Warsaw: City of Ruins, or Capital if you are buying the Granna edition of the game, is a game all about building and rebuilding the war ravaged city of Warsaw. If you go to modern day Warsaw you will see that the city is an amalgamation of older buildings, modern buildings, socialist blocks, and more all jammed together in one area. This makes things look like a mess but also speaks to the people’s resilience as parts of the city got destroyed in each world war. In the game Warsaw: City of Ruins you will be playing a tile laying game to build up, and then rebuild your city over the span of six rounds called epochs. In each round everyone will get a hand of tiles that they will draft from, and once they pick a tile they can either pay it’s cost and build it, or turn it in for some money to be able to build tiles later. At the end of the round each player’s city will activate and give out points and money based on which buildings you built. At the end of third and fourth rounds though is when war comes and ravages parts of your city, so make sure to prepare for it. At the end of the game it will be the person with the most points that will be the winner.
The art of the game is pretty minimal with the city blocks having having clear colors and icons, and the monument tiles are photos of the actual monuments. Also if the gameplay sounds family, that is because it plays similar to other drafting, city building games like Fields of Green or Among the Stars, but some new mechanics added in make this game stand out as a unique entry. If you are going to Origins you will be able to check this game out there, if not then you will just have to wait for it to hit store shelves in August. Either way you can check out North Star Games’ facebook page for more information.