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CitiesUP is a 2-4 Player tabletop board game. Build, interact and rule the city.
CitiesUP is a 2-4 Player Tabletop Board Game. Build, interact and rule the city.
CitiesUP is a 2-4 Player Tabletop Board Game. Build, interact and rule the city.
380 backers pledged €25,790 to help bring this project to life.

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CitiesUP is a 2-4 Player tabletop board game. Every Player acts like an Investor. Build residential, commercial or industrial buildings and supply them with electricity, water or services.

Every player collects taxes from his or her buildings, which have to be supplied with different services.

Goal: Purchase as many buildings as possible and supply them with water, electricity and services to reach a higher score than the other players. Only supplied buildings are generating taxes. Taxes, bonuses and upkeep are generating points. When the last demand card is faced up, the round will be completed and the game is over.

If two players have the exact same amount of points, the money tokens will count as well.

What makes CitiesUP unique? A few tabletop city-simulation games are great and offering great opportunities, but mostly cities are not rising up and buildings are not interacting well. In CitiesUP you see cities expanding in height and width. Players are affected by events and their opponents and they have to manage their taxes and upkeep to rule the game.

Every pledge (except the €1,00+) comes with one copy of CitiesUp.

The basic idea of CitiesUP in terms of content, tokens and packaging was to create a game, which is worth its money. In CitiesUP you actually see the city grow. Other games are able to offer this feeling as well, but as a "flat-option". You lay tiles and place little building tokens.

In CitiesUP there are 27 building tokens. The building tokens differ in height and width. They are hand painted and precisely handcrafted out of oak. Resource and player tokens are made of wood as well. Our money tokens are no flat tiles. They are easy to grab and nice to handle. 

Every cube of each building token is 0,78x0,78x0,78 in (that makes the tallest building 3,12 in height(2x2x2cm each cube). Our beautiful building cards are big enough to place electricity and water tokens made of wood. The size of the building cards is 3.50x5.50x0.015 inch (305gsm black-core matt card stock).

We really think this makes CitiesUP unique. 

We need your support to back this project.

CitiesUp setup
CitiesUp setup

The Box includes:

27 Building Cards (residential, commercial, industrial and civic)

27 Building Tokens (residential, commercial, industrial and civic)

27 Building Stickers

1 City Board

1 Finance Board

36 Field Cards (including 5 disaster cards)

105 Money Tokens

40 Electricity Tokens (yellow)

40 Water Tokens (blue)

60 Player Tokens (4x15 red, green, grey and lilac)

1 Manual

The Boards

CitiesUP comes with a city and a finance board. On the city board every player places his or her purchased buildings. 

CITY BOARD
CITY BOARD
CITY BOARD SETUP
CITY BOARD SETUP
FINANCE BOARD
FINANCE BOARD

BUILDING CARDS

Buildings are attached to building cards. The building card deck offers the demand of the city. To purchase a card from the demand deck, it has to be one of the three face up cards or directly drawn from the deck.

The building cards offer a variety of information for the player. The number in the upper left corner shows the number of the attached building token to identify the building on the city board. The upper right amount shows the costs to purchase that card and place the building.

The Water and electricity demand varies depending on the density and sort of a building. Bigger buildings demanding more electricity and water, are more expensive and requiring more services. But they paying more tax and offering higher bonuses.

Bonuses are also shown by the building cards. Every building card shows a specific building pattern, which has to be completed to gain the bonus. The specific building has to be a part of that pattern. Bonus patterns can be turned by 180 degrees, but can not be mirrored. Taxes and bonuses are marked on the financial board and producing a necessary cash flow.

The cash flow allows the player to purchase more buildings and paying upkeep for civic buildings.

BUILDING CARDS
BUILDING CARDS

Civic buildings offer a variety of services, especially for mid- and high-density buildings. In addition to water and electricity, these services have to be supplied as well to collect taxes from that cards. 

Every civic building can be purchased by a player. The player has the total control of that building. That means he or she can shut the service down. This might have an effect on other player´s income, because all civic buildings are supplying their services across the whole board. Civic buildings are not generating taxes. In opposite they are generating upkeep. This upkeep has to be paid by the player, who purchased the building. Civic buildings can be used to block opponent´s bonus patterns as well.

CIVIC BUILDING CARDS
CIVIC BUILDING CARDS

 FIELD CARDS

Every player draws one field card on his/her turn. This field card might have an effect on him or her or the whole city (means all players). 

FIELD CARDS
FIELD CARDS

CitiesUP comes with 36 field cards (including 5 disasters). Every field card offers different effects, e.g.: "You get 1 electricity token for free" or "You have to bulldoze a building". Field cards are really powerful and can destroy a strategy. 

electricity and water tokens (wood)
electricity and water tokens (wood)
electricity, water, money & player tokens
electricity, water, money & player tokens
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When we developed CitiesUP we decided to give players some rules and a lot of freedom. So basically there is one very important rule and a 5 step procedure for a player on its turn.

  • 3-Action-Rule

Every player can perform 3 or less actions on its turn. 

An action can be the purchase of a building, supplying a building with a token (one token = one action) or shutting down a civic building to pay less upkeep on his/her next turn.

If two players want to trade a token, a building or give/receive a loan, every action counts.

So, it is very important to think about every step carefully, to supply buildings, scoring higher and to manage to pay upkeep.

Turn procedure

  • 1. pay upkeep
  • 2. refresh demand cards (if 2 or less cards are face up)
  • 3. draw a field card and perform the effect
  • 4. collect taxes
  • 5. perform 3 or less actions (e.g.: buy one building and two electricity tokens)

Increases or decreases of income and upkeep have to be applied immediately.

When we developed CitiesUP is was clear, right from the beginning, that this game has to be expandable. Expansions offer great opportunities to create a deeper simulation, more cards and building and specializations as well.

BUT there is another feature of expansion. Expansions can also offer the opportunity to add more players. If you place a second board of CitiesUP you can add up to 4 additional players. And the best thing: You don´t have to mix up these two games.

If we get CitiesUP funded, we want to go further.

Our first Expansion will be "Banks & Farms".

  • 3 Bank Building Cards
  • 3 Bank Building Tokens
  • 3 Farm Building Cards
  • 3 Farm Building Tokens
  • 1 Dice
  • 15 Money Tokens

If we reach €8000 every copy of CitiesUP will be shipped with "Banks & Farms" for free. No additional shipping costs.

 Every pledge (except the €1,00+) comes with one copy of CitiesUP. 

We started developing CitiesUP in 2014. Since then we had hundreds of test plays. We tested with different player amounts and different people. Due these test plays we made some major enhancements to CitiesUP. After we had built the beta version we went to a local Board Game Store called Spielraum. The feedback we got there was very important and led to further improvements.

Some of our beta players are "normal" people who play board games from time to time. But most of our beta players are really into board gaming. So the feedback we got was amazing and important. It was fun to see our game and gamers playing and having fun.

Thank you folks

CitiesUP development is completed. All test plays are done. Manufacturer are found. Designs are completed. Minor changes to texts and prints will be adjusted before shipping. We will keep you constantly updated.

Why is the estimated shipping date July 2016?

There are so many things like manufacturing issue or shipping delays, which can be caused by not foreseen circumstances.

Also one manufacturer will need some time, if funding is successful, to produce the game boxes.

We are constantly updating our shipping destinations. Please contact us, if your country is not listed. Our shipping operator is DHL. All shippings are insured.

European Union 

United States of America 

Australia 

Brazil 

Canada 

China 

Hong Kong

Israel 

Japan 

New Zealand

Singapore 

South Korea

Swiss 

Taiwan

Risks and challenges

Making a board game is not an easy process. There are so many things like manufacturing issue or shipping delays, which can be caused by not foreseen circumstances. We designed all cards and boards, have printed and tried a manufacturer to minimize potential risks.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us or leave a comment.

Twitter: @CitiesUp
Mail: contact@spec-bear-games.com

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