Hangtown, a Board Game!
Hangtown is a game based on the Gold Rush era town of Hangtown and its surrounding areas in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains of California. As old west pioneers, the players build historic buildings, districts, and monuments, such as the Bell Tower, the Pearson Soda Works building, and Sutter's Mill. They also mine for gold at Gold Bug Mine, receive parcels from Snowshoe Thompson, and lynch the unruly at the infamous Hangman's Tree! ...Not to mention the occasional shootout!
The game's mechanics are a unique blend of many current European strategy game concepts such as worker placement, tableau/deck building, resource and hand management, blind bidding, role selection, and so on. One of the game's standout features is the "Boom or Bust" outcome of the blind bidding. If a player is the only one to bid on an action, he/she gets the "Boom" yield, the most favorable outcome; whereas when many or all of the players choose an action they end up with the "Bust" yield, the least favorable outcome. By outwitting their rival Pioneers and successfully fending off the outlaws in old Hangtown, the players can gain much gold, property, and prestige!
The game has two modes: family and standard. In the family version there are simpler rules, a special worker placement board, and a touch of extra luck. That version is intended for a younger audience or the more casual gamer. The standard version is on par with the average "heavy Euro game", with more sophisticated rules, a wide variety of engine-building strategies, and less luck. The game also comes with an expansion that allows the players to take on a unique role with special abilities in each round, such as the Deputy, Robber, Cheater, Gun Fighter, Builder, Prospector, and Beggar.