Board Games on kickstarter.com (April 2)

Posted by Jim {Power Gamer} | 2-Apr-13 | 23 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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Petroglyph

Couldn’t resist going in on Myth in the end… xD
Very nice stretch goals, massive bundle for your pennies.

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Relic Expedition: A Jungle Adventure Game looks like a winner. It’s from a new game company and the rules and gameplay look solid. It can be a fun family game or a good light strategy game with good replay-ability and decent player interaction. I think it’s worth taking a serious look. I’m backing it.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2046785826/relic-expedition-a-jungle-adventure-game

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Don’t forget about “Paradise Lost” by Crash Games.

I’ve backed dozens of games, and current KS programs I’m backing:

Paradise Lost
Eminent Domain: Escalation (expansion)
Belfort Expansion
Dungeon Roll
Dungeon Heroes

Most recent KS game received: Great Heartland Hauling Co. –which I really like.

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Rosetta Stone
Football Fan
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Junior

Just found out a friend is on the Myth team, so now it’s inevitable that I’ll pledge. The only question now is whether to hide this Pledge from my wife. (To make it a surprise, not to keep secrets.)

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USA
Platinum Supporter
Petroglyph
BoardGaming.com Beta 1.0 Tester

I got sucked into Krosmaster and Myth now… Kickstarter is true evil. I have looked into her eyes and seen nothing but darkness… and dice… oh, so many dice.

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War Stories looks really fun. I have been looking for a good game involving minatures to start playing.

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Rosetta Stone
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@Granny I have to admit the Krosmaster minis are adorable. I’m not sure it’s my kinda game, but the cuteness factor is making me think twice.

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My First Game Tip
Detective

backed flash point. (and a few others over the months)… now waiting somewhat patiently/impatiently on Ruse, Battle For Souls and Machine of Death to get here…

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@ Andy

I’ve considered both setting up in advance and setting up as you go.

The idea that’s getting the most traction in my head is setting up each individual room in advance on wooden boards and keeping them out of sight until it’s time to put it in place. Just some cheap 1/4″ ply ought to get the job done, and one board from a hardware store will make a bunch of room boards.

You could even just use it as a reference and pull the pieces off the board onto the table so that the board stays out of sight except when you reveal a new room.

And as for Hirst Arts – their stuff is awesome. The plaster costs CAN build up, but it’s still a pretty darn economical way to build up a bunch of cool terrain. The other thing that builds up with HA is the molds. You’ll get one to make the general idea of the rooms, then another to get the effects and special touches you want, and then another to get set dressing, and then you’ll do that for each TYPE of terrain you want to create.

The costs build up, but you always have access to your mold and can reuse it as often as you like.

There’s huge pros and cons either way.

I’ll probably end up doing a little bit of both. I really like Dwarven Forge’s game tiles, but it seems unlikely they’ll have all the options I’d like any time soon. So, I can get the Hirst Art molds that cover the additions I want and have the Dwarven Forge game tiles as the base.

Plus, if DF DOES come out with all the options I want, I can sell off the HA things I’ve made and keep the molds as a way to make a little extra cash every now and again, or if I want to augment my DF stuff.

Options are the name of the game for me.

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Marquis / Marchioness

Sir Gamesalot,

Thanks, covering the pre-assembled dungeon with paper was something I was thinking about, but couldn’t figure out without seeing it if it worked well or not. Your comments are reassuring.

After looking around a bit, now I have to decide if trying something with Hirst Arts molds would allow for a similar enough experience at a lower cost.

PROS:
– Cheaper
– You can make as many as you want (or have time to make)

CONS:
– Resulting tiles appear more brittle (can’t just throw in a bag and go)
– ~30 minute time per batch could sure add up
– Need to order/mix the plaster/resin and get correct consistency
– Not ready to go out of the box

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Junior

Andy,

I completely forgot about another fantastic aspect of gaming with this type of 3D terrain; the pits! A GM can remove a Floor Tile when a trap is triggered and a yawning pit (poison-tipped spikes, anyone?) is revealed.

Nasty, but it will definitely instill a sense of caution in other players when a 9th-level character dies in the first five minutes of the game as a result of carelessness…

Alas, “Mr. Bingles” joked no more after his corpse was reanimated…

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Andy,

I actually played an old school D&D campaign on a 3D dungeon set up that looks very similar to the Dwarven Forge’s Game Tiles. In my opinion, they added a LOT to the experience. The entire thing was set up in advance, but the GM used pieces of paper to cover unexplored areas of the dungeon to add a bit more mystery to the game as we explored. I would say setting up in advance would definitely be the way to go with this type of terrain.

For hidden rooms/doors, the GM can keep track of where hidden doors/rooms are placed and have a separate, unattached section of the map that is revealed to be connected to the explored room. When a successful search is performed and a hidden area is discovered, you could:
1.) swap out a Floor tile to take the place of a Straight Wall tile, leaving an opening in the wall,
2.) same as 1, but add a Swinging Door over the Floor tile,
3.) rotate the Straight Wall tile 90 degrees to indicate a revealed passage.

For me, the 3D and physical aspects of the game components add SO much and make it easier and faster to play. If I had the budget, I would buy these for my GM in a heartbeat.

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USA
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Petroglyph
BoardGaming.com Beta 1.0 Tester

Anyone else getting sucked into Krosmaster? The minis are so cool and shiny… but my wallet says “NO!”

… but they are so shiny.

NO!

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@Chopper Dan,

I’m stoked about Torment, and am also eagerly awaiting the Numenera RPG. And although it’s not strictly Boardgaming, I just read up on Camelot Unchained, and had to clean up the drool.

There’s nothing new in board games on Kickstarter that I haven’t already pledged. Teramyyd: Earthsphere is on my watch list, and I’ll probably support them before they get funded.

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Wind Lane,

Yeah, that covers most of my thinking. My problem is whether I’d actually use them when playing D&D and Descent. It jumps out as being a really cool idea, but I’m trying to convince myself I’d ever pull them out.

For D&D, the main place they could see use for me, the roll out maps with dry erase markers are so easy. I also wondered about Descent or the D&D games, but I can’t see hauling those tiles around along with the large boxes.

I do see them as being a great way to grab younger players’ interest. I could see kids being much more interested in role playing games if the dungeons were more than just lines on a table.

Assuming use in something like D&D, do you envision having the dungeon completely setup before starting a session, or would you build it as the adventurers started wandering around? It seems like building as you go would be annoying and could stall a game, but pre-setup makes hidden rooms/doors tougher, and could take some of the fun out of exploration.

With all of that said, I can’t help thinking those Reaper Bones Miniatures need a dungeon to play around in…

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My First Heart
My First Wish!
My First Favorite!
Gave My First Grade

@ Andy

I totally understand where you’re coming from. The game tiles are going to be great if you play RPGs and use minis. They can also be used to augment some games – Descent comes easily to mind. The D&D board games, like Castle Ravenloft would also probably work pretty well with them.

But if you’re not going to be using them? Yeah, better to step back, take a couple breaths, and walk away. Nothing worse than money spent on something awesome that never sees the light of day. Better you should spend the cash on stuff that will hit the table.

Or, you know, rent and bills……I guess.

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I'm a Gamin' Fiend!
Champion

Still in on Teramyydd, but still waiting for a gameplay video. Only other thing here I’m backing is the Flash Point xpac. After the Zombicide campaign I probably need a breather anyway 🙂

Torment ends in a couple days as well, they’re just a hair under $500K from breaking $4M.

Edit: Teramyyd’s gameplay video is out now. Nothing really impressive, so I backed out.

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Petroglyph
Explorer - Level 3

Why not add more of the kickstarter completed/shipped games to the releases list. I have several and have yet to see them added to the games list.

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Did you saw the new strech goals of Myth on kickstarter! They are amazing and everybody should take a look. We need those strech goals tell everyone you can!

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Marquis / Marchioness

Wind Lane,

I can’t decide if the Dwarven Forge Tiles are absolute must haves, or a Kickstarter for things that look cool until you get them and never end up using them.

Either way, I appreciate your bringing them to my attention, I’ll be keeping an eye on the Kickstarter trying to decide if they’re just pretty to look at, or will be pretty awesome for gaming!

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