It’s impossible not to reach for puns when a game’s titled Near & Far and its Kickstarter has already raised its funding goal eleven times over (and only as of writing). Clearly, what might’ve seemed far away when the creators initiated the campaign proved to be much nearer than they ever expected.
Near & Far is a sequel to Ryan Laukat’s Above & Below, which mashes up storytelling and town-building for bouts of competitive survival. In the first game, players race to build the best dwellings on land and in subterranean caverns. For this follow-up, the play area has expanded significantly, with no less than eleven maps available to explore. Players now compete to see who can venture farthest, recruit the most comrades, and manage their resources well enough that they return home with a truly storied adventure.
Indeed, storytelling factors into Near & Far both figuratively and literally, with a “book of stories” serving as a keystone. The tome’s available for players to read during unique events, letting them decide how their character responds. Maps correspond to specific chapters as well and every character–from the four available for play to the bevy of NPCs who can be recruited–has a story to tell within it. Stats and points still factor into gameplay, of course, but each session is really about building unique sagas through the mixing and matching of all these colorful vignettes.
As mentioned, the campaign’s ventured well past numerous stretch goals, so contributors have a whole treasure chest of goodies to pick from should they join this search for the Last Ruin. Rewards include special tokens, deluxe editions, and expansions to Above & Below. And the designers are so confident in their little crowd-founded sojourn, they’ve already mapped out goals for when the campaign reaches half a million.
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Featured Image Credit: Ryan Laukat