Warsaw: City of Ruins


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60
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2
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4
Time
Age
10
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Description

Warsaw is a unique city. It is said that it "survived its own death", and there is truth in this. Poland's capital was largely destroyed during the Second World War, and its reconstruction was an exceptional urban development process. Warsaw is a combination of elegant buildings from Saxon times, architecture from between the World Wars, socialist blocks, and modern buildings. Walking through the streets of Warsaw's Wola district, one can see this diversity at a glance. Modern glass office buildings stand next to pre-war automotive garages, and concrete block buildings touch elegant older houses, which show the signs of time's decay. Some call it a spatial mess, while others see in it the residents' determination. Both views are right because that's how Warsaw is. Maybe not the most beautiful, but strong and determined. Nothing reflects the city's character more than its diverse buildings.

In Capital, players jointly build Warsaw over six epochs, from when Warsaw first became the capital at the end of the 16th century through modern times. Each player creates their own district of the city. At the end of each of the six epochs, districts give income and victory points to their owners. After six rounds, whoever has the most points wins.

In more detail, each epoch consists of a construction phase and an income phase, with wars at the end of the third and fourth epochs. During the construction phase of an epoch, players shuffle the city tiles with the current epoch's number, then deal several tiles to each player. Each player chooses one of the tiles, then places it face down onto the table. All players simultaneously reveal their selected tiles, and each player chooses one of two possible actions:

  • Discard their tile to the box and take three coins from the bank.
  • Pay the tile's cost in coins and build the tile in their district.

Instead of placing a tile on an empty space, a player may choose to build on top of an existing tile. Simply place the new tile directly onto an existing tile, covering it completely. As a result, the new tile's price is reduced by the price of the older tile that it covers. A player's district can never be larger than a 3×4 or 4×3 rectangle of tiles. Each city tile is divided into four quarters, and each quarter has its own type of building, so a tile can have 1-4 different kinds of buildings. Public buildings and milestones are always separate individual areas, even if they are adjacent to each other. They also occupy an entire tile.

During the income phase, milestones are placed, and players receive coins and victory points.

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Build and Rebuild Your City with WARSAW: CITY OF RUINS
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Build and Rebuild Your City with WARSAW: CITY OF RUINS

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Get knocked down seven times, get up eight – it’s a great motto to live by and one that the real-life city of Warsaw, Poland embodies. After every fire, razing, and world war, it picks itself up from the ashes and rebuilds. That is the basis for Warsaw: City of Ruins by North Star Games.
Get knocked down seven times, get up eight – it’s a great motto to live by and one that the real-life city of Warsaw, Poland embodies. After every fire, razing, and world war, it picks itself up from the ashes and rebuilds. That is the basis for Warsaw: City of Ruins by North Star Games.
#299 – Warsaw: City of Ruins
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In Warsaw, you’ve heard it called the City of Ruins, as the city has risen and fallen and risen again for decades (if not centuries). During each of these epochs, you’ll play a group in charge of building up a district of town to try and make it as good as it can possibly be, with parks, residential areas, commercial districts, public buildings, public transit, and even factories. However, the shadow of war looms long over Warsaw, and even your best efforts can’t stop that. Will you be able to build (and re-build) the many districts of the City of Ruins?

In Warsaw, you’ve heard it called the City of Ruins, as the city has risen and fallen and risen again for decades (if not centuries). During each of these epochs, you’ll play a group in charge of building up a district of town to try and make it as good as it can possibly be, with parks, residential areas, commercial districts, public buildings, public transit, and even factories. However, the shadow of war looms long over Warsaw, and even your best efforts can’t stop that. Will you be able to build (and re-build) the many districts of the City of Ruins?

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