Note: I am Terry Hollern, the designer of Global City.
Recently I played a game of Global City with three friends, Jane, Charles and Paul. The order of play was Jane, Charles, Paul and Terry. Each player picked their starting city. In Global City no two players can begin in the same city. The starting cities were: Jane-Singapore, Charles-Toronto, Paul-Frankfurt and Milan-Terry. This would put Jane in Asia with its three small cities, Charles in North America with its five cities and Paul and Terry in the two smallest of the four European cities.
Players score most of their Victory Points in Global City by developing cities. The persons with the most number of tokens in a completed city receive Presence Victory points; the person with the largest number of tokens gets the largest number of points. The number of Victory Points rises as more cities are completed. The ninth and tenth cities have a higher Victory Point value than the first and second. Players can also score Diversity Victory Points for having tokens in a diversity of the six aspects of a city.
Toronto was the first city to be developed. This occurred on Terry’s third turn. Charles received points for largest presence but no one got diversity points. The player that puts tokens in a city to complete it is awarded a Bonus card. These cards can give a player a competitive advantage. Unused Bonus cards can be turned in for Victory Points at the end of the game.
Jane completed Milan just after Terry completed Toronto. The score at the end of the fourth turn was Charles nine, Jane six, Terry six and Paul two. Charles scored a major coup when he completed San Francisco in his fifth turn. Charles scored ten points for Presence and Diversity and got a bonus card. He leapt into the lead with 19 points; Terry had nine, Jane six and Paul three.
The next four turns saw players maneuvering to complete the next cities. Paul completed Frankfurt on his ninth turn and Terry finished Hong Kong on his tenth. The point count at the end of the tenth turn was Terry 24, Charles 19, Paul 13 and Jane 11.
Paul finished Chicago in his eleventh turn. Terry completed Tokyo in the twelfth turn and then London in the 14th turn. The game reached its final phase. Only ten of the twelve cities in Global City are completed. The last two cities are scored but at a reduced rate and no Bonus cards are awarded. The scores at the end of the fourteenth turn were: Paul 43, Terry 37, Jane 31 and Charles 19.
Terry finished Los Angeles in his fifteenth turn, collecting his fifth Bonus card. Jane triggered the end of the game on her next turn by closing Singapore. Paris and New York, the two uncompleted cities were scored. The totals stood: Jane 61, Charles 55, Terry 49 and Paul 44. Terry then turned in his five unused Bonus Cards for 15 points, winning the game with 64 points. Everyone enjoyed the game.