Long-time readers will know I have a fondness for abstract strategy games. Well, this is one that’s certainly caught my interest. Onami is a new board game that’s up on Kickstarter now.
The game has a sort of Othello-feel, but with a bit more randomness thrown in via a set of cards. Players get a hand of 5 at the start. The cards have four numbers on them (one on each side) that represent the power the card has in that direction. When a card is played, if it’s adjacent to other cards, the numbers are compared. If the number on the card just played is higher than the card adjacent, then the adjacent card is captured and the ownership token is flipped to the corresponding color. There’s also a “wave” mechanic, where you capture a number of cards in a row equal to the difference the two numbers (so a 3 vs a 1 would net you 2 captured cards, for example). Pretty neat.
The campaign is over its funding goal, so it’s on to stretch goals for the next 19 days.