Fief – France 1429 is a revamp of Fief: a French strategy board game focusing on conquest. Here’s a short description of the game: “Fief is a game of dynastic ambition, where players assume the roles of nobles in the 15th century Kingdom of France. Each player strives to become the most powerful ruling force in the Kingdom by gaining control of Fief and Bishopric territories. In turn, they acquire Royal and Ecclesiastical (church) titles which give their families influence to elect the next Pope and King. Players strengthen their positions by negotiating marriage alliances between their families, setting the stage for love, treachery, and deception!”
Players: 3 – 6
Time: 2 hrs
Estimated Delivery: June 2014
The game will be made available in English, French, German, and Spanish and is being produced by Academy Games. For those who are not familiar with Academy Games, their focus is on recreating historical games “for gaming enthusiasts, schools, museums, universities and military personnel” and their “products range from family games to tactical training games.”
One of the complaints about the original version of Fief is that the rule set is simply too complicated. The creator of Fief – France 1429 assures us that we can look forward to a new game with updated rules and new content, rather than simply a remake of the original. Given Academy Games’ track record, I’m confident that they will deliver on this promise.
Pledge Levels: Thirteen levels ranging from $2 – $230, including the French language pledge option and additional games.
End Date: Tuesday Feb 11, 2:01pm EST
So far there seems to be a fair amount of interest in this game. The project met its initial goal of $20,000 within the first 48 and has unlocked five stretch goals in under ten days, so there’s no concern about the campaign succeeding. In terms of production, Academy Games has a very good track record with producing their games, so I have very little concern there as well.