Alban Viard

Tramways is an innovative pickup-and-deliver game mixed with route building and is designed by Alban Viard (known for Card City XL). Art is by Todd Sanders (known for Pulp Detective), and Sampo Sikiö (known for Eclipse). Players lead a team of engineers to build the most efficient rail network in Small City. Games last about 30 minutes per player and caters for 2-5 players.

The Tramways: Dystopian Expansions release moves the setting from Small City to Mars and the Moon. Each planet is its own expansion. The “Moon” expansion adds a wraparound board construction mechanism and adds a night and day cycle which affect the actions that can be performed. In the “Mars” expansion, Martians are a new type of passenger to be transported who are trickier to move around than the average passenger.

Contrary to the name of the expansion, the aim of the game is to finish with the most Happiness points. These are earned by moving passengers, building new railways, and constructing new buildings. The more efficient players become the greater the stress level increases which is tracked in the game and negatively impacts the Happiness points.

The Tramways: Dystopian Expansions Kickstarter project has already raised 3x its required funding with over 400 backers. Project funding is set to end on Tuesday, April 30th, 2019, with expected delivery taking place in October of 2019.

town center

Last year a deceptively simple and quick 3d city building game came to Kickstarter and found great success. Designed by Alban Viard and called Town Center  it has players building and develop their cities using cubes of different different colors to represent different types of modules that can stack on top of one another according to building rules. It garnered a lot of praise and eventually added some expansions. Now it is back on Kickstarter for two new expansions one called Beaune and one called Turku.

town center bits

Beaune has players building on a map with a walled city surrounded by vineyards. Elevator cubes (black cubes) must be built in the center. The Turku has two seasons a summer and a winter. During the summer the river that flows through the center of the city divides the two halves but during the winter the river is frozen so the two parts are considered one.

I haven not had the chance to play Town Center yet but I have heard good things about it and it is in my must try list. If you interested in the game the base game as well as other expansions can be included.

Town Center: Beaune/Turku can be found on Kickstarter here.