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Game Spotlight – Warsaw: City of Ruins

September’s Game Spotlight shines on Warsaw: City of Ruins, an economic strategy game of city building through drafting and tile placement.

Well received at summer gaming conventions such as Origins and Gen Con, Warsaw: City of Ruins is a great new addition to our extensive game library here at The Malted Meeple. It was originally published in Europe by Grana under the title Capital, and was brought to the U.S. market by our good friends at North Star Games.

In Warsaw, players jointly build the city of Warsaw by building their own districts of the city over six eras, or rounds, earning income and victory points after each era is complete. Each era is divided into two phases: Construction and Income.

In the Construction Phase players draw tiles from that eras tiles and choose to pay to build tiles and add them to their district or discard them and collect coins for future use. Tiles represent residential neighborhoods, commercial sectors, industrial parks, and cultural centers. New tiles can be placed on top of old tiles, upgrading parts of the city from era to era.

After players have built 4 tiles each, they move on to the Income Phase. Different eras have different effects on played tiles, such as War that causes tiles to be discarded. Eras have milestones (special tiles) that are earned by the player with the right configuration for that era. Players receive victory points and coins based on their builds and what areas their tiles represent (residential, commercial, etc.). After the six eras are complete, the player with the highest total point level wins.

Warsaw: City of Ruins has high replay value and allows you to try a different build strategy every time. It is designed for 2-4 players and plays in under an hour, the perfect amount of time to enjoy a craft beer or two while you play.

Join us on Thursday, September 27 when Nicole from North Star Games will be teaching how to play Warsaw: City of Ruins. Bring a few friends and see who is the master builder in your crew!

Meeple Maureen McCardleMaureen McCardel is a game industry veteran and has worked with publishers, designers, and retailers. She loves the logistical side of marketing and events and digging into a good spreadsheet. She is obsessed with circuses and survives on sugar and tea. Her favorite games include Citadels, Lost in R’lyeh, and Here, Kitty, Kitty!