Have you ever thought about what you’d do if an apocalypse did happen and the world was left in turmoil? Have you thought about the implications of your actions post-apocalypse? If you don’t prepare adequately you could find yourself scraping the bottom of the barrel just to survive, or worse – dead. Collapse, a deck building game created by Jordan Goddard, is up on Kickstarter and it puts players in the role of preppers getting ready to tackle world-ending scenarios.
Collapse is a deck building game for two to four players, during which you’ll be competing against one another to stock up supplies and protect their own as an apocalypse is approaching. Players can choose from four world-ending scenarios: financial, biological, natural, or nuclear; or they can play at random where any combination of events may occur. Playing it randomly would best simulate what could actually happen in a real-world scenario.
During the game you’ll need to stock up on food, medical supplies, water, weaponry, and build fortifications for your home to prepare it for the end to come. Time is short, however, and your neighbors are out to grab those same amenities. In order to survive the coming storm you’ll need to strategically place your actions and run your operation with an iron grip.
Here’s a breakdown of gameplay:
Players start with a Homestead card and very limited currency and food. During their turn, they can use Item cards, buy cards, and store cards based on what comes up in their hand. Currency and item cards used get placed back into the player’s discard pile and can be used again as they come up in a future hand. As Item cards are purchased, Event cards can appear at any time and can have grave impact on gameplay. When supplies become scarce, the game ends and the winner is determined by the total months of survival time collected in his deck. Many different strategies can win the game and a little bit of luck doesn’t hurt either.
Collapse funded within the first 48 hours of it being on Kickstarter, and the campaign still has nearly a month left. The campaign is now hitting stretch goals, which include upgraded components, expansions, and new game variants. I’m quite a fan of Collapse, and know that Goddard has put a lot of work into the project. I’m also a fan of the apocalyptic/survival/prepper genre of games, and this hits the theme right in the face. Make sure you check out the campaign and get a pledge in, I’m sure it will be a wild ride to the end of smashing stretch goals!