Gameday First Play – Between Two Cities

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We built these cities…

…one on Rock and one on Roll.

It is the early 1800s, a time of immense construction and urbanization. You are a world-renowned master city planner who has been asked to redesign two different cities. Projects of such significance require the expertise of more than one person, so for each assignment you are paired with a partner with whom to discuss and execute your grandiose plans. Will your planning and collaborative skills be enough to design the most impressive city in the world?

Very simple game this one…

You’re drafting tiles to build a city with the player on your left and another with the player on your right.

The tiles contain certain types of buildings and they score differently based on the number of them you have and their placement in each city, depending on the tile.

First you draw 7 tiles, choose two and place one in each city. Before final placement you have a chance to negotiate with your co-city planners to decide how best to use the tiles you have available to you. You don’t have to choose which tile goes in which city until you’re ready.

Then you pass the tiles to your left and repeats this process.

You city can’t be bigger than a 4×4 grid and tiles must be place orthogonally adjacent to another tile. After this round you’ll have 6 tiles in your City.

Between Two Cities New City

Then each player takes 3 double tiles, chooses two, and adds one to each city in the same way.

Between 2 Cities Mostly Built City

Then each player draws 7 tiles and drafts right, just like phase one. Then, each city should be a 4×4 grid.

Between Two Cities Finished City

Then you score each tile on the score board. The score board is pretty huge and not required until the game is over, it just seems to be in the way really.

Between Two Cities Scoring

Each player takes the lowest scoring of their 2 cities as their ‘score’ with the tie breaker being the highest score of those players other city.

I bought this as a drafting game but played it as a negotiation game. You have to convince the players either side of you to help you out and make sure of the two tiles they pick, they’re giving you the one that benefits you the most. But you have to give them reason to do that.

Also, as your lowest city becomes your score, you can’t ignore one and focus on the other. They both need to succeed.

It’s VERY quick and very simple and I’m hoping I get a chance to play this with more than 4 players.

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