Automania is a new Euro-style board game that’s up on Kickstarter and looking for funding. In the game, you play as owners of an automotive factory, trying to create the perfect car. You construct your car, ship it to customers, who will then hopefully buy it. Using that money, you work to upgrade your factory and hire specialized workers for it. Will you be the next Ford, Chrysler, or Benz?
The campaign is a bit more than halfway to their funding goal, which is set to run for another 32 days.
From the campaign:
We are excited to present “Automania”, a brand new tabletop strategy game from the designer of “Escape: Curse of the Temple”. The game is for 2-4 players aged 12+, with a playing time of 60-90 minutes.
In “Automania”, you run a car factory, trying to produce the most popular cars on the market. To achieve this, you buy tiles to upgrade and customize your factory, and hire specialist employees which provide a variety of advantages.
Central to the game are the factory boards: Each player has a factory with three assembly lines, and each line produces one type of car. You can put machine tiles along your lines to change the specifications of your cars. However, your three assembly lines intersect, so each machine tile placed might affect more than one type of car. Therefore you have to think carefully about where you put those machines.
When you produce a car, it must be shipped to one of two markets. Choosing the right market is crucial, as one market provides more money, while the other provides more prestige. Each market has some demands, and the better your car matches these demands, the more popular your car will be in that market. The most popular cars will sell first and reap the highest profits.