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http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=4072

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In days before, the gears still turned and the old machines still worked. The sky was clear and blue, and life flourished. Then noxious clouds came and choked the air. Smoke blanketed the sky. Some people departed in flying cities, ascending above the clouds to the World Above. Others dug deep beneath the ground, vanishing into the World Below. Meanwhile, those in the Borderlands watched the world grow dark as the gears ground to a halt.

The people who have ascended above the clouds have long maintained their distance from the Borderlands, but that time must come to an end. The vast stores of power that those in the World Above depend on have finally begun to dwindle. To ease their burden, the engineers have drafted plans for mighty skyworks, towers that will bring the heat of the Fire Beneath to the cities above the clouds. Meanwhile, the scavengers of the Borderlands are a desperate people, and they are constantly in need of supplies in order to survive; luckily, the Sky People will trade with the tribes that build them the skyworks. Gather resources, trade with other players, and battle your rivals in an effort to be the first to develop three skyworks to bring energy to those who inhabit the World Above and gain their favor!

Announced in February, Gearworld: The Borderlands is a game of negotiation, conquest, and construction in which two to four players compete to gain the favor of the Sky People for their tribe of scavengers in a post apocalyptic landscape. Based on the classic board game Borderlands by Bill Eberle, Jack Kittredge, and Peter Olotka, Gearworld: The Borderlands has re-imagined the classic game’s setting while retaining its spirit and core mechanics.

In today’s preview, we’ll look at the game’s economy, and how a seemingly simple ruleset (based on moving, trading, and gathering five key resources) belies a wealth of opportunities for negotiation and trade. We’ll also look at the ultimate goal of savvy trading: development tokens, which include the game-winning skyworks.

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