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Game Mechanics: Councils & Contracts

by Sezgin Güven

City Council is a fast-paced worker placement card game about growing a city with strategic decisions. At the start of the game, players place their workers into committees that ultimately decide how much influence one will have. This influence is needed to build buildings in the city, for which players receive points and actions. The trick is that the actions are divided into two categories, depending on whether you have free workers or not.

If you have free workers, you must use them to sit on a committee (to gain influence) or to build a building. If you have no free workers, you may take a construction action or disband a committee, as these actions free up your workers for further rounds. Other players can also release workers, which can be an advantage for you because you have more influence to build something on your next turn, or a disadvantage for you because you might miss a building action you wanted to do. So interaction between players plays an important role in this game. The buildings constructed naturally interact with each other and careful play of the buildings scores more points than careless play.

The game is designed for 2 to 4 players. The duration of the game depends on the number of players, but is approximately 10 minutes per player.

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