Zoned Out City Building Game Overview

Zoned Out City Building Game Overview

Disclosure

I haven’t talked too much about my time as an accountant for the city where we resided in California. The finance department of any business sees monetary impact of all the different things that go on. As a result, I learned a lot about what makes it tick. While most of what I did was based on general accounting that I knew from working as an accountant elsewhere, there were a few things unique to the city. One of the first times I scratched my head and needed to ask for further information involved an account called, “Park-in-lieu”. Whenever the city would zone an area as residential, they allocated a specific amount of space for a neighborhood park. The developers of that land had the option to donate a section of land to the city to be used as a park instead of being another house. In lieu of that, they could opt to pay a fee. There would be one more house, but one less park. Which route the developer opted to take was contingent on the demand for the property. I’ve often wondered whether there are other zoning policies that are contingent on the developer. We decided to put the development decisions in our own hands during game night by playing Zoned Out from Grey Fox Games

It's time to build! Put your city planners to work rezoning properties and developing your city in Zoned Out from Grey Fox Games. - SahmReviews.com

A game of Zoned Out can play up to four people. During setup, each player will select a color and take the Deed tokens, City Planner pawns and building pieces based on the number of players. Create a general pool that includes the redraw and victory point tokens. Separately shuffle the Secret Objective cards and City Cards. Deal six objective cards and return the remainder to the box. The cards are distributed evenly with remainders being placed face-up in the center of the table. The starting player will get two City cards and everyone else will get three to start the game. Four city cards from the top of the deck and the Downtown card are used to start the development.

It's time to build! Put your city planners to work rezoning properties and developing your city in Zoned Out from Grey Fox Games. - SahmReviews.com

You’re working together to zone and create a city. But don’t misunderstand, it’s not a cooperative game. You’re competing to develop residential, commercial and industrial zones, libraries, stadiums, train depots, parks and museums. In addition, you’ll deal with unwanted parking lots and abandoned buildings. Each turn involves two to four steps. The first step is to redraw and is optional. The second (playing a card) and third (moving your City Planner) are mandatory. Step four is optional based on the movement of your City Planner. The final step (also mandatory) is to draw a new card to get back to the three card hand limit.

It's time to build! Put your city planners to work rezoning properties and developing your city in Zoned Out from Grey Fox Games. - SahmReviews.com

Before I explain the steps of your turn, I want to discussed the secret objective cards that were distributed during setup. These cards outline ways to score victory points at the end of the game. The ones in the middle are public knowledge, but each player also has one. Unlike other games where these secret cards are individual goals, in Zoned out, all players will score all secret and public cards. As you take your turns developing the city, keep your goals in mind and pay attention to what others are doing as well. 

It's time to build! Put your city planners to work rezoning properties and developing your city in Zoned Out from Grey Fox Games. - SahmReviews.com

On your turn, if you aren’t happy with your card, you may discard up to three and redraw. Doing so gives you options, but it causes you to take redraw tokens which are negative points at the end of the game. Next, you’ll select a card to add to the city to rezone up to three blocks. If you’re able to connect identical blocks together then you link them into a zone. You must cover at least one block of an existing card, but may cover up to three. 

It's time to build! Put your city planners to work rezoning properties and developing your city in Zoned Out from Grey Fox Games. - SahmReviews.com

Once you’ve placed your card, you move your City Planner to a residential, commercial or industrial space on the new card. If the card manages to extend your current zone then you skip to the final step and draw a new card. In the event that the card you placed doesn’t allow your zone to continue then it’s time to develop the zone you left.

It's time to build! Put your city planners to work rezoning properties and developing your city in Zoned Out from Grey Fox Games. - SahmReviews.com

You’ll immediately earn victory points based on the number of blocks you’ve successfully rezoned and developed. The points are on a sliding scale where more spaces earns you more points. Libraries, Stadiums and Train Depots are wild for their type (residential, commercial and industrial, respectively) and increase the size of your area. Rezoning next to parks and museums gives you additional points for your development while contiguous adjacency to parking lots and abandoned buildings offers the opposite effect. Take the associated victory points from the general pool. In addition to placing your building pieces on the spaces you’ve zoned, you’ll also add a piece to the growing skyscraper on the corresponding downtown square. At the end of the game, you’ll earn victory points based on who has the most floors on each skyscraper.

It's time to build! Put your city planners to work rezoning properties and developing your city in Zoned Out from Grey Fox Games. - SahmReviews.com

Zoned Out continues until one player has placed their last building or the draw deck runs out. All other players get one final turn then everyone calculates the points earned from the public and secret goal cards. After deducting for redraw tokens and calculated the previously mentioned skyscraper points, everyone counts up their total victory points. The City Planner who did the best job gets bragging rights. If you want to plan a game of Zoned Out into your next game night, pick up a copy on Amazon, direct from Grey Fox Games or at your local game store. Get in the zone with the team at Grey Fox Games by engaging with them on Facebook and Twitter

Is there a neighborhood park where you live?

Nicole

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15 comments on «Zoned Out City Building Game Overview»

  1. Levi Byers says:

    There’s a neighborhood park right across the street from us. We are so lucky!

  2. Jordan Binkerd says:

    Not incredibly close, or at least I haven’t found it yet. We just moved in this summer, so exploration is not complete as yet

  3. Mia E. says:

    We have a really nice neighborhood park with sports fields and play area.

  4. Tony Platz says:

    Ors is about 2 miles away .

  5. Michael Shea says:

    Looks fun!

  6. Giggles Giggles says:

    Yes, there is a neighborhood park near me. There’s also a playground installment to help entertain the kids!

  7. Clint Cabrera says:

    There is not a neighborhood park where I live, but there is a pool.

  8. Thanay Binford says:

    we have several parks near us

  9. Brenden says:

    There is a beautiful park!

  10. Henry Lam says:

    We don’t but we have a random man made lake haha

  11. Josh Christian says:

    There are lots of parks within walking distance of our place. The closest is right next to a river, but the kids’ favorite one is the one with the several sports fields.

  12. Christy says:

    Looks fun!

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