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Number of players: 1–4

Playing time: 45–90 minutes

Recommended age: 14+ years old

Mechanisms: One-vs-Many, Hidden Movement, Modular Board

Audience range: vast geek audience

Editions: English, Russian

Estimated release date: 2022

MRSP: $60

Box size: 305 x 305 x 70 mm.

 

Towards the end of the 19th century humanity's greatest minds united in an effort to found a perfect city. They utilized the most advanced technologies afforded by steam and mechanics. The result of their efforts exceeded any of their expectations! The City stood on massive flying platforms. It drifted over the world — like a monument to victorious science!


 

The heart of the City was the Great Machine. It was an artificial intellect, created for the benefit of mankind. The Great Machine was the overseer of the City. In time the Great Machine formed a Plan to achieve its purpose. To perfect the City. To perfect Man himself. To make him standardized and reliable, like a gear in the mechanisms of the Great Machine.

The City had been called the City of Reason. Now they call it the City of the Great Machine.

 

Yet there have always been those who look deeper, into the heart of matters. A number of extraordinary men and women rise up against the regime of the Great Machine. Before it is too late.

This game features the conflict between the Great Machine and an alliance of Heroes.

One player takes the role of the Great Machine. That player commands a force of loyal Servants and perfected mechanical Guards. The Great Machine’s goal is to complete the Master Plan, that will bring happiness to mankind. At the same time it is necessary to deal with the growing disorder in the City.

The other players are called Revolutionaries. They work together against the Great Machine. Each Revolutionary controls a Hero. The goal of the Revolutionaries is to bring about a Revolution and overthrow the despotic regime of the Great Machine.

The Heroes seek support from the people and encourage discontent. At the same time they work to prevent the Great Machine from completing its horrific Plan.

The City is made up of several Districts, connected together. During the game the Heroes and the Servants of the Great Machine move around the Districts. Every District has unique Actions for the Heroes or Servants to take.

 

The Revolutionaries’ main weapon is the people’s discontent — the Great Machine relies on oppression. The Great Machine publishes Directives — the Heroes find ways to cancel them. The Heroes convince where the Great Machine commands. The Heroes resource is Trust — the Great Machine’s is Bonds.

Both sides of the conflict firmly believe that their course is the right one.

The Solo & Cooperative Mode components (not shown above): 17 City Event cards, 13 Servant Movement cards, 12 Mission cards, 11 double-sided Mission tokens, 9 wooden special Guard figures, 9 Directive cards, 9 District tokens, 3 Servant Action cards, 3 Hero Reference cards, 3 Hero tokens, 1 wooden Progress marker

One player takes the role of the Great Machine (in the Solo & Cooperative Mode it is played by the game AI). That player commands a force of perfected Servants and mechanical Guards. The Great Machine’s goal is to complete the Master Plan aimed at enhancing Mankind. Meanwhile, it is necessary to deal with the growing disorder in the City.

The other players are called Revolutionaries. They work together against the Great Machine. Each Revolutionary controls a Hero. The goal of the Revolutionaries is to bring about a Revolution and overthrow the despotic regime of the Great Machine. Yet, what can a rag-tag bunch of Heroes accomplish against the whole of the City’s police force, the sinister Servants, and the seemingly invincible Guards?!

Against these odds, the Heroes seek support from the people and encourage discontent. At the same time, they work to prevent the Great Machine from completing its horrific Plan, that leads to enslaving of Mankind. The City is made up of several Districts. Each District sits on a colossal floating platform. The platforms are interconnected, so one can move between them.

One player takes the role of the Great Machine (in the Solo & Cooperative Mode it is played by the game AI). That player commands a force of perfected Servants and mechanical Guards. The Great Machine’s goal is to complete the Master Plan aimed at enhancing Mankind. Meanwhile, it is necessary to deal with the growing disorder in the City.

The objective of the Revolutionaries is to bring about a Revolution. To do this, they must lead three successful Riots against the Great Machine’s regime. The objective of the Great Machine is to complete its Master Plan. This happens after the Plan pointer reaches the end of its track. The victor is the side that achieves its objective first.

To see how the game is played, please watch one of the videos below or find a game example in the Reference guide (page 11).

Gameplay Preview by Rahdo

Tutorial & Playthrough by JonGetsGames

How to Play by Nastolki LIVE


Unboxing by Zundra Grapes

Preview by Man vs Meeple

Preview by Quackalope

Gameplay by Quackalope

Preview by Cardboard Rhino

One Minute Overview by Board Games in a Minute

Quick Overview by Off the Shelf

Review by Unfiltered Gamer

Review by Off the Shelf

Tutorial by Off the Shelf


2-player Gameplay by Tablenauts

Sample Gameplay by Off the Shelf

Interview with the game designer

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