Our next crowdfunding project will be Encyclopedia! This beautiful, dice-based worker placement game was designed by Olivier Melison and Eric Dubus, the authors of Dominations: Road to Civilization and Museum.
Encyclopedia is coming to Kickstarter on December 16th.
You play as aspiring naturalists and adventurers hired by the Comte de Buffon – Darwin’s predecessor – to help him create the first encyclopedia of natural history. To do so, you’ll be conducting research, organizing ambitious expeditions and publishing studies of the world’s most fascinating creatures!
During a game of Encyclopedia, you’ll be drawing and rolling dice at the start of each round, then placing them on your player board. These dice can then be used to perform an action each turn, depending on their color and value.
Your action can be preparing your expeditions by going to the Embassy, visiting the Bank to raise funds, or hiring your research team at the University. Once you’re ready to go, you’ll choose the Animal cards you wish to study, then organize expeditions to observe them in their natural habitats. When your research is complete, you’ll then be able to publish your findings in an attempt to become the biggest contributor to Buffon’s Encyclopedia. Every publication you make will earn you Victory points, and at the end of the game, you’ll score points based on collections of Animals and research amassed during play. The naturalist with the most points wins!
The game offers multiple paths to victory, as well as a multitude of ways to counter the random element of your dice rolls.
Encyclopedia has been sumptuously illustrated by Ronan Toulhoat, Jérémie Prugneaux and Joëlle Drans. The game includes gorgeously detailed illustrations of 75 birds, mammals and reptiles from all over the world.
We’ll be publishing more information about the game and the crowdfunding campaign soon! There will be gameplay and rules videos available soon on our YouTube channel, and you can also visit the Encyclopedia page on BoardGameGeek.