Power Draw Cardgame
A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux
This was made for LOWREZJAM2017.
A city-building card game based on power usage. Play through a deck of 52 cards to build a city, stacking cards in mixed-use buildings in a transit-oriented city. Balance each building's electricity usage to avoid losing power.
This game can also be played with a regular deck of cards; see the last section PLAY WITH A DECK OF CARDS.
- Left-click to select cards and place them
- Right-click to flip cards over and play them as transit
- Esc key to open pause menu
HOW TO PLAY
You start with 2 cards. Choose one to right-click and play as transit, then place the other one beside it. All other cards must be placed beside transit.
Stack up to 4 cards on one tile (except for transit, parks, and plazas; those can't be stacked). Make sure each tile has positive power usage or it won't score points.
There are 52 cards in the deck. Play through the entire deck, 5 cards at a time.
At the end of each hand, points are awarded for each tile with positive power usage (0 is positive). A tile's points is calculated with the absolute value of its cards, ignoring +/-. For example, a tile with cards of [10, 10, -10, -9] gets 39 points, not 1.
Tiles with negative power usage do not score points that hand and also knock out the power of neighbouring tiles.
A tile's points are multiplied for having multiple business, culture, or civic cards (x2, x3, or x4). Points are also multiplied when adjacent to parks and plazas. For example, a tile beside a park with two businesses gets x3. Another example: a tile with three businesses beside two parks gets x5.
Most cards have a + or - beside their number which indicates whether they add or remove power from your city's power grid. On a single tile, the total power usage must be positive (0 is positive). A tile with negative power usage will knock out its power and its neighbours'. Power can be restored by adding more positive cards, if there is room.
Rail icon. Flip over any card (right click) to turn it into a transit card. Lets you place other cards beside it.
House icon. Numbered 2-9. Most common card in the deck.
Shop icon. Numbered 10. Points multiplier for stacking multiple on one tile.
Heart icon. Numbered 10. Points multiplier for stacking multiple on one tile.
Civic icon. Numbered 10. Points multiplier for stacking multiple on one tile.
Tree icon. Multiplies adjacent tiles' points.
Square icon. Multiplies adjacent points. Acts like transit (can place cards beside it).
PLAY WITH A DECK OF CARDS
This game can be played with a regular deck of cards:
- Remove the jokers
- Black cards are positive, red are negative
- Number cards are residents
- J, Q, and K are business, culture, and civic cards
- Black aces are parks, red aces are plazas
- To play transit, play a card face down
For scoring, it is easier to wait until the game is over before calculating points instead of trying to do it after each hand (you can if you want to).
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