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As an architect in Welcome To... your perfect home, you want to build the best new town in the United States of the 1950's by adding resources to a pool, hiring employees, and more.
Welcome To... plays like a roll-and-write dice game in which you mark results on a score-sheet... but without dice. Instead, you flip cards from 3 piles to make 3 different action sets everyone chooses from. Because of the communal actions, the gameplay is simultaneous and thus supports large groups of players. With many varying strategies and completely randomised action sets, no two games will feel the same!
• Players will get to choose a house number and a corresponding action. You use the number to fill in a house on your street in numerical order.
• Then you take the action to increase the point value of estates you're building or score points at the end for building parks and pools.
• Players also have the option of taking actions to alter or duplicate their house numbers. And everyone is racing to be the first to complete public goals.
• There's lots to do and many paths to becoming the best suburban architect in Welcome To!
I love roll and write games and Welcome To... is a take on that, however instead of rolling dice you flip over a card. The cards are double sided, one has a house number on it, the other has an image representing one of the abilities. Players simultaneously selected a pair of card, one number and the image next to it. You then write the number on one of the houses on your board and can do the accompanying ability. Houses must also go in numerical order, which adds an extra challenge to the game. There are also three goals to complete, necessary for the points and if someone finishes all three, it's one way to trigger the end game (the other two are no empty houses or you've used up all your building permits).
Along the way you can duplicate a house number, build fences, parks or pools, enhance you're scoring or slightly alter then number you've just selected. As everyone is picking at the same time, there's minimal waiting for other players to complete their turn. Each of the three goals also has a few options, so good variety there. This game has become so popular that you can now also purchase a set of dry erase boards, a great way to ensure you never run out of scoring pads. If you enjoy it as much as I have, there are expansion packs which provide the same base game with a bit of a difference such as ice cream trucks, zombies, Christmas lights, Halloween candy and ghosts or doomsday. This game easily ranks in my top five and makes it to the table regularly.
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