The Society of Eccentric Inventors is a board game for two to five players. Each player takes on the role of an inventor and member of the eponymous Society of Eccentric Inventors. In their boundless wisdom, the Society has decided to put together a friendly competition to determine the greatest inventor among their ranks. To win that fine honor, inventors must manage their resources and eccentricities and watch out for spies, as each inventor creates remarkable inventions to impress and outdo his or her fellow Society members.
At the start of the game, each player chooses a specialty laboratory card. There are five specialty laboratories to choose from, each featuring a different inventor with a unique scientific specialty. Players can build supplemental laboratories and hire assistants and spies. Players assign their inventor and assistants to their own laboratories, and assign spies to opponents’ laboratories.
At laboratories, players take actions to research (or draw) inventions and develop (or add) resources. Inventions are completed with different combinations of resources. Successfully completing inventions rewards players with esteem, and the player with the most esteem at the end of the game is the winner. Also, each completed invention gives a player a special ability to aid his or her quest to be crowned the greatest inventor.
Although building inventions is the primary method esteem is earned, eccentricity and award cards present ways to score extra esteem. Meanwhile, incident cards represent life’s random (and not so random) occurrences and alter play in interesting ways.
The Society of Eccentric Inventors includes the following game components in each box:
The following upgrades will be added as more people back this project:
You may have noticed that the funding goal for this project is lower than many other tabletop game projects on Kickstarter. One reason it is set low is because all costs associated with game design and artwork for The Society of Eccentric Inventors have already been paid for by Mono Opti Games. Therefore, the primary purpose of this project is to fund the printing and shipping costs.
Another reason the funding goal is set relatively low is because printing will be handled by Print & Play Productions, a print-on-demand (POD) printer. For many tabletop games on Kickstarter, the funding goal is set high enough to cover the minimum orders required by traditional printers, often thousands of games. However, with a print-on-demand printer, a minimum order can be much smaller.
A big advantage of working with Print & Play Productions is that they are based in the United States, while many traditional printers used for tabletop games are located overseas. The close geographic proximity between Mono Opti Games and Print & Play Productions significantly reduces the time frames required for proofing, printing, and shipping The Society of Eccentric Inventors compared to an overseas printer.
Risks and challenges
Every Kickstarter project has its own risks and challenges. Although we are a first-time creator, Mono Opti Games has been a backer of many tabletop game projects on Kickstarter. We have seen all types of problems that can crop up on a project, and we have done our best to mitigate those issues.
The Society of Eccentric Inventors has been in development for nearly three years. It has been thoroughly designed, playtested, and balanced. The artwork is nearly finished and the game is almost ready for the printer. Without you, the backers, it can go no further. As such, we pledge to make the funding, production, and fulfillment processes as open as possible, and we are here to address any questions or concerns you may have.
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