Below is a selection of games that stood out to us while browsing kickstarter.com.
Backing a project can be a great thing, but please do the research on a game before you put money into it. Happy exploring!
Some folks may also be interested in Hexels, an intriguing looking solution to the problem of the disintegrating Catan board: http://kck.st/SSUF9s
And Kingdom Death: Monster is also running. I bit too pricey for me but the quality of this looks amazing!
Battle for Souls looks like it will be a riot and the artwork is very cool.
“Battle For Souls is an epic medieval card and dice game for 1 to 4 people ages 13 and up. The game allows players to choose the side of heaven or [heck] in a fight over the immortal souls of humankind.
The side of darkness can coax souls to [heck] by playing Temptation, Sin, Devil and Unholy Relic cards, while the side of light can help souls to heaven by playing Virtue, Intercession, Archangel and Holy Relic cards. Souls are worth victory points and when the last soul is reaped, the player with the most victory points wins.”
Another interesting array of games. I’ll have to look into them somemore…
Not sure I agree with the plastering of Tomorrow on this website. Seems to go against the grain of what this site stands for in its family orientation. The conversations I am hearing, I will pass on this game and hope that the (assumed) paid advertisement will expire soon.
@coltsfan76… not sure how Tomorrow is that much different than two of your favorite games… Memoir 44 simulates killing through war, and Rattus simulates spreading the plague to other communities on purpose. Are the subject matter of these games much more “family” oriented? Feel free to pass on the game… but…
Completely different context. M44 represents actual historical battles where combatants are going after combatants. Rattus boils it down to such an abstract level, making it almost whimsical and tongue in cheek.
Tomorrow is quite up front about “forced global de-population via biological and nuclear horrors” making the mass killing of innocents its primary focus. Too strong of a political statement. Doesn’t seem to reduce it to enough of an abstract level and looks more to focus on the shock and awe of the theme.
It is similar to how War on Terror and Labyrinth tackled the same subject: one was over the top offensive while the other handled it with more maturity.
On top of that, neither of the other games are paid advertisers, which is more of my concern. I understand the site needs/wants money, I just think they may want to filter a little more of what they accept.
@coltsfan76… I guess I find whitewashing topics such as war or the plague just as “offensive”… if not more. I get just as irritated by meat-eaters who are against hunting… but have no problem buying plastic-wrapped meat in supermarket aisles. I see this as a problem in our society… people like to have layers that shield them from reality of their decisions… making it more palatable. I appreciate transparency and reality. I will not let my kids play the game… but I might with a few friends. Should Boargaming not advertise a Rated R movie? I guess I’m not sure of where you draw the line. We have a philosophical difference of opinion. No problem.
BTW War always includes collateral damage. Spreading the plague is a conscious decision to kill innocents as well.
Very intriguing discussion. This got me thinking about Star Wars and the Death Star. We cheered when it was destroyed, yet didn’t think about the millions of innocent people that would have been on board. It’s almost like the helmets and armor the storm troopers (and many other imperials) wore made it so we wouldn’t grow attached to them or feel sorry for them.
It’s an interesting topic about where one draws the line on things, especially if you dig deeper into what a game is about and what actions you are performing while you “play.”
@Jim, nice reference to Clerks.
@Granny, I do not see it as whitewashing but respecting the history, learning from it, hopefully not repeating it. War and games are intertwined from the earliest board games to sporting events. Perhaps we are too desensitized to the connection to care until something new comes up. I will have no problem with any WWII game that comes along. But if someone made a game were you are the Nazis and competing to kill the most Jews, I would hope everyone would be outraged at that.
Again, the difference it what you say about Rattus and M44 is that Civilians are not represented. I am not killing a bunch of collateral damage. If those games had civilians as figures or objectives, then I would object to them as well. One can also “play nice” and just envision those little army men going to their little hospital and making a full recovery. It is different to say the objective is to kill as many as you can and people are dying because you want them to.
Regardless, it is gone. So I don’t have to see the juxtaposition of yet another Family Focus Review with that backdrop cutting their lives short.
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