Victorian Exploration on Kickstarter: Exploriana

Chaos Publishing, Triple Ace Games, and Counters Out team up to bring you Exploriana, a competitive push your luck and set collection game designed by Miles Ratcliffe and illustrated by Richard Dearing.

In Exploriana, players are intrepid 19th century explorers traveling the world in search of undiscovered plants, animals, treasures, maps, and locations. Players win by having the most victory points, which are earned by making discoveries and gaining renown.  Some discoveries are worth more in sets and cannot be completed without visiting the different continents. Players push their luck to explore deeper into the continent to make more discoveries, but they risk becoming lost and losing their discoveries.

In addition to push your luck and set collection, Exploriana also blends in worker placement and auction/bidding mechanics.  Players will have to decide each round which continent to send their explorers: South America, Africa or The Far East.  The auction round provides players an opportunity to buy equipment to ensure a better chance of a successful exploration. This unique blend of mechanics is seamless and smooth, resulting in a light strategy game that is easy to learn and plays in under an hour.

Exploriana plays 2-5 players, ages 12+, in 45-60 minutes.  Contents include game board, 5 double-sided player mats, 13 explorers, 6 renown markers, a guide marker, 60 coins (40 silver, 20 gold), 16 lost explorer tokens, 2 grapples tokens, 1 med kit token, 81 cards (18 Far East cards, 21 Africa cards, 24 South America cards, and 18 item cards) and rulebook.

Learn more about Exploriana on Kickstarter.  The Kickstarter campaign runs through 24 May and is expected to deliver October 2018.