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Quick Look: Construction
Fever



Designer: Kei Kajino
Artwork: Marco Primo
Publisher: Ninja Star Games
Year
Published:
2019
No. of
Players:
3–5
Ages: 13+
Playing Time: 45 minutes

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Review
In business, the CEO needs to make sure the company is making a profit.
Profit, after all, is how the score is kept. In modern business, there also
needs to be a balance between how the company makes its money and the good it
is doing. Lack of public support can drive a company under, so a good CEO needs
to have projects that are highly profitable and others which might not make as
much money, but will ensure the populace of its good intent.
Construction Fever puts you in the role of that CEO. In ten rounds of
bidding on building projects, each player must create the best profits while
not losing the public’s confidence.
We played Construction Fever with four players. The game was easy to
learn with a simple strategy of controlling your one resource, your workforce,
and using it to bid on and then build projects.
We enjoyed the game.

Setup
Construction
Fever was quick to setup. Each player chooses a set of colored meeples—their
workforce used for bidding and constructing. The construction jobs are divided
into two piles: one of high profit (black projects) and the other with high
public support (green projects). There is also a card to manage your workforce.
Now the bidding begins.


Gameplay
Each player
has a set of meeples, and the number of meeples depends on the number of
players. The meeples move from the main office to construction jobs then
recycle back through a rest area before returning to the main office when they
can be used again. They are important because they are your main force for
bidding.
First Bidding Sequence in a Round
Two
construction jobs are turned over for bids, one from each pile. The black job
includes a number of credits that are placed with the card. The green jobs
don’t. Each card has a reputation rating (which becomes important at the end of
the game); the black are negative while the green are positive.
To bid on a
black project, a player moves part of the credits from the black project to the
green one. Bidding on the green projects is done by placing meeples from your
home office. Bidding continues on the two projects in the round until all
players pass or have a winning bid on one of the two projects.
The winner of
the black project collects the credits remaining with the project and places the
card upside down in front of them with a number of meeples indicated on the
card.
The winner of
the green project collects the credits moved to the project and a second
sequence of bidding takes place.


Second Bidding Sequence in a Round
The two
players on either side of the player who won the green project now make a
one-time silent bid showing their support of the green project. They each take
their meeples that are available from their home office and simultaneously bid
a number of those meeples to commit to the project.
The green card
is placed upside down between the initial winner and the supporting player.
Both players place the meeple bids they made on the card.

Round Start
The next round
starts by moving meeples from the rest area to the home office and a limited
number of meeples to the rest area from the projects around a player. Two more
cards are turned over and bidding takes place.
End of Game
Construction
Fever has two levels of scoring at the end of the game: reputation and credits.
Reputation Score: Players turn
over the cards to expose the reputation numbers that have been hidden since the
projects were bid on. That’s right, once the cards are placed faced down you
can’t look at them until scoring. Each player gets a total for the three piles
(the green cards are counted for each player they are next to). There are also
bonuses for meeples in the home office. The player with the lowest reputation
is out of the game. They don’t get to count their credits.
Credits Score: The remaining
players count the credits they earned from winning the bid along with any bonus
received for the meeple in their home office. The player with the most credits
wins.


Theme and
Mechanics
The theme of
Construction Fever has a little bit of a futuristic look. We were able to
connect with the theme of building for credits and balancing that against our
reputations.
The bidding
mechanic plays quick and easy. The use of bidding a workforce creates a flow to
the resource that requires planning ahead to ensure you have enough to bid with
on future projects. The bonuses for having meeples in the home office at the
end of the game also makes it important not to bid out on the last round. Our
game was decided by the bonus the winning player earned by not bidding his last
meeples on a green project.
The hidden
score of reputation also adds an element of needing to remember how your
company is doing. I was knocked out by having the lowest reputation. It was a
smart move by one of my opponents. They knew we were both close to the bottom.
In the bidding of the last round I made a bid on a black project to push up the
value of the green project, which I wanted. They passed on the bidding and
allowed me to win the black and push my reputation below theirs to knock me out
of the final scoring.





Artwork and Components
We played a
prototype and the components were good solid quality.
The artwork used
on the cards fit the theme with futuristic building.
The Good
  • Play moved along easily
  • Game length can be altered by the number of rounds if you need a shorter
    game
  • Good balance between projects and resource allocation
  • Good balance from start to finish
The Bad
  • Variability
    between games is limited, twelve cards for ten rounds. Variability comes from
    bidding strategies used.
Final Thoughts
We enjoyed
Construction Fever.
Construction
Fever provides a nice balance of bidding with a resource that can be quickly
depleted and slower to rebuild. Everyone is working within the same confines which
maintains balance from round one to the end. If a player is overly aggressive
at one point of bidding, they are restricted in the next round and possibly
further.
Players Who
Like
  • Head to head
    bidding





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Daniel Yocom – Reviewer

Daniel Yocom does geeky things by night because his day job won’t let him. This dates back to the 1960s through games, books, movies, and stranger things better shared in small groups. He’s written hundreds of articles about these topics for his own blog, other websites, and magazines along with stories, after extensive research. His research includes attending conventions, sharing on panels and presentations, and road-tripping with his wife. Join in the geeky fun at guildmastergaming@blogspot.com.


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