I recently saw Android: Mainframe listed in the new arrivals section of my FLGS’s website. I like the cyberpunk genre in general, and having finally decided to part with my copy of Android: Netrunner (it just wasn’t for me), I delved deeper into Android: Mainframe to see what it was all about. Android: Mainframe is a re-implementation of the game Bauhaus. As I researched Mainframe I found that I was familiar with the mechanics of the game, though I had never played Bauhaus. I think, however, that many of us have played a little game called Dots and Boxes. I didn’t realize that this game even had a name, and I think I just called it Dots. The game (Dots) starts with a grid of dots on the page and on their turn the player draws a single line connecting two dots that are orthogonaly adjacent. If the line closes a box, that player writes their initial in the box and takes another turn. The game ends when all of the possible connections are made and the winner is the player who closed the most boxes.
Colorful boxes filled with chits of cardboard and plastic adorn floor to ceiling shelves. Towards the back of the room a group of three is setting up to play the “new hotness”, the fourth open seat beacons you to join them. You don’t really have extra cash right now to get a new game, but all of these boxes are begging you to take them home, and if you sit down to play you know the result. Each container of gaming goodness provides at least one mechanic, theme or component that you desire. Unable to decide or justify a purchase, you leave the game shop empty handed.
In an effort to take your mind off of all the games you left behind you decide to check in on your family and friends on Facebook. Forgotten until that moment, the Board Game Geek group fills your feed with shelfies, photos of players’ birthday and convention hauls, discussion of the latest games, and requests for recommendations. “You’ve got mail!” Elation builds as you can find solace in your work, but it flitters away as the email loads, “Daily Board Game Sale” is the subject headlining your inbox. Your will breaks, with a few clicks of the mouse and clacks on the keyboard, a new email appears in your inbox… “Order Confirmation”.
Ding! A Kickstarter alert appears.
Quadropolis is a city building game from designer François Gandon with art by Sabrina Miramon, and is published by Days of Wonder. Quadropolis can play from 2-4 players and plays between 30-60 minutes. In Quadropolis each player has a team of four architects who are vying to secure buildings from a central board to build in their own city. As players utilize their architects and the central board diminishes, the choices on which buildings to buy become more difficult. After three rounds of play, the player who has the best city is the winner!