Building Blocks of the Czar ...
This Hans Im Gluck game by Michael Tummelhofer has been brought
to us in an English edition by Rio Grande Games. Saint Petersburg
makes its second showing, after a successful debut with 123 entrants
In this game each round consists of four phases. During each
phase new cards of that color (green, blue, orange, all three)
become available for purchase and will score only at the end
of phases of that color. Some cards generate rubles (green and
orange cards), some generate victory points (blue and some orange
cards). The fourth phase reveals upgrade cards which may be used
to replace and improve cards you previously played. The game
end is triggered when one of the draw piles is exhausted, which
usually takes between five and nine rounds. Play continues through
the fourth phase. Then end of game bonus points are awarded for
leftover rubles and the number of different orange cards played.
The most points wins. It is a challenging game of resource management
that should take about 90 minutes to play.
Please attend the demo session or contact the GM if you need
to learn the game or if you have a rules question. Four-player
games will be the norm, with as few three-player games as possible.
After the four first round heats, 16 players will advance to
the semi-final of four 4-player games. Winners of the four semi-final
games will advance to the Final. Qualification for advancement
to the semi-final round will follow these guidelines as per the
standard WBC MESE tie-breakers:
Win in first Heat entered
2. Most Wins
3. Win in second Heat entered, then third, then fourth
4. Has brought a copy of the game
5. Best single win (winner's % of total points scored)