Rating: 7.3 Good
Popularity:2
Difficulty:Easy
Year:2018
Players: 1-5 players
Playing time: 45-111 minutes
Age:10+

Official Site: NEOM Online Prototype


Created by: Paul Sottosanti, Klemens Franz, Christian Opperer

Published by: Lookout Games

Description:

NEOM is a modern city-building game featuring simultaneous drafting and tile placement that takes inspiration from games such as 7 Wonders, Carcassonne, and Sim City.

Players compete to build the most impressive city utilizing a tree of 17 different goods (from three different tiers) that can each be unlocked, allowing the placement of increasingly powerful tiles as the game progresses.

Tiles also feature roads which must be connected without being rotated, meaning that players must always plan their city layout with an eye to the future.

At the start of each game, players draft cornerstones - powerful, unique tiles that heavily change what is most valuable from game to game.

NEOM has been in development for seven years and the rules and tile set have been iterated on over the course of more than 3,500 games logged in a custom online prototype, leading to an exceptionally well balanced game with a wide variety of viable strategies.

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Components

  • 150 Tiles
  • 65 Coin Tokens
  • 6 City Boards
  • 30 Raw Good Tokens
  • 40 Processed Good Tokens
  • 15 Luxury Good Tokens
  • Instructions

Object of the Game

In Neom, you are building a futuristic city over a period of three generations by placing tiles in your city grid. These tiles provide various goods and money that you will need to place other tiles as well as victory points.

Every city requires certain structures to be present or it will lose points during scoring. In the end, the player with the most victory points wins. …



Unless stated otherwise, all multiplayer game rules also apply to the 2-player game.

The 2-player game is played sequentially rather than simultaneously.

The start player changes every turn, i.e., the player who goes first in one turn goes second in the next turn, and vice versa. (Consequently, players are effectively taking two actions in a row).

No tiles are dealt into your hands. Instead, each turn you get a selection of face-up tiles to choose from. After both players have chosen a tile, any remaining tiles are discarded. …



Unless stated otherwise, all multiplayer game rules also apply to the solo game.

Preliminary Round

Shuffle the Cornerstone tiles and place 3 stacks of 4, 3, and 2 Cornerstone tiles, respectively, face down on the table. Return the remaining Cornerstone tiles to the game box.

Turn the tiles of the 4-tile stack face up and choose one, discarding the rest. Repeat this for the 3-tile and 2-tile stacks in this order.

Then choose which Generation tiles you want to use:

  • You can use the "1+" tiles only,
  • or the "1+" and "4+" tiles,
  • or all tiles ("1+" "4+" and "5+").

Note: Scores tend to be higher if you include tiles with higher player counts. …



  • Have a plan! Here are some typical strategies that tend to be successful:

  • Focus on building a large Neighborhood (of 8+ Residential tiles), with Concrete or Lumber if possible. Just be careful to have enough money for Disasters!

  • Try to get the Industrial tiles that produce the Goods required for one or two of the luxuries. Pick up only one or two Residentials and keep them away from the Pollution.

  • Double down on generating lots of money throughout the game, and find a way to produce or purchase Steel in the 2nd Generation so that you can construct a Treasury. …



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