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• What we'll do The Great Zimbabwe is a game from the twisted minds at Splotter Spellen (makers of Indonesia, Food Chain Magnate, and other super chewy strategy games). TGZ is a relatively rules-light and time-light game by Splotter standards but it's still quite tricky to learn to play well. You score points primarily by building towering monuments to your chosen god but you can control your ability (and other people's abilities) to build their monuments by controlling the supply of the materials used to make the ritual objects -- wood, pottery, ivory, and diamonds. Control of the makers of these materials will get you: cows. Money in this game is: also cows. Cows are good. But cows don't win you the game, victory points do. You get VPs, as I said, primarily by building monuments. How many VPs do you need? Well, that's another wrinkle. You start out with a VP goal of 20. When you develop technologies like wood carving or pottery (which enables you to build villages that produce those goods that get you cows), your VP target goes up. If you draft a specialist (which gives you a special ability), your VP target goes up. If you pledge devotion to one of the gods (which also gives you a special ability) -- your VP target goes up. Boardgamecore, the site that has been hosting online Food Chain Magnate, has had an online version of TGZ in closed beta for some time, but it's now open to the general public. I believe that TGZ will be an excellent candidate for online play because the game is pretty procedural and doesn't have a ton of phases per turn (looking your way, Food Chain Magnate). If people submit a couple of moves per day, these games should move at a snappy pace. As always with our online leagues, it's free and open to all GBCC members. Any level of expertise is acceptable. This can even be your first game of TGZ, though I strongly suggest boning up on the rules first! Because this is a new league, if you sign up for the league, please leave a comment indicating your experience level with the game in general -- if there are multiple divisions we'll want to sort people by skill level as best we can. • What to bring Be ready to play online! We generally ask you be ready to submit one move per day at minimum under most circumstances. • Important to know Don't forget to leave a comment with a best guesstimate of your skill level, if you’re new to the league!
The last season of online Indonesia is wrapping up, let’s get started on the new hotness. This is an online-only event. Regular moves (a minimum average of one move a day) are strongly preferred. Newcomers to Indonesia are welcome, but please read the rules before jumping in.