Forbidden Games has started a Kickstarter Campaign for its first game, the tile laying train stock game, Railroad Rivals. In Railroad Rivals, by Glenn Drover, 1-5 players bid with their own points in order to win one stock tile and one city tile each round. City tiles are connected edge to edge, and if the train companies on connecting edges match, the player can place one of their train meeples, and the stock for that company rises in value.
New cities collect goods cubes, which can be delivered city to city for points. Extra points are earned if you are the first to deliver a certain good, and opposing players earn points if their trains are used for the delivery. The game ends when all the tiles are laid out, and each players’ stock tiles earn them points according to the stock value.
The Kickstarter for Railroad Rivals continues through April 10, and is expected to deliver in August 2018.
Glenn Drover is a name known to most board game enthusiasts. He founded Eagle Games, designed many games, including Railroad Tycoon (AKA Railways of the World), Conquest of the Empire, and Age of Empires III.
The name Jason Kapalka may be less well-known in our circles, but his accomplishments are not. He is the co-founder and chief game designer at PopCap who make the insanely popular video games Bejeweled, Peggle, and Plants Vs. Zombies.
Those two luminaries are coming together to found Forbidden Games, and they are bringing their unique design aesthetic with them. PopCap Games turned casual gaming on its ear, investing as much into the lighter end of games as most companies did only with their premium games, and making their games visually and aurally superior to others in the same market in the process. Eagle Games made a similar mark, producing mid-weight board games with large, lovely boards, miniatures and attention to detail in components.
Forbidden Games promises to continue this trend, with a mission statement that reads, “We believe a great board game is something you should treasure and play for years to come.” For their first game, Railroad Rivals, which will launch on Kickstarter later this month, they have hired veteran Disney animator Brian Kesinger, who has worked on movies like Tarzan and Moana.