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This just shot up the list of games to check out at Essen 2016, we need more info please tell us more, pictures, art, rule book, anything will do DD
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It's a solid bet that Richard Breese will post one of his excellent "explanation geeklists" as well as the rule book.

That said, I'm definitely interested in hearing more, including what the North American distribution will look like.
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Game Salute is listed as a publisher, so I'd expect something similar to Keyflower's distribution.
 
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I have played a couple of times in the last 18 months, but not recently. Key fans will be happy as it has familiar ties to previous games, but new things arrive, and I'm sure Richard will explain all in a Key presentation.

For me the key is in the hyphen.
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I'd be interested to hear the motivations for releasing the game and creating it. It appears to be a complete reskin of Keyflower. I almost could've copied and pasted the description. Believe me, I own and love Keyflower. I don't see the need for a reskin personally. Perhaps its for art or theming that appeals to a wider audience?
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dylanbradshaw wrote:
...It appears to be a complete reskin of Keyflower...

I am glad I am not the only one who thought that from reading the description. Was hoping for more...
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Alan How wrote:
For me the key in in the hyphen.

The hyphen intrigues me. Are you supposed to pause at that point? "Key to the City of London" might work better for me.

 
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dylanbradshaw wrote:
I'd be interested to hear the motivations for releasing the game and creating it. It appears to be a complete reskin of Keyflower. I almost could've copied and pasted the description. Believe me, I own and love Keyflower. I don't see the need for a reskin personally. Perhaps its for art or theming that appeals to a wider audience?

The principal reason for me was the strength of the connectors mechanic, which Richard and I were having great fun with, but which was sufficiently alien to Keyflower that we didn't think it'd work in an expansion.

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Woah, can't wait to learn more about this one!
 
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Essen 2016 is looking a bleak experience with all the top games I'd been following now not making it until 2017. Then a ray of hope drops in with a Key game. $64,000 question, in the face of no images or detailed information, will it make the show? Because in the absence of any proper meat in this year's Essen sandwich, I'm strongly thinking about giving it a miss.
 
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As a Chinese geek and key fan, I'm looking forward to hearing more and hope the product can be on sale in a short time
 
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mrkvm wrote:
It's a solid bet that Richard Breese will post one of his excellent "explanation geeklists" as well as the rule book.

I'll get something posted in the next few days. Just need to get the graphics to the printers first!
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Highland Cow wrote:
Alan How wrote:
For me the key in in the hyphen.

The hyphen intrigues me. Are you supposed to pause at that point? "Key to the City of London" might work better for me.



The hyphen is necessary, becaus if you say "Key to the City of London", that would refer to "the City of London", which is only one part of greater London, just like Westminster, Chelsea, Kensington,... So the hyphen is necessary to refer to the entirety of London.

Grammar aside, I'd like to know more about the game too.
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Richard Breese wrote:
mrkvm wrote:
It's a solid bet that Richard Breese will post one of his excellent "explanation geeklists" as well as the rule book.

I'll get something posted in the next few days. Just need to get the graphics to the printers first!


I'm so intrigued now... can't wait to get something to look at/read/admire and then speculate!
 
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Highland Cow wrote:
Alan How wrote:
For me the key in in the hyphen.

The hyphen intrigues me. Are you supposed to pause at that point? "Key to the City of London" might work better for me.
I think you're supposed to consider adding words like "- Paris" or "- New York" on the end instead of "- London"...

The connections addition is what makes this different enough to Keyflower for it not to be just a reskin.
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I wonder if this is a rework of the train game that Richard Breese was working on or is that another game?
 
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Are rules availiable? We really need them
Thanks
 
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Agzaroth wrote:
Are rules availiable? We really need them
Thanks
I've just uploaded the English rules. So they should appear in the next 48 hours. Hope you enjoy!
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Highland Cow wrote:
Alan How wrote:
For me the key in in the hyphen.

The hyphen intrigues me. Are you supposed to pause at that point? "Key to the City of London" might work better for me.



It is maybe going to be a series of games;

Key to the City - Lincoln
Key to the City - Coventry
Key to the City - Ely

Extensive localisation and marketing opportunities!
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BrianJohnHunt wrote:


It is maybe going to be a series of games;

Key to the City - Lincoln
Key to the City - Coventry
Key to the City - Ely


Ely!!!! I've seem bumpier snooker tables.
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Richard Breese wrote:
Agzaroth wrote:
Are rules availiable? We really need them
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I've just uploaded the English rules. So they should appear in the next 48 hours. Hope you enjoy!

...and they are online
Thanks!
 
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Seems great!

 
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Indeed, a very similar game. More streamlined, easier to introduce new players.

Keyflower's bidding mechanism is interesting enough that it may start a whole family of games using it, as it more or less only introduces a way of fair drafting and activation. Just like they did with Carcassonne.

In fact this year brings yet another re-implementation that is very close to its predecessor: Fields of Green, a sibling of Among the Stars.

The question remains, should Key to the City find its place in the Keyflower's owner's collection? Maybe, if you have spare place on your shelves. If you feel Keyflower is too complex, you may switch it for this one. If you don't want games simpler then Keyflower then probably try before you buy.
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I think this will not replace Keyflower, at least for me. The game is just a tad bit more streamlined (no production of green worker, no upgrade/transport tile to move ressources) so this will not be a great advantage I think. But I really like the Thame River (and the Set sail action, which is essentially a "I pass for good" action) replacing the bid on the Turn order tiles and the boats. This is really neat I think.

For the whole connectors thing, although the idea is good, I'm sure I'll find it fiddly to have to move all these (and potential Keyples) to upgrade (flip) my tiles. This was one of my major complain about Keyflower: The Farmers. There can be so much keyples, ressources and animeeples on tiles that it was not really elegant to upgrade them sometimes.

So for now it's not an insta-buy for me, but I will definitely seek to try it out before formulating a definitive opinion.
 
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