Thursday, March 08, 2012

#93: La Citta (Mark's 100 - 2012)

La Citta

Mark's Ranking
  • 2012: 93rd
  • 2010: 86th
  • 2005: 47th
  • appeared on all three lists


  • rank: 193
  • rating: 7.25

Print Status

  • in print

Why It's On The List

  • It's a sprawling game of city development with a simple rules & a great story arc.

Tips & Tricks:

  • The game can punish new players - mistakes are costly. You need to anticipate when you're going to gain people from neighboring cities that will overwhelm your ability to feed them.
  • The only potential problem with the game is the clogging of the card display... but there are numerous ways to fix that with house rules.


  • Gerd Fenchel has two published designs - the very gamer-friendly La Citta & the very family-friendly Kraut & Reuben (about planting vegetable gardens).
  • Here's my post on the game for my 2010 Top 100 list.


huzonfirst said...

Mark, can you either point me to or write up your fix for the clogged display? I love the IDEA of this game, but the display usually clogs so badly that the luck of the draw becomes quite important. And if there's one thing I can't take, it's a longish planning game with a high-luck element (and yes, I'm looking at you, Wallenstein--and quite a few others).

Mark (aka pastor guy) said...

When a player chooses an action card, slide all remaining cards away from the deck to fill the hole, and place the new card in the vacated spot next to the deck. This means the oldest, least desirable cards will drift to the end farthest from the deck. At the beginning of each player's turn (starting with turn 2), the player may choose to bury the oldest card. If she does, slide all cards down one space and put a new one in the open spot next to the deck. She then takes her first political action normally.

huzonfirst said...

Thanks! Now to find someone willing to play that way!