These Kickstarter Blitzes usually come on the last Friday of the month. As that’s Christmas, here it is three whole days early! With the holidays here, it doesn’t seem like there’s a whole lot of interesting stuff on Kickstarter. Most of what I found seemed to be RPG related, and many of the board games I did find looked pretty bad. Here are a few that did catch my eye.
Secret Hitler (Max Boxleiter/Tommy Maranges/Max Temkin) is a politically-based social deduction game set in pre-WWII Germany. From the Kickstarter description:
Secret Hitler is a dramatic game of political intrigue and betrayal set in 1930’s Germany. Players are secretly divided into two teams – liberals and fascists. Known only to each other, the Fascists coordinate to sow distrust and install their cold-blooded leader. The liberals must find and stop the Secret Hitler before it’s too late. Each round, players elect a President and a Chancellor who will work together to enact a law from a random deck. If the government passes a fascist law, players must try to figure out if they were betrayed or simply unlucky. Secret Hitler also features government powers that come into play as fascism advances. The fascists will use those powers to create chaos unless liberals can pull the nation back from the brink of war.
I’m entirely sure if I should be offended by this one. It’s certainly going to be a controversial theme (and what do you expect from one of the creators of Cards Against Humanity). At the same time, it looks like it could be a good starting place for discussion about how Germany could have let Hitler get into power, especially since enacting Fascist laws gives the President special powers. It’s doing pretty well in its funding, so check it out and see what you think.
- End Date: December 23, 2015 @ 1:51 PM CST
- Goal: $54,450 (funded)
- Estimated Delivery: April 2016
- How Much: $25
Jewels (Omar Khmayes) is an economic game about selling jewels. From the Kickstarter description:
Extremely easy to play, this game is suitable for both beginners and expert gamers. The aim is to earn as much money as possible. You earn money through selling jewels. You can craft jewels using the gems you buy from different merchants and you can buy gems travelling through Marylia encountering many adventures along the way.
The art really appeals me in this game. It seems fairly light, but with an interesting set up and lots of variability. I wish they had a good gameplay video, but I think it looks good enough to keep an eye on for now.
- End Date: December 23, 2015 @ 2:40 PM CST
- Goal: £7,000 (not funded)
- Estimated Delivery: June 2016
- How Much: £17
Fantasy Fantasy Baseball (Daryl Andrews/JR Honeycutt, CSE Games) is a game about managing your own baseball team made up of fantasy creatures. From the Kickstarter description:
Fantasy Fantasy Baseball is an inventive new card game in which you are the Wizard managerof a baseball team of powerful and gruesome fantasy creatures battling through a season of fantasy baseball. Go head-to-head against other Wizard managers for Victory cards while building up your team’s statistics for even more Victory cards. But beware, your players may have spells cast on them. Instead of the typical fantasy baseball experience taking months to play, the entire Fantasy Fantasy Baseball experience is boiled down to 10 minutes per player. The amazing fantasy creatures provide something for the baseball fan and the gamer in all of us. Fantasy Fantasy Baseball breaks down to: one part fantasy, one part fantasy baseball, one part baseball cards, with a pinch of satire. Baseball fans will enjoy all the subtle and not-so-subtle baseball references, but you don’t have to be a sports fan in order to have a lot of fun with this game.
Like Blood Bowl: Team Manager, this is a game that is more about forming a team than at actually playing games. You’re not simulating baseball, but more of the behind the scenes stuff. It looks pretty cool, and this one is my PICK OF THE MONTH.
- End Date: December 23, 2015 @ 10:59 PM CST
- Goal: $7,500 (funded)
- Estimated Delivery: May 2016
- How Much: $19
Dungeon Busters (Tomohiro Enoki, Mayday Games) is a Korean dungeon-crawl with some super cute anime characters. From the Kickstarter description:
In Dungeon Busters, the players take the role of heroes exploring dungeons and defeating monsters in search of treasures. In order to defeat a monster, every player simultaneously plays a card face-down then all reveal. If two or more players play the same value, they are all ignored. If players are defeated, the player who played the lowest value should return some treasures as a penalty. If players defeat the monster, players divide rewards but the player who played the lowest card gets the best reward!
This looks like how a semi-cooperative game should be. Players have to work together to defeat a monster, but you’re still trying to earn the most treasure by putting yourself in a position to be the lowest contributor. It looks like a fun little filler game.
- End Date: January 2, 2015 @ 8:16 AM CST
- Goal: $5,000 (funded)
- Estimated Delivery: May 2016
- How Much: $16
The Ninth World (Paul Peterson/Boyan Radakovich/Mike Selinker, Lone Shark Games) is a “skillbuilding game” set in the world of Numenara, as created by Monte Cook Games. From the Kickstarter description:
Our game is set in the Numenera universe, where heroes explore the nine kingdoms of The Steadfast, each a very different place to adventure. They discover strange relics of the past, trying to discern which are powerful cyphers and which are just weird oddities. And they fight creatures of all shapes, sizes, and limb arrangements. Outside of the Steadfast is The Beyond, a wild and remote realm. And there are even places beyond The Beyond, awaiting your discovery.
The world is set a billion years in the future, which is a pretty mind boggling number – most futuristic games don’t go further than a thousand years from now. It looks like a lot of work has gone into building the world, and it doesn’t look ike JAFG (Just Another Fantasy Game), so I think this is one to watch.
- End Date: January 15, 2015 @ 7:00 PM CST
- Goal: $50,000 (not funded)
- Estimated Delivery: October 2016
- How Much: $50
That will do it for this month. Thanks for reading, have a very happy holiday, and thanks for reading!