Contest entry for the 2018 Summer Design Contest
Designer: Pedro Dias
[This ruleset is still a Work In Progress. While the core mechanic is pretty much set, some parts of the game are still experimental]
The Short Description: Push your luck game, 2-4 Players, inspired by Port Royal.
The gangs of Green Port are fighting for control of the city. In order to be recognized as the top boss, gang leaders must assert their dominance by completing the hardest heists. To do this, they must recruit members which focus on 1 of 4 specialities. If they can get the right amount of members with the right skills they will pull off difficult heists and earn Recognition Points. Likewise they can build Headquarters for their member, to take advantage of their skills and increase their presence, meaning even more Recognition! When all is said and done, the gang leader who earned the most Recognition will be crowded the Kingpin!
For clarity purposes the following terms are identical.
|Heist/Objective||Column of White or Black cards|
|Basic colors||Blue, Red, Green or Yellow|
Remove the following cards from the deck.
- 9 white cards - These will be used to create Objectives
- 9 black cards - These will be used to create the Events and Objectives. Set one 1, one 2, one 4 and one 6 to the side - These will be used for extra Objectives, the remaining 5 black cards will be as Events.
- 12 green-background cards, 3 of each basic color (red, blue, yellow and green) - These will represent Headquarters that can be built.
Objective CreationEditTake all nine white cards, shuffle them and start creating an Objective by dealing cards into a column. Deal one card at a time until the sum of the value of all cards is 5 or higher. Now repeat this 2 more times. Finally, deal a fourth column consisting of all remaining white cards. Next, using the black 1, 2 and 4 create another column and set the black 6 as the 6th and final Objective.
Take 2 cubes of each color and 4 more random cubes. Shuffle the cubes and randomly set one on top of each card in the columns. The Black 6 does not get a cube as it is a wild Objective (can be completed with any one color). You should have a total of 6 objectives consisting of 13 cards and 12 cubes.
An Objective may be completed if a player can pay the number of cubes matching the color+number combination presented. Objectives do not need to be completed in order.
Eg. Your first columns consists of a White 1, a White 2 and White 5. You take a red cube and place it one the 1, a blue clube and place it on the 2 and a second red cube and place it on the 5. This objective can be completed by paying 6 (1 + 5) red cubes and 2 blue cubes.
Take the green-backgrounds cards and create a pile of each color, with the 2 on top followed by the two 1s.
Take all remaining basic color cards the 5 Black cards previously set a side + the two X cards (orange and green) and shuffle the Deck. If ever the deck runs out, just reshuffle the discard.
Take 1 tile of each symbol and randomly deal one to each player face up. The remaining tiles can be removed from the Game. It's effect is covered in "Powers" Section.
How to PlayEdit
Before the game starts, decide on who will be the first player and put in the center of the table a cube of each color. In reverse play order, players go around chosing one of the available cubes until each player has one. If playing with less than 4 players, return any leftover cubes to the suply. The first then starts with the first player's turn and proceeds in clockwise direction. A player's turn follows these steps:
- Hire Units
- Refer Units
- Utilize Units (Optional)
- Clear Unit Pool
Additionally a player may Specialize Units whenever and as many times as he wants.
This is the main part of a player's turn. The active player will draw cards, one by one, from the top of the deck and generate the pool of units available for the turn. After revealing a card the player can chose to stop and take all Units of a given color OR he can chose to reveal another card from the deck and add it to the pool.
Eg. Player A reveal a card from the deck: red card. He chooses to reveal a second card: blue card. He chooses to reveal a third card: blue card. He chooses to reveal a fourth card: red card. He decides to stop, take and discard the 2 red cards to gain 2 red cubes/units
The player may draw cards as many times as he wants, but every time he does he runs the risk of an Event occuring:
- Green X (Rooting for the Underdog): After this player's turn, shuffle the discard and deck together. Additionally, the player(s) with the least Recognition Points gain a cube of their choice (EXCEPTION: This bonus does not happen if all players are tied or if a bonus has already been awarded this turn).
- Orange X (Police Dispersion): Any player over the Unit Limit (default limit is 7) must discard half his units. Additionally, the player(s) with the least Recognition Points gain a cube of their choice (EXCEPTION: This bonus does not happen if all players are tied or if a bonus has already been awarded this turn).
- Black Card (Police Bust): If a non-event card has already been revealed, the player has lost his progress and must skip to the Utilize Units phase without hiring or refering units.
After the active player has Hired Units (assuming no Black card was drawn), other players in clockwise order may pay a cube of any color to the active player to be able to claim units for himself.
Eg. Following the example in "Hire Units", after Player A has taken the red cards, only the two blue cards are available. If Player B has cubes of any color he can chose to pay a cube to Player A to discard the two blue cards and take two Blue Units from the supply. If Player B does this, the "Refer Units" step is over since no more cards are available. If Player B does not use this opportunity, the choice of whether to take cards or pass moves to Player C, and so on until it reaches Player A again.
The active player may chose to use Units in the following ways:
As already mentioned, a player may complete Objectives by paying a number of Units matching the card+number combination of every cards in a column. Additionally, the Black 6 - a Wild Objective - may be completed by paying 6 cubes of any one color.
Eg. A column contains a red 2, blue 1, green 1, red 3. The active Player may chose to complete this objective by paying 5 (2+3) red cubes, 1 blue cube and 1 green cube.
A player may chose to buy Headquarters of the ones still available. To do this he must pay a number of Unit of the chosen Headquarters color. The cost is equal to 3 + X, where X is the number of cards still available in the Objective columns which match the desired color.
Eg. There are 2 Objective still available. Objective A: 1 red, 4 blue. Objective B: 1 green, 1 red, 1 blue, 5 red. If a player wants to buy a red Headquarters he must pay 5 (3 + 3) red units. If he opts for the blue Headquarters, he must pay 5 (3 + 2) blue units. Green would cost 4 (3 + 1) and yellow is at its lowest costing 3 (3 + 0) since no yellow cards remain in the objectives.
At any point during his turn (except if the Orange X was revealed) a player may trade 3 cubes of the same color or 3 cubes of different colors for 1 cube. The color of the cube taken may not match any of the colors of the discarded cubes.
Eg. A player may trade 3 red (or blue or yellow) cubes for a green cube, or he may trade a red, blue AND yellow (3 total) cubes for a green cube.
Depending on the color of the Headquarter you will have a special ability available
- Red (The Traders): This player may use the Specialize Units power by paying 2 cubes, instead of 3, to trade them in for 1.
- Yellow (The Spies): For each yellow Headquarter the Unit limit of this player is increased by 3.
- Green (The Family): When taking the Headquarter card, take a cube and place it below the card so that it is still visible but not confused with a usable Unit. From now on, whenever you take cards of the chosen color, you can take one extra Unit of that color.
- Blue (The Snitches): The first time each turn a Black card is drawn, the Active player may choose to discard a number of cubes equal to the already revealed Basic color cards in order to discard all revealed cards and continue drawing, thereby having a second opportunity to have a successful turn.
Whenever in the Hire or Refer Units phase a player discards a card from the pool whose symbol matches the symbol on his tile, he takes one extra cube of that color.
If the 4 basic colors are present on the pool when the active player selects the cards to discard, in addition to taking the cubes of the selected color, takes one cube of each of the other colors.
The game ends is triggered when all Objectives are completed. The round continues until it's completion, upon which the "End Game Purchase" starts.
End Game PurchaseEdit
Go around the table checking which player has the most cubes of a single color. That player can purchase any remaining Headquarters by paying its cost. After that player is not able or willing to buy any more Headquarters of that color, the next player with the most cubes of that color may chose to buy it. Repeat this process until no one can buy any Headquarters. In case of a tie for most cubes, the last player (round wise) has priority.
Eg. Player A has 6 red cubes and 5 blue Cubes. Player B has 3 red cubes and 5 blue Cubes. Player C has 4 red Cubes, green 1. Assume all Headquarters are still available.
Since Player A's Red cubes are the most available of a single color, the Red Headquarters are sold first. Player A buys 2 Red Headquarters, 1 remains. The next player with most red cubes is Player C so he takes the last red headquarter. The next color is selected and it's blue. Since Player A is tied with Player B for 5 cubes, player B will go first and buy one Blue Headquarter and Player A will buy the second Headquarter. One remains unpurchased. Player C has a green cube but that is not enough to buy any Headquarters so the "End Game Purchase" phase is over.
After the End Game Purchase phase, players sum the value present on every Objective card they completed, as well as on every Headquarter they bought. The player with the most points wins. In case of a tie, the player with the most cubes win. If player are still tied, the player with the highest single Objective card wins (keep following to the second highest if the first is a tie, and so on).
Playing with 3 playersEdit
Remove a Headquarter of each color with value 1.
Playing with 2 playersEdit
Remove two Headquarter of each color with value 1. Remove the Black Objectives.
For a simplified version, you may remove the Dominant Profile tiles and/or ignore the Headquarter Powers. Removing the Dominant Profile makes the game a bit longer but more controlled, but at the cost of less player interaction.