Thanks to Twitter (H/T @JenLucPiquant), I found out about a brand-new Kickstarter campaign for a science-themed board game, The New Science. Unlike some of the other Kickstarter projects I’m familiar with, this effort is for a game already developed, and looking for a production budget. It’s put out by Conquistador Games, a small concern out of Columbus, so I can understand the use of Kickstarter to guarantee orders so production expenses aren’t as risky.
This is a relatively involved game, with play estimated at between one to two hours depending on the number of players involved (2-5). Players assume the roles of one of five historical scientists (Newton, Galileo, Johannes Kepler, Gottfried Liebniz, Athanasius Kircher) as they work through five levels of scientific discovery. They do this by conducting research, experimenting, publishing and influencing. Each scientist has their own strengths and weaknesses, so the winning strategy for Newton may not work so well for Kepler (even though both focused on motion).
The game was heavily tested by the folks at Game Salute, and comes with the kind of quality details you might expect from games like Ticket to Ride or the various version of Catan. If you’re interested in getting a copy of the game, it will run $49 U.S., plus shipping for destinations outside the U.S. See the Kickstarter page for more details. As is true with other Kickstarter campaigns, different contribution levels offer different awards, but since this project is aimed at producing the game, most of those awards are additional copies of The New Science.