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Penciltown is a solo resource management and strategy game in which you help a newly-founded town to survive, grow and thrive. It's print-and-play, and you draw and erase things as you go. It's heavily driven by chance, and its intention is to create interesting stories.

You need a pencil, an eraser and two six-sided dice. You also need the rulebook, which you can print or use on a screen, and a playsheet, which you can print or draw on graph paper.

You start with a single structure. You draw and erase resources as you gain and lose them, and gradually expand your town by paying for and drawing buildings. You make tough tradeoffs since excelling at everything is pricy. Buildings give proximity bonuses and space is limited, so placement matters.

You attract people to your town and specialize them into fighters, clerics, philosophers and more. The giant events table throws problems at your town which you must solve, including increasingly dangerous attacks. Later on you can equip adventurers with potions and gear and send them on risky but rewarding quests.

It scratches that city-building and base-defending itch, but in a simpler, paperier package.

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This title was added to our catalog on September 25, 2018.
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