Create piece-by-piece unique and beautiful paintings in Canvas

May 5, 2020 - 4:47am

Like with travel, painting is about more than just where the process ends up - it's about the journey. And in this Golden Age of Board Gaming where tons of beautiful products display the work of artists the world over, there's a game on Kickstarter right now that is embracing the beauty of the before-and-after, by making the journey the game and bringing the players along for the ride. Canvas, designed by Jeff Chin and Andrew Nerger, has up to 5 players to compete in an art competition, using their imagination as currency to draft parts of paintings and attempt to satisfy scoring conditions with unique creations that are sure to impress everyone at the table. This is done using transparent cards similar to Mystic Vale, stacking the images on top of one another and sliding them into a sleeved background to solidify a one-of-a-kind work of art. The effect is simple, but nonetheless elegant, and the combination of adorable tokens, cloth play mat, and rich colors compliments the theme and creates a truly stunning package.

     "Players will collect art cards, layering 3 of them together to create their own unique Painting. Each card contains a piece of artwork as well as a set of icons used during scoring. Icons will be revealed or hidden based on the way players choose to layer the cards making for an exciting puzzle. Paintings are scored based on a set of Scoring cards which will change each game. Once players have created and scored 3 paintings the game ends."

If you think, however, that Canvas is just meant to be pretty, well, that would be a pretty big mistake. There's a good, quick game under the hood. The cards are drafted conveyor-belt style (think Small World or Century) and the currency is a very small, closed economy. With choices limited, the broad scoring looms it's head forcing players to make tough choices about which scoring cards to stick to and which to abandon, often forcing players to adapt strategies as vital cards are taken or overspent for. It's extreemly simple to teach, charming while playing it, and offers a serious challenge for families and hardcore gamers. If you're interested in learning more about Canvas, check out the Kickstarter campaign page where you'll find videos, tutorials, previous, photos, and community feedback.

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