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Fire Tower: A New Board Game by Runaway Parade
Smoke rises on the horizon. A fire rages somewhere in the heart of the forest. From the height of a fire tower, you command the efforts to contain the inferno, coordinating air drops of water, fire engines, and the construction of fire breaks. Each turn the wind increases the strength of the burn, and the fire grows, bypassing your defenses as it nears your tower. Compete with rival fire departments who will stop at nothing to protect their towers. Can you be the last tower standing?

Fire Tower is a fast-paced, competitive hand management and grid movement game for 2 - 4 players, ages 12+ that takes 15+ minutes. Players use action cards and spatial planning to protect their fire tower from burning to the ground, while trying to destroy opponent’s towers as quickly as possible. The fire spreads with every turn, and players must skillfully and efficiently manage their cards to avoid going down in flames.

The game is easy to learn, has minimal set-up time, and is intuitive to play, so that you can start playing within minutes of opening the box. That said, this is not a simple game to master: multiple variables allow for a wide range of strategies, and no two games look alike.

Fire Tower features a vibrant watercolor design by celebrated artist Kevin Ruelle. You can see Kevin’s fine art by visiting his website.

Each player is assigned a fire tower in their corner of the board, and dealt five action cards and one Bucket card. The spinning weathervane decides which way the wind is blowing. Every turn, the fire spreads in the direction of the wind. Players can then use their cards to extinguish fire, build firebreaks, spread the fire, change the direction of the wind, and more.

Play the Smokejumper to descend into the fire and extinguish it from within; play the Dozer Line to expose nutrient rich soil that will bolster your defenses; or play the Burning Snag to send the inferno towards your opponent. When your tower starts feeling the heat, play your Bucket for temporary relief. Beware the Firestorm, which must be played the instant it’s drawn. This card causes the fire to spread rapidly, and allows all players to discard and redraw their cards.

The momentum of the game can change at any moment. Towers surrounded by fire can still change their fortunes and the clear front-runner can suddenly find themselves engulfed in flames. Only solid spatial creativity and strategic planning can save players’ towers from strong winds and the wrath of their opponents.

Fire Tower Board Game

• Folding Board (18 x 18 in.)
• Deck of 58 cards
• Spinning weathervane
• Rule Book
• 32 Firebreak Tokens
• 150 Fire Token
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Photos courtesy of Roque Nonini and Jay Himmelstein

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