Day 9 of the 30 days, 30 ideas challenge where I create 30 ideas for games over the next 30 days. See other days here.
Game type: board game, exploration
Length: 1 hour
This one isn’t a new one by any means but making an exploration board game appeals to me. Players would be either cooperatively or against each other exploring a vast unknown area of jungle (change to dungeon, planet etc for different themes!). Players must use their resources skillfully to make sure they find the temple/artifact/etc before they go mad from the terrors of the jungle! (Evil monsters! Space plague! Etc etc).
Board could have standard hex pieces that you turn over each turn when you get to a tile, with different effects such as jungle slows you down, river means you can travel faster etc.
Potential challenges are that the person setting up the map will know is it’s layout, or be completely random.