Dice Hate Me Games, developer of Compounded, BrewCrafters, Great Heartland Hauling Co. and VivaJava, Each of these games were successfully backed on Kickstarter and they’re now back with New Bedford: The Game of Historic Whaling and Town Building. This is the revival of a campaign that was cancelled back in December 2014.
Designed by Nat Levan and Oakleaf Games, New Bedford is set in the 19th century town of New Bedford MA in the heart of the whaling age. For 2 to 4 players, each player takes turn placing workers to collect resources, build buildings and expand the town. Ultimately, the players send out sailing expeditions to harvest whales and collect tokens representing Right, Bowhead and Sperm whales which randomly appear among empty seas. Once returned to port, the whales can be converted into money or resources. But, players have to be careful. Whale tokens are limited by the number of players, and the longer the game goes, the fewer whales will appear at sea, reflecting the depletion of the resource by over hunting. The winner is determined by the number of points accumulated for whale tokens, ownership of buildings, bonuses and money in each player’s possession after 12 rounds.
Game components look nice, with thick cardboard tiles for buildings, whaling boards and player boards, plus wooden tokens for workers, ships and resources. All will be packaged in the small size ‘rooster’ boxes that Compounded and VivaJava came in to reduce storage size. The campaign has only two backer levels, including a limited level with a copy of the game autographed by the designer and artist. It runs until August 14, 2015. You can support the campaign, at Kickstarter, here.