The Board Game Kanban EV (Electric Vehicles) is going to be re-released on Kickstarter in Feb 2020 the game features new art from board game artist Ian O’Toole (Age of Steam, Black Angel).
The game will also feature new deluxe components, a new version for a single-player version of the game, along with new tiles, new cards, and a new improved rulebook.
About the Game
“Kanban” — or 看板, is the Japanese word for a billboard and is a term for the visual cues, signals that people might use to lean different things and create an efficient assembly line in order to expedite products and create a smooth workflow.
These visual cues get the workers the knowledge what they need, where they need it when they need it to create a just-in-time (JIT) production system.
This leads us to the setting for the game Kanban EV it is an electric car assembly line. The players are ambitious managers who are trying to impress the board of directors with there skills in automation and workflow in order to achieve as high a position as possible in the company and secure their careers.
Over the course of the game, you persuade the board and the factory tender to help you develop and improve automobile parts.
You will need to make smart use of the outside suppliers and the limited factory supplies in order to appropriate and create the needed part when the suppliers come up short.
Because the factory must run at optimum efficiency, production doesn’t wait for you or for mistakes.
A design and innovation department, leveraged to manipulate the value of the various car models and component upgrades produced within the factory, drives the economy of the game.
The Departmental training and certification tracks provide players with a means to operate more efficiently helping you to upgrade your skills and become more effective.
Kanban EV is a pure Eurogame focused on economics and resource management that puts you in the driver’s seat of an entire production facility, racing for the highest level of promotion.
If you want a seat on the board someday, you need to show that you can keep a complex machine running smoothly, efficiently, with everything happening just at the right time.
Not unlike the design process of the factory itself, Kanban EV proves to be both an innovative and rewarding Game and a solid Euro.
The Games mechanisms are very tightly tied to the automobile manufacturing theme that includes:
- The factory manager is a game-driven non-player character with two modes of play (“nice” or “mean”) to offer a friendly or more competitive gameplay environment.
- Two independent player-influenced game timers the factory production cycle and work week clock provide timing tension to the game, trigger intermediate scoring phases, and factor into the game end conditions.
- A simulation of the factory assembly line with spatial point-to-point movement adds an element to the game that requires optimal timing.
- A design and innovation department, leveraged to manipulate the value of the various car models and component upgrades produced within the factory, drives the economy of the game.
- The Departmental training and certification tracks also provide players with a means to operate more efficiently.
I love work of the artist of Ian O’Toole and judging by the board game cover Kanban EV is going to be a visually stunning game that will defiantly impress I am really looking forward to seeing more about this game as we get closer to the release date.
The fact that this version comes with an official solo mode in the box is a great addition to this game giving people even more options and one that will surely please fans of Vital Lacerda’s previous work.
Where do I get it!
Kanban EV is currently scheduled for a Kickstarter campaign that launches on February 6th, 2020.
Click here to view the campaign