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There's no simple explanation for anything important any of us do, and yeah the human tragedy consists of the necessity of living with the consequences, under pressure, under pressure. -Courage (For Hugh Maclennan): The Tragically Hip
We're forced to bed, but we're free to dream. -Gift Shop: The Tragically Hip
City Council is a unique semi co-op in which players take on the role of city councillors. In it you must work together with other members of council to grow the city, and make it prosper. However, there are special interest groups whispering in council members' ears. If you can fulfill the agendas of these groups (who have come to you in the form of cards in your hand) then you will score points. So, players must balance what is best for them, with what is best for the city as a whole. If the city isn't properly maintained everyone loses.

City Council allows for some good negotiation and sly play. It's also fun to try and weigh what is good for the city vs. what is good for you. There's a fair amount to watch out for. Players need to provide enough jobs for both blue, and white collar workers. They need to make sure crime and pollution are kept in check. Also, the city coffers have to have enough money, and power generation needs to be maintained.

As the game progresses a wide range of building types become available to be constructed. Each provides benefits (and sometimes drawbacks) to the city. It's fun to advocate for the one you want built, and then to vote on it. Usually, you want buildings built based on your special interest cards so you can rack up the points and win!

City Council is good fun, and I'd recommend trying it if you can.
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