World’s Fair 1893 Comes to Kickstarter

worlds fair

In 1893 in Chicago, a 600 acre beaux arts miniature city stood for six months and attracted over 27 million visitors, there to see some of the greatest attractions in the world- for the first ferris wheel, the first commercial movie theater, and industrial and scientific exhibitions from 46 nations all premiered at the Chicago World’s Fair. This extraordinary setting is remembered with striking visuals and a blend of area-control and card-drafting mechanics in a new game from publisher Foxtrot Games and designer J. Alex Kevern, dubbed simply World’s Fair 1893.

worlds fair board

The World’s Fair of 1893 in Chicago was a spectacular international exhibition that showcased many great achievements in science, technology, culture, and entertainment. Acting as organizers of the fair, players use their influence and supporters to secure the grand exhibits that will be put on display.

On your turn, you send a supporter to one of the fives areas and collect all the cards next to it. Choose carefully to collect the cards you need and also beat out your opponents for control in the various areas:

  • The main exhibit cards could earn you the most points, but only if you have the supporters you need in the matching area to get the exhibits approved into the fair.
  • Favors from the influential figure cards will increase your supporters in the areas and help you approve the exhibits you’ve already collected.
  • The Midway ticket cards for the fun and profitable attractions score you a small number of points and move the game forward.

The Kickstarter campaign page allows backers to vote on what exhibit cards will be included in the box and also features a downloadable print & play file so you can try it out before backing. The project will fund on 10/28.