Game Brewer hat in Zusammenarbeit mit Eagle Gryphon Games, Maldito Games und Ostia Spiele die Crowdfunding-Kampagne zur Kartenspiel-Version von Stefan Risthaus‘ „heavy board game“ Arkwright gestartet – überaus erfolgreich, wie sich bereits nach kurzer Zeit herauskristallisiert. Das angepeilte Finanzierungsziel von rund 21.000 Euro ist auf der Plattform Kickstarter bereits weit überschritten. 


The board game Arkwright by Stefan Risthaus is extremely well received by connoisseurs. With Arkwright: The Card Game, a shortened version of the basic game is now available, provided that the KickstarterCampaign is correspondingly successful. For now, it looks like the card game can hit players as planned in June 2021. The crowdfunding project has far exceeded its funding target; around 1.200 fans take part. There is now time until September 3rd to unlock more stretch goals.

Arkwright card game: more straightforward than the original

Sir Richard Arkwright gilt als Schöpfer des Fabriksystems. Der clevere Unternehmer erfand mit der „Spinning Jenny“ eine Spinnmaschine, die als Meilenstein der industriellen Fertigung in der Textilbranche gilt. Der Name des Brettspiels gibt das Thema vor, und auch im Kartenspiel zu Arkwright dreht es sich im Kern darum, einen funktionierenden Wirtschaftskreislauf aufzubauen – diesmal nur gradliniger als im Original und deutlich geraffter.

Das ist bei einem derartigen Titel kein Manko, im Gegenteil: „heavy board games“ wie Arkwright, echte Kopfnüsse also, landen mitunter nur selten auf dem Tisch, trotz ihrer spielerischen Vorzüge. Einer der Gründe ist die meist ausgedehnte Spieldauer, hinzu kommt die Erfordernis – bei Arkwright besonders – einer möglichst mathematischen Herangehensweise. Das klingt für ein Freizeitvergnügen nicht unbedingt für jeden Spielertypen charmant. Arkwright: The Card Game will nun eine Lücke schließen.

Also at Arkwright: The card game is about the production and sale of goods. Image rights: Game Brewer

Also at Arkwright: The card game is about the production and sale of goods. Image rights: Game Brewer

The principle is also retained in the card game version: players build factories to produce goods, employ workers and gradually install automated production systems. Players can then sell their goods, either on the local market or for a surcharge in distant countries. Whoever acts most profitably wins.

What sounds like Arkwright is Arkwright, but in a version reduced to essential game factors. Arkwright: The Card Game could also be described as the essence of the board game. In addition to purely playful considerations, the illustrations by Mehdi Merrouche - responsible for Uxmal or Ninja Night, among others - should be a reason to at least take a closer look at the card game.

Bis Interested parties still have time on September 3rdto support the business game and thus bring the community closer to other stretch goals. The set bonus targets currently range up to 75.000 euros, including a solo version of Arkwright: The Card Game. The card game is expected to be fully produced and ready for shipping in June 2021. The costs for the pledge are around 25 euros, and a German version can also be selected in the pledge manager.


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