Cape May box render
Cape May city being developed by players
Cape May movement cards and actions
Cape May game in play with lighthouse piece moving on season track
Cape May components setup

Cape May

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Build wealth and prestige by developing the historic seaside town in New Jersey.
   1-4        60-120 min        14+
  • FREE GIFT: Vocations (Mini-Expansion)
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Features: City building, area majority, set collection
  • Strategic real estate game
  • Develop and upgrade commercial and residential properties
  • Includes historical events from the seaside town of Cape May

In Cape May, players traverse the city streets as entrepreneurs, developing property while building wealth over four seasons to earn prestige.

Build cottages, develop them into Victorian homes, and upgrade them into historic landmarks. Establish shops and grow them into profitable businesses. Carefully move around the city, and make strategic use of activity cards. Complete bonus goals, then take some time to relax and spot wildlife in the best place for birdwatching in the Northeastern United States.

Cape May city being developed by players

For fans of:

City building and historic games

Whoever best balances their income, development, movement, and personal goals will go down in history as the most successful developer of Cape May!

America’s oldest seaside resort, Cape May, New Jersey, has been a popular getaway for families from New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. since the late 1700s. But Cape May was never immune to hardship. Wracked by devastating fires, extreme beach erosion, swarms of mosquitoes, and intense competition from surrounding areas, the town and its residents struggled their way through the 19th and 20th centuries. During this turbulent time, players attempt to develop Cape May into the “Queen of the Seaside Resorts.”

Reviews of Cape May

"One of my favorite area control games for two players. I just really can't say enough great things about this game"

Eric Slone from Rolling with the Beard
Rolling with the Beard
Eric Slone

"This game is an absolute delight. I love games that do not fit into the typical mold and applaud publishers that dare to explore themes outside the mainstream."

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Mike Hughes

"Cape May is not only charming but this medium weight game is a game that families are going to fall in love with."

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One Board Family
Ryan Gutowski

"It's a good solid game if you like economic games where you're managing money and tight actions, tight euro games, that looks beautiful with a unique theme"

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The Game Boy Geek
Dan King
  • Dimensions: 12.5 x 8.9 x 2.8"
  • Weight: 5.37 lbs
  • Release date: Nov 2021


  • Design: Eric Mosso
  • Illustration: Michael Menzel
  • Graphic Design: Stephen Kerr
  • ​Development: Scott Bogen, Keith Matejka & John Brieger


  • 85 Plastic Miniatures (32 Victorian, 32 Business, 20 Landmark bases, 1 Lighthouse)
  • 80 Cottage and Shop Tokens
  • 60 Bird Tokens
  • 60 Money Tokens
  • 161 Cards
  • 8 Wood Meeples
  • 1 Double-sided Gameboard
  • 1 Rulebook

There are currently no expansions for Cape May.

  • Mini Expansions (1) - card pack to add variety and new challenges.

You can enjoy Cape May on the following digital platforms:

How to Play

1) Resolve Events

Each round a new event card is revealed and may help or hinder your efforts.

Card are based on historic events that occurred through the 19th and 20th centuries, including multiple fires, extreme beach erosion, and swarms of mosquitoes.

Cape May event cards in play
Cape May movement cards and actions
2) Move & Play Cards

Use your movement cards to move around the city. Plan wisely as your cards are discarded after use!

Race to arrive at lucrative districts before your opponents. Or take your time and go bird-watching for extra prestige.

3) Construct Buildings

Pursue the development of residential or commercial properties.

Build cottages, develop them into Victorian homes, and upgrade them into historic landmarks. Establish shops and grow them into profitable businesses and earn special upgrades.

Cape May city being developed by players
Cape May game in progress, lighthouse moving at end of round
4) Earn Points

Complete hidden bonus goals, typically based on what buildings you have constructed and where they are located.

You'll also collect income at the end of three different seasons in the game. Points are awarded based on your buildings and bird-watching.

At the end of twelve rounds, the player with the most points wins!

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