Our preview post below was published on May 28.
City Builder: Ancient World is a 1-4 player tile-laying game set in the ancient Roman empire. It can be played competitively, cooperatively or solo, and it is planned to launch on Kickstarter on June 2.
In the solo and cooperative version, your goal is to expand your city, build Monuments and please the Emperor. In the cooperative mode, gameplay is divided in three phases: Immigration, Expansion, and Upkeep. In the Immigration phase, you draw a Commoner token from the bag, and place it on the Settler track. If another Commoner token of the same colour is already in the previous space, you remove both and place a Noble token instead. You have to be careful, because if the settler track is filled up, you lose the game.
In the Expansion phase, after you have formed a pile of tiles and put three in the 'market', you pick one of the three, and place it in the city. If you have completed a district, you may place a Monument there and try to fulfill its requirements. You may also gain settlers from the front of the settler line, as long as the colour of the settler matches that of the landmarks shown on your tile. In the Upkeep phase, you replenish the three tile supply. You win the game if you followed the instructions of the Emperor's Edict card and built the required Monuments.
The solo mode follows the cooperative mode rules with some minor changes in the number of available tiles and settlers.