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!
My attention goes to Alien Uprising.
Simply because games involving aliens are cool.
I’m going to give the Smash Monster Rampage folks full credit here — they did something in the final week to shake out the doldrums of their campaign. Now, instead of crazy overfund targets to produce each separate monster expansion and add it to their Rampager level, they’ve found a way to produce all of their Monster Expansions in a single, huge KS-exclusive box, and are offering it to that $100/$105/$125 level right now. People like me, who were frustrated at a lack of responsiveness in the campaign, actually have a reason to re-up their pledge now.
The overfund targets, at $50K/$60K/$70K, will now add new content above and beyond the monsters themselves.
#Jim > Thanks for featuring my game Burning Suns on the list – I’m happy to see it’s caught some attention on this forum
#Jeff > I really hope we’ll be able to reach the 4th race, meaning everything for the base game will have been unlocked!
When the Kickstarter ends, and if everything is okay, I’ll continue the crowdfunding during the late development phase of the game – by keep adding to the total funds of unlocking new races and models
If you want to check out some sweet artwork and cool avatars – go to our Dropbox.
Best regards Emil
As soon as I noticed Robot Turtles, I backed it. My son is almost 2 years old, and loves turtles, so it was a no-brainer for me. But with an NPR article and generous media exposure, this KS is really booming.
My friend just told me about Ninja Dice yesterday, so I took another look. I think it has more weight than I originally thought, even though I’m not a big fan of “push your luck” games.
I’m really looking forward to Sangoku because I like the mechanics in the game. It seems like a kind of game my friends and I would really enjoy.
One that I’m very interested in is Belle of the Ball. In addition to it looking goofy and fun, you can also back at levels that will get you second edition copies (either one or both) of Carnival and The Great Heartland Hauling Co. that were currently sold out. They caught my eye awhile back but I was too late to get them.
…and as I just finished posting that, the RARRR! project creator posts about cancelling and retooling the project. Hope their next try goes a bit better, because the game does look fun.
Lots of stuff hit its targets! Septikon overfunded a little but all of their stretch goals were really a stretch ($10K above par for each). They might go over their $25K mark.
Smash Monster Rampage stalled out around $45K and then started slipping back under. The “$50K overfund” update with the “laser-etched wooden monster figure” was underwhelming, and triggered a sell-off of a lot of the Rampager ($100 for all the toys) tier. If people still like the look of the game, there’s room to jump in — I gave up on providing feedback to the project creator since he’s very set on what he wants to produce.
Sangoku‘s art is incredible, but the campaign stalled out on some mismanagement of backer tiers by the Game Salute campaign manager. It already hit its low-end target very early in the campaign, though — kudos for not requiring five figures just to make a card game.
Burning Suns is continuing on a strong unlock path; they’re now at two full non-Terran races unlocked (which means new molds for ship minis).
Robot Turtles pretty much exploded — like +$75K, +1500 backers over the last week exploded. I have a feeling Dan Shapiro is going to get some company to make him a major offer for the game after the KS is over. Makes me wish I had kids to teach it to; as it is, I passed along the link to folks I thought would enjoy it. Good, fun, teaching games for kids — especially ones to interest them in abstract concepts — are rare treasures.
I thought RARRR! looked fun, but it’s suffering from a series of missteps: high funding target ($25K), very few backer tiers ($20 for the game, $21 for two games for retailers, and that’s it), and a campaign page that appears dedicated to trying to sell APE’s other games as add-ons instead of improving the main game KS campaign.
That’s what I’ve been paying attention to. Anyone else have any feedback on these Kickstarters?
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