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Stronghold Games Announces “Kanban: Automotive Revolution” by Vital Lacerda

New Jersey, USA – March 17, 2014

Stronghold Games is proud to announce a major 2014 hobby board game release, Kanban: Automotive Revolution, an interactive resource management and economic strategy game, showcasing the automobile manufacturing process that introduced revolutionary efficiencies during the 1970s and is still in practice today.

The term Kanban comes from a scheduling system for lean and just-in-time (JIT) production. This system was first adopted by Japanese automobile manufacturing, leading to a revolution in the automobile industry, enabling great cost reduction via efficiency and automation. Kanban and other systems like it have now transformed manufacturing in every country, modernizing the automotive industry around the world.

In Kanban: Automotive Revolution, players represent ambitious workers in an automobile manufacturing facility. You will work to impress the company’s management team, including the factory manager, CEO and board of directors via execution of an efficient manufacturing process. Managing of logistics and supplies, designing innovative technology enhancements, and exercising good judgement in the projects undertaken are crucial to your success and promotion within the company. Kanban is a game with multiple paths to victory that will reward strategic planning and timely execution.

Like the process itself, Kanban: Automotive Revolution will prove to be both innovative and rewarding. Game mechanics, which are tightly tied to the automobile manufacturing theme, include:
The factory manager, a game driven non-player character with two modes of play ("nice" or "mean"), offers a friendly or more competitive gameplay environment.
Two independent player-influenced game timers, the factory production cycle and work week clock, provide timing tension to the game, trigger intermediate scoring phases, and factor into the game end conditions.
A simulation of the factory assembly line with spatial point-to-point movement adds an element to the game that requires optimal timing.
A design and innovation department, leveraged to manipulate the value of the various car models and component upgrades produced within the factory, drives the economy of the game.
Departmental training and certification tracks provide players a means to operate more efficiently.

If players want a seat on the board someday, they need to show that they can keep a complex machine running smoothly and efficiently, with everything executing just-in-time (JIT).

“This game publication marks a significant moment in the history of Stronghold Games”, said Stephen Buonocore, President of Stronghold Games. “The signing of this major eurogame by such an important designer in the industry is a milestone for us. We know that Kanban will be received in the same great light as Vital Lacerda’s first two critically acclaimed games, Vinhos and CO2.”

“I am really excited to have the opportunity to work with Stronghold Games again,” said designer Vital Lacerda. “On this project, the Stronghold Games development team was instrumental to the final design. Fans of my existing heavy game designs, as well as medium weight eurogame hobbyists, will appreciate the depth and originality of the core game mechanics.”

Kanban: Automotive Revolution is scheduled to premiere in Essen, Germany in October at the annual Spiel game convention. Stronghold Games may have advanced copies available to demo or purchase at Gen Con in Indianapolis, Indiana USA in August.


About Stronghold Games LLC:
Stronghold Games LLC is a publisher of high-quality board and card games in the hobby game industry. Since 2009, Stronghold Games has released many highly-regarded games, including the best-selling “Survive: Escape From Atlantis!,” the most innovative deck-building game, “Core Worlds” and its expansion “Core Worlds: Galactic Orders,” and the latest smash-hit game line “Space Cadets” and “Space Cadets: Dice Duel.” Stronghold Games publishes great game designs developed both in-house and in partnership with European publishers. Stronghold Games LLC is a Limited Liability Company formed in the State of Delaware, USA.


Contacts:
Stephen M. Buonocore, President
Stephen@StrongholdGames.com

Stronghold Games LLC
17 Sunflower Road
Somerset, NJ 08873 USA
Website: http://www.StrongholdGames.com
Phone: +1-908-304-5711


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Oh, yay! I would LOVE to see this at Gencon!
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Finally

Can't wait to see the final product! cool
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Fantastic news... this game in prototype was AWESOME, so I can't wait to have the final version
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pincao wrote:
Kanban: Automotive Revolution is scheduled to premiere in Essen, Germany in October at the annual Spiel game convention. Stronghold Games may have advanced copies available to demo or purchase at Gen Con in Indianapolis, Indiana USA in August.

Can those of us unlucky enough to be unable to make it to either of those expect to be able to preorder from Stronghold games, like we did with CO2? Or do we just wait for it to show up at our favorite retailer?
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This will be my first stop at Essen!!

there will be English copies there right?
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Awesome. Good thing I'm going to GenCon. Another stop I have to make
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Not a big fan of the name (prefer just Kanban), but I'm sure the game will be great.
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Good news! I've been following this - looks like I'll likely be able to pick it up at BGG.Con!
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Is there a separate European publisher?
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I'm probably in the minority here, but I'm looking forward to this game based purely on its theme. :D
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I second that! Former Green Belt, LEAN certified. What a great theme to bring to gaming!
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so when is it going to be ready? Essen 2014? I hope it is quite heavy
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Siromist wrote:
so when is it going to be ready? Essen 2014? I hope it is quite heavy


The game can be tailored to the experience level of players at the table. Kanban can be quite the brain burner in the tough mode, yet will be very approachable to medium weight gamers in the nice mode. It all depends on which style of play is selected for the Factory Manager... does she reward good play or penalize poor planning and execution. / devil
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So when is it going to be published?
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Siromist wrote:
So when is it going to be published?


pincao wrote:
Kanban: Automotive Revolution is scheduled to premiere in Essen, Germany in October at the annual Spiel game convention. Stronghold Games may have advanced copies available to demo or purchase at Gen Con in Indianapolis, Indiana USA in August.
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Great news!

Congratulations Vital and also to Stronghold for picking up an excellent design.

Is the cover art final? I have noticed the "lady" that some people from play-testing will also recognize

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duartec wrote:
Great news!

Congratulations Vital and also to Stronghold for picking up an excellent design.

Is the cover art final? I have noticed the "lady" that some people from play-testing will also recognize



The cover is just concept art. Bill did a great job with this original piece. More to come...

And yes, the "lady" is the star of the game.
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khorgor wrote:
This will be my first stop at Essen!!

there will be English copies there right?


Yes.
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Sounds fantastic. Very happy to see you as lead developer! Congrats.
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alfseegert wrote:
Sounds fantastic. Very happy to see you as lead developer! Congrats.


Thanks Alf. You will be happy to know it plays great with two. I had a great match against Vital which we played by chat. Let's just say someone won by one point. whistle

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Sounds great! Very much looking forward to playing Kanban!
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