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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. They released their original game on Kickstarter and the response was phenomenal, after a lot of praise and requests they are bringing back The Island of El Dorado for a second round.

The original game did very well and funded in 45 minutes on Kickstarter, they were also able to release an expansion at that time. The game received such a positive review and had so many people who wanted to own it that they decided to reprint the game so that more people could enjoy it. With the second launch of the game and additional expansion the campaign was funded in 45 minutes. They were able to raise over $400,000 in one month. The campaign went on to release the expansion The REVENGE of El Dorado.

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.

In Expansion the Theives of El Dorado Players can choose to play as a Theif to drain the resources of the other explorers that are on the island. There is new treasure, stronger foes, and intriguing events that are set up with new mechanics that are found in this expansion of the game. Theives can also work to control the shrines as well and gain power over the island.

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 its explosive Kickstarter campaign by visiting the links below.  

Game Information:
Number of player: 1-8
Suggested Play Time: 20 minutes per player
Suggested Age: 14+

Included in the box:
3 Polyresin shrines
63 Hexagon tiles
80 resource cards
60 wooden pieces
13 custom dice
5 dual sided player boards
5 linen bags

Theives Expansion
polyresin cave shrine
5 metal doubloons
10 tiles
4 treasures
2 beasts
34 wooden pieces
The Thieves
10 villagers
12 custom dice
3 dual sided player boards
2 linen bags

Revenge expansion
80 revenge cards
Tuck box
107 wooden pieces
9 alternative objective cards
4KS exclusive island tiles
7 dual thick expanded Player boards
Gameplay Tray
Revenge rulebook

Project Details:
Crowdfunding Campaign: Kickstarter
Launch Date: April 30, 2019
Ship Date: May 12, 2019
Website: El Dorado Games