We had the great chance of talking to Jon Eguia Bengoechea about Burning Games’ Kickstarter for Ether Wars, the gorgeous dice game funding RIGHT NOW!:
What is Ether Wars?
It’s the fruit of over two years of design and playtest efforts from our friends Javi and Álvaro. The end result is a tight, super strategic game that still allows you to just pick up a handful of dice and hope for the best every now and then 🙂
You’ve had two successful Kickstarter campaigns with your Faith RPG’s and now are running a Kickstarter to successfully fund a board game. Are you planning to take over all of the gaming world genres with your games?
Well, that didn’t take long! After only two genres someone is already onto us! In all seriousness though, we’d love to make one game of each big genre out there… And we are already working on it. Stay tuned!
What is the Ether in this game, and why do we need to control it?
The Ether is a very powerful resource left behind by the Ethereals. Now the four main species fight to control it, as whoever dominates it will control the entirety of the universe!
It looks like the different species have different strengths and weaknesses. What are those and how can we use those to crush mine enemies?
The Dracon are a violent species, specialized on killing everyone and everything. The Vai are expert manipulators, always adapting the board to their needs. The Rippers are very good at getting protein, which allows them to grow great armies; and finally the Human are very versatile, relying on mercenaries to adapt their strategies very swiftly and disrupt their opponents.
This game is retailing for only $41 retail in US dollars. There is A LOT of components in this game. Why not make this a $60 game? Don’t you guys like money?
The exchange rate definitely plays a big part of that. The flip side is we want to make this long term and take the game to distribution if possible. The competition is brutal, so we do what we can 😉
Who do you think Ether Wars tailors to?
People who love rolling dice, and more importantly, people who like strategy with a dose of controllable luck. Many dice in the game can be “powered up” to stack the odds in your favor. The main mechanics of the game are worker placement, resource management and area control, as you need to control the middle of the board to channel the Ether necessary to win. Finally, there is a lot of fighting and player interaction in the game, so if you like that, you will love Ether Wars. If you just want to do your own thing better than everybody else without anyone messing up your perfect strategy, then this game might not be your cup of tea 🙂
You say that you have some Stretch Goals coming soon. Why are you so cruel not to share those with us now? ☺
We are planning to put them up really soon… we want to make some Kickstarter Exclusive stretch goals, but that involves a lot of careful planning. Some of what is in store are extra tokens and card variations, as well as cool gems to represent the Ether.
What would it mean for the game to become a reality?
Two-fold answer: another successful step for Burning Games to take over the gaming world genres, and making the dream of two talented game designers come true.
Thanks to Jon and the wonderful team at Burning Games for the interview! Copy and paste the link to your browser to fund this great game NOW!: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/burninggames/ether-wars-a-sci-fi-strategic-dice-rolling-game