Mr B Games has started a Kickstarter Campaign for Aviation Tycoon, an interesting mix of stock management and pick-up-and-deliver for 2-5 players by Ted Cheatham (Silk Road) . In Aviation Tycoon, players invest in 4 different airlines, represented by 4 different colored stock cards. The board has routes from the 4 airlines, connecting cities of different colors. Random passenger cubes are placed on these cities, and their color shows the home city to which they want to travel. Players can collect more stock cards on their turn, and the game includes an interesting balance of cards which are public, and some which stay hidden. Players can move passengers home along any airline’s route, which then generates money for that airline. When stocks payout during designated rounds, players distribute this generated revenue, with the lion’s share going to the owner of the president’s stock (usually the stock collected in a particular airline), then the player with the most stock in that airline, and so on down the line. Players also have special abilities they can activate each turn, however these ability cards rotate around the table each round. Event cards revealed each turn can be good or bad, sometimes closing airports or generating more money for stocks. The player with the most money at the end of a specified number of rounds is the winner.
Aviation Tycoon will be on Kickstarter through June 5 and is expected to deliver in December 2017.