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Paris: La Cite de la Lumiere

Paris: La Cite de la Lumiere

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Light up the streets of Paris and give the city its magic with this 2-Player board game, Paris: La Cite de la Lumiere, where strategy and glamour walk hand in hand. Go back to 19th century Paris, during the World's Fair, in which modern inventions were shown to the world. One of them electricity, which was used to lighten the streets of Paris, which is why it is known as the City of Lights, La Cite de la Lumiere.

Paris is a two-player board game by Jose Antonio Abascal infused with Parisian aesthetics by the boardgame's artist Oriol Hernández. The game is set in late 19th century Paris during the 1889 Exposition Universelle, or world's fair, when public electricity was a hot topic. Electricity spread throughout the city, creating today's beautiful nocturnal Parisian streets and coining Paris's nickname - La Cite de la Lumiere, the city of lights.

The most well-lit buildings are admired more highly by passers-by. In the first phase, players can either place tiles or grow their reserve of buildings. The cobblestone tiles are divided into 4 random spaces (their color, their opponents' color, a streetlight, or a mixed-color space where either player can build).

Then, in the second phase, players build on top of their color or the mixed spaces, in an effort to position their buildings as close to as many streetlights as possible. More streetlights solicit more adoration and points. The player with the best lit buildings steals the hearts of Parisian pedestrians and wins the game.

  • Solid, deep, and innovative mechanics
  • Easy to carry. Play anytime, anywhere
  • Awesome theme-based art

Mechanics include: Action Drafting, Area Majority / Influence, Drafting, and Tile Placement

Players: 2
Recommended Age: 8+
Playtime in minutes: 30


  • 16 Squared cobblestone tiles (8 for each player)
  • 1 Game board (incorporated into the box)
  • 12 Action postcards
  • 14 Chimneys (7 of each color)
  • 8 Action tokens (4 of each color)
  • 12 Building pieces (two size-3, buildings, four size-4 buildings, four size-5 buildings, and two size-6 buildings)
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