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Pearl Games  |  SKU: PGGIN01EN

Ginkgopolis (New Edition)

$58.95 CAD
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Description

Designer Xavier Georges
Publisher Pearl Games
Players 1-5
Playtime 45 mins
Suggested Age 13 and up
Honors
Expansion Ginkgopolis: The Experts


2212: Ginkgo Biloba, the oldest and strongest tree in the world, has become the symbol of a new method for building cities in symbiosis with nature. Humans have exhausted the resources that the Earth offered them, and humanity must now develop cities that maintain a delicate balance between resource production and consumption. Habitable space is scarce, however, and mankind must now face the challenge of building ever upwards. To develop this new type of city, you will gather a team of experts around you, and try to become the best urban planner for Ginkgopolis.

In Ginkgopolis, the city tiles come in three colors: yellow, which provides victory points; red, which provides resources; and blue, which provides new city tiles. Some tiles start in play, and they're surrounded by letter markers that show where new tiles can be placed.

On a turn, each player chooses a card from his hand simultaneously. Players reveal these cards, adding new tiles to the border of the city in the appropriate location or placing tiles on top of existing tiles. Each card in your hand that you don't play is passed on to your left-hand neighbor, so keep in mind how your play might set up theirs!

When you add a new tile to the city, you take a "power" card of the same color, and these cards provide you additional abilities during the game, allowing you to scale up your building and point-scoring efforts.

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Troy Seltenrich
Not as difficult to understand as some people make it out to be.

You choose to play a single card each turn to either activate an existing building (tile on top of any stack), build over an existing building, or expand with a new building. You discard all played cards except ones you use for the build over an existing building action, which instead go into your tableau. These tableau cards will now either provide rewards for your future activation, build over, or expansion actions beyond what you'd normally get or offer bonuses for end game scoring. The trick is to manage your limited resources effectively as building over always costs at least 2, and expanding at least one and your ability to build an engine to gather said resources efficiently is steeped in chaos and compromise. The subgoal is to then balance your build and expand options to maximize your area control and minimize your opponents. Ginkgopolis is something special and was easily worth the import cost to get an opportunity to dive in without delay.