Between Two Cities

Between Two Cities 3D Box

Between Two Cities

Ben Rosset & Matthew O'Malley

A partnership-driven, tile-drafting city-building game.

3-7 Players (with 1-2 player variants)

~20 Minutes

November 2015

For the first time, Stonemaier Games is publishing a game designed by someone other than Jamey and Alan!

Ever since we opened our company to submissions from other designers, we’ve had one core philosophy: Because of the amount time, money, heart, and soul we put into our games, we’ll only publish games from other designers if we love them as much as if we designed them ourselves.

The game is called Between Two Cities, designed by Ben Rosset and Matthew O’Malley. It is a partnership-driven, tile-drafting city-building game for 3-7 players that plays in about 20 minutes. The game also includes a 2-player variant, and Morten Monrad Pedersen designed the solo “Automa” variant.

In Between Two Cities, you are a world-renowned city planner who has been asked to redesign two different cities. Projects of such significance require the expertise of more than one person, so for each assignment you are paired with a partner with whom to discuss and execute your grandiose plans. Each turn features a simultaneous discussion with your two partners to decide which of your tiles to place into the cities you’re building with each of them and where in those cities to place the tiles. At the end of the game, there is only one winner, as each player compares the lowest scoring of their two cites.

There are 7 reference cards in the game, 23 Automa cards, and 15 seating randomizer cards (a total of 45 cards). All cards are 57x87mm.

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13 Comments on “Between Two Cities

  1. I want to say that this has become one of our most favored games. My wife and I love pulling this out after the kids go down and playing a quick 2 games. We love it!

  2. Hey Jamey. I hope all is well in St. Louis. My wife and I played Between 2 Cities for the first time on Wednesday night at the Spielbound Cafe in Omaha where they were running a demo of the game. Very solid game. We love the player interaction between the players on each side of you. We also love the 15-20 game time which allowed us to play a couple of games in a short time. I was wondering if you plan on releasing any more lighter/gateway games similar to the weight of between 2 cities? My family and I aren’t into euro games, but would love to keep playing Stonemaier games. Thanks.

    1. Denny: I’m glad to hear you got to hang out at Spielbound! I’ve heard it’s an awesome space. I’m certainly open to publishing this type of lighter/gateway game if it’s unique and if I really love it. It’s not my design niche, so it’s an area that I look for designers to submit games to us for consideration.

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