Z-man Releases More Info on Ginkgopolis

Posted: September 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

I’m going to combine two of Z-man’s news releases, that should hopefully tell you more about this upcoming game.

Post # 1

Ginkgopolis is the new game by Xavier Georges (co-author of Troyes and Tournay) that takes you to the year 2212. Ginkgo Biloba, the world oldest species of tree, has become a symbol and a reference on how to build cities that are one with nature. Humans have almost exhausted all of the planet’s resources and must now build cities that respect the fragile balance between what is produced and what is used.

But trying to respect this balance makes it hard to build cities; livable space is becoming more and more rare. To build an efficient, eco-friendly city, you will have to become the best urban designer for Ginkgopolis!

Ginkgopolis is a very simple game, with diabolically original rules! The starting city is composed of 9 tiles (numbered 1 to 3 in 3 colors) and of 12 Urbanization markers (from A to L). Each player starts the game with 4 cards that represent one of the 9 tiles or one of the 12 markers. Simultaneously, players must choose a card to play with or without a building tile (found in their personal reserve). Players then resolve their card before sending their remaining hand to the player to their left. So you must wisely decide which card to play, but also which cards to pass to your opponent.

The draft dynamic in this game will tend to make things very interesting. You will often be second-guessing yourself as for which card you should play. Should you play what you need to, or play something completely random so your opponent doesn’t get the card they desperately need?

More about this game in the coming weeks…

Post # 2
Last week we ended the article with the basic setup of the game. It left a few questions like: What is the difference between playing a card on its own or playing it with a tile? What are the tiles for? How do I know where to put my tile? And most of all, what are those letters for? You will gat all of those answers today!

When a player decides to play a card on its own, he uses one of the buildings already in play to get either building tile or victory points. If a player decides to play a card with a tile, he participates in building the city by adding his tile to the space indicated by the card.

Let’s get more into the second type of play, because there are different ways of building in Ginkgopolis! If the card you played is a card with a number on it (a building card), the player must place his tile ON TOP of the tile with the corresponding number. The more you build up, the more valuable your buildings will gain. If you decided to play an urbanization card, the ones with the letters (AH finally here’s where the letters come in!), you will build a new building by placing your tile in the place of the corresponding letter. You then put the letter adjacent to any side of the tile you just placed. This will make for very different games every time, since the same cards will never be played at the same time.

Here’s an example of what your city could look like:

Find out more at the Z-man News section. 

from GameSalute.com http://www.GameSalute.com/z-man-releases-more-info-on-ginkgopolis/

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