Cape May (2020)

Thunderworks Games

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120 min

Cape May, New Jersey has been an immensely popular coastal resort town since the late 1700’s, making it America’s oldest seaside resort. By the mid-19th century, it had firmly established itself as a vacation destination due to its proximity to areas like New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. But Cape May was not immune to the hardships of the 19th and 20th centuries. The residents of this area were wracked by devastating fires, extreme beach erosion, swarms of mosquitos, intense competition from surrounding areas and much more. It is during this turbulent time that players attempt to develop Cape May into the “Queen of the Seaside Resorts” -- as the area is known today -- all while managing the historical events of the time that will help or hinder their progress. In Cape May, players have to manage their income and actions over four “seasons” as they purchase and upgrade commercial and residential properties, with goals such as constructing the most buildings in select development zones, upgrading cottages to Victorian and Landmark homes for extra victory points, completing hidden bonus goals, and even bird watching for set collection bonuses! It’s no coincidence that Cape May has been declared the best place for bird watching in the Northeastern United States. All the while, players will carefully plan their routes around the city with their hand of movement cards, as well as supplementing their game play with strategic use of Activity Cards that provide players with discounts, unique ways to navigate through Cape May, and other advantages. The player who best balances their income, development, movement and personal goals will go down in history as the most prestigious citizen of Cape May! —description from the publisher