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In the dystopic 1930s, the industrial revolution pushed the exploitation
of fossil-based resources to the limit, and now the only thing powerful
enough to quench the thirst for power of the massive machines and of the
unstoppable engineering progress is the unlimited hydroelectric energy
provided by the rivers.
Barrage is a resource management strategic game in which players compete
to build their majestic dams, raise them to increase their storing
capacity, and deliver all the potential power through pressure tunnels
connected to the energy turbines of their powerhouses.
Each player represents one of the four international companies who are
gathering machinery, innovative patents and brilliant engineers to claim
the best locations to collect and exploit the water of a contested
Alpine region crossed by rivers.
Barrage includes two innovative and challenging mechanisms. First, the
players must carefully plan their actions and handle their machinery,
since both their action tokens and resources are stored on a
Construction Wheel and will only be available after a full turn of the
wheel. The better you manage your wheel, the earlier your resources and
actions come back to you.
Second, the water flow on the rivers depicted on the board is a shared
and contested resource. Players have to intercept and store as much of
the water as they can, build dams (upstream dams are expensive but can
block part of the water before it reaches the downstream dams), raise
the dams to increase their capacity, and build long tunnels to channel
the water to their powerhouses. Water is never consumed — its flow is
just used to produce energy —, it is instead released back to the
rivers, so you have to strategically place your dams to recover the
water diverted by you and the other players.
Over five rounds, the players must fulfill power requirements
represented by a common competitive power track and meet specific
requests of personal contracts. At the same time, by placing a limited
number of engineers, they attempt to enhance their machinery to acquire
new and more efficient construction actions and to build and activate
special unique-effect buildings to forward their own developing strategy.
Eclectic Games, Reading - Wed Jan 27 19:37:30 GMT 2021 [web4]