New week means another article in our Upcoming Kickstarters series. Today we talk about 3 great board games coming to KS between October and November. Enjoy!
Montana: Longhorns & Goldrush – October 28th
Montana was designed by Rüdiger Dorn – known for Istanbul, Goa and many other euro style board games. The original Kickstarter campaign took place in 2017.
The game tells a story of first settlers appearing in the Big Sky Country. Montana is a worker placement game at heart. Each player leads a group of people arriving at the titular region and has to plan their actions to gather valuable resources and build villages. New workers are recruited through spinning a wheel which randomizes your results. Next: you assign your people to various activities like farming or working in quarries. There is also a rather important element of trading and building constructions on a modular map.
New campaign will focus on enriching the game with 2 new expansions. “Longhorns” upgrades Montana with ranches, caravan traders and cattle represented by their own meeples. “Goldrush” is devoted to the titular glowy mineral and includes new settlements, rules and bunch of new landscapes that change the game quite a bit.
Almanac (a New Series by Scott Almes) – End of October
Scott Almes has made his name as the designer of the “Tiny Epic…” series. After over 10 installments, and the most recent “Tiny Epic Dinosaurs” he’s about to launch something completely new and unexpected.
The “Almanac” series is planned as a new franchise made by Almes and published by Kolossal Games. The games will come in the form of books, with each page showing a single step of your journey and visited during a single round. Pages in the prototype usually use some sort of worker placement mechanics and have bits of overarching story here and there. The worker placement mechanics will be altered depending on the location you’re visiting. Expect various challenges: some innovative and some inspired by classics of the genre.
Almanac series is aimed at 2 to 4 players (no info on solo mode so far). The first installment called “Almanac: the Dragon Road” will appear on Kickstarter by the end of October. Second, named “Almanac: the Crystal Peak”, is planned for 2020.
Titans – November 11th
Titans is the newest project by Łukasz Woźniak, the creator of the viking themed card game Valhalla, that you may remember from its Kickstarter campaign last year. The game, like its predecessor, got already funded on the local crowdfunding platform in Poland, and after the initial success, its heading towards the English language market.
The story of Titans takes place in an alternate history Europe, during 17th century. In this reality a huge, continent spanning war is being waged. Each players chooses a country related asymmetric faction: The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Ottoman Empire, Sweden and Russia. Each faction has a support of their own colossal titan as well as armies of their own, superpower-fueled soldiers.
Titans sports quite a huge map among its basic components, which makes sense as area control is one of the main mechanics here. Each side offers a different map of Europe to increase replayability. Order Cards set on the side of the board help with recruiting new units and allow them to take certain types of actions. Victory points, which determine the winner, are gained by completing your secret objectives, winning battles and controlling regions by the end of the round. There is also a solo mode included, where you fight against an automated opponent.