Designers: Maud Croal, Tyler Omichinski, Cameron Parkinson, Nat Sanderson
Publisher: Broken Things
Minimum Pledge: $19
Play Time: 30-90 min
Rules Available Online: No
Builders! is a new deck-building game by Broken Things that just recently hit Kickstarter. It follows the now-traditional deck-building formula of starting with a hand of resource cards and slowly building up your deck, this time with Employees and Floors. Employees need Beer to hire, while Floors need Hammers to build or Axes to tear down. Having more Employees in your deck will allow you to build more Floors in your buildings which will earn you more points and earn you more special abilities. Floors can be stacked to create higher buildings or set aside a current building to create a new building. Beware the Inspector! If a building isn’t up to code the Inspector will demolish floors from the top down until the building meets standards. Also, other players who are jealous of your buildings may spend Axes to tear your floors down. The game ends when a player has built a certain number of floors depending on the player count.
While Builders! sticks to a fairly tried-and-true deck-building formula, it’s humorous and keeps things interesting with the Floors and Inspector mechanics. I really dig how you build a plaza of buildings, trying to keep each building optimized to give you the best bonuses while making sure you’re not creating anything that has a chance of getting torn down by an Inspector or by other players’ Axes. It’s another layer of depth to think about other than just spending your resources to optimize your deck enough to best spend more of your resources.
Would I have rather seen a different currency other than Beers used to hire employees? Yes, but in the end, it’s part of the game’s charm. It’s certainly worth a look if you’re a fan of the format.
A prototype copy of Builders! was provided free for this preview in adherence to A Pawn’s Perspective’s 2018 Preview Policy
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