You’d think that when you’re dead, you’re dead. Not really much else going on. But you’d be wrong. The underworld has all sorts of things going on, with various factions looking to control that dark, desolate land all for themselves. In Nocturn, you find yourself in charge of one of those factions. You must expand your group’s area of influence, bringing rivals under heel if necessary. The game is currently up on Kickstarter.
From the campaign:
Nocturn is a strategy board game that combines survival with kingdom building. It takes place in the underworld where players take control over one of the nations struggling to survive in the dead realm. Players establish Houses and grant them lands, obtaining Lords, armies and money for their wars and intrigues. Through these Houses they build mighty cities and strongholds within their borders. Players goals are simple: expand borders, subjugate Your foes and become the dominant power on the continent. The fifth player on the other hand will lead different force. Death, the original sovereign of the realm. In an attempt to recapture his lands, now lost to the living, he will pose as a major threat to all the other players.
The game can be played using Short Campaign rules (for 3 players, game time ~150 min) or Long Campaign rules (for 4-5 players, game time ~180-240 min). The basics of Nocturn are simple to learn and a game can start even with only one person familiar with rulebook. In fact gameplay favors not the players who blindly memorize all the rules but rather those who can scheme and think outside the box.
The Kickstarter is just around halfway to their goal with still 26 days left to go.