Last year, Terra Nova Games made their Kickstarter debut with a small game called Guile. The campaign ended up successfully funding and the backers are now happily enjoying their game. Recently, Terra Nova Games jumped back on Kickstarter with a brand new offering and it’s a much bigger game this time. Ophir is a euro game (with some gorgeous artwork I might add) where players are singularly tasked with constructing a large temple in the region. The game combines the mechanics of set collection, pick-up-and-deliver, and resource management into a unique game that still plays in under an hour.
From the Kickstarter Page:
Ophir is a pick up and deliver, set collection, resource management game set in an ancient, prosperous world for 2-4 players. In Ophir, you’re an influential merchant of government, trade, or religion with a singular focus – the construction of the Temple.
The Temple is built layer by layer through collective contributions of Silver and Gold. These precious metals are delivered by your merchant ship for Victory Points at the Temple, one of the seven locations you’ll be visiting in Ophir.
To afford these precious building materials, you must navigate the region’s seas against your clever rivals to collect Goods. You must then decide whether to fulfill the demand at the Market for Coin, or exchange the goods for Favor with the Temple.
Well-timed trades, efficient cargo storage, and tactical transportation will be the keys to your success. But you must be swift in your travels, because the game ends immediately once the construction of the Temple is complete. Will it be you whose name is spoken alongside the stories of Ophir’s wonder?
Although we didn’t have a chance to do a preview of this game, there are a number of reviews already on the campaign page to give you an idea of how well it plays. I’m looking forward to checking this one out and I hope it hits its funding goal. If you’d like to become a backer, a $39 pledge will get you a copy of the game and all stretch goals. Ophir is scheduled to be in backers hands in December of 2014 and you have until Monday, July 14th to pledge. So head over today and check it out.