“Game On” is a series in which we examine the companies, creators, and games in crowdfunding. We look at the journey, ideas, and concepts the creators wanted to bring to market with their product.

Uwe Eikert is an American board game designer who is of German descent who lives in Ohio. He is the founder and owner of Academy Games along with his son Gunter. Uwe has built up and sold several successful businesses. He is the award winner of the 2008 James Dunnigan Design Elegence Award Nominee and has taken part in creating games such as Birth of Europe, 1754 conquest, 1775 rebellion, 1812 Invasion of Canada, Awakening the Bear, Price of Honor, Storms of Steel, Guadalcanal, Strike of Eagle, Freedom the Underground Railroad, Tudor and others. His company is known for putting out games that use strategy but also are very easy to learn.

Academy Games knew that Kickstarter is the perfect place for releasing new games. Their campaign for Mare Nostrum  launched on May 22, 2015 and were funded in under 45 minutes.  10 more of their stretch goals were unlocked within the first 24 hours of the campaign. That included wooden meeple fortresses, Triremes meeples, legion meeples, a leadership board upgrade, rule book for 2 players, 5 new heroes and wonders, barbarians, 5 player screens, the mighty minotaur and a board upgrade. Thought their campaign Academy games was able to add many more upgrades to their game. By July 6, 2015 they had raised over $679,000 with 6,937 backers.

Mare Nostrum is another historical strategy game by Academy Games. It takes place in Ancient Rome and is an Empire building game. Players lead their dominion over the ancient world by expanding their influence into provinces, extending trade caravans, building markets, and founding new cities and temples. Heroes may also be recruited to help the cause of the empire.  Each of the provinces that you have to choose from has different resources that are available for development. There are 13 different resources throughout the map that can be used to fulfill the purposes in building the empire.

Each player in Mare Nostrum begins with three different provinces that are led by Caesar of Rome and it’s powerful legions, Pericles the prominent statesman and order, The great Babylonian healer King Hemurabe, Cleopatra whose engineers led in the storage of grain and irrigation, or Hanible leader of the carthinogens whose merchants trade worldwide. Players can decide how they will build their empires by the areas that they choose to pursue. To find out more about this game and  how to play it you can visit the links below or view the Kickstarter campaign at the links provided.

Game Information:
Number of player: 2 to 5
Suggested Play Time: 90-120 minutes
Suggested Age: 12+

Included in the box:
5 player screens
Game Board tracking mats
40 3D legions
25 triremes
25 fortresses

Project Details:
Crowdfunding Campaign: Kickstarter
Launch Date: May 22, 2015
Ship Date: June 1, 2018
Website: Academy Games