Board Games on kickstarter.com (Jan 14)

Posted by Jim {Power Gamer} | 14-Jan-14 | 27 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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I play black
Guardian Angel
Platinum Supporter
Marquis / Marchioness

This unique looking maze game just hit it’s funding goal and is worth checking out:

Maze Master

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Miniature Painter
Video Game Fan

Another game that’s not on here but might be worth a look is Robert Burke’s new game, Draco Magi. The Kickstarter started only 2 days ago and it has already reached its funding goal. Looks like a fun two-player card game and a steal at $15 a copy.

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South Africa
Scotland

Katie, good call on Four Tribes, thanks for the heads-up… backed.

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Cross Hares fan
Book Lover

One that’s not on here but that I’m pretty excited about is Four Tribes. It looks like a pretty nifty (and portable!) 2-player game complex enough to enjoy but simple enough I could get anyone *cough*myfamily*cough* to play with me.

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South Africa
Scotland

Oh… and Space Junk, im in on that too 🙂

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South Africa
Scotland

Right now I’m only in for Tint Epic Kingdoms (I played the PnP last night and loved it). I’m on the fence with Zombie15 – is it not just zombicide played quicker? Also, while the game itself ttrtakes 15 mins, it looks like it takes at least that long for the set-up. Thoughts?

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The Gold Heart

I am quite excited about Burgoo. Especially with all the cooks in my life, it’s cheap and easy to share with my friends who are less interested in games.

Village in a Box looks cool, but I’d be getting that so I could get Noueni bundled with it.

I watched the gameplay video for Japanese: The Game and already can recognize particles in sentences when watching Japanese programming. Even if PnP, I need to get it. best language tool I’ve seen in awhile.

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Game Salute fan

there are so many games coming in Feb/March I think i’m saving my money aside from 16$ on Tiny Epic, Fief – France 1429 is very tempting, but looks like you really need 6 to play it.

Tuscany-Expansion for Viticulture(which isn’t in the database here), Pay Dirt(not in database) and New Dawn(from Artipia Games) all look to be on KS in the next 30-60 days. Escape will hopefully be getting a big box, which i’d love to score.

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Mask of Agamemnon
Paladin
The Gold Heart
Cooperative Game Explorer

garbled, I agree about the practicality aspect of a game being played just by opening the box and playing it, and a store is really difficult (or impossible) to make a soundtrack.

But when you give to a soundtrack in a place without bother anyone (never in shops) I and my gaming group we do. Usually is when we play at someone’s house or in a more open place than a shop.

As there is immense facility to lower a soundtrack by cell sometimes do that.

But is not the whole game and you can not always do with some sporadic players that appear to play with the fixed group of boardgame.

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Miniature Painter
Video Game Fan

I backed Chaosmos – After watching UndeadViking’s review, Tom Vasel’s preview, and the gameplay vids, I was sold. They also have some really nice stretch goals now including a modular board that was just announced yesterday and a Gripmat add-on. Can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

I’ve also been seeing a lot of people praising Fief – France 1429 but I’m not sold on it yet. The game itself looks great but I guess the theme just hasn’t grabbed me. Maybe I need to find a few more videos on it to watch…

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Miniature Painter
Novice Reviewer
Knight-errant

Ricardo: I think the sound track might enhance the mood, and it sounds like the game is meant to be frantic. However, I don’t like having to supply extra equipment to play a game. I like a game to be self-contained. Just open the box and play. Additionally, it wouldn’t play well at a crowded game store with lots of background noise, and it might annoy other gamers not currently playing.

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Mask of Agamemnon
Paladin
The Gold Heart
Cooperative Game Explorer

A sound environment is always good for a zombie game, seems to give more excitement, you agree with garbled.

Now is whether the Zombie 15′ is a really good game.

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Miniature Painter
Novice Reviewer
Knight-errant

I jumped on Fresco Big box, and City of Iron’s expansion. I recently got city of iron for xmas, and have played it a few times now, and absolutely love it. For Fresco, I’ve been eying it for a bit now, so, why not just get it all in one go? I’ve read a few reviews of it that seem to indicate it plays better with a few of the expansions added.

I think I’m getting sick of the micro-games already. I like small filler games, but I think there are like 6-7 micro games on KS right now. It’s absurd.

I talked with my GF about the zombie 15 game, but we both decided a game with a sound track mechanic sounded too annoying to actually play.

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

I decided to go in on the BB Fresco/BB Alhambra combo because it’s actually a pretty good deal price-wise, comparable or better than most of the major OLGS and even Amazon. I’ve had my eye on BB Alhambra for a while, and thought Fresco might be worth giving a go, so it seemed a pretty easy decision to make. Plus you’re getting an alternate art Fresco game board included for free.

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Rosetta Stone
Football Fan
Explorer - Level 5
Junior

I’m surprised nobody mentioned Villages yet, especially since we’re discussing “Filler” or “Micro” games. Seems like a really sweet game, for a wide age range. And at $20 for the basic game, and a TON of unlocked bonuses so far, this seems like the best value right now.

I like Tiny Epic Kingdoms also, for similar reasons.

But having never played Fresco, having every expansion in one big box is too much for me. Maybe this is a reflection of my game group, who typically give a game only one shot. I guess if I could introduce Fresco to the game before buying the Big Box, it might be just what I need. Otherwise, $60 to play only part of what I’m buying one time is not what I’d call a good value.

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Intermediate Reviewer
Champion
Mask of Agamemnon
Novice Advisor

@Account Deletion: Agreed. The board pieces all seem identical and focused on gaining “Boss” powers to fight the next boss before the other players do. While there may be some interesting combat mechanics, that’s not enough for me to drop that kind of cash.

It’s definitely a project more about fan service to those that want some Megaman miniatures, as far as I can tell, and less about producing a really unique and innovative game.

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Legend of the Five Rings Fan
Advanced Reviewer
Tactician
Guardian Angel

Almost pulled the trigger on Fresco+Alhambra, but a little more digging suggests that Queen Games’ handling of their Kickstarters has been less than stellar (missing components, poor customer service, et al.). Letting my gut do the driving on this and taking a pass.

Going to go read up on Epic Tiny Kingdoms now though, because the price point is excellent.

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Norway
Plaid Hat Games fan
AEG fan
Tasty Minstrel Games Fan

I agree with Wade C.
I’m going to look into Fresco as well to see if that is a game of my taste, but since the ‘early bird’ is gone I think I’ll wait until it hits the stores.

And ofc Die Tower – that’s a no-brainer…

Love the video of Eternal Dynasty! Lmao…

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I play black
Guardian Angel
Platinum Supporter
Marquis / Marchioness

@Paladin –

Couldn’t agree more about Mega Man. I kept an eye on it for the first two weeks after it launched, hoping to find a “game” there rather than awesome miniatures. While it looks like they do have a “game” now, it doesn’t seem like a great one… and at that cost, it would need to be great.

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I play black
Guardian Angel
Platinum Supporter
Marquis / Marchioness

@Sir Gamesalot –

I spent between 30 minutes and an hour researching each of them around 6 months ago, so these “reservations” may be a little hazy…

Space Alert intrigued me because I like complicated coops, and the “story” of it is quite different than anything I play. But if I recall correctly, after you’ve played through the scenario with the soundtrack, you have to go back through it minute by minute to see if you succeeded or not. I was worried that it would be 15 minutes of frantic fun, followed by 15 minutes of dull accounting. The one video I watched on it did not sell me on that “accounting” phase being any fun.

With Escape, I mark it down a little because it seems simpler than Space Alert, but it would have remained on my to-buy list if it didn’t seem so noisy. With a 16-month-old at home, we really only get to play games when he’s asleep… which means we can’t be too loud. The game play video I watched for Escape had a family of four shouting at each other for the duration of the game. We would definitely be tending to a startled child if that happened in our house.

If I’m wrong on any of this I’d love to hear your opinion. As they’re both established and well-liked (as well 2/3rds of the cost), I would have no qualms cancelling my Zombie 15′ pledge to grab one of them.

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