California Wasn’t for Me
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Renovation. Not the first thing you think about when California is mentioned? Me neither. That theme still makes for an interesting board game called California, but it’s not one that I wanted to keep in my collection.
Take a coin from the bank or a tile from the storefront. Tiles are either carpeting in various colors or furnishings to upgrade your dwelling. Carpet a room for either one or two coins as shown on your board.
Once carpeted, a space can additionally hold one of the special items of the same (background) color. You also have an attic which can be used for storage.
Taking a tile costs the number of coins left in the bank. Thus, when you take a coin from the bank, you’ve made the tiles less expensive for everyone else.
When you furnish a room space, the guest of that color pays a visit. You take the corresponding guest and place him or her near your home. When an opponent furnishes a room using that color, the guest will leave. If you can make the guest return, he or she will bring a valuable gift along.
If you can carpet and furnish your mansion to match one or more of the bonus tiles – carpet patterns or certain combinations of furnishings – you’ll score additional points.
A round ends when the bank is empty or one of the double rows of tiles is gone. There are 3 rounds, thus the 12 days.
As I said earlier, California is interesting, but it didn’t really grab me. I played it several times and had fun doing so, but eventually decided to trade it away.
Collecting specific sets of tiles in California is a big part of winning the game much like collecting certain color combinations of jewels in Bazaar, which you can read about in the next post.