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!
@DeadInkPen: Are you referring to the alternate play modes? I agree with that — I’m likely not going to be playing Chaosmos often enough to try the 4 or 5 “variant games” they will be creating rules for. If anything, it seems like it will probably only hit my table in those “Hey, there’s only four of us here and we haven’t played that game in a while” moments.
I really dig the modular game board, though. I think it’s the best stretch goal they came up with.
Is it just me or does it seem like they added too many extra mechanics to Chaosmos for what that game really is. I am glad it got funding, but reading through it all it just seems they added a bit too many things to it. Sometimes following KISS is the best way to go.
Fief – France 1429
This actually looks pretty cool! Looks quite involved, but at the same time relatively accessible. Interesting.
Lagoon: Land of Druids
by David Chott
Lead a circle of magical druids, explore a mystical world, and bend its destiny! A board game for 2-4 players.
I’m actually looking forward to cinelinx and Florenza. I’m happy that card games are becoming more popular. So much easier to set up and carry with you if you want to play in a cafe or a friend’s house. Also, as a tcg player exclusives or promos make sense to me, almost all games have them, but they probably only work in open game environments and not closed systems like most board games. Special edition exclusives like swag actually seem cooler, to be honest.
I backed Epic Tiny Kingdoms. I couldn’t resist. How’d I over look this before?
Hey all, we just created a game page for Draco Magi. It’s already funded and looks to be an excellent game.
We’ll try and do this for more successfully funded kickstarter games.
By the way, I also backed: Lagoon: Land of Druids earlier, it looks pretty good:
So, I have to yet again strongly recommend you check out Tiny Epic Kingdoms, been loving the Print n Play and for $16 it’s just insane value.
I’m also in for Four Tribes, thanks to commenter on a previous KS post.
So what are your thoughts on the similarities between Zombicide and Zombie “15?
Is the 15” mechanic enough?
President Wars looks alright for what it is. I’m likely to donate one or both the extra copies from the collector level to a school here, or gift out to a friend.
Alchemy! has potential. I’m excited to try it.
I might back out of Grand Tactics. They have been quite unorganized in this campaign thus far. They still don’t have their gameplay video up yet (albeit they should ‘soon’ as per an update today). For $69, I need to see how this might feel with people playing.
Villages is dope.
Japanese: The Game is also a really cool project, making playing grammatically correct Japanese sentences in a 2-person match of wit and understanding grammar rules. They recently unlocked the Kaiju expansion, which will add loads of silliness to the game.
I’m leaning against Exclusive game content also, but primarily because it eliminates any confusion or conflict when the KS creator inevitably wants to offer the exclusives to a wider audience, for whatever reason.
It seems like creators want to hand out more when they are still in need of funding, but once the project is over, they regret the extras and try to generate more revenue in any way they can. That’s not a bad idea, but a little forethought would prevent any hesitation to re-create “exclusive” content.
Plus, it’s frustrating when someone comes back and offers the same Exclusive rewards later…but slightly different, or with another KS campaign…then explain that it’s not the SAME exclusive reward because it’s a different color, or “we said we wouldn’t offer it outside of KS.”
I got in at the $60 level in the first 15 hours of Zombie 15′ and I’m ridiculously excited for the game. The lady dislikes zombies and high-pressure situations, so she is much less thrilled about it — anybody want to come over and take her place at the table?
One thing that caught my attention in Zeppelin Attack! is the company that will participate: the Fantasy Flight Games.
Normally the company makes very good games.
@Account Deletion, I’ve also supported Michael and the TMG crew for a while since they offer great games at great prices. Hence my KS support – sometimes just getting a good deal on something I’ll actually play is reason enough! (Draco Magi, for example)
Lots of good discussion. I should correct my prior statement, I like it when as a backer I get something more than what I would get a few months later by buying the game in the store (it doesn’t have to be a true exclusive). So when they offer mini expansions or promo cards that may be available in the future for $5 each at BGG or at various cons, that’s good for me (I ended up backing both recent Feld games from Queen for these). I LOVE the kickstarter packaging and extras we can get from backing. My favorite T-shirt is for Tsuro of the Seas Kickstarter. Favorite game pieces came with Euphoria KS last month. I can’t imagine Zombicide being so competitive where exclusive pieces would ruin it for anyone – but different gamer crowds. I definitely understand the collector aspect. 🙂
@Account Deletion, Wind Lane
I agree that the Zombicide Kickstater exclusives really did ruin the game for the people who didn’t back it. The exclusives should stick to alternate art/ figure sculpts (heck pre-painted figures would be a very awesome exclusive), fancier tokens and the such. Its kind of creating a minor rift in the gaming communities I have seen. You got the ones who have the must have exclusives and the ones you don’t are jealous of those that do and it ends up showing when they play those games. I saw a guy with Zombicide who has a rule only he gets to use the exclusives for the game. If others want to use them they need to bring their own.
As for the getting to play earlier. I backed coup and that was being played at BBG con even before the backers got their copies. I thought that was kind of ****** there. But I understand needing to get some hype for your game, but I think the backers should have had a chance to play the game before anyone else.
Then you have what I consider the biggest problem of kickstater with Ogre. Steve Jackson knew people wanted it and ended up doing a kickstater to see if people wanted the game. He runs one of the most profitable gaming companies out there. Ends up that it is still the same “eh it alright” game it was from back in the day. I saw the size of the box and I have no idea where in the heck I would store it. Plus the boards should have been double sided. Plus all the pieces are cardboard. For a game that is going to cost $120.00+ should have been nicer. Paid less for games with plastic minis nearing the amount of chits you use in Ogre. Plus the entire spots for exclusives from X gaming site that you have to buy from that site really made it even worse.
@Account Deletion and Wind Lane
I totally agree that kickstarter exclusives shouldn’t be game changing content. I understand why it’s done from the companies perspective, but imo the kickstarters should be the same for supporters and when it hit the stores. As a supporter you get the game before everyone else! It’s ok to add some promo content but it should be minor stuff and not the reason to why people support.
@Account Deletion, the character cards for all the Season 1 and some of the Season 2 Survivors and Zombivors are already up at Guillotine’s website: http://guillotinegames.com/en/promo-survivors
@Wind Lane –
That’s great news about the Zombicide exclusive character cards… I’m sure I have some 30mm miniatures around somewhere that can be suitable stand-ins!
I always figured it would be impossible for Cool Mini or Not/Guillotine to sell the promo characters, as they clearly walk all over copyrights and obtaining the necessary clearances for so many of them would be cripplingly expensive. I’d love to try playing with Sheldon Cooper and his molotovs!
@ Account Deletion
I’m right there with you. I love getting promo pieces and bonus stuff, but I can definitely leave exclusives with the dodo.
I got an AMAZING amount of awesome for the money I spent on the Bones & Dungeon Tiles kickstarters, and neither had an exclusive that affected anything (Bones did a single mascot miniature exclusive – their Sofie fig, and Dungeon Tiles had a tote bag).
There is good news on the Zombicide front though. They’re not going to sell the exclusives, but they are sharing PDFs of the character cards. We can’t get the official mini through any means other than eBay, but we can proxy with printouts that aren’t pirated.
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