An interesting looking board game on Kickstarter which caught my eye is On the Origin of Species from Artana. In the game, players will travel through out the Galapagos Islands on board the HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin. During the journey the players will gather research and chart new species and habitats of all forms of life. The game is for two to four players, ages 9+, and plays in around 45 to 60 minutes. The project is over 600% funded and you can reserve a copy of the core game and stretch goals for a $25.00 pledge through December 5th. Expected delivery is May 2020.
On the Origin of Species is a 2-4 player strategy board game in which each player will step into the adventure of young Charles Darwin on the HMS Beagle’s expedition through the Galapagos Islands, examining the local species and uncovering their natural history. Trace connections between the flora and fauna you discover as the Beagle journeys through the islands. Find help from the ship’s crew and uses for the tools in your luggage. Excel in your research and lead the way among your naturalist colleagues.
Assist Charles Darwin during the Beagle journey across the Galapagos Islands, discovering new species and researching them in order to improve your knowledge.
During their turn, the active player must choose between two actions:
Research: Put 2 research pieces on 2 different species tiles on the board, gaining the knowledge of air, land or water habitat.
Discover: use the acquired habitat knowledge to place new species tiles on the board, obtaining victory points and evolution, characters and objects cards. Additionally advance the Beagle on its track.
The game finishes when the Beagle reaches the last space of its trip, leaving the archipelago through New Zealand. The players score the evolution points according to the final goal card, adding them to the points obtained during the game. The player with more points in the scoring track wins.