Board Games on kickstarter.com (Dec 3)

Posted by Jim {Power Gamer} | 2-Dec-13 | 15 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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Mask of Agamemnon
Paladin
The Gold Heart
Cooperative Game Explorer

I’ve lived outside the U.S. and suffer with the shipping cost of boardgames … ¬¬

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Miniature Painter
Intermediate Reviewer
Master Grader

Pirates is too expensive (to me) to ship to the US, sorry!

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Guys! Check out Pirates! as well.

It’s awesome – as I may say – go check for yourselves 🙂

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/208057603/pirates-card-game

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I'm a Real Person

Another very fun game is also on kickstarter:
Pirates! The card game

My cousin has been working on it for 4 years and it is a lot of fun. They added a gameplay video just now, so you can see for yourself how it works :).

Can you add it to your kickstarter list too? So people can see that pillaging and plunder can be fun too ahhhrrr, ahhhrrr 😉

Pirates! card game

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Norway
Plaid Hat Games fan
AEG fan
Tasty Minstrel Games Fan

@Wade C.
I’ve come to like card games much more lately, but of all I’ve tried and been exploring there’s only a small percentage that got my interest. So a card game should be dang good to make me help kickstart it.

@Account Deletion
I’ve also come to the conculsion that I’ll wait untill the game comes out and watch game sessions and reviews done by “neutral” reviewers. Now, more than before, some games are reviewed before they even kickstart.

For now I have a big enough game collection and I’ll be adding a few more this or next month.
Since I’ve grown so fond of board games I really want to give my support to gamedesigners/publishers that bring the wares. And for that kickstarter is great. It’s just (as you’ve both already said) that you have to navigate through tons of semi-interesting stuff before the jewel reveals it self.
To conclude I’ll still browse new kickstarter projects and hopefully I’ll find a gem or two in 2014.

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Critic - Level 5
Professional Advisor
Expert Reviewer
Marquis / Marchioness

Urosh,

I don’t think they’re doing anything that new with Shut Your Mao. It’s probably been ~10 years since I was introduced to a game called Mao, played with normal cards. The game they’re making seems to be an attempt at a pretty version of this game (similar to Werewolf/Mafia games that are out there).

The game was all about making up rules, but the rules were never stated, you had to figure them out by watching the play. The problem for me was when the people who made a rule would forget or not follow their own rule, making it a nightmare to play as you’d keep seeing conflicting things. It felt more like a social experiment than a game to me.

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Treasure Chest
Smash Up Fan
Platinum Supporter

I agree with Jagged Edge that Privateer looks great, but how am I going to pass on that storage solution?

Especially after I found the latest Walking Dead Board Game: The Best Defense to be a good game but the box insert atrocious, I may have to tell Go7 Games to take my money.

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Rosetta Stone
Football Fan
Explorer - Level 5
Junior

Also, it’s almost a cliche now for KS where the title of the game is based on a story that is only funny to someone who was there.

On the “These French Fries Are Terrible Hot Dogs” game page, there is a story where someone said that line, and someone responded that they should make that into a game. I’m sure everyone at that table laughed, and I’m equally sure that half of them stared in amazement when the creator decided to do it.

That’s like me deciding that it really WOULD be a good idea to make a braille board game.

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Rosetta Stone
Football Fan
Explorer - Level 5
Junior

It pains me to say this, but there are some real stinkers out there lately. Just to pick on one that I can’t even believe is funded at all…”Shut Your Mao!” lost me at:

The first and only permanent rule of Mao is that YOU CANNOT TALK.

…wait, what? That sounds like a terrible game. Is it solo?

To me, that’s like making a board game in braille. Great if you’re blind, but otherwise, who would choose to play a game in braille?

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USA
Book Lover
Video Game Fan

@xhawk and @accountdeletion
I think the problem with card games is that they generally are moderately successful, but I think they’re moderately successful because of the familiarity of them. Too few games take chances with their mechanics, so the market is getting flooded with generic card games. Sure, there are deckbuilders, competitive two-player games, co-op games, etc., but the only ones that really shine are the ones that attempt to be different, which are often drowned out by clones of more popular, often more well-done games. You can also give people “more bang for their buck” with cards, since they’re much cheaper to manufacture that miniatures, but there’s often more filler with a card game. Plus, people would be willing to pay a little more for a game with really well done minis.

In the end, I think cards are a safe choice, but it’s becoming too safe of a choice.

P.S. I’m sick of Cthulhu games, too, but zombies have also worn out their welcome with me a long time ago. Both of these themes have become overly safe choices, as well, in my opinion. I’m not a game designer, so I’m sure there is more to it than there seems, but take chances, people!

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I play black
Guardian Angel
Platinum Supporter
Marquis / Marchioness

@xhawk

I agree, particularly that it’s hard to navigate through all the card games to dig out the few board games. I love card games, but nothing these publishers are saying about their games makes me want to jump behind them now – I’ll just wait until they come out and see what others think about them. And every time one of these Kickstarter news items posts, I find at least one card game on the list that makes me say “why are they making this a card game? It seems perfect for 3-D treatment”.

Even this week, which feels much heavier on board games than past weeks, has more card games than board and dice games combined. I’m sure several of these card games are awesome and I’ll end up buying them retail… but you’d really have to blow me away to get me to back a Kickstarter campaign.

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USA
Book Lover
Video Game Fan

That storage solution one is going to be a lifesaver for so many of my games (particularly my LCGs). Thanks for sharing that one. I would have never found it myself.

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Norway
Plaid Hat Games fan
AEG fan
Tasty Minstrel Games Fan

I think Argent is closest to get my money of these but I’m still not sure. There’s a lot of games on Kickstarter and the only one that really got me was Storm the Castle. Stuff I’ve seen on Kickstarter lately is either an expansion, some Cthulhu mythos inspired game (I’m not very fond of that mythos, but that’s just me) or some kind of card game with slightly changed rules of a card game that already exists. I don’t mean to be negative, but I feel like the threshold to launch on kickstarter is getting lower and lower. I really miss seeing a solid boardgame with a catching theme that fits the awesome game mechanics. A good story mixed with the theme wont hurt either:)
Any thoughts on this from you guys?

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Miniature Painter
Intermediate Reviewer
Master Grader

Too much! I am making my own version of Privateer because I cant afford them all. Love having this much choice. 🙂

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Football Fan
MERCS fan
Canada
The Gold Heart

Privateer has my money… again. I just think this game is going to be so great.

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