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Arcane Wonders | Furnace | Board Game | Ages 14+ | 2-4 Players | 30-60 Minutes Playing Time Multicolor,AWGAW08FN

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Splendor, Century: Spice Road and Scythe are all hugely popular games that employ the same mechanic.

Upgrade tokens are also valuable because they make your existing factories more efficient, which is valuable early in the game. It is linked to Set-Collection, Hand-Management, Tableau building, and in a way Tech-Trees too; some of which are present in this game as well. Players take turns placing one of their discs on one of these cards, but you cannot place a disc on a card if a disc of the same value or color is already present. Each company card is also two-sided (other than your starting company) and can be upgraded to provide additional effects.Hadn’t even heard of the game before and we played 3 straight games of it, each of us winning once each. As the game goes on, your ultimate goal is to create a chain of cards that lets you maximize your point-scoring. When the auction ends, whoever has the highest numbered disc wins the company card and adds it to their tableau. Normally, players bid with a 1, 2, 3, and 4 of their color, using Furnace’s simple and clever bidding rules: no card can have two of the same number or the same color.

The players that bid for a Company but did not win it get compensated for their effort, as per the Company's instructions.There is a political message on unregulated, nepotistic capitalism here; the irony of Russians making such a game makes it ever more pronounced. The joy of Furnace is the angst of the auction juxtaposed with the fun of engine building, but quite often the engine building aspect is fairly procedural. That compensation could be resources or an ability to transform resources into something else (oil into iron, for example). It is linked to Set-Collection, Hand-Management, Tableau building, and in a way Tech-Trees too; some of which are present in this game as well.

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