Board Games on kickstarter.com (March 27)

Posted by Jim {Power Gamer} | 27-Mar-14 | 29 comments

board and card games on kickstarter

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!

Board & Card Games

Role-Playing Games

Miniatures Games

Other Board Game Related Projects

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I play purple
Football Fan
Movie Lover

Yay, Spielbound is listed!!!

Seriously folks, as Jim can attest, early on for Spielbound I was looking at creating a site that was easy to use for anyone to learn about games. I found this one and never looked back! Thanks for providing a great community to discuss games – looking forward to hopefully opening our doors and helping BG continue to grow! :-D

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Canada
Sentinels of the Multiverse fan
Plaid Hat Games fan
Platinum Supporter

@Kaleb Woooo! Hooray for Spielbound (more on that later :))

I have to agree with you about the BGdot.

The B-other is unavoidable. It has history. It is by default the watering hole. It has everything – much like a Con. And much like a Con – it is very crowded, a bit loud, a little bit smelly, you may never exactly get to where you need to go, and mind your toes.

BG dot to me is like my FLGS. A happy little niche in the Cardboard Kingdom. It is bright and clean. The staff is friendly. The patrons are nice. I can browse without pressure. I can investigate what I am curious about. I can support what I love and listen to other’s views on the unfamiliar. I can give my chums a nod and be a little silly (and much like my FLGS still garner a few odd looks :P LOL). Best of all, I can relax for a bit and drink in the gaming. Check out what’s new and hot, chit chat about classics, or just poke about and see what I can find. Most importantly, it is a place I am proud to show off to my friends.

As clubhouses go, it is pretty darn cool, and I am happy to be a member.

Now to finish some writing – so I can get to my favorite part of the BGdot week – analyzing the KickHotsheet!

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8
Rosetta Stone
Football Fan
Explorer - Level 5
Junior

Wow, I like the idea of Board Games: Now Blind Accessible! Very cool idea, and I hope it does really well. Looks like it’s already funded with 27 days left! Excellent stuff.

Oh, and grats to Kaleb! Halfway there on your Spielbound Board Game Cafe! (Ladies: You can see Kaleb’s handsome mug on the KS page!)

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9
USA
Platinum Supporter
Petroglyph
BoardGaming.com Beta 1.0 Tester

Thank you Lord for not adding any new Kickstarter games I feel are must-buys… except Tactics of course.

Amen

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Advanced Reviewer
Canada
I play black
Bronze Supporter

Great opportunity to pitch a couple of bucks Rahdo’s way for making all these super-useful videos.

And of course great to see Tuscany doing so well.

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Canada
Sentinels of the Multiverse fan
Plaid Hat Games fan
Platinum Supporter

@Granny Nice! LOL

The Kickstarter Prayer

Grant me the strength to accept the credit I cannot max out;
the courage to ignore the add-ons I can;
and the pennies to count when THIS MUST BE MINE!

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7
USA

I’m hoping Epic Resort gets a bit more love.

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7
Veteran Grader
Paladin
Strategist
Junior

@HaiKulture, that’s essentially the same KickStarter prayer I use. Lately, I’ve been trying to avoid KS entirely due to budgetary constraints. Alas, like a siren she calls to me and tempts me with gaming goodness. I’m having a hard time resisting a game related to SotM. We’ll see if funds become available for that.

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Gamer - Level 5
The Gold Heart

Rollovers:
Town Center
The Ancient World
Tuscany

Pulled the Trigger:
Super Dungeon Explore:Forgotten King

Sleuth Mode:
Epic Resort Still have to watch Dice Tower’s Preview per @garbled recommendation.
Till Dawn Tabletop Game
Big Games for Small Pockets: Dice Hate Me’s 54-Card Rabbits Watched the Diner game and it looked pretty neat.

Accio Post-Kickstartus:
Myth, Everyone keeps talking about it and I need to figure out how to get one.

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I play black
Guardian Angel
Platinum Supporter
Marquis / Marchioness

I will echo the non-prayer side of @Granny’s post here… I’m just glad I didn’t add anything this week. Once Town Center and Apex wrap up in the coming days, I’ll only have 5 active backed campaigns remaining: Robots on the Line, Capes and Villains, Catacombs, SDE: Forgotten King and Sentinel Tactics. Oh, Spielbound as well… but that doesn’t come out of the “game” budget.

At one point several weeks ago I had 12 active backed campaigns going, so this is a much more welcome pace.

I was disappointed to see C&V go backwards a few days this week. I was digging into the designer and company behind it (Henry Lam/Shingo Games), and found out they just branched off from Greenbriar Games – and that the designer of C&V was the graphic designer of Greenbriar’s awesome-looking Fairytale Games. Also, Greenbriar’s website let slip that Shingo is planning miniatures as a stretch goal and plans to partner with Greenbriar to bring those to life (if we get there). Fingers crossed.

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I threw a couple bucks to Rahdo, as well as the blind gaming project. Tactics got some wallet love, and i also went in on the Little Dungeon:Tutle Rock game for something to play with my youngest. It only has a funding target ok 8500, but is still a long way to go.

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7
Norway
The Gold Heart
Rosetta Stone

Really nice categorizing Jim!

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8
Canada
Sentinels of the Multiverse fan
Plaid Hat Games fan
Platinum Supporter

Sunday Kickstarter Brunch (a perfect jammy pants activity! YAY!) where The Boy and I sort of flip through the Tabletop Section to see what’s happening (thankfully) revealed nothing new jumping off the page. Grim End Manor …maybe?

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Canada
Sentinels of the Multiverse fan
Plaid Hat Games fan
Platinum Supporter

@Account Deletion Sort of the behind the scenes of the C&V but as the official Cheesecake Tinkerbell of Fairytale Games: The Battle Royale and resident Pixie Powered cheerleader for Artistic Justice Games I know a bit of background lore :)

Once upon a time last summer, a little game called Fairytale Games:The Battle Royale launched on TheKick. It was one of those games that just sort of sat in a lull. It looked good, was fresh and unique, had a loyal backer group, and just begged the question ‘Why is this NOT exploding like it should???’ The Boy (the self proclaimed KS Speculator of our household for a year or so) made the mistake of showing it to me. I screamed ‘WHY IS THIS NOT FUNDING!’ and signed up on Kickstarter (much to his regret now) and made FTG:BR my pet project, my baby, and my home campaign for Kickstarter Tink Magic.

Well this little game that could picked up some steam in the Final 10 days and funded and then got a stretch goal and entered Final Week ‘kickstarter healthy’ and then did EXPLODE going from 40K to 139K in about 3 days time and breaking Kicktraq. LOL. The final stretch that no one thought would get hit – did – 40 minis.

FTG:BR had a fairytale of a campaign. It unlocked a base and several full expansions. It became a full game universe with a capital G overnight- something that takes a year or two with expansion development and release for other games – and wound up on ‘the map’. (And ‘Oh crud’ it had to make some minis. :)) Alex, the head developer of AJG with a graphic design background and a head full of gaming universe, turned to Greenbrier Games who has their own in-house mini sculpting/development team and said ‘Wanna be our mini developer?’

Artistic Justice Games then launched a mini campaign in the fall with Greenbrier as the mini department. The idea was to produce a set of Fairytale Games minis and winnow out the previous promised minis from the card game campaign to save the budget. A bit of a genius idea if you ask me ;). The 139K from the first campaign dubbed Campaign Cardboard by a clever marketing pixie could be whole devoted to developing the game and the 236K raised by Campaign Plastic could be devoted to developing the previous minis and a new line.

Not only is The Kick leading to a Gaming Renaissance, but some of the middle ranged Indie Developers with a few campaigns under their belt like Level99, AJG, Greenbrier, etc are forming a sort of Developer’s Clubhouse in the background where they cross-campaign and help each other out in their various fields of expertise while developing their own company projects.

Artistic Justice and Greenbrier have also teamed up to develop their ‘own’ pledge managing system (still some kinks though :P) as an alternative to Backerkit and others to shop out to various developers and based on the foundation of the Zpocalypse PM.

While Shingo Games is its own separate fledgling leaving the nest of Artistic Justice Games to develop their own Capes and Villains universe – they still have ties attached to AJG (who is sort of watching and helping a bit in the background) and are affiliated with Greenbrier for potential minis. Developers helping developers and sharing their strengths, expertise, and various development departments as they talk shop in the Kick Developers Clubhouse can only make for a stronger Indie movement all around.

If you look carefully (and know the stable of AJG artists well enough – especially if you are the one who does their BGG page maintenance *hee hee*)- Heavy Steam has a major art and card design overhaul from Zpocalypse and I don’t know officially, but I can hazard a safe guess, they drew on AJG graphic design knowledge and their stable of 60 odd out-source artists.

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Canada
Sentinels of the Multiverse fan
Plaid Hat Games fan
Platinum Supporter

LOL I’m sure nobody cares about my conversation with @Account Deletion about ‘Developers helping developers’ and The Indie Developer’s Clubhouse behind the scenes of The Kick…

But as the official Cheesecake Tinkerbell of Fairytale Games: The Battle Royale , Tink Magic supporter of various campaigns, and a cheerleader for Artistic Justice Games I would be remiss in not notifying the BGdot Collective that FTG:BR has opened their pledge manager to the public for the month of April

http://thefairytalegames.com/

While not a ‘Kickstarter Campaign’ of current – it is an opportunity to Second Chance the FTG:BR card game and minis set. Much like Level99 does with their Indine Universe and Shingo with their current C&V mash-up heroes universe, AJG philosophy is about creating a world filled with lore and mythology and then designing games within that universe. I would definitely suggest poking around the art and minis and game universe on their home page. ;) Fair Warning: It is hard not to get caught up in it. ;)

As insider knowledge – AJG also rewards loyalty from campaign to campaign, carrying many things over from the Fairytale catalog but ‘marking up’ closer to retail if you missed out on Kickstarter bargains. New comers can still ‘get in the game’ and play catch-up, but ‘loyalists’ can just focus on the new products. After release of FTG:BR this summer an expansion campaign is planned for the Battle Royale system and a Dungeon Crawl campaign utilizing the existing minis is planned for late ’14/early ’15 (The Boy is part of the ‘think tank’ on that :) *GLEE*) so many of these items will resurface – but not at the ‘pledge level’ pricing they are now.

No matter how you want to look at it – it is a way to Second Chance a game system ranking in at 2,000+ cards or pick up 102 minis at a steal. :)

Trust the Pixie ;) :)

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