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!
Already backing Tiny Epic Kingdoms, really excited for it.
I second Billie Wrex. Draco Magi also looks good, mainly because it has very nice artwork, was co-designed by Richard Launius, and is very inexpensive. I’m leaning towards backing this one as well.
I finally dropped out of Zombie 15′ and re-appropriated the funds to Tortuga and Scoville (not listed here – a new farming Euro by Tasty Minstrel Games). I was early-bird on all of them, so it was only a $9 difference. I’m in until the end on these two as well as Tiny Epic Kingdoms.
Whoops, I knew I forgot a game. Just added Scoville to the list.
EONS is a fun and interesting resource management game, using a mechanic of solar fusion to convert resources from a limited pool. I got in on the original KS, and looking forward to the expansion. The original is available along with the expansion in the current campaign.
I’m in for Scoville, that one looks like a ton of fun. I highly recommend City of Iron. Obviously I haven’t played the expansion yet, but the base game is awesome. Kinda interested in the dragons and zepplins games.. not sure if I want yet another direct combat game, I have so many already.
There was bad information put out by reputable sources regarding the Shadowrift expansion. It was being said that the expansion made the game all against one but that is NOT true…and I am very excited that Shadowrift will continue being a pure co-op. Consequently, this expansion becomes an auto-buy for me.
I hadn’t heard of Draco Magi but having now watched the videos on the kickstarter site I probably will bite. Great price point for entry!
And, of course, you just have to support Tom!
I did Fief, Werewolfe (love the alternate art & custom pics), Scoville, Tiny Epic Kingdoms, and will probably get Zombie 15′. I still have issues with the games that will see FLGS distribution, yet aren’t offering KS exclusives (Queen & Game Salute games above). I love Fresco, but there’s no incentive. Still, this is a lot more $ than I was expecting. I’m getting less and less card games for Spielbound’s game library – too hard to replace if one card is destroyed. Still, excited about several of these! (my favorite KS games so far aren’t on this site – Viticulture & Euphoria)
Wow! It’s been quite a while since I saw this many promising games on Kickstarter. Village and Eons looks really fun and I’d like to support them. But Draco Magi is certain to get my support!
Of the rest Fief, Zeppelin Attack and Scoville also looks like good games, but I’ll wait for those to be released first.
Hmmm – this doesn’t look good for my wallet….
Edit: Draco Magi pledged:)
Fantastiqa ruksack version should be dropping today/tomorrow on KS, keep your eyes out for it. I’m backing tortuga at a early bird level, which i am 95% i will be switching to Fief.
I don’t believe Scoville is offering any Kickstarter exclusives either… I believe Seth or Michael of TMG stated they’re moving away from any exclusives that effect gameplay.
Personally, I love this trend to move away from Kickstarter-exclusive game content. While not being able to attain the exclusives offered for King of Tokyo hasn’t dampened my enjoyment of that game (there are still a handful of different characters available retail, and the promo characters didn’t have Power Up cards, which is the only thing that makes the monsters different), the unattainable Zombicide exclusives have basically ruined that game for me.
If a Kickstarter campaign does have exclusives, I’d prefer it to be box insignias, t-shirts or other non-game affecting items.
@ 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.
@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, 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
@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, 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.
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, 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)
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.
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?
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