Among Meeples has a Kickstarter campaign up and running for Among Nobles, their bloodline building board game. Players take on the roles of European rulers from throughout history and must create the strongest bloodline (anyone who’s studied European history like that knows that all of the European nobility was related in some way or another).
The campaign is not quite half-funded, but they’ve still got 19 days left to go on the clock.
From the campaign:
Among Nobles is a card game about establishing and expanding a family dynasty in feudal Europe.
Players control some of the most iconic and influential figures in the European history. Using their unique abilities cunningly is crucial in the fierce competition between the leading noble houses. The game is won and lost in the intricate interaction between war, strategic marriages and influence at court. Each player starts with a lord and his lady and will bring generations of their family to life through birth and marriage.
Players advance their influence in the game by waging war, earning gold and expanding their family. Gold is used to buy extra actions, pay for wedding feasts, muster armies and pay for the education and finer upbringing of male heirs. Armies are used to wage war, bringing riches and prestige back from distant provinces. Prestige points are a measure of your influence on society. The player with the most prestige points at the end wins the game.
You activate characters or couples and pick a series of actions in a horizontal row. Since a wife’s actions are added to her husband’s, activating couples can be more efficient than activating single characters. Most daughters get married off to other families, while the sons continue your family’s bloodline. Games can be won and lost because of the right or wrong marriages and it is also crucial to get the right heirs and a family that works well together.