P.A.W.S. (Prime Alien Watch Squad) is running a Kickstarter campaign for their The 5th Land strategy board game. The game is designed to give you that “abstract strategy board game” feel, but without the 2-4 hour play time of many of those games. Players must manage their resources and fight on both the military and economic fronts if they want to be the ones to control the most land at the end of the game.
From the campaign:
The 5th Land is a Resource Management & Wargame hybrid where the players build alliances, backstab, accumulate resources and ultimately fight each other on the field (militarily) and on the world markets (financially) in order to be the first to control 5 lands on the map.
Our objective was to make a strategy board game that could stand up to any advanced stategy board game, yet be played in 30~45 minutes, instead of 2-3 hours…. (each additional player adds about 15-20 minutes to the game’s length).
So after more that 300 playtests (not counting In-House testing) we’ve managed to produce a game that is very simple to learn (5 minutes) but… devising a winning strategy will take a more calculated approach. You need to carefully consider what actions will advance you and put your opponents at a disadvantage. You need to weigh many different pathways to victory, including the financial collapse of your opponent as you attempt to control The 5th Land.