The best board games have a blended combination of great theme and great mechanics that create an engrossing gaming experience. That’s what you will find in City of Iron, a board game for two to four players by Red Raven Games.
In the steam-punk-themed fantasy world of City of Iron, four races compete for the highest victory point total by game end. The four alien races are the industrious humans, the toad engineers, the scholarly Cresarians and the militaristic hogmen.
Players compete by bidding for turn order and then try to produce goods and resources by buying building cards that are placed on the worlds they control.
A team of workers, scholars and soldiers needed to accomplish various tasks during the game are represented by a deck of unique cards for each race. Players attempt to purchase cards from this deck so they can play them from their hand.
On a turn, players can build their workforce by drawing cards, attacking towns, discovering new worlds in the sea and air, building new buildings, collecting money, buying science research or playing cards from their hand.
Income is a vital part of the game, and wise leaders will make sure they assemble the right workers, towns, lands and buildings to collect money.
At three points during the game, players will score victory points. The fantasy world of City of Iron places value on 10 different resources. Points are given for those players who rank first and second in the amount of each resource they control.
Players have the option of attacking each other’s towns to take control of them and deny their opponents the benefits of ownership.
Count on two to three hours to complete the game but also count on a fun gaming experience. This is a game for medium to heavy gamers who like civilization building, economic engines, card management and science fiction. I recommend this game.