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Indie Boards and Cards is the gaming company that created the Aeons End card game series. Other games that they have created are Flash Point, The resistance, Coup, Kodama, Delve, Dragon Slayer and more. Travis, the creator is from Oakland California and runs a team of different game designers and illustrators. Their gaming company is known for running a website that sells all of their own games and offering a variety of different kinds of game from those that deal with government control to games about running a day care.

The Potemkin Empire was released on Kickstarter on March 26, 2019. Indie also collaborated with Man vs Meeple, Never Bored Gaming, and BeBoldGames to show people a walk through of the game. Through these channels they were able to give an in depth look at aspects of the games and how beautiful and intriguing they look set up on the table. By April 1st they were able to unlock all of the stretch goals and it was no April Fools Joke. On April 10th they had raised $11,676 for the production of their game.

The story behind the game is “Russia: 1787. Empress Catherine the Great is taking a surprise  trip down the Dnieper River to survey her new kingdom. This will take her directly past your old, unremarkable village. You don’t have the  time or money to make your village impressive, but with a few pieces of timber and some strategically placed facades you could certainly make  your village seem impressive.”

“In Potemkin Empire, up to five players attempt to impress Empress Catherine by convincing her that they have the most prosperous village in the land. You don’t have much time or money, so you’ll just have to set up empty building facades along the river to make your town look impressive. Draft and assign interior cards to decide which of your buildings are real or fake. Score points by exposing your opponents' fake buildings, or by passing off your fakes as real. Each building you can add to your town has a unique ability, so choose the buildings you construct carefully. Some will earn you points whether they’re real or not, but beware of your enemies’ spies!” To find out more about Potemkin Empire please visit the links below.

Game Information:
Suggested Players: 3-5 players
Suggested Play Time: 45 minutes
Suggested Age: 14+

Included in the box:
1 game board
1 capitol token upgrade
85 interior cards
64 Facade cards
40 resource cubes
15 agent meeples
1 capitol meeple
1 scientist meeple
1 shield meeple
5 mode tokens
5 player aids
4 month tokens

Project Details:
Crowdfunding Campaign: Kickstarter
Launch Date: March 26, 2019
Ship Date: April 10, 2019
Website: Indie Boards and Cards