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Daniel Aronson came up with the concept of The Island of El Dorado in April of 2017. In combination with two of his friends, Michael Howard and Nick Tompkins he was able to sketch out the first prototype on scraps of paper. They used pieces from other games that they had to create a prototype of what the game would look like. The Island of El Dorado was meant to be a world full of strategy, combat, twists and turns, victory and defeat. The El Dorado team played the game again and again perfecting the elements until they were ready to share it with the world.  

The Island of El Dorado Team reached out to Kickstarter as a well known platform for launching games. Their campaign was on fire, and was 100% funded in 20 hours. They reached 3 of their stretch goals in 36 hours, and went on to raise almost $300,000 in one month with 4,608 backers. The campaign went on to also offer an expansion of the game that was called The Thieves of El Dorado. El Dorado Games has also been able in introduce an more intense mode of playing this game called Hardcore mode for those players who  prefer their game to be entirely tactical.

The story behind The Island of El Dorado is that in 1589 somewhere in the ocean lies The Island of El Dorado. The island is filled with gold, mystery and shrines. The game board changes every time that you play creating a unique landscape for each session. The object of the game is to gain control of the island’s four shrines. As the explorers race to reach the shrines they feel a strange power surge within them. Players interact with the elements of the game to build farmhouses and grow their economy. The players also use armies to defend themselves against the other explorers. The most powerful shrine is hidden in a cave somewhere on the island but players must be wary as it is the most dangerous part of El Dorado.

The Island of El Dorado is unique because it has a different mix of genres. It has been categorized as a Euro, 4X, civilization, war, and race game, but is not any of those singularly. The game is also filled with tense and explosive moments like battles that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Every single time that you play the Island of El Dorado you have to come up with a new strategy because you are never encountering the same landscape. The art that was used for the game came from the Metropolitan Museum of art. Original works from famous painters were used as part of an “Open Access” policy. The game is easily accessible for those that are novice or veteran game players. You can view the game or it’s explosive Kickstarter campaign by visiting the links below.  

Game Information:
Number of player: 2-4 players
Suggested Play Time: 20 minutes per player
Suggested Age: 13+

Included in the box:
3 Polyresin shrines
63 hexagon tiles
75 resource cards
60 wooden pieces
13 custom dice
5 sided explorer boards

Project Details:
Crowdfunding Campaign: Kickstarter
Launch Date: August 29, 2017
Ship Date: March 12, 2019
Website: El Dorado Games