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Suburbia

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  • Build the city of your dreams with a boardgame that feels a lot like SimCity(TM)
  • Each player creates their own city, one building tile at a time
  • Dozens of different building tiles that all interact with each other
  • The resulting cities tell a story, from run down abandoned towns to thriving metropolises
  • 1-4 players, Ages 13 and up
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Plan, build and develop a small town into a major metropolis. Use hex-shaped building tiles to add residential, commercial, civic and industrial areas, as well as special points of interest that provide benefits and take advantage of the resources of nearby towns. Your goal is to have your borough thrive and end up with a greater population than any of your opponents. Suburbia is a tile-laying game in which each player tries to build up an economic engine and infrastructure that will be initially self-sufficient and eventually become both profitable and encourage population growth. As your town grows, you'll modify both your income and your reputation. As your income increases, you'll have more cash on hand to purchase better and more valuable buildings, such as an international airport or a high rise office building. As your reputation increases, you'll gain more and more population (and the winner at the end of the game is the player with the largest population). During each game, players compete for several unique goals that offer an additional population boost - and the buildings available in each game vary, so you'll never play the same game twice!

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Product Dimensions 2.9 x 11.8 x 11.8 inches
Item Weight 8.8 pounds
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ASIN B007GC7AJ4
Item model number SUBUBEZ
Manufacturer recommended age 13 - 15 years
Best Sellers Rank #36,798 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#1,296 in Toys & Games > Games > Board Games
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4.8 out of 5 stars 125 customer reviews

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By J. Yu on November 20, 2013
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Excellent euro game. I played it about 10 times, with 2, 3 and 4 players. The game scales very well, and feels fairly tight even if playing with a few new players.

Several characteristics make this game very appealing:

(1) Rules are simple enough to each in less than 15 minutes, though you need to know all the tiles to play optimally.

(2) A game typically ends between 90-120 minutes, very reasonableeven for casual players.

(3) As your suburb expands, the reputation and income both get hurt more. This mechanism effectively stops run-away leaders.

(4) This game is NOT a multi-player solitaire engine-building game. Player interaction is subtle yet plenty. There are numerous possibilities of competition (restaurants, skyscrapers, car dealers), supply and demand (restaurants and slaughter house, industries and power plants, etc) and collaboration (airports benefits one another). In addition, you need to pay attention to the common goals, and also to guess other players secret goals if possible.

(5) High reliability: different goals and different tiles appear in every game. The game still feels fresh after many plays.

Potential problems for the game:

(1) After about 10 plays, I observed that the typical strategy to win is to build your income first, then improve your reputation to increase your population, although tactically you may use different tiles to execute this strategy. I have occasionally seen some people playing with "cash-rich" yet "low-income" strategy, relying on tiles like HOA or mint to generate cash income, yet these strategies are not particularly competitive and relies too much on what tiles are showing up.

(2) Due to the interactions among the tiles, book-keeping can be a bit cumbersome, but not overwhelming.

All in all, Suburbia is a very well-designed euro game. Highly recommended.
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If you liked Sim City the video game then this board game should be a home run for you.

The basic premise is simple, each player represents a neighbourhood planner designing one of up to four different suburbs in the same city. Turns go around the table and players buy tiles from a common pool. Where it gets interesting is that many tiles give you bonuses for the total number of items on the board, for example, airports typically improve your income or population growth by +1 with additional bonuses for other airports that have been built. Not just other airports that you have built, but airports that anyone has built.

As your suburb in size it loses reputation (population) and income. This results in a great catchup mechanism. In addition to this there are public and private goals which increase end of game scoring.

The rules can be explained in under ten minutes and I have successfully taught this game to many people. I strongly recommend it.
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I'm a fan of tile laying games and I enjoy SimCity, so picking up suburbia was an easy decision. In this game, you're building a city by placing tiles of several different types (essentially residential, commercial, industrial); a tile will has a positive or negative effect on your city's reputation and/or income. A higher income gives you more money to spend, but a higher reputation brings in more people to your city, and it's your final population that matters. Of course, the bigger your city gets the harder it is to manage...

Each turn is simple: you choose a tile, pay for it (the cost varies according to how powerful it is and how long it's been available, with new tiles costing more), and add it to your city. Adjust your income and reputation as needed, collect or pay money and adjust your population as people enter or leave your city, and flip a new tile for the next player. Most turns are very quick, so the game tends to play without a lot of downtime. In addition to population, there are goals (both common and secret) so that not everybody is going after the same tiles. Only a subset of the tiles are used in each game, so it will play out differently each time depending on what tiles come up.

I consider this to be one of the most successful games of 2012 (in terms of both how much I enjoy it, and how easy it is to get my game group to play it) and so far it's my favorite non-Age of Steam offering from Bezier Games. My personal gameplay rating for the game would be a four (because this is a bit lighter and more luck-driven than I usually prefer) but for what it is (a light tile-laying game) I give it a five.
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Suburbia is a board game where you play the role of a city planner building up your humble 3 tile city of a suburb, park, and factory, to a monstrous sprawling city of various districts littered with places such as airports, skyscrapers, and retirement homes with an objective to be the suburb with the largest population of meeples.

There's many things I like about this hexagonal tile placement game. The reputation and income scale is brilliant in its premise dictating how much money you have and how fast your population grows. The score board also has speed bumps integrated into the track and going too far in the score board too quickly can really set someone back in growth. It's quite the balance to manage your income and money as you strive for growth of a successful suburb. Not too terrible rules with a surprising amount of depth.

I also really enjoy the aesthetic and theme of this game. The theme to the game mechanics fits really well and it's not every day you see a modern day theme with class in board games. The very clean art really accents its appeal of building up a suburb.

The only thing I have difficulty in this game is keeping track of all the things going on in your tile set. It can be easy to mix up income and reputation symbols sometimes when you're going about your turn. Understanding the motions will take time.

Highly recommend.
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