Friday, February 06, 2015

Kanban the Board Game

Board games are generally Monday nights for me. Here's the latest game I've been playing for the last few weeks:


Kanban!


The game is set in a car manufacturing company and your goal is to impress your boss the most, earning victory points. Do that by drafting car plans, getting parts, building cars or testing cars. 

Worthwhile part of this game is the tongue-in-cheek business stuff. The game rewards you just as much for saving time and training as actually building cars, which is pretty realistic. Most of the points are scored in the end of round meetings, where you brag to your boss about your pet projects.  It's note-worthy that someone captured corporate America in a board game.

Long story short, I've played it 4 times with 2 or 3 players, I'd say it's an 8/10. I love the open ended possibliities and blocking other players from taking the action they really need, but the end isn't terribly satisfying. I've seen other games do the same mechanic in a much simplier way.