Kickstarter Blitz #27

It’s the final Friday of the month, and that means it’s time for another Kickstarter Blitz!  Let’s get to it…12 new projects to cover today.

image by BGG user ajsg8r
image by BGG user ajsg8r

Honey Wars (Andrew J. Smith, Gold Seal Games) seems like just the type of game I should talk about on this blog.  Here’s the Kickstarter description:

It’s a beautiful spring day, the flowers are in bloom, and there’s an epic battle waging beneath the petals. You and your fellow players control hives of bees, working to build your empire while blocking your opponents’ efforts to do the same. Defend your hives from real-world threats faced by these vital insects, harvest honey, and use threat cards to attack your opponents.

I also like a tagline they have later on: “It’s a bee game, so bring your A-Game!”  This game apparently won some awards in a contest run by The Game Crafter.  It’s a dice-based Take That game that looks pretty cool.

  • End Date: March 31, 2016 @ 6:01 AM CDT
  • Goal: $2,000 (funded)
  • Estimated Delivery: October 2016
  • How Much: $23
image by BGG user kirklandsigs
image by BGG user kirklandsigs

Flag Dash (Kirk Dennison, PieceKeeper Games) is a simulation of that childhood classic game known as Capture the Flag.  Here’s what they say on Kickstarter:

In Flag Dash, you play the role of one of several childhood friends that promised to play their favorite pastime again after they “grew up.” Each player secretly plans and simultaneously plays cards to outmaneuver the opposing team in an exciting game of capture-the-flag.

I remember many happy times playing CTF.  I also remember some miserable times playing CTF, but that’s beside the point.  I think this is a nice unique theme, and also, I’m a sucker for programmed action games, so this one looks good to me.

  • End Date: March 31, 2016 @ 8:58 AM CDT
  • Goal: $9,600 (not funded)
  • Estimated Delivery: September 2016
  • How Much: $27
image from Kickstarter project page
image from Kickstarter project page

The Lazy Gamer (Team Tabletop) is not a game, but rather a gaming solution.  Here’s the Kickstarter pitch:

The Lazy Gamer is the solution to a common tabletop gaming bother we’ve all experienced – difficulty seeing and reading the board or game pieces depending on where you’re oriented around the table. It ensures every player gets a fair and comfortable view every turn by allowing smooth 360 degree rotation of a richly sized, luxurious playing surface. Team Tabletop has taken the simple concept of a Lazy Susan, and crafted it into a convergence of niche, practicality, bold style, and uncompromising quality.

So this is basically an add-on to your table.  Set up your game on the Lazy Gamer, spin it around, and no one ever need look at an upside down board again.  It’s a cool idea, though not something I myself feel like I really need.  I’m sure someone will find use for it, and it does look really nice.

  • End Date: March 31, 2016 @ 10:08 PM CDT
  • Goal: $10,000 CAD (funded)
  • Estimated Delivery: 2016
  • How Much: $180 for The Baron, $200 for The Goliath, $275 for The Commodore, $850 for a custom Lazy Gamer (all CAD)
image by BGG user ChrisHandy
image by BGG user ChrisHandy

Pack O Game Set 2 (Chris Handy, Perplext Games) is a set of games that come in a package about the size of a pack of gum.  Kickstarter says this:

Pack O Game is a series of small card games with a surprising amount of gameplay, strategy and fun. Each game is unique in theme, mechanics and complexity, with 30 cards (1 inch by 3 inch) in a tuck box the size of a pack of gum. In 2014, Pack O Game SET 1 launched with great success. It’s [sic] focus was variety for many types of people. SET 2 is about short, middle-weight games for gamers and people looking for more depth and interesting gameplay.

It’s a fascinating concept – basically a bunch of microgames using the same size cards and all with three letter titles.  This set originally had four games – GYM (a team game where players are competing in events for points), RUM (a pirate-themed press your luck game), SOW (a gardening game where players are planting in order to get the best bouquet), and ORC (a fantasy fighting game).  Stretch goals have added five more games so far – NUT (squirrels arranging nuts to form high scoring clusters), BOO (a game about collecting ghosts), BOX (an abstract game about creating boxes with dots), SPY (a deduction game where players are trying to crack their opponent’s safe), and DIG (you are a dog trying to dig up bones and return them to their same colored bowl).  A lot of cute stuff there, and hey, it’s nine games for only $24.  How can you go wrong?

  • End Date: April 2, 2016 @ 11:00 PM CDT
  • Goal: $20,000 (funded)
  • Estimated Delivery: December 2016
  • How Much: $24
image by BGG user Action Phase
image by BGG user Action Phase

Retreat to Darkmoor! (Matt Loomis/Isaac Shalev, Action Phase Games) is an RPG themed game where you’re trying to keep your minions from being slain by adventurers.  From the Kickstarter description:

The foul forces of Darkmoor have amassed their legions to strike at the Capital City. Despite their well-laid machinations, something awaits them within the city walls: the realm’s legendary heroes, who have gathered to council the king. Failing to siege the city, each overlord’s minions must now retreat to Darkmoor lest they be captured—or worse. In Retreat to Darkmoor!, 2-4 players assume the roles of dark overlords of the realm, each commanding an identical deck of minions. Your goal: to successfully evade the legendary heroes and take refuge in the various locations of Darkmoor. Each minion that manages to escape will count toward control of a location, but beware of your so-called collaborators, as each overlord also scores points for eliminating rival minions!

I like these themes where you’re playing the bad guys trying to escape from the good guys.  It’s present in games like Dungeon Lords as well.  This looks like a much lighter game than DL, of course, but Action Phase has some good and creative games in their lineup, so I’m looking forward to hearing how this one turns out.

  • End Date: April 3, 2016 @ 10:59 PM CDT
  • Goal: $10,800 (funded)
  • Estimated Delivery: September 2016
  • How Much: $19
image by BGG user zorin_productions
image by BGG user zorin_productions

TAU CETI: Planetary Crisis (Stan and Mike Strickland, Outer Limit Games) is a space game.  I’ll let the Kickstarter page describe it for you:

TAU CETI: Planetary Crisis is a 1-5 player competitive game centered on an economic engine, asymmetric powers, and strategic manipulation. TAU CETI tells a story of a newly formed alliance between several alien factions in a time of galactic declension, who compete for influence as they lead their civilization through a crisis-ridden star system. With multiple paths to victory, you are free to: explore the mysterious outer reaches of the star system for knowledge, recruit specialists to help you resolve crises, exploit opportunities through trade, buy/sell commodities as the market fluctuates across planets, complete missions for money, build orbitals and defend them against enemies, acquire exotic technologies, and upgrade your starship’s systems for greater advantages as you navigate the cosmic environment.  TAU CETI has all the elements of a 4X game, but allows you to advance at your own pace with à la carte advanced rules, and can be played in less than 2 hours.

Not really being a 4X guy, I’m not as attracted to this type of game as others might be.  But the images make the game look really nice, with some very cool minis, interesting looking dice, and just generally lots of stuff.  Hope its gameplay matches its look.

  • End Date: April 6, 2016 @ 8:00 PM CDT
  • Goal: $22,500 (funded)
  • Estimated Delivery: November 2016
  • How Much: $49
image from Kickstarter project page
image from Kickstarter project page

Cardstock Warriors (Michael Upchurch) is a wargame with minis made of cardstock.  You know, in case you hadn’t figured that out.  Tell me more, Kickstarter!

Cardstock Warriors is a traditional tabletop miniatures wargame.  The only difference is that instead of buying hundreds of dollars of models and spending months painting and assembling, the game is played with hand drawn cartoon styled paper models that come out of your printer.  Where a single unit of troops for a plastic or metal model based wargame would take an hour or more to construct, and several hours to paint, an entire cardstock warriors army can be printed and assembled in a fraction of the time for much less cost.

I don’t know much about wargames, and I’m certainly not a miniatures guy, but I really wanted to highlight this one because I think it’s a really interesting concept.  They’re basically doing a Kickstarter for a print-and-play.  You can pay them $25 to get one army PDF (the rules are free) all the way up to $185 to get all four armies pre-cut for you.  It does look pretty cool on the table…we’ll see if it gets there.

  • End Date: April 7, 2016 @ 10:27 PM CDT
  • Goal: $5,000 (not funded)
  • Estimated Delivery: June 2016
  • How Much: $25 for PDF, $185 for four precut armies
image by BGG user Serdarot
image by BGG user Serdarot

Small Star Empires (Milan Tasevski, Archona Games) is a miniature space area control game.  From the Kickstarter description:

A new dawn for the galaxy is coming. Four of the major civilizations inhabiting the galaxy finally achieved interstellar travel, and are ready to establish their empires and dominance across the galaxy! Your civilization is among them. As a leader, you must make sure your rising empire is the dominant at the end! You will accomplish this by colonizing planetary systems and exploring beautiful nebulae with your ships while establishing your domain.  Plan your strategy wisely to become the most prosperous star empire of the galaxy!

You’re basically moving all around the board, dropping colonies and trade stations which in turn block your opponent’s movement.  So, kind of like Hey That’s My Fish in space.  Which is cool with me.  The game will supposedly fit in your pocket.

  • End Date: April 12, 2016 @ 4:59 AM CDT
  • Goal: $14,000 AUD (funded)
  • Estimated Delivery: October 2016
  • How Much: $47
image by BGG user Lukas1115
image by BGG user Lukas1115

Watchmen of Destiny (Lukas Litvaj) is a card game featuring cute woodland creatures.  Here’s the summary from BGG:

Watchmen of Destiny is a card game for 2-4 players where you become king’s advisor and you try to build the most powerful army of watchmen. King’s reward is waiting for the best one! You may hire watchmen of different species and classes. Each class has different special ability that will help you during the game. Hiring is not for free, you have to pay them to persuade them to join you. The player who hires 7 watchmen and has the most valuable army, wins. Be the best one and get the promised reward!

The art in this game is very cute, and the game looks pretty interesting.  It’s essentially all about hand management, with a bunch of cute characters and items included.

  • End Date: April 13, 2016 @ 8:56 AM CDT
  • Goal: $16,000 (funded)
  • Estimated Delivery: September 2016
  • How Much: $28
image by BGG user dataspire
image by BGG user dataspire

The Goonies (Ben Pichback/Matt Riddle, Albino Dragon) is an adventure card game from the same design team that brought you the Back to the Future Adventure game this year.  But what is it?  Kickstarter says:

In THE GOONIES: Adventure Card Game, you play as a ragtag group of kids from the Goon Docks neighborhood of Astoria, Oregon. You must join together on a quest to find the treasure of legendary pirate One-Eyed Willy so that you can save your homes from demolition! You will need to keep your wits about you and use your unique skills to avoid One-Eyed Willy’s booby traps and also stay one step ahead of the Fratellis, a family of criminals intent on claiming the treasure for themselves. As players, you will each represent a member of The Goonies, and you must all work together as a team. Unlike in most games, in The Goonies: Adventure Card Game, players do not take individual turns. You will collectively pool your cards to take team actions, working each turn to clear obstacles, move between locations, evade the Fratellis, and map a path to the ship of One-Eyed Willy. To win, you must discover the gem at each of the five locations, and successfully store them along the paths you’ve previously mapped. Each turn, more obstacles will appear — maybe even the Fratellis! You will lose if there are ever five obstacles present at any one location, or if there are five total Fratelli cards in play, or if you exhaust the encounter deck.

I must be one of the only kids to grow up in the 80s that did not like the Goonies movie.  It had its moments, but I just really couldn’t see what the fuss was all about.  Still, it’s definitely a cultural touchstone for a lot of people in my generation, and it’s nice to see a game about it, especially from a team like Pinchback and Riddle.

  • End Date: April 14, 2016 @ 5:00 PM CDT
  • Goal: $10,000 (funded)
  • Estimated Delivery: January 2017
  • How Much: $25
image by BGG user drakecoldwinter
image by BGG user drakecoldwinter

Colosseum (Wolfgang Kramer/Markus Lübke, Tasty Minstrel Games) is a reprint of a 2007 title originally by Days of Wonder.  Kickstarter says:

Colosseum is a game about being a Roman magistrate charged with hosting a series of shows for the people and Roman nobles, with a chance that even the Emperor himself will visit your performance. You’ll earn wealth and prestige for the shows they host, using your rewards to perform greater and more elaborate spectacles than have ever been seen before. You will need to manage your resources to improve your arenas, hire performers, contract scripts, and lure the Roman Nobility to your shows.

This has never been a game I’ve been interested in.  Auctions plus Kramer equals no thanks for me.  But it does have its fans, so I’m sure they’re happy.  Between this and Queen’s Necklace being reprinted by companies other than Days of Wonder in recent times, I have renewed hope that someone will pick up Cleopatra and the Society of Architects soon.

  • End Date: April 15, 2016 @ 11:00 PM CDT
  • Goal: $30,000 (funded)
  • Estimated Delivery: January 2017
  • How Much: $60
image by BGG user PlayerToTheLeft
image by BGG user PlayerToTheLeft

Yakitori (Benjamin Sperling, Daft Concepts) is a cooking themed game set in Japan.  One more Kickstarter description:

The game play is simple. Players roll three dice and assign these dice to an open spot in one of four possible actions types. The action types are Go to the Market, Influence the Customers, Cook your Food, and Return to the Market. Space is limited and time is short, so hurry before all the spots of an action type are filled by your competitors for the round. Then in turn order based on the dice rolls players resolve their actions. The premise is to buy raw food at a discount, cook it, and then sell it at a premium. The actions of other players can influence how much or little you can buy or sell a food type for, so plan accordingly. Once the market runs low on raw foods, the game ends. Player combine the foods they have cooked and sold into delicious meals for a bonus at the end. The most successful chef wins.

I love games that are almost entirely made out of wood, and this is one of them.  It does look really cool – I’m not sure how it plays, but it’s look is worth pointing out.

  • End Date: April 22, 2016 @ 6:35 PM CDT
  • Goal: $5,000 (not funded)
  • Estimated Delivery: October 2016
  • How Much: $59

A reminder of a few projects I’ve talked about before on this blog:

  • Hyperspace Smuggler is a space pick-up-and-deliver game from designer Greg Loring-Albright that is on Kickstarter until May 31. (not funded)
  • Fog of Love is a romantic comedy simulator from publisher Hush Hush Games that is on Kickstarter until April 3. (funded)
  • Sabotile: Isles of Hexoté is a capture-the-flag take-that style game from Grizzly Forged Studios that is on Kickstarter until April 18. (not funded)

A lot of interesting stuff out there.  Thanks for reading!

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