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Board of Games: A review of City of Remnants

CoR2If you’re like me you’ll have a passion for science fiction, gangster movies and property development shows. Yes the intrigue of mysterious alien races and strange technologies, the ruthless and terrifying nature of the criminal underworld and the joy of watching Kevin McCloud insulting someone’s lovely new home; these are the things I just can’t get enough of. So when Plaid Hat games announced ‘City of Remnants’, a sci-fi gangster empire building game based in some weird post-apocalyptic future, it ended up in my shopping basket faster than xenomorph out an airlock. Let’s take a look and hope this isn’t the Battlefield Earth of board game world.

CoR3Overview

In CoR you are the leader of a gang of refugees living in a grim prison city controlled by a powerful and ruthless alien race, the Yugai. Your goal is simple: do whatever it takes to create the most renowned criminal empire which will eventually decide the cities fate. In order to achieve this you’ll need to recruit more gang members to icnrease your numbers, purchase deadly weapons and useful items from the black market, setup seedy businesses to fund your empire and go to war with any other gangsters that step on your turf. All this while avoiding the wrath of the ever watching and deadly Yugai police force.

CoR4True to form, Plaid Hat games have managed to combine several different mechanics to produce a challenging yet deeply rich and thematic experience. Quite masterfully, CoR combines deck building and card management with auctions, tile placement, risk/reward, area control and direct tactical conflict. Needless to say there is a lot to this game and you’re table will become home to a mass of tokens, tiles, dice, cards, little awesome miniatures and player mats, all surrounding a central city board that you’ll soon be scrapping over.

Each mechanic handles a different aspect of the game but what makes CoR so unique is how each of these interacts and relates to the other. For example: Your deck of cards represents your gang on a sort of personal level, with their individual abilities, stats etc…, while the miniatures on the board represent your gang on a physical level i.e. their position within the city. The same can be said for developing and controlling buildings on the board. While they give you special abilities and the means to gain renown and cash, they also become the primary instigator for conflict as gangs strive for their control.


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by HaightStreetHussy

...not having a private conversation IRL. That means, anyone who posts on the board is allowed to chime in, and that includes myself (much to your chagrin.)
And I wasn't playing games with that person whose loved one committed suicide. I consider your assumption that I was, to be the *ultimate,* in 'stooping really low.'
I will ALWAYS extend a helping hand to those who are suffering through experiences that I personally have managed to deal with in my REAL LIFE, be it: alcoholism, suicide, and any other of life's tragedies that I have successfully dealt with.
Shame on YOU, Ivan.

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