trading off speed & income generation for knocking the rough edges off your production system - particularly in how you deal with (wait for it) industrial waste.
Tips & Tricks:
    • Don't forget that it takes an advisor (2x) card to pay off a loan.
    • Loans are not bad - and if you're going to take one, don't wait until you are circling the drain to do so... it will just speed up your demise.
    • There are multiple paths to victory - but all them require that you deal with the creation of waste at some level.
    • While some folks have come up with 2 player variants, I wouldn't recommend them - this is much better with 3 or 4 players.
    • Industrial Waste is living evidence of great game development - because (by contract), Hans im Gluck was required to publish the "designer's variant" rules (actually the original rules to the game). Note: not a good game with those rules.
    • Here's what I wrote about Industrial Waste for The One Hundred.

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