Humanity has always seen the sky as a place of pure, unadulterated freedom. While we toiled away here on the ground, we would always look up and dream of cities floating among the clouds, moving as they pleased all over. Thanks to the invention and construction of massive airships, a new city that can achieve the dream of living in the sky has been achieved. The newly-christened Airship City is home to a bold, adventurous group of people. However, as with any new city, and especially one set aloft in the sky, there are many resources that it lacks. Thankfully, philanthropic inventors have taken it upon themselves to help the city with its needs. Each one is looking to give the most to enhancing this floating metropolis. And that’s where players find themselves in Airship City, a new resource collection and allocation game coming soon from CMON. Let’s take a look into just how the game works.
In the game, players take on the role of Airship Engineers. Their goal is to collect resources from the different floating platforms around the city and use those items to fulfill contracts, upgrade locations, and build airships that the city desperately needs. Play takes place on a modular game board made up of Action Tiles, with each one representing a resource-collection area or a city building that is in need of upgrades. Players move around the board using their two Player Markers, representing smaller airships that they can use to collect and transport resources. Even up in the sky, there’s only so many places to dock an airship, so players can only move to tiles where there’s room, otherwise they’ll have to float on by to the next tile.
Each player also has their own Dashboard, showing what resources they have available. As they gather and use resources, the markers will shift on their boards, always leaving an accurate count of just what they have at their disposal.
As players build airships, they can either be donated or sold to the city through the Market and Contribution boards. Donating them gives the players Victory Points and a bonus for having given such a valuable item to the city. Meanwhile, selling them gives the players gold which they can use to upgrade their own building capacity. The more they upgrade their own facilities, the more they’ll be able to build airships to donate to the city. It’s a delicate balance to keep, with players having several different ways they can focus on winning.
When not building airships or upgrading facilities, players can also try and complete contracts. These special orders for resources offer players another way to gain Victory Points. But beware! Any contract a player takes on but fails to complete will count against them when the game is over. Nobody likes having their order left unfulfilled.
Players will collect resources and use them for building their airships and completing contracts over the course of five rounds. At the end, the player that has collect the most victory points will be declared the winner and they will be honored as the engineer that has helped Airship City.
Airship City offers players several different avenues to collect points, letting them try different strategies each time they play. And the modular board makes sure that no two game set-ups are ever the same.
Airship City will be hitting store shelves this January. Keep your eye to the skies!