Game Designer: Ivan Lashin
Artwork: Oleg Yurkov, Sergey Dulin, Vadim Poluboyarov, Marta Ivanova, Egor Zharkov, Ilya Konovalov

30–60 min



Game Overview

Furnace is an astounding engine-building euro game where the players take on the roles of 19th-century capitalists building their industrial corporations and aspiring to make as much money as they can by purchasing companies, extracting resources, and processing them in the best combinations possible.

The game is played over 4 rounds. Each round consists of 2 phases: Auction and Production.

Each player has 4 discs with values 1–4 to bid on the cards in the common row. The players take turns placing 1 of their discs on the cards until they don’t have any discs left.

Placement Rules
1. No discs of the same value on one card
2. No discs of the same color on one card

Then, the cards are resolved one by one in order from left to right.

The highest bid receives the card.
All other bids get compensated: the value of the disc multiplies the compensation.

Now, the players manage their own cards in any order they wish. They may gain resources, process them into other resources or money, and upgrade their cards for additional effects.

When the 4th round is over, the player with the most money tokens wins.

Capitalists change the game rules for their owners. Production chains are for true experts!

Key Selling Points

Fast and easy to learn, yet hard to master

Multi-stage production chains

A unique auction mechanism where you profit from each bid (sometimes it’s even better to lose an auction)

Lavish and historically-accurate artwork

High-quality components complementing an exquisite experience

The game variants significantly enrich the gameplay, though are perfectly balanced


46 cards

17 Capital discs

40 Coal cubes

20 Iron bars

15 Oil drums

1 die

82 tokens

1 Round counter

rules of play

Gameplay ArcHWay — Auction Mechanism in Furnace

Learn more about lost bids that can be more profitable than winning ones!

Gameplay ArcHWay — Mastering Production in Furnace

Learn more about building your industrial empire and some basic rules you’ll have to follow!

Gameplay ArcHWay — Historical Setting in Furnace

Who are the characters featured in the game? Who are these people? How did they live?

English Review by All The Meeples Of The Rainbow — Reading Time: 4 min.

Really enjoyed this game! This is a very clever game and one that will remain in the collection. I definitely recommend checking it out!

German Review at brettspielpoesie.de — Reading Time: 3 min.

Furnace ist mit seinen wenigen Regeln total zugänglich, die notwendigen Entscheidungen aber dennoch nicht banal.

Dutch Review by SpinLi — Reading Time: 6 min.

Furnace is echt wel de kachel aansteken en stilaan opstoken naar een serieus vuur. Het aanschaffen van de perfecte combo aan kaarten en het ideaal optimaliseren van deze engine zal leiden tot de overwinning. Toch zal elke speler ietwat anders z’n motortje opbouwen en dat maakt het best tot een tof spel, je gaat altijd wel mee doen en het gevoel hebben dat je motortje aanslaat (zij het misschien wat trager of minder efficiënt als een andere speler). Het woord dat het meeste bij mij opkwam tijdens het spelen van dit spel was : interessant, erg interessant!

Game Rules (EN)

All you need to know to play the game.

Single-page Overview

Learn how to play the game at a glance.

Sell Sheet

Single-page gameplay overview with all the business information included (MSRP, MOQ, Availability).

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