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6 Best Kickstarter Board Games from 2020 You Don’t Know About

Sankokushin: Five Sacrifices; Paris, Kanban EV; Roll Player Adventures; Arydia: The Paths We Dare Tread; Quantified

2020 is still far ahead but most board game publishers aren’t slacking and keep working on games, that might blow our minds in the following years. What games will it be? 

Last week had a look at industry giants and their projects for 2020. This time we’ll discuss different games that might come from less-giant publishers but still have a huge chance to become colossal successes. Happy reading!

Saknokushin: Five Sacrifices

Saknokushin: Five Sacrifices. Trademarks and visuals belong to their rightful owners.

Sankokushin: Five Sacrifices is the new game by a bunch of passionate Italians from Axis Mundi (Daimyo’s Fall, So Long My World). Sankokushin is aimed at 1-4 players and seems pretty standard when it comes to game length. You play as a happy group of adventurer’s in a medieval Japanese setting.

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There’s a campaign, scenarios full of treasures, difficult decisions by each of the players, atmospheric town where you take a breather and level up, teahouses, gambling and god (kami?) knows what else. Heroes have combat stances, develop the city and can even talk to bosses to manipulate them. I absolutely adore the concept and with my love for Japanese settings consider me a day 1 backer! 🌸

Paris

Michael Kiesling: the creator of Azul and tons of other masterpieces is back! Same with Wolfgang Kramer known well for El Grande, Tikal and many other. Duo’s  latest game called Paris will take place in…  [suspense music starts playing] Paris. 

The action will be set in 19th century. You will have to obtain buildings in certain areas of the famous French city to become the winner. We’re expecting a more classic euro with some fun twists as Kiesling and Kramer rarely (if ever) disappoint. One more thing: the game looks to be fast paced (which i love) and simply: fun. 

The campaign is planned for March 2020.

Kanban EV

Kanban EV. Trademarks and visuals belong to their rightful owners.

VItal Lacerda. Ian O’Toole. Enough? The designer/artist duo is back with a remake of Lacerda’s Kanban from 2014. The game makes you a manager in an electric car (EV) factory with some special assembly lines vital to game’s mechanics. Everything was inspired by the Japanese system of assembly lines with special signs showing workers what to do and giving them hints. 

Each player is a manager trying to do his / her best when it comes to their designated assembly line. Players do everything they can to improve the production and compete with other managers. They’ll work on inventing new car parts and deal with suppliers

Any cool new mechanics? First of all: solo mode. You’ll also be manufacturing electric cars now. Factory manager NPC can be “good” or “mean” depending on the difficulty you prefer. We can easily expect many more additions, all with the beautiful art by the incredible Ian O’Toole.

Roll Player Adventures

Roll Player (original version). Pic from BGG. Trademarks and visuals belong to their rightful owners.

Originally a 2019 Fall title, Roll Player Aventures is slowly looking like something we’ll see in 2020. The Roll Player universe is well known among tabletop game fans. Last year there was a really successful campaign for the expansion and now we’re looking at yet another product. And pretty innovative one at that.

Roll Player Adventures will be more story focused and story heavy than its predecessors. The original game was based around developing your perfect RPG characters starting from scratch. We’ve already had 2 expansions and the newest game will take you to the Kingdom of Nalos and the so-called Abandoned Lands. The game is fully co-op (up 4 players). Roll Player Adventures is also a standalone game, and can be played without the original version. 

So what’s in the box? First of all: at least eleven adventures for you to experience and some bonus content for those who want even more. The best thing? You can import your old favourite Roll Player characters and play this game using them. For the new players, there’s also a new lovely bunch prepared, so you can have your own hero too.

Arydia: The Paths We Dare Tread

Arydia: The Paths We Dare Tread. Trademarks and visuals belong to their rightful owners.

Arydia was created by Cody Miller, who is known for his Xia released back in 2014 (141 on BGG top list right now). His newest board game called Arydia: The Paths We Dare Tread is about to come to Kickstarter in 2020. Even though it’s still early, Arydia looks like on of these heavy boxes that will take lots of space to store and lots of time to complete. And I love it! 

The creator promises a long, open world adventure filed with exploration, roleplaying and epic fights. The land you’ll traverse is not randomized, and lots of effort was put into its clever design. The game consists of scenarios played over multiple sessions and forming a campaign together. 

Is this a typical legacy game? No. According to the authors even though you open packages, progress and find secret components – everything can be fully reseted and played again and again from the beginning! 

Quantified

Quantified. Trademarks and visuals belong to their rightful owners.

A weird but fascinating project by Janna Ullrich. The Dutch designer has decided to create a game inspired by dystopias. Quantified is a game set in a world mixing Orwell’s 1984 and Black Mirror / Modern China. The actions of users affect their social scores and their official status (from a refugee to a proper employed worker). Your goal is to make 4 basic human rights accessible to everyone and combat totalitarian ideas.
Quantified is a co-op game. Each player controls a different person with different social status. They need to cooperate and players with lower social scores will have less options available (my guess: walking instead of metro etc). Some dangers can only be tackled by players whose characters have access to free speech.

Quantified is a co-op game. Each player controls a different person with different social status. They need to cooperate and players with lower social scores will have less options available (my guess: walking instead of metro etc). Some dangers can only be tackled by players whose characters have access to free speech.

Looking for more great games coming out in 2020? Check out our article about titles from the greatest players on the market! <-

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