Bike City: Portland, Oregon

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Bike City: Portland, Oregon
Designer: Comrogue
Type: Geographical
Countries: 95 (Large)
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Bike City is a game by Comrogue based on the neighborhoods and bike routes of Portland, Oregon. It uses an inset map to enable two styles of play. The city center is an open battleground map where players fight for control of Portland's central neighborhoods. The outer city is a more linear hub-and-spoke style map where players attempt to control bike routes.

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[edit] Movement

Territories at the edge of the city center connect to adjacent territories in the outer city. Gas is expensive in the outer city, making it advantageous to stay on bike routes. Attacks within the city center and along designated bike routes use standard dice. Attacks "off route" in the outer city give an advantage to the defender. (Defenders roll 8-sided dice.)

(A) attacks (B), (C), or (D) with standard dice, because the territories are connected by bike routes. When (A) attacks (E), (F), or (G), the defender has an advantage, because the territories are not connected by bike routes. It may be worthwhile to attack these territories if they are defended lightly, but if they are defended with several armies, (A) will pay a penalty for attacking off route. There are no border modifiers for attacks within the city center.
(A) attacks (B), (C), or (D) with standard dice, because the territories are connected by bike routes. When (A) attacks (E), (F), or (G), the defender has an advantage, because the territories are not connected by bike routes. It may be worthwhile to attack these territories if they are defended lightly, but if they are defended with several armies, (A) will pay a penalty for attacking off route. There are no border modifiers for attacks within the city center.

[edit] Bonuses

There are three ways to earn armies:

[edit] Base Income

Players receive +1 unit per 4 territories, with a minimum of +4

[edit] City Center Bonuses

Bonuses are awarded for each complete neighborhood district in the city center.

  • +1 BONUS for each district with two territories
  • +2 BONUS for each district with three territories
  • +3 BONUS for each district with four or five territories
Total: +38 BONUS.
Total: +38 BONUS.

[edit] Outer City Bonuses

In the outer city, there is no neighborhood bonus. Instead, you receive +1 ROUTE BONUS for each outer territory connected by a continuous bike route to a bicycle in the city center. You must control the route as well as the bicycle endpoint. Bonuses accumulate with each territory; you don't need to control the whole route. (And if there are two bikes at the end, you only need one.)

Light blue earns +1 BONUS for holding one bike route territory plus a connected bicycle in the city center (A). She does not need the second bicycle on the route (B). If light blue captures (F), she will connect (E) and (F) to the center and will receive +3 BONUS. Meanwhile, dark blue earns +2 BONUS for holding two bike route territories plus a bicycle in the city center (C). In contrast, red earns no bonus, because brown controls the bicycle (D), so red's bike route territories are not connected to the city center.
Light blue earns +1 BONUS for holding one bike route territory plus a connected bicycle in the city center (A). She does not need the second bicycle on the route (B). If light blue captures (F), she will connect (E) and (F) to the center and will receive +3 BONUS. Meanwhile, dark blue earns +2 BONUS for holding two bike route territories plus a bicycle in the city center (C). In contrast, red earns no bonus, because brown controls the bicycle (D), so red's bike route territories are not connected to the city center.

[edit] Rules FAQ

Q: Hey, I'm not getting my outer city bonuses!

  • A: You need to connect your bike route territories to the city center by controlling a bicycle (large black dot).

Q: Do I get a double bonus for connecting an outer territory to the city center by two different bike routes?

  • A: No. The game uses a negative bonus to compensate for the double bonus and take you back to the correct value of +1.

Q: Why am I getting a negative bonus?

  • A: See the previous question. It's not really a penalty. It just corrects for the double bonus.

Q: Hey man, that border is not on the map!

  • A: City center territories can attack adjacent territories in the outer city and vice versa. You don't have to travel by bike route between the inner and outer city (though you do fight against the +2 defense modifier).

Q: If I attack from the city center to an outer territory "off route" does the defender have an advantage?

  • A: Yes. The "off route" principle is the same whether it's between two outer territories or one outer territory and one city center territory.

Q: Do I need to control an entire bike route from start to finish to collect the bonus?

  • A: No. You get a +1 bonus for holding a bicycle in the city center and the first outer territory on the route. Then you get an extra +1 bonus for each additional territory you connect.

Q: I don't understand how my opponents are getting all these armies!

  • Bonus = (total number of territories, divided by 4) + (city center continent bonuses) + (number of outer territories connected by bike route to a bicycle in the city center)
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