Factsheet

Developer:
Twoplus Games
Based in Johannesburg

Release date:
TBC

Platforms:
Card game

Website:
tuism.com/category/cartel

Regular Price:
-

Description

In Cartel: Piston City Racketeers, players take the role of crimelords in an organised cartel, setting up "legitimate" business fronts around Piston City to acquire Automatas. (Piston City legislation heavily regulates the acquisition of Automatas) With your gang of Automatas, you will hold and battle for territory, and vie for resources to expand your syndicate. Your goal is to control the most lucrative businesses at the end of the game, remembering that the worth of businesses change as players build and change the cityscape. Corrupt officials switch allegiances on a whim, and should corruption get out of hand, someone could turn Snitch and out the whole Cartel for the ultimate sell-out!

History

Cartel was born out of a single idea - building isometric, faux-3D buildings out of cards offset on top of each other. From there the idea grew from SimCity the Card Game to something a lot more intriguing and darker, just the way I like my card games. Cartel continually received positive reviews whenever I could get people to sit down with me for longer than five minutes. Cartel is also the game that sparked the idea for Piston City - Steam Punk Noir world, a theme which I will be applying to the game, though it hasn't been fleshed out yet. Cartel is being shown at the 2014 A MAZE Festival, Johannesburg, and is one of twenty-five finalist in the 2014 Korean Board Game Design Contest.

Features

  • Build isometric faux-3D skyscrapers with uniquely designed cards.
  • A simplified resource system filled with choice - Cards are resource, discard cards to play other cards.
  • Multi-layered gameplay - multiple paths to victory.
  • Designed to play with very little downtime.

Videos

How to play Cartel - alpha YouTube


Images

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Awards & Recognition

  • "Finalist, Korean Board Game Contest 2014" Board Game Geek, August 18, 2014
  • "Showing at A MAZE Johannesburg 2014, 3rd International Games / Playful Media Festival" September 10-13, 2014

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Cartel Print and Play Files - latest
Download the latest version of the Print and Play files for free! Give it a try now! dl.dropboxusercontent.com.

Devlog
Updates on Cartel on my blog tuism.com.

MakeGamesSA thread
makegamessa.com.


About Twoplus Games

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Twoplus Games is a South African multidisciplinary independent game studio - game art, board games, video games, VR, we dabble with the focus on making games for friends!

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Cartel: Piston City Racketeers Credits

Steven Tu
Game Designer & Artist, Twoplus Games


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