This is the second campaign for the Aether Captains game and this time around they easily hit their goal on the first day and are on their way to unlocking some nice extras.
Aether Captains is a steampunk one vs many game where one player takes on the role of the Arkady Navy to defend their homeland and the remaining players take on the roles of pirating war captains. The Navy player gets control of the very imposing ships HMS Dominion or Dauntless , both represented by custom dice, and work to maintain order by destroying the war captains as they come out onto the board. Since the government is helping the Navy player there is not much need for resources, but they will need to defend the cities on the board or liberate them if they have been taken over. They can also recruit new crew to help make their job easier but essentially they are on a seek and destroy mission against the pirates. The war captains have a little more variety in their objectives because they are randomized on cards at the beginning, they could be things like occupy a city, attack other players, or some other variation making their end goal hard to tell at the beginning. But since the war captains are pirates, they will have to pillage the towns in order to have the resources to go up against the the much bigger Navy ships. Whoever achieves their goals first is the winner of the game.
The game looks great with custom dice representing all the ships on the player boards while on the main board they are designated with minis. Also available in the campaign are two expansions for the game adding either more content for the Navy or more content for the war captains. Either way if this campaign sounds interesting head on over to the Kickstarter page to pledge for your own copy.