a single-page cyberpunk board game for 2-4 players
How To Play
Finish the game with the highest number of File points.
- Character cards have a set of 1-3 implants/traits which affect their final score.
- File cards have a point value (0-3) and one of three filetypes. Once drawn, a File remains face-up for the rest of the game.
- Program cards have text which explains what they do.
- The Gameboard has a Server (the center of the board) and four paths leading to the Server.
- The Avatar tokens are cubes used to represent player position on the Gameboard.
- Print a gameset.
- Cut the gameset into individual pieces.
- Shuffle Character cards and have each player choose one randomly. Look at your own, but keep these secret from other players until the end of the game.
- Shuffle the File cards and place the deck facedown by the Gameboard.
- Shuffle the Program cards and place the deck facedown by the Gameboard.
- Place an avatar token for each player on the "start" positions on the Gameboard.
- Decide who goes first.
- Each player gets 2 actions per turn.
- Move your Avatar 1 space
- Draw a Program card facedown
- Use a Program card
- If on the Server, draw a File faceup
- Once a player has used both of their actions, the next player starts their turn.
- When Programs are used, place the cards in a separate pile. Once every Program card has been drawn, re-shuffle this pile and use it as the new Program deck.
- As soon as the last File is drawn, the game is over. Each player reveals their Character card, and points are tallied. You may not use any remaining Programs.
- A player's points are calculated as the sum of all the Files they hold, plus any bonuses/modifiers from their Character card.
- If two or more players are tied for first place, continue the game by drawing/playing Programs until the tie is broken.
- You can move forwards or backwards. For example: if a player uses the Program "target player moves up to 2 spaces", they could A) target themselves and move forwards, or B) target another player and move them backwards.
- You can choose to do the same action twice on your turn. For example, you could draw two Program cards.
- If multiple players need to draw cards at the same time (e.g. the Program "everyone draw 3 cards"), start with the player who used the Program and continue in turn order.
When finished cutting, you should have:
- 4 Character cards
- 20 File cards
- 30 Program cards
- 1 Gameboard
- 4 Avatar tokens
If you prefer, you can cut out and use the center squares alone to save some setup time.
- [Wikimedia Commons stock photos](photo credits.txt)