Scythe, by Stonemaier Games, is an area control game for 2-5 players set in an alternative history. It uses an asymmetrical play style that gives each player control of a unique faction (Nordic, Saxony, Polania, Crimea, & Rusviet) with differing starting areas, abilities, and goals. The goal of the game is to become the most powerful faction and wrest control of the empire from your adversaries.
According to the Kickstarter, Scythe has engine-building system inspired by Terra Mystica with a deterministic combat system influenced by Kemet (You can check out the rules online here). It also uses a system which allows for player conflict without player elimination. Units cannot be killed or destroyed.
The game has some amazing minis. The faction leaders alone, make me want to play. Check out Olga and Changa! So cool!
Each one comes with an elaborate backstory so you can really get into the story of the game. The art, by Jakub Rozalski, is also mind-numbingly beautiful.
Jess: This game is made by the same company that was behind Euphoria, Viticulture, Tuscany, and the Treasure Chest of tokens. Their stuff is high quality and fun to play. Having played many of their other games, I can’t wait to get my hands on Scythe.
You can get a copy for a pledge of $59. The game comes with 25 minis, 1 Factory promo pack, all stretch goals, and money-back guarantee (not something you see very often with Kickstarters). The game is looking to ship in August of 2016. Go pledge now FOR THE GLORY OF THE EMPIRE!