Near and Far is an adventure game with a choose your own adventure story telling aspect to it, and people have loved it. So naturally, Red Raven Games is looking to expand this game and so are turning to Kickstarter to get it funded. Near and Far: Amber Mines adds four new things (now five with stretch goals) to the game that help increase replay-ability and just improve the game. First is a replacement for the standard mine on this board, this new amber mine is card based and so what you get will be a little more random. But what is good is that these mines will offer better rewards than the normal gem/coin combinations, making up for the more chaotic nature.
The next addition is adding magic to the game, allowing you to have special abilities during the game. Need help with bandits? If you get the lightning bolt spell you can convert a gem into three swords. Running low on money? With transmute you can exchange up to four gems for two coins for each gem. Needless to say this opens up all sorts of new possibilities in the game as you collect magic in order to gain access to these different spells.
Third is a new general store, giving you the option to refill hearts and also gives you the opportunity to place camps there if you buy an advanced artifact.
Fourth are new dangerous encounters, so instead of just the same endless stream of bandits, you now have all sorts of new foes to fight, with also differing rewards for when you defeat them.
And finally, due to the stretch goal being reached, a co-op mode will be added to the game, allowing you to play cooperatively with your friends through any of the game modes. This to me is awesome because playing this game you often forgot it was competitive, and so now with this you can play it cooperatively against the final bosses.