Draft your ideal beachfront destination with AEG's newest game, Santa Monica

February 12, 2020 - 3:26am

The salty air and cool water of a beach is an awesome experience, and it's no wonder that tourism to such places is so high year round. But can the majesty of the ocean and the enormity of beachfront tourism be conveyed as a theme in a board game? That's what Santa Monica, the newest title from AEG, will explore. 2-to-4 players will each draft cards and attempt to build up their streets or their beaches that compose one of, if not the most, famous beachfront cities in the world. Each card drafted will work with your other selections within your tableau to score points, so focusing on a particular theme for your strip of land is key to victory.

     "In Santa Monica, you are trying to create the most appealing neighborhood in southern California. Will you choose to create a calm, quiet beach focused on nature, a bustling beach full of tourists, or something in-between to appeal to the locals?"

The idea of focusing on one particular scoring strategy in a drafting game isn't new at all, but what makes Santa Monica stand out is the authenticity of the theme. You take on choices that many entrepreneurs and developers face - will you appeal more to locals or to tourists? Will the appeal of your property be the conservation of natural beauty and wildlife, or will it spare no expense to all the pleasures mankind can manufacture? This is but a taste of what this game has to offer, but I think it's enough to say that it's a good theme that's being explored in a very cool way. If you're interested in learning more about Santa Monica, be on the lookout for it's debut at BGX 2020 this April and it's retail launch in early May.

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