Gangs Of Green City: A Cooperative Board Game Experience
Green City’s Steel & Concrete
5 hero pawns
6 safe houses
10 clear markers
96 gang spheres
59 hero cards
48 gang cards
5 cast cards
|Gangs Of Green City Game Board
Place the Board in the center of the table within easy reach of all the players.
Shuffle the Cast Cards and deal 1 to each player. Each player takes their corresponding Hero Pawn and puts it at Center Park. Put excess Cast Cards and Hero Pawns back into the box. Center Park is not a playable space after the game begins.
Place 1 Safe House at Green City High School, and place the others near the side of the board.
Put a Marker on the first space on the left of the Escalation Meter, on the bottom space of the War Meter, and 4 Markers on the red X’s, above the Gang names, near the bottom left of the board.
Separate the Gang Spheres by color and place them near the board in four separate piles.
Pull the 6 ESCALATION! Cards out of the Hero Deck, and set them aside for now.
Divide the remaining Hero Deck into 6 equal stacks. Shuffle an ESCALATION! card into each pile. Stack the piles on top of each other to form the Heroes’ Draw Pile.
Shuffle the Gang Deck Cards, and place them face down to form the Gangs’ Draw Pile.
Prepare the Gang Spheres for placement on the board: a) Draw 3 cards from the Gangs’ Draw Pile, and place them face up to form a Gangs’ Discard Pile. For each card drawn, add 3 spheres (of the color of the card) to each pictured Place Of Interest (POI). b) Draw 3 more Gang Cards, and do the same thing as above, but add 2 spheres to each POI. c) Draw 3 final cards and do the same as above, but add 1 sphere to each POI.
Decide who goes first. Consider your cast members’ powers and weaknesses and how that may affect your strategy.
Object of the Game
Gangs Of Green City is a cooperative board game. You are superheroes, public figures, cops, and citizens of Green City, working together to stop the spread of gang activity and corruption in their walled island hometown.
Each of you will assume a unique role within the team, with powers that will improve your team's chances as well as weaknesses that must be managed smartly. The object of the game is to save Green City by ending recruitment into Green City’s 4 largest competing criminal gangs: The Tonys, The Louies, The Left Hand, & the city’s own corrupt officials.
If you and your team aren't able to keep the gangs contained before ending recruitment, Green City will be overrun and the game will end in defeat for everyone.
Play proceeds clockwise around the table with each player taking turns in order until the game ends.
Each turn, the current player must:
- Take 4 moves
(NOTE: The first move out of Center Park does not count against players’ 4 moves per turn.)
- Draw 2 cards from the Hero Deck for your hand
- Take on the role of Gang Leader to increase gang activity by drawing 2 cards from the Gang Deck, placing a Gang Sphere on the corresponding POI’s
(NOTE: The number of cards drawn from the Gang Deck will change as the game goes on)
- After taking the role of the Gang Leader, the player's turn is over and the player on your left begins their turn.
A player gets 4 moves to take on their turn. A player may select from any of the basic moves and/or their individual cast member’s power and spend 1 move to perform it (unless otherwise noted on a card). A given move may be performed more than once during a turn, so long as 1 move is counted for each instance (except where otherwise noted on a card).
Move your pawn to an adjacent POI. POI’s are adjacent if they are connected by a translucent white line. The white lines that go off the edge of the board "wrap around" to the opposite board edge and continue to the indicated POI’s, either to Iago or the Alien Weapons Marketplace.
Escape Through A Cultist Wormhole
Play a card from your hand and move your Hero Pawn to the pictured POI. Discard the card to the Hero Discard pile.
Play the card corresponding to your pawn's current location, and move to any POI on the board. Discard the card to the Hero Deck Discard pile.
Bum A Ride
If your pawn is at a POI with a Safehouse, move to any other POI with a Safehouse. (See below for details on establishing Safehouses).
Inaction is not an option.
Establish A Safe House:
Establishing safe houses helps your team move from place to place. Safe Houses are also required for ending gang recruitment.
Play the card corresponding to the POI your pawn currently occupies to establish a Safe House at that POI. Discard the card to the Hero Discard Pile.
End Gang Recruitment:
Once your team has ended recruitment into all four gangs, you win!
If your pawn is at a POI with a Safe House, discard 5 cards of the same District to end the corresponding Gang’s recruitment. Take the marker from the red X at the bottom left of the board and move it onto the space underneath with said Gang’s name. Place the spent cards into the Player Discard Pile.
Battle The Gangs:
Over the course of the game, your team will battle the Gangs until you end their recruitment efforts. Remove a Gang Sphere from the POI your Hero Pawn occupies. (Each removed sphere costs one move). Place the removed sphere back into the stock by the side of the board. If players have ended recruitment, instead of one sphere, remove all spheres from the POI.
Defeating A Gang:
If a Gang’s recruitment has been ended and your team removes all of that Gang’s spheres from the board, place another marker on the red X above the Gang’s space at the bottom left of the board. From now on, cards of this District will not increase gang activity when drawn on the Gang Leader’s turn. Take all of the spheres of the defeated Gang, and place them back in the box-they will not be used again for the rest of the game.
Brief Your Teammate:
Sometimes it's hard for one player to get the cards necessary to end recruitment. The Brief Your Teammate move (while difficult to perform) can be useful in these cases.
Transfer a Hero Deck card from one player to another. Every card transferred costs 1 action (unless otherwise noted). Both your pawn and your fellow player's pawn must be at the same POI, and you may only transfer the card of that POI that you are in together. (For example, if you are together at DeVos Financial, only the DeVos Financial Hero Deck card may be transferred from one player to the other).
If either player holds more than 7 cards as the result of a transfer, the excess cards must be immediately discarded to the Hero Deck Discard Pile.
After taking moves, players must draw 2 cards from the Hero Deck to add to their hand. If a card is an ESCALATION! Card, instead of taking the card into hand, refer to the rules for ESCALATION! on the card, paying special attention to the featured character’s weakness. After drawing the required cards, take on the role of the Gang Leader.
If there aren't enough cards in the Hero Deck Draw Pile to draw, the game immediately ends in defeat for all players.
The Hero Deck contains five Respite Cards. These cards may be played at any time (even on a fellow player's turn) and do not require an action to play.
When you play a Respite Card, immediately follow the instructions on the card, then discard the card into the Hero Deck Discard Pile.
Players have a hand limit of 7 Hero Deck Cards. If the number of cards in hand ever exceeds 7 as a result of drawing cards (or performing the Brief Your Teammate move), the player must immediately discard cards in excess to the Hero Deck Discard Pile.
Players may choose which cards to discard. Players may play Respite Cards (including any they have just drawn) instead of discarding them, to help reduce their hand to 7.
Sharing Information About Cards
Players may openly display or discuss strategies during the game. Players may freely tell each other what cards they have.
Players may freely examine the contents of the Hero Deck Discard Pile and the Gang Deck Discard Pile at any time.
Whenever a player draws an ESCALATION! Card, discard the card into the Hero Deck Discard Pile and do the following:
Increase the ESCALATION METER: Move the marker one space to the right. The numbers on the meter correspond to the number of Gang Deck Cards which must be drawn when a player is taking the role of Gang Leader and increasing gang activity during their turn. Games start with 2 cards and may end with as many as 4.
Escalate: Take the bottom card from the Gang Deck Draw Pile and add 3 spheres to the POI pictured on the card, pay attention to the pictured character’s weakness, then place the card on the Gang Deck Discard Pile. (Note: No POI may contain more than 3 spheres of any color. If the ESCALATION! would cause the POI to exceed that limit, any excess spheres are returned to the stock and a Gang Riot occurs.)
If there are not enough spheres to add to the board during an ESCALATION!, the game immediately ends in defeat for all players.
Increase gang activity: Take the Gang Deck Discard Pile, thoroughly shuffle it, then place it on top of the remaining Gang Deck Draw Pile.
(Don't shuffle these cards into the Gang Deck Draw Pile).
Playing the Gang Leader
Draw 4 cards from the Infection Deck Draw Pile and add one sphere to the pictured POI, using a sphere of the same color as each card. This increases gang activity in a POI. Resolve the cards in the order you draw them. Remember, no more than 3 Gang Spheres may be at any POI.
If, however, the pictured POI is the color of a defeated Gang, do not add a sphere. If a POI already has 3 spheres of the color being added, instead of adding a sphere to the city, a Gang Riot occurs.
An outbreak occurs if a player is required to add a sphere to a city that already has 3 spheres of that District. When this happens, instead of adding a 4th sphere, instead add a sphere of that color to each adjacent city connected by a translucent white line.
If any of these new spheres from Gang Riots would cause the total number of spheres of an adjacent POI to exceed 3, additional Gang Riots may occur, causing a chain reaction. Note that each POI may only experience a Gang Riot once in each chain reaction.
Gang Riots may eventually lead to an all-out war, ending the game. Each time a POI suffers a Gang Riot, move the War Marker up one space on the War Meter. If the number of Gang Riots ever reaches 8 (and the War Marker reaches the top), the game immediately ends in defeat for all players.
Also, if there are not enough spheres to add to the board when acting as Gang Leader, the game immediately ends in defeat for all players.
After all of the Gang Deck Cards are resolved, place them into the Gang Deck Discard Pile. Your turn is over. The player to the left now begins their turn.
End of the Game
The game ends immediately in defeat for all players if any of the following conditions occur:
A player needs to add Gang Spheres to the board and there aren't any left of that District in the supply.
The eighth Gang Riot occurs (the War Marker reaches the top of the War Meter).
There are not enough cards in the Hero Deck Draw Pile when a player must draw cards.
Players collectively win the game immediately when recruitment for all 4 Gangs has ended. Players do not need to battle Gangs in every POI occupied by a Gang in order to win the game; victory is instant when any player ends recruitment for the fourth and final Gang.
Continue The Fight
After your victory, continue the game by defeating all 4 of the Gangs before any condition for your team’s defeat occurs.
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