Zack+, Binyamin, Jon, Nadine
First play for all of us. BMC is a board game based on the card game Blue Moon, which none of use had played, either.
There is some story about rebuilding a city and seven races with different abilities and so on, but essentially it is an area control game. You control areas by moving to them and playing the cards of the same color as the area. Simultaneously, you can use the cards for their special abilities, such as moving further, changing card colors, gaining "scales", and so on.
Each time you complete an area, all players who contributed to the area gain the value of the area plus a bonus for all areas completed nearby. First place in the area also collects a bonus.
Furthermore, any time you build you can get "scales" if a dragon is on your area. Whenever all the scales are collected, bonuses are given to the one with the most and all who have at least three. The scales are returned and you start collecting them again.
Eventually, you convert your collected points into cubes on the big tower, and the first to place four cubes on the big tower wins.
It is yet another one of those "get this to get that to get the third thing" games, ala Caylus, as well as having to match cards to claim areas ala Ticket to Ride or Alhambra.
The game is nicely progressive and interesting enough, and most importantly, quick enough. That's Knizia for you.
Undoubtedly there are some strategies to use in this game, such as which areas to go for first, whether to share in many areas or steal areas all to yourself, and whether to use up your cards early or try to save up. Most of us emptied our cards early.
I can't tell you after one playing why Zack won. All of us had three cubes on the tower when he got his fourth.
SoRCon 11 23-25 Feb 2018 Basildon UK http://www.sorcon.co.uk
BMC is a board game based on the card game Blue Moon
Not really. Based on the background of the game Blue Moon, and reusing the artwork. But the games have very tenuous connections. (Mimix cards are best in pair in both games is about as strong as it gets.)