The train left. That's not always good, but it is for Archona Games. The publisher has launched its crowdfunding campaign for the track building game Small Railroad Empires on Kickstarter - and has done so very successfully so far. The bring-and-bring board game about trains is another title in Archona Games' "Small Empires" series. Interested parties now have until May 15; a total of around 14.000 euros are required for the campaign to be successful.
Small Railroad Empires: Train tactics in your pocket
The idea behind the “Small Empires” series is not new at Archona: Samurai was last used, before that it was spaceships. However, the idea of offering a board game in small format is well received. Small Railroad Empires will probably also be successfully financed by crowdfunding on Kickstarter. Almost 14.000 euros are needed for this, two-thirds have already been done. Over 300 so-called backers have already signaled their support and invested 29 US dollars. That is apparently one of the advantages of the Archona Games mini-series: the prices tend to be at the lower end.
The train board game is aimed at two to four players and is based on a mixture of bring-and-bring mechanics, route construction and set collection. The idea behind the game is well known: players set up their transport company and do what train operators do: make money.
In the game, which lasts around 30 to 90 minutes, the players gradually connect cities and factories with tracks and transport goods. There is then a fixed amount of money and influence depending on the length of the route. There are also some special achievements that can be achieved for a bonus. It seems as if Archona Games would also combine with Small Railroad Empires those playful core factors that are necessary for a successful train board game: strategic possibilities, a modular playing field for a bit of variety, a mix of three basic mechanics that match the topic.
The game takes place in a small box - that is the purpose of this “Small Empires” series. Fans can also book a scenario package directly. This will then contain parts of the game plan with a European and US theme and possibly others, depending on the “stretch goals” achieved.
The Kickstarter campaign The board game runs until May 15th. Small Railroad Empires should appear in December.
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