Wednesday, May 15, 2013
On The Horizon: Euphoria....
....or the full title - Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia. (If you're not sure what a dystopia is, think the opposite of a utopia. Or just play the excellent video game Bioshock: Infinite.) The Kickstarter campaign for Euphoria launched today and I'd be promoting it just cuz the designers are such nice guys. But after having read the rules, I can happily say this one looks pretty darn cool, too, and dripping with theme. Yes, dripping with theme much like their previous game Viticulture... which should be arriving in the mail for me next week!
This upcoming game is a heavy worker-placement game like many designs out today, but its definitely got a few clever twists. The cleverest part of the design, in my opinion, is that workers are represented by dice (a bit like Alien Frontiers) and the higher the value of the die (knowledge) the better the actions it can do. However if the sum of your worker dice (knowledge) exceeds a certain amount, then one of your workers runs away. Aha! Get it, they're getting too smart for their own good and seek freedom. As well, there's buildings that once completed take away options from the players who don't help construct them. Nasty, and again totally integrated with the dystopian theme.
Definitely check out their Kickstarter campaign and take a look at the rules. The images so far are gorgeous and if Jamey and his team over-fund this campaign as much as they did Viticulture last year, then the bonus pieces will be just as magnificent.