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Better Box Reveal: January 2021

Hurrah! Hurrah! Make sure to protect your picnic and get to digging, because we have a doozy for you. This month we bring you Micropolis, a game from Bruno Cathala and Charles Chevallier. The goal of the game is simple, build the best anthill. The ways to go about doing that, however, vary greatly.

Each round, players will draft prospective anthill tiles from the lineup to add to their anthill. While it is free to grab the first tile, you have to leave behind worker ants on each previous tile if you go further down the line. A great risk/reward option. Once a tile is placed however, you cannot move it so consider which one to grab carefully.

All tiles will have sections of galleries (ant tunnels) on them, but that’s not all. Also found on tiles are ants, whether generic worker ants or specialists that give you special actions to help score you points. You might also find some tasty fruit, no doubt plundered from a picnic, which can net you a tidy sum of points. The ways to score are as thus:

• The number of Ants depicted on your anthill tiles
• Having the most Ants depicted on a single gallery
• Collecting unique fruits in different galleries
• The number of tiles contained in a gallery with a single Queen Ant
• Having the most Soldier Ant figures in your Army
• Having full barracks of Soldier Ants

Once all players have finished their anthill, the highest scoring anthill wins! Just like with any game with multiple scoring conditions, make sure you keep all your options open; you never know which strategy will pay off divid-ANTS.

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