Designers: Xavier Georges

Publisher: Pegasus Spiele

Carnegie asks players to build a company whose business spans the entire United States in just 20 rounds. To do so, you’ll have to manage on several fronts: production, transportation, hiring, philanthropy, and real estate management. Don’t forget to keep making money, either! Various parts of your company will enable actions that you can take and activate, so keeping those divisions full of employees at the right time can be critical to success.

While certainly a Complex title, the Committee found Carnegie really engaging on multiple levels. There’s asymmetry in how players build their companies, use their goods, and expand across the country (even if there’s the occasional blocking that occurs). There’s also plenty of time to build up and execute on a satisfying strategy, giving players a lot of agency in how their company grows and flourishes. Carnegie is definitely a game that requires thought and investment from its players, but the payoff for that investment is high, and we’re proud to name it our Complex Games winner.

What Our Committee Is Saying

With a beautiful presentation and layers of interesting decisions – Carnegie’s brilliant action selection solidly founds one of the smoothest and most compelling strategic games in recent history.

Suzanne Sheldon

Overall, I think Carnegie is a blast! … Route-building is one of my favorite mechanics in board gaming, and I think that the process of building a coast-to-coast set of projects is really fun! There’s so much to do to actually get there, and executing on that strategy is intuitive to learn and extremely satisfying as it progresses.

Eric Yurko

The game is super crunchy and offered a lot of heavy decisions. The actions for everyone is picked by a single player on their turn. You can try to optimize your gameplay, but the planning was difficult when left in another player’s control. I can’t wait to try this again

Annette Villa

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