This drafting/tableau-building game challenges two to four players to assemble the Santa Monica beach and boardwalk. There are tons of ways to score points as you “pick-up and deliver” locals and tourists to fun destinations, collect connected sets of cards, and work to meet variable victory conditions.
The rule book and iconography of Santa Monica is challenging at first, but stick with it and you will discover a game that flows smoothly, with just enough crunch to satisfy seasoned gamers looking for a thematic experience.
From the publisher:
In Santa Monica, you are trying to create the most appealing neighborhood in Southern California. Will you choose to create a calm, quiet beach focusing on nature, a bustling beach full of tourists, or something in between to appeal to the locals?
Each turn, you will draft a feature card from the display to build up either your beach or your street. These features work together to score you victory points. The player with the most points wins!
Setup Time: 10 minutes
Playing Time: 45 minutes
78 Feature Cards
4 Reference Cards
6 Starting Feature Tiles
4 Sand Dollar Tiles
3 Scoring Objective Tiles
30 Locals, 30 Tourists, 8 VIPs
28 Footprint Tokens
25 Sand Dollars & 4 Multipliers
1 Food Truck and 1 Foodie Token
1 Start Player Token
1 Score Pad