Hello everybody, welcome to Beyond Monopoly, York’s friendliest boardgaming club. This weekend we have a special meet on Saturday 21st October, special because Flav is bringing a copy of the as-yet-unreleased Batman game to the club. Although, never mind unreleased, it’s not even on Kickstarter yet. Given the incredible success of their previous game. Conan, and the amount of praise for it’s mechanics from critics, when it’s combined with the Batman IP the resulting game is sure to be a behemoth. But you can play it NOW*! If you’re interested, and all should be, you can email email@example.com to secure a place, or just come along on Saturday and see if there are spots available. We are at the Bar Convent, Blossom Street, York, and open from 10am until 9pm. A short 1 minute walk from the train station, near the centre of town, send me a message if your driving for free parking instructions. Your first visit is absolutely free.
Of course, in addition to that we have hundreds of other boardgames to play, everything from 5 minute party games, through the gamut of social deduction, dexterity, oodles of strategy with every mechanic under the sun, recent Spiel winners, and those from years gone by, and games which will take you the entire day to play (shout out the the brave Here I stand players, who actually sat for all of last week). So if you’re coming just for Batman, be prepared to spend even longer when you see what we have. And if you don’t like Batman, come along anyway for everything else.
Obviously the game recommendation of the week is Batman!, but seeing as that’s only with us for one day, here’s another:
Imperial 2030 is not a war game. It looks like one, and some people might play it like one, and lose it like one, but it’s not one. It’s an economic game, more akin to Chicago Express than Risk. Each player invests in countries, then builds up the countries military and expands, in order to tax the country and skim off the top. The wealthiest player wins. The hook comes from the fact that only the player who has invested the most in a country can control it, but as soon as another player invests more, control of that country siwtches to them. You’ve just built a large Russian army? Great, I’ll just take control of Russia and use it to conquer your Chinese regions. It’s even fun when you don’t own a majority share in any country, and can sit back, watching other players battle it out, whilst you sit happily as the swiss bank investing in every winner. It’s a genius game, very fun, and it’s great to see it played so much at the club.
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Please note, a number of rules regarding the game have been played incorrectly:
Taxation- you work out the power bonus for countries and bonus for the player BEFORE paying out for army units. Also, the player who gets the bonus takes it from the country, not the bank.
Manoeuvre- you cannot manoeuvre into a countries last factory. Every country should have at least one factory working at all times.
I think that’s it.
See you on Saturday!
*in a weeks time