Our preview post below was published on May 28.
Squaring Circleville is a 1-4 player area control game in which your team of constructors is demolishing and rebuilding Circleville, Ohio, in response to the complaints of the citizens about its circular layout. It will launch on Kickstarter on June 3.
Your goal in the game is to score the most victory points, and you will try to achieve this by sending your assistant to the courthouse to take permission for construction work, and then executing your building plans. Each turn is split into 4 phases: 1) Move your assistant on the courthouse rondel. 2) Take actions. 3) Take a bonus action (optional). 4) Add an action tile to your player mat.
In the first phase, you move your assistant from its space on the courthouse rondel up to two spaces forward. Next to each rondel space there will be a stack of coloured tokens. The colour of the space the assistant lands in, and the colour of the token on top of the adjacent stack will determine the type of actions you will be taking this turn.
Then, you take two actions based on the colours you chose. Before or after taking the actions, you may move your supervisor to an adjacent section on the main board. Red allows you to deconstruct roads, and Blue to construct them. Orange lets you raze structures, and Green lets you build them. The chosen action is performed in the section your supervisor is located. Depending on your current level for that action as is marked on your player board, you will place that many cubes/structures in the section you are in: for example, if you want to deconstruct a road, and you are level three in red, you will place three cubes in the red spaces of the section where you have placed your supervisor.
You also have the option of taking alternative actions instead of the basic ones. These allow you to move your supervisor up to 3 sections away, take an equipment tile that gives you a special ability, beautify a section with greenery, improve a structure, or claim an achievement tile that may score you additional points at the end of the game. If you have one token of each colour on your player board, you may spend them to take one bonus action, either basic or alternative.
In the 4th phase, you take the coloured token sitting on top of the stack next to your assistant on the rondel, and add it to your player board. When the last section on the board is completed, you proceed to scoring.
The solo mode comes with four different opponents that you can play against, either one on one, or you against more than one. Each of these opponents has a different focus (eg. Bertha beautifies and improves, whereas Denzel completes sections ahead of schedule). The opponent acts in all the phases of a turn except the bonus action phase. Their level of difficulty can also be adjusted.