Souljar Games is currently running a Kickstarter for a new game with a creative new theme: gondola racing through the canals of Venice. Gondola is a “tile-racing game” in which players control their own gondola and race against other players in an attempt to cross the checkpoints first.
Players setup the game by placing the starting tiles and gondolas, then dealing out random tiles to all the players. Players take turns placing tiles to expand the waterways and moving their gondolas along the canals based on tile-specific movement icons. Thematic elements include gondola pile-ups that players will certainly want to avoid. The game includes “catch-up” mechanisms to create game balance, such as the last player moving an additional space, and going last sometimes includes taking an extra movement or squeezing past blocked-up tiles.
The winner is the first gondola to cross three checkpoints. Game length and challenge can be increased by adding up to five checkpoints.
Gondola is a game for 3-5 players, though a stretch goal for the campaign will increase the maximum player count to 6. The base game will include:
- 5 gondola markers
- 25 wooden checkpoint cubes
- 70+ tiles, including two special start tiles
Gondola has a primary funding goal of $12,000 and has currently raised $2,175 for the campaign. The project will reach its end on March 4, 2015. For more information on this project visit the Kickstarter page here.