Between Two Cities

Between Two Cities

Ben Rosset & Matthew O'Malley | art by Beth Sobel

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

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

20-25 Minutes | $35 MSRP

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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. This is one such game.

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. It is available on Tabletopia.

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Capitals Expansion

Capitals Expansion

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22 Comments on “Between Two Cities

  1. I am attempting to complete my “Stonemaier Games Collection” and need to get a copy of Between Two Cities and its expansion… :)

    I see it is not currently available. Will this be back in stock soon?

    Thanks in advance!

    1. We should have a reprint arriving in May (assuming no delays from the current global situation). You can sign up for a “back in stock” notification on the product page so you can be notified when we have it available. :)

      Thanks for being a Stonemaier fan!

      1. Thanks, Joe! I feel like we are becoming old friends or something.

        Based on that, I just ordered the expansion (“Capitals”) and some additional dice for “Tapestry” — looking forward to getting a copy of this game soon.

  2. Haha, we’ve been skipping the player on L/R to the next player for teams. It still works but I totally get the concept now and it’s easier to explain.

    PS. Working through the Charterstone campaign now, loving it!

  3. One of the best tile laying games to date! We’ve played 7 games since Christmas, I have to say it is so well done.

    We are curious how to score with 4 players since your partner for both cities is the same? We’ve decided to build the city in front of each player and the right.

    Great job Jamey and the team!

    1. Thanks Joshua! I’m glad you’re having fun with it. With 4 players, you should have different partners. Maybe you mean 2 players? There are special rules for 2 players in the rulebook (you each have 2 cities, and you compete head to head).

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

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