Look, sometimes, you gotta just do a slap-dash job to do what you can with the time and resources you have. When the Empress of Russia is going to do a float-by of your town, you gotta make it look good, no matter what. That's the story behind Potemkin Empire, a new board game from Indie Boards and Cards that's up on Kickstarter now.
From the campaign:
Russia: 1787. Empress Catherine the Great is taking a surprise trip down the Dnieper River to survey her new kingdom. This will take her directly past your old, unremarkable village. You don’t have the time or money to make your village impressive, but with a few pieces of timber and some strategically placed facades you could certainly make your village seem impressive.
In POTEMKIN EMPIRE, up to five players attempt to impress Empress Catherine by convincing her that they have the most prosperous village in the land. You don’t have much time or money, so you’ll just have to set up empty building facades along the river to make your town look impressive.
Draft and assign interior cards to decide which of your buildings are real or fake. Score points by exposing your opponents' fake buildings, or by passing off your fakes as real. Each building you can add to your town has a unique ability, so choose the buildings you construct carefully. Some will earn you points whether they’re real or not, but beware of your enemies’ spies!
The Kickstarter campaign is up and running now. It's set to go for another 15 days.