Posted by James (admin) on 8th September 2013
Rockwell is a mining game which mixes a little bit of worker placement (as you place your vice presidents at the start of each round to gain different advantages in the drilling phase) with tactical moving of your drilling crews. Drilling is a often a joint effort by multiple players – if there are enough drilling crews of enough total strength on a tile then the resources recovered are revealed and shared between the players present (regardless of the amount of crews they have there).
Splitting the resources gained is intriguing as the players involved share out as much as they can so they have the same and any remainder is given to the player with the ‘priority’. Players can move other players’ crews by bribing them, or they can pay to hire temporary crews (who don’t take a share of any gains). Players can sell what they mine and buy other resources like improved drilling crews, permanent mine shafts and safety equipment. Each player is attempting to complete some of the achievements which score fewer victory points if other players have already completed them too.
So, Rockwell looks like it contains a lot of interesting tactical decisions along with some strategy too. More information and the rules can be found on Sit Down’s Rockwell page: bga.me/rockwell