Ladies and gentlemen, step right up - the carnival is coming to town! In The Grand Carnival, players compete to create the most impressive carnival this town has ever seen. You'll need to carefully plan your carnival's layout, build attractions, hire staff, and manage the crowds, all while learning a few tricks of the trade.
The Grand Carnival is an action-selection, tile and polyomino placement game with some unique twists. While individual turns are quick and accessible for new players, the overall strategy is deep and rewarding for even the most seasoned gamer.
- Plan carefully - Design your carnival, selecting where attractions can be built and where your guests can walk. Only the polyominoes you plan for will have space in your carnival, requiring you to think several turns ahead.
- Race for resources - Attractions, tiles, guests, even carnival staff are all in limited supply. If you see one that fits your carnival, don't wait too long to claim it.
- Learn new tricks - Powerful abilities allow you to bend the rules in meaningful ways, but be sure to master them before your opponents.
- Easy to learn - The Grand Carnival is good family fun that is easy to teach and quick to play. Watch our video overview or check out the draft rules.
- A variety of strategies - Will you focus on building attractions, collecting tickets, or moving guests? With multiple pathways to victory, there is no "right way" to win.
- Fantastic new art - Ryan Goldsberry, the artist behind Getaway Driver, Paperback, and Burgle Bros (among others) has brought the unique look of 1930s cartoons to life.
- NEW: Solo Mode - Even if you are the only carnival to show up in town, you'll still be working to earn the title. Check out our draft solo variant rules.
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Each turn, players cover a number on their player board and then select an action. The covered number determines the effectiveness of their action - and won't become available again until the next round - so players will need to think carefully about which number to use. Possible actions include:
Select a Foundation tile to place on your fairground. The higher the number you cover up, the more tile options you have to select from. Each tile is a 2x2 grid and is made up of construction sites and walkways. Attractions can only be placed on construction sites, whereas guests can only move on walkways - so place your tiles carefully.
Select a polyomino attraction and place it on the construction sites on your fairground. The size of the attraction you can select will depend on the number you cover up. Larger attractions can collect more tickets (and can be worth more points) - but can be difficult for guests to move around.
Select a guest token and move it along the walkways on your fairground. The distance a guest can move will depend on the number you cover up. If a guest moves next to an attraction, place a ticket token on that attraction.
If you move enough guests, you'll be able to hire a carnival barker. Barkers help guests move quickly through your carnival - but take up precious space in your fairground.
After taking your action, see if you qualify for any of the three Tricks of the Trade cards. Each Trick has a requirement that must be met before you unlock its unique ability. Once a player unlocks a Trick, each of their opponents has one turn to meet the same requirement or lose access to that Trick for the rest of the game.
For a quick rundown of the rules and a playthrough of a few turns, check out the video below. For the complete rules, check out our draft rulebook here.
We are thrilled to be working with Ryan Goldsberry, the same artist who so skillfully brought our past games to life. We've asked Ryan to combine unique look with the cartoon style popular during the 1930s - the heyday of the traveling carnival. Each polyomino attraction will feature a carnival ride or booth in this fun and distinctive look.
- Help guide the development of this game. We listen to our backers and strive to implement their clever ideas.
- Once funded, our stretch goals will add more content and better components to improve the game for everyone.
- Backers receive the game at a discount compared to after the campaign.
- This game is not going to distributors. It may not be in your local store.
- Without your help, we won't be able to print this game and share it with the world.
- We ship from our warehouses in the US, UK, Europe, Canada, Australia, and China, so you avoid paying VAT and other import taxes.
You can expect to receive a link to the pledge manager survey a few weeks after the campaign ends, sent to the email address associated with your Kickstarter account. In the pledge manager, you will be able to update your shipping address, as well as purchase additional copies of The Grand Carnival (and several of our other games). If, for any reason, you are unable to find your pledge manager survey link, you can retrieve it here: https://app.crowdox.com/retrieve/uproarious/the-grand-carnival
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