Warsaw is a unique city. It is said that it “survived its own death”, and there is truth in this. Poland’s capital was largely destroyed during the Second World War, and its reconstruction was an exceptional urban development process. Warsaw is a combination of elegant buildings from Saxon times, architecture from between the World Wars, socialist blocks, and modern buildings. Walking through the streets of Warsaw’s Wola district, one can see this diversity at a glance. Modern glass office buildings stand next to pre-war automotive garages, and concrete block buildings touch elegant older houses, which show the signs of time’s decay. Some call it a spatial mess, while others see in it the residents’ determination. Both views are right because that’s how Warsaw is. Maybe not the most beautiful, but strong and determined. Nothing reflects the city’s character more than its diverse buildings.
In Warsaw: City of Ruins, players jointly build Warsaw over six epochs, from when Warsaw first became the capital at the end of the 16th century through modern times. Each player creates their own district of the city. At the end of each of the six epochs, districts give income and victory points to their owners. After six rounds, whoever has the most points wins.