Board Games on kickstarter (Aug 8)

Posted by Jim {Power Gamer} | 8-Aug-14 | 13 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!

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Why is Galaxy of Trian not on the list?
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1118278224/galaxy-of-trian/?ref=kicktraq

Choose a race. Explore the galaxy. Gather resources. Develop powerful technology. Challenge your friends in this tile-based board game!

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Miniature Painter
Rosetta Stone
Advanced Reviewer
BoardGaming.com Beta 1.0 Tester

In Kickstarter related news, I am super excited to see Kaleb’s Spielbound Cafe open in Omaha. I pass by it on the way to work, and it is looking great.

I hope I can find time to visit occasionally (or more)

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

@Account Deletion Smersh isn’t that scary but it is hard to put a label on which is why I opt to call it a ‘Storydriven’ rather than a ‘Storytelling’ game. It is more of a board game meets choose-your-own adventure. 🙂 It isn’t like Once Upon a Time in which you sort of improv together a story based on picture cards. When facing an encounter instead of drawing a card like a ‘Cliffhanger’ in Fortune and Glory, you draw a card and generate a code that leads to an entry in a Book of Encounters. Another player looks up the encounter and reads some ‘scenario flavor’ to set up the situation and then the encounter offers some choices to make based on various character skills/equipment you might have. You choose an option – make a skill check or discard – and find out what ‘Pass’ or ‘Fail’ result occurs with a read conclusion to the encounter. It makes for a longer game than a standard encounter card draw/skill check play but the story elements and recurring characters weave a globe trotting spy tale over the course of the evening.

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I play black
Guardian Angel
Platinum Supporter
Marquis / Marchioness

I’ve been slacking on these the last couple of weeks, so it’s a bigger list for me. My only carry-over from my last post is Street Dice, which doesn’t look likely to fund.

My backed campaigns since then are:

Eight-Minute Empire: Lost Lands: City of Iron has made me a fan of Ryan Laukat, and I’d like another of his games. I don’t have many “short” games, so this will serve a purpose. Unfortunately this campaign doesn’t have an “all-in” type level to give you the base game – or in this case, base gamesEight-Minute Empire and Eight-Minute Empire: Legends – so I will have to buy those sometime before fulfillment.

Tymor: looks quite pretty, but I’m embarrassed to admit I “backed it and forgot it”, so I don’t know much about gameplay. I’ll need to brush up before funding is over.

Lift Off!: the “semi-cooperative” label is always a huge turn-off to me, but I’ve read through everything written about the game, and I think it’s less “semi-cooperative” than other games. When a game looks this good it’s hard to talk myself out of it.

Demigods Rising: I backed the original cancelled campaign but didn’t think I’d stay in until the end. The creators have done a remarkable job of making the campaign and game itself much more appealing this time around. This feels like more than a miniature game to me.

Asking for Trobils: another re-launch that makes me feel much better than the original campaign. The first time around, my only hang-up was the incredible blandness of the “white and orange only” board. This time they’ve incorporated blues and reds, and they’re definitely going to fund.

Agents of SMERSH: “storytelling game” sounds awfully scary to me – I’m not that creative, and don’t particularly enjoy having to be “on-the-spot” creative. But reading about this makes it sound like the most board-gamey of the storytelling games, so this is probably my only option to try one.

Clockwork Wars: I originally backed this just to try to get a cheaper copy of Defenders of the Realm (which has languished on my wish list forever), but decided not to spend that much money on this campaign (and you’re really not saving much when you factor in the other games you’re forced to pick from). I thought I would completely drop out, but decided against it because this looks quite good. It is pretty redundant with Demigods Rising, though, so if a money pinch hits in the next 22 days I may still drop out.

Asteroid Miner: whoops… campaign suspended for possible copyright infringement.

Nautilus Industries: I’ve mentioned before my distaste for economy games, but the theme of this one makes me think I can stomach the economy aspect.

HyGround Terrain Tiles: I have never backed a board game accessory, but these look amazing. Unfortunately, I was FLOORED by their funding goal (do they think a first-timer is going to get Dwarven Forge money?), and they have no shot.

Nightlight: I’m really picky with card games, but I love this stuffed-animals and nightmares theme. I want to read more about it before it funds though.

Warband: Against the Darkness: I love everything about this game. It’s got this Smallworld meets Tiny Epic Kingdoms thing going for it. I know this company struggled with their Upon a Fable and Worker Placement Kickstarter campaigns, but I hope this one makes it.

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USA

Backed Dead man’s draw & considering Trobolis

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

And of course – neither last nor least in the Multiverse loving mind of the BGDot. Not on Kickstarter – but still full of the hunt for stretchy goodness!

Sentinels of the Multiverse: Wrath of the Cosmos Pre-order.
http://greaterthangames.com/content/welcome-to-the-wrath-of-the-cosmos-preorder

The Greater than Guys are avoiding the Kickstarter Kaos and holding their own in-house campaign to support the latest SotM expansion. A most impressive decision as they are around 1900 pre-orders in a week vs their Kickstarter highs of around 2100 for Shattered Timelines and Tactics 🙂 Promo cards, environments, heroes, and villains have already ‘unlocked’ – they only real difference is a little shipping pay out.

Sentinels ‘ssemble!

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

My Lazy Kickstarter Brunch yesterday was preempted by the pitter patter of The Nieces so tonight it’s: Cordials and Crowdfunding

District-Z After receiving a horde of zombie games this week, I asked The Boy if he was still in on the D-Z. Apparently, so…once bitten, it seems. I’m liking Dead of Winter from the horde, the non-zombie zombie game. If it plays as interesting as it reads, it is living on my shelf in the game den. But no one will unseat Last Night on Earth as Top Zombie in my book.

In RPGland Vault of Adepts will most likely not fund without the help of those Illuminati coin counters – The Gnomes of Zurich. I really thought it sounded interesting. What’s a girl to do with all this absinthe now? 🙁

In the it-is-almost-not-like-you-are-paying-anything department we find the not listed Tavern Brawl and Eight Minute Empire:Lost Lands (if you have Legends). Nice enough price points for both and happy stretchy loot.

[redacted] caught my eye for a few seconds thinking it was a The Prisoner homage game. Then it wasn’t. I hate when my head has better ideas. Note to Game Designers: Make a The Prisoner homage game.

ERA is sitting snugly on my fence after we threw in for Through the Ages a few weeks ago. Although 400+ cards is a siren’s call I hear in my sleep, so the fence might get shaken.

Compounded is a likely all-in as The BGdot fandom has kind of sold me on it. 🙂 I just need to do a little research and sniff the beaker carefully to make sure it isn’t too Euro for my blood.

Clockwork Wars is turning my gears. I need to do some digging and see if it has enough steam. I also might need to make some smiles at The Boy as this might be a couple’s crowdfunder. My only fear being…

Dungeon Saga – the latest Kickstarter plastic bath. Since The Boy is Johnny Heroquest this may be problematic. 🙁

My favorite new campaign has to be Designers and Dragons. I’m a complete Harley for critical review/history books. Give me a Doctor Who About Time and I’m a happy pixie. I don’t even roll with the D-20 crowd and I want to eat these up. *drool*

If anyone has shaken or stirred Agents of Smersh the co-op story driven espionage game over in the back of their mind – now is the time to jump on the ejector seat equipped band wagon. It’s a heck of a get-it-all (even past KS promos!) campaign.

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Professional Reviewer
Canada
I play black
Silver Supporter

I’m working up to backing Fidelitas – seems like a great neat little package. Lift Off! also looks very cool, but the entry price point might make prevent me from jumping on board – going to pitch in some loot regardless to support it.

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USA
Platinum Supporter
Petroglyph
BoardGaming.com Beta 1.0 Tester

I like the look of [redacted].

New Salem (not listed) looks good as well.

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Canada
I'm a Real Person
Treasure Map
Video Game Fan

There are a few games I would like to back, but…

“…The mind is willing, but the wallet is weak…”

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Gamer - Level 8
Stone of the Sun
I'm a Gamin' Fiend!
Champion

I thought maybe things would slow down in August after shelling out a lot in July.

Nope 🙂

Currently backing:
Musee
The Front Nine I urge everyone to check this out. It’s a slick card game with a lot of game in a small package. Rahdo’s Run Through of it is stellar. I know it’s a little more expensive, but this is a true self-published game by the designer looking to get more copies out into the wild and needing some financial help to do that.
Compounded: Geiger Expansion Already have the base game so this is just for the expansion.
Fidelitas
2015 Gaming Calendar Scott King does some amazing photography with gaming components, and puts together a very nice presentation for a calendar. One of the pledge levels even lets you pick and choose from a number of Scott’s photos to design your own custom calendar!
One Zero One I don’t ususally bother with 2-player only games, but this one looks intriguing enough to give it a whirl. It’s quick and light, perfect for a filler game. Blame Rahdo for this one as well 🙂
Asteroid Miner I was on the fence on this one but decided to jump in. It looks to be a somewhat heavy economic game, but the theme is interesting, not just another “Trading in the Mediterranean” style Euro. Space has a better shot of getting my attention 🙂
I, Spy Of the two spy games up right now ([redacted] being the other), I leaned toward this one because of the World War I setting (a setting that is severely underused at the moment, though I suspect that will turn around as this is the 100th anniversary of the start of the war), and the more strategic nature of the gameplay. Plus something about the early bird structure that LudiCreations had for the other game kind of rubbed me the wrong way a bit.
Edit: I forgot there are actually three spy games currently up on Kickstarter now, the third being Agents of SMERSH 2nd Edition. A friend of mine already has a copy so no need to get one myself, but I do find this an enjoyable storytelling game, Tales of the Arabian Nights with an actual game included.

The Front Nine, Asteroid Miner, and I, Spy are still looking for funding and if you find any of them interesting, they could use your support.

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Norway
Book Lover
I play blue
Paladin

I found several interesting titles here! Probably should check them out.

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Pick a Favorite LGS
Robots on the Line fan
Miniature Painter
I play blue

Had to make sure I got this published even though it was late in the week, there are a ton of great games to consider backing!!

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