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District Noir by Pandasaurus Games Coming Soon

Pandasaurus has announced a new 2 player set collection game District Noir is coming this summer. Preorders will start on May 19th with retail release planned for July 19th.

District Noir was originally published in Japanese by Taikikennai Games in 2016 as Throne and Grail. It was then published in 2019 as Chocolate Factory by Nasza Księgarnia in Polish. The current art and theme was published last year in French by Spiral Éditions.

When the time is right, gain control!

At the head of the city’s largest criminal organizations, men and women fight to control territories and gain support by trying every means possible to grow their influence. Control of the District Noir, a central and highly contested area, remains the major issue that will make all the difference in dominating the city.

There are two paths to victory: win over District Noir's various supports, or directly control the city’s three strategic locations. Before players can claim these, they must be played to the center of the table. Strategically time when you play your cards, because once a round you’ll take the first 5 in the line. At the end of the game earn points for having the majority of each supporter and collecting sets of them. That is -- if one player doesn’t immediately win by claiming the three locations!

Description

District Noir is a two-player game with bluffing and set collection. To set-up the game, remove three face-down cards from the deck of 45 cards from the game, then lay out two cards face up to start a line. Each round, each player receives five cards in hand, and each turn you either play one card from your hand to the end of the line or — once per round — collect the most recently played five cards. Once all the cards from hand have been played, deal out five cards to each player and start the next round. After four rounds, the game ends.

Some cards have positive or negative numbers on them, and you score those points directly. Other cards are numbered 5-8, and you score 5-8 points for a value if you have more of those cards than the other player. Additionally, you score 5 points for each set of 5-8 that you've collected. And while normally points decide who wins, if you collect all three special cards — each of which are worthless on their own — you win immediately.

Info

  • 2 players
  • Ages 10+
  • 10-20 min
  • MSRP $14.95
  • Designers: Nobutake Dogen & Nao Shimamura
  • Artists: Przemysław Fornal, Vincent Roché, & Hinami Tsukuda
  • Mechanics: Hand Management, Open Drafting, Set Collection

The Who

This game is for people who like...
  • Simple card games with a healthy amount of strategy
  • To play multiple games in a row
  • Portable games
  • The feeling of outsmarting your opponent

If you like these games, you may like District Noir...


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