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Prison Architect is live (Discipline and punish)

Update: Prison Architect: Cardboard County Penitentiary has launched on Kickstarter and the campaign will run for 20 days. You may back either the base game and the Wardens expansion, or both plus a Steam key for the Prison Architect video game.


Our preview post below was published on May 14.

 

Prison Architect: Cardboard County Penitentiary is a 1-4 players tableau building and auction game in which you are trying to build the most efficient prison. It is based on the app game by the same name by Paradox Interactive and it will launch on Kickstarter on May 18.

Image source: Mark Dainty Facebook page

In the solo mode of Prison Architect, you are playing against the Governor AI which comes with its own deck. You start the game with your Warden piece and a cardboard frame inside of which you will be placing the prison room tiles. You also get one starter, one easy, and two hard Objectives cards, $40, and five staff meeples. Each round is split into 6 phases: Cleanup, Bid, Buy, Build, Intake, and Set Objectives.


In the Cleanup phase, you refresh the prison tiles market and bureaucracy cards according to the instructions of the current Governor card. In the Bid phase, you will be bidding against the Governor. Once you've decided how much to bid on the tile(s) and card you want, you will flip the next Governor card and see how much they are bidding. If you outbid them you gain the tiles, and vice versa. In the Buy phase, you have the option of buying basic facility tiles, cells, and staff facilities from the central tile offer.

Image source: Mark Dainty Facebook page

In the Build phase, you will decide where in your tableau to place the tiles you earned. Each tile shows the number of prisoners it can take, and if there are any adjacency bonuses. Each tile must be placed next to an already existing tile, and rooms with a window can only border outdoor tiles. In the Intake phase, you place prisoners into the cells, depending on the cell capacity. The prisoners stay in their cells until they either escape or are released. You receive income from every prisoner according to their colour ($1 for grey, $2 for orange, and $3 for each red prisoner: the colours signify their level of threat). When placing prisoners, you have to take their needs (comfort, hygiene) into account, and also security so that they don't escape. To meet these needs, you can also use your staff meeples.


In the Set Objectives phase, you check your Objectives cards and can either play one Objective card from your hand in the Objectives area and discard another, or play two Objectives from your hand into the Objectives area. The Objectives you play will score you points in the final scoring phase if you have fulfilled them, or lose you VP if you haven't. At the end of each round, you move the round marker forward, and either proceed to the next Cleanup phase, or do an Evaluation Round and roll 1,2, or 3 dice (for the first, second, or third evaluation): you count the total escapee icons on the dice you rolled, and move that many prisoners from unsecured cells to the "escaped" area of your frame. In this phase, you may also release prisoners depending on the position you occupy on the Rehabilitation track.


Finally, you receive money according to your income track, and if it's the final round, your proceed to scoring and follow the instructions for the scoring of the Governor.


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Cadet Stimpy
Cadet Stimpy
09. Feb. 2022

Hmm..., this one got cancelled. It would seem they gave-in to the pathetic woke whiners.


Here's what one Superbacker on KS said: "So sick of the super sensitivity in the world right now. No one seemed to have a problem with Escape from Colditz about a Nazi Holocaust prison, or the multiple games out involving Alcatraz. But now a game about a fictional prison is an issue. Ridiculous."


For a detailed explanation of the cancellation, click here.

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Cadet Stimpy
Cadet Stimpy
15. Mai 2021

Yup, I agree with Athena. In part (probably a large part) at least, it's for the sake of collecting. If you were collecting Hummels, pretty much all you could do is look at 'em. Our collections have the added valuable benefit of supplying reusable entertainment.

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Cadet Stimpy
Cadet Stimpy
15. Mai 2021

I like the theme, in part because it seems relatively fresh. Maybe there are other games about managing incarcerated law-breakers, but I don't know of any. If only there were a mechanism to gain points for saving tax-payer dollars by executing death-row scum without delay. LOL! Hey, realistically, some people deserve to die!


But seriously, the theme does intrigue me.

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Cadet Stimpy
Cadet Stimpy
16. Mai 2021
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Oh, yeah, Z. Pullin' a book off the shelf and pagin' through it to find what you're lookin' for (or just reading it). It's 'old school', but I still love it. I've owned sets of encyclopedias in the past, and it was fun to just pull a random volume off the shelf and flop it open and read about what was there.


A friend of mine doesn't do Audio Books or reading stuff on an electronic device. She likes the tactile thing of a real book. She's retired and so has a good bit of free time - she reads about 3 books a week. To me, that's a lot. 😄

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