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Furnace (Hobby World International)Title: Furnace

Publishers: Hobby World International and Arcane Wonders

Designer: Ivan Lashin

Artists: Sergey Dulin, Marta Ivanova, Ilya Konovalov, Oleg Yurkov, Vadim Poluboyarov, and Egor Zharkov

Number of Players: Two to four players

Ages: 12+

Playtime: Around 30 to 60 minutes

Year: 2021

Genre: Light engine building/bidding game


I tackle the light bidding and engine building game Furnace, designed by Ivan Lashin, coming in early 2021 from Hobby World International and Arcane Wonders. Is this strategy game set during the industrial revolution worthy of a place in your collection? Or should Furnace be tossed… well… a furnace so you can watch it go up in smoke? You’ll find out!

3:36 Discussing the game play of Furnace
22:57 Final thoughts and review score

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Furnace is a solid, if relatively lightweight, bidding and engine building game set during the industrial revolution. I found the ability to receive bonus actions or resources from factories you don't win a bid on to be a nice wrinkle. It will take a bit of time to grasp the iconography and how to effectively build your engine, so don't expect to master this in your first go round. The game doesn't run too long either and there's enough decision making where the gang and I enjoyed the experience without being overwhelmed.
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Founder/Editor-in-chief of The Gaming Gang website and host of The Gaming Gang Dispatch and other TGG media, Jeff tackles any and all sorts of games but has a special fondness for strategy, conflict sims, and roleplaying games. Plus, he's certainly never at a loss for an opinion...

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