Eternal Palace is live (Roll and paint your way through the Palace)
Update: Eternal Palace is live on Kickstarter and the campaign will run for 23 days. You may back either the standard or the Deluxe edition that includes minis and two small expansions.
In the solo mode, you play against The Master AI which comes with 3 levels of difficulty. Its dice groups are determined by the cards it draws from its deck.
Our preview post below was published on March 6.
Eternal Palace is a 1-4 player dice placement game in which you play as an artist helping a Chinese emperor rebuild his ruined palace. It will launch on Kickstarter on March 8.
In Eternal Palace, you will be using your dice as workers, sending them to various locations on the board to rebuild parts of the palace. Each location is reached by allocating the matching die value. If you cannot access a location, you can still visit it by paying fish.
Each round consists of 4 phases: Roll, Plan, Play, Restore. In the Roll phase, you will roll your dice. Not all dice are available to you from the beginning, you will be able to gain them over the course of the game. You will add up the total dice values and adjust the player turn order accordingly. In the Plan phase, players are secretly (behind their screens) arranging their dice into groups.
In the Play phase, you will be using your dice groups to visit locations on the board and take the corresponding actions (some will eventually give you the painting layers you are after). You can visit most of the locations if your dice total is exactly equal to the location value. The Eternal Bridge only takes a single die, while the Imperial Scrolls take a group of any value. If another player has already visited a location you want to visit, you must pay a penalty in fish. In the Restore phase, you retrieve all your dice and start a new round.
The end game is triggered when a player has collected 9 layers of painting (or other number depending on player count). You calculate your points, and the player with the most, wins. Solo rules haven't been revealed yet.