Just a few days ago Tasty Minstrel Games unleashed their latest endeavor onto Kickstarter and it has already exploded. Blasting past its meager goal of $15,000 it has already flown past twelve stretch goals and doesn't look like its slowing down any time soon. The crazy thing is this is for a project with a single pledge level, a massive $20. How is this possible? Does it level up to the hype that must be driving this thing? In my opinion, yes.
One of my friends happened to receive a play test copy of Harbour a couple of weeks ago and I was finally able to get in a couple of games. The game is very straight forward to learn and play but there is definitely a depth to the strategy involved.
The basic concept is that you are trying to be the first player to purchases four buildings on the harbor and have the highest victory point total. Getting the money for these purchases is done by interacting with the various buildings to acquire goods and then selling them off. Two things make this simple sounding task much more challenging to accomplish. The first is that only one player can interact with a building at a time so planning the timing of your strategy can be pretty tricky. And it that wasn't enough of a twist there is also the fact that the market prices are constantly in flux. Just when you have everything lined up to make that big purchase someone else sells off their stock, flooding the market and driving the price right through the floor.
Personally I definitely recommend checking out this game. It's a lot of fun to play and between the various characters you can play and the variety of buildings involved in the game there is a lot of replay value with this game as well. Add on the fact that this one runs a mere $20 and I really don't think you can go wrong with it. Until next time...