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London Boardgame

by London Boardgame
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  • Rules can be mastered in a few minutes but play enjoyment will go on and on....
  • The board is a work of art, encapsulating all that the city represents to both its residents and visitors.
  • Playin Time: 30 mins
  • Ages 8 +
  • 2-6 Players
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Technical Details
Item Weight1.2 Kg
Product Dimensions31.5 x 22.5 x 4.8 cm
Item model numberMFG5862
Main Language(s)English published, French published, German published
Number of Game Players2-6
Batteries Required?No
Batteries Included?No
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Best Sellers Rank 130,629 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.8 Kg
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Date First Available10 Nov 2010

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  • Warning: Not suitable for children under 36 months

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In London Boardgame players travel round London’s streets, collecting cards which feature some of London’s best known personalities and buildings. The more cards you can collect by good strategic play, the quicker you can move around the timeline.

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Here's how designer Martin Wallace describes London on the Treefrog Games website:London lies devastated after the Great Fire of 1666. This is your opportunity to build a new city on the ashes of the old. It is up to you how you employ the talents of the people of London to this end. Will you favour the business classes, who will earn you money? Or would you prefer to spend more money than you can rightly afford on grand monuments and sumptuous palaces? You must also deal with the problem of rising poverty and how to employ the many paupers of the city. Throughout the game you will be forced to make tough decisions. To achieve one aim you must sacrifice another, which may open an opportunity for a competitor. Almost 250 years of the city's history is recreated in this game. Many of the most famous buildings and monuments are captured in detail on illustrated cards. These elements are presented in a relatively simple game that can be played easily within ninety minutes.Description written by W. Eric Martin and used with permission of BoardgameNews.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Building London through the ages 3 Jun 2013
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London is a Martin Wallace (a well known game designer) game that is relatively light and accessible. It's a card based game at heart, but one that comes with a board showing districts of ye olde London and a discard area for the cards - but the meat of the game is in the cards and the way they interact.

On your turn, you can acquire districts by paying their cost, which gets you victory points (VPs) and extra cards - this is important as it uses a mechanic (similar to, but not the same as, games like San Juan and RFTG) that requires you to discard cards to play cards. Your cards in fact represent buildings or institutions in London and the card draw pile is set up so that there are essentially three eras stacked up, the most modern (including for example building the tube) at the bottom. So the aim is to build buildings (ie play cards to your tableau) which then get you various benefits in either money, VPs or povery reduction... poverty reduction? Oh yes, one of the nice thematic elements is that as you build up your London, you risk turning it into an overbuilt slum by building too many buildings in too small a space and this will get you negative povery points! These can be ameliorated by owning more areas to build in (ie spreading out your buildings so less slumlike) or building facilities like sewers and parks which reduce poverty.

The buildings are generally one of three types: financial (brown - which generally get you money); civic (blue - such as statues, parks etc which often reward you with VPs and poverty reduction); and political (pink - which usually get you VPs and possibly other benefits).
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great game 31 Dec 2012
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Relatively straightforward to learn for teenagers upwards - my kids picked it up at first attempt. A great way to spend a few hours with family/ friends.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  4 reviews
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunningly beautiful eurogamer's dream of a game 4 Aug 2011
By Godly Gadfly - Published on Amazon.com
Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Designed by Martin Wallace, one of the best designers in modern board gaming, London is a terrific 2-4 player game that tells the story of the rebuilding of the city of London after the Great Fire of 1666. It's a superb example of a contemporary strategy game that rewards skillful choices, without becoming bogged down by excessive complexity.

London is ultimately a card driven game, in which you rebuild various boroughs of the city, and populate them with some of the landmarks and buildings that London is still famous for today - all beautifully portrayed on attractive cards. All the while, however, you're going to have to balance your desire to build majestic boroughs with the tough challenges of finance, overcrowding and poverty. It's this wonderful blend of simultaneously managing your money, your victory points, and your poverty points, while at the same time exercising clever hand management, that makes the game so superb. The player who most successfully walks the tightrope created by these various tensions, will earn the most points at the end of the game, and be declared the winner.

Sound good? Oh it is - the heights of euro-gaming goodness type good - as much as that's possible in a card game! The simple rules of London make it quick to teach, and means its possible for new players to be up and running in no time. Yet despite the readily accessible rule-set, there is a real level of skill involved in playing the game well. It plays cleanly and smoothly, and proves eminently satisfying even after many plays - in fact it becomes arguably more challenging, enjoyable, and rewarding after multiple games, when you discover different strategies to pursue based on the cards that you draw and buildings that you choose to build.

If you are interested in a game that is card driven, elegant, and offers subtle yet important player interaction, while retaining genuinely tense decision making - then London might just be what you're looking for! Highly recommended, and one of the absolute best strategy games to emerge from 2010! - EndersGame @ BGG
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars London Calling 7 July 2012
By Evil Spoon - Published on Amazon.com
Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I am going to skip the "board game geek" version of this review and just give you the lowdown on the worthiness of this game if you're just looking for a game and are not an expert who actually knows the names of designers and tactical systems and the like. You don't need to know to enjoy the game! It is basically a card-based board game in which you are rebuilding London over the several centuries following the Great London Fire of 1666. You play by having a map of old London and you place cards and tokens strategically to gain the most points and win. Simple!

1. Educational: you learn a little bit about the history of the building of London.
2. Strategic: you really have to think and plan ahead to make the best decisions to help increase your point value. The most recently placed cards are not actually applied until later. So you have to pay attention to what is available and when it will be available to utilize.
3. A large variety of possible actions based on which cards are placed and when you decide to place your markers.
4. High quality board with high quality materials, and the card designs are well-drawn and pleasant to look at.
5. Just enough luck to make it so that you don't have to worry about the one really smart board game genius always winning. He or she will just win MOST of the time. LOL! Seriously, you never know what cards will be drawn, so there is always an element of luck involved, but not so much as to make your decisions worthless. Those are my favorite kinds of games, personally.

Lots of tiny, little cubes that are kind of hard to deal with and easily lost. I wish they had come up with some more practical tokens to represent everything.

Overall, I highly recommend this game. It is fun for pretty much all ages from 12 years and up. Takes about an hour to play once you get the hang of it. And it's London! Who doesn't love London? :-D
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars London. One of our favorites!! 23 Jan 2014
By JAYCEE - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this game because I love London. Yes, that was my true motivation. I love seeing "London" all over the beautiful board and cards! lol.

More seriously though, London is a very fun game!! One of our favorites. My nerdy husband and I (I'm not very nerdy) have been pretty into playing these brain-busting board games for about 6 months. Ever since he got back from Afghanistan. We have taken our collection from 1 or 2 board games to over 30. A few of our favorites are Castles of Burgundy, Rialto, Tzolk'in, Dominion, Bora Bora, Thurn and Taxis, Legacy, Seasons, 7 Wonders, Village, Keyflower, Le Havre...(ok, we have a lot of favorites!)...and London. We adore this game. It's fun and engaging for both of us. Pretty easy to learn compared to some of our other favorites. (Please note that it still takes some time to learn just like any of these more in depth board games do!).

We have only played 2 player but it is in our constant rotation. Takes roughly 1.5-2 hours. We always thoroughly enjoy it (even with my husband almost always winning). 100% recommend!!
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good, but not great, Euro game 11 Jun 2012
By M. Fonseca - Published on Amazon.com
Durability: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
LONDON is a card driven game, but also has a beautiful mapboard, where you occupy boroughs and eventually may build underground stations, all of which will give you victory points at the end.

Everyone I played this game with was really impressed with the simplicity of its rules, but at the same time with the vast diversity of choices and strategies to win.

The cards basically contain buildings or services (like "Street Lights" and "Sewers") that were made/supplied beginning after thre Great Fire of 1666. The art work of this game is amazing, cards and mapboard included. There is not a score track in the mapboard, but victory points chips (like in PUERTO RICO).

Each turn, every player must perform one of four action. One of them cause the player to increase the poverty in its administration. Controlling the poverty is crucial to a succesfull strategy.

However, be careful: some cards have a power to really change the game in one's favour, like the Stock Exchange card.

LONDON is a very unique game, enjoyable, fast, you will not sense the hour and a half passing.
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