Kickstarter Blitz #33

It’s the last Friday of September, and that means it’s time for another Kickstarter Blitz!  On with the show!

image from Kickstarter campaign page
image from Kickstarter campaign page

Bag of Superior Sorting (BoSS) is not actually a game, but rather a bag for dice and whatever bits you want to cram into it.  From the Kickstarter description:

The Bag of Superior Sorting (BoSS) is a dice / game token bag which has 13 separate pockets to make it easy to reach in and pull out what you need during gameplay. I don’t know if you are like me, but I got tired digging through a bag to find what I needed, dumping out all the items onto a table, or bashing my knuckles on hard plastic containers. All this agony because I needed a specific die or game token.

This is primarily an RPG item – keep your dice separate in one sack.  However, I can see board gaming uses too as there are always bits you need to keep away from each other.  Looks pretty cool to me.

  • End Date: Sepetember 30, 2016 @ 9:06 PM CDT
  • Goal: $1,000 (funded)
  • Estimated Delivery: December 2016
  • How Much? $25
image by BGG user disom
image by BGG user disom

Stop the Germs! (Jeremy Peet, Simple Design Publishing) is a medically themed game that comes in a pill bottle.  From the Kickstarter description:

Stop the Germs! is a fast paced strategy game for two players that plays in just 10 to 15 minutes. Players take turns placing, flipping, and moving hex tiles until someone plays their last remaining germ tile, which ends the game. The player with the most points in the winner! Stop the Germs! does not require a playing board and is limited only by the flat surface that it is played on.

It seems like a fairly light game where you’re just trying to maneuver into a position to score the most points.  There are special tiles that can help provide some extra oomph to the game.  Plus, I like the packaging.

  • End Date: October4, 2016 @ 10:59 AM CDT
  • Goal: $6,000 (not funded)
  • Estimated Delivery: February 2017
  • How Much? $19
image by BGG user spaceballoongames
image by BGG user spaceballoongames

Brides & Bribes (Andrea Gallazzi/Elisa Leonardi/Pietro Navarotto, Spaceballoon Games) is a game about a power struggle in the Renaissance.  From the Kickstarter description:

An innovative and unique use of a hidden worker placement mechanic gives players the feeling of being part of a Renaissance Genoa full of intrigue and deception. By hiring new employees at every turn, using a deck building system, players experience the feeling of “ever growing power” during the game.  As a player, you will assume the role of one of the families competing to become the new Doge, Lord of the city. In each round, you will secretly plan to send a family member with the right skills into Genoese boroughs to perform one of the five possible actions: hire new employees, collect money, get new workers, increase your influence points or convince the local Lord that your family is worth a marriage with his beautiful daughter.

This game looks like a pretty involved worker placement style game, and while the theme is extremely generic and uninteresting to me, the game does look very nice.  One to keep an eye on.

  • End Date: October 4, 2016 @ 4:30 PM CDT
  • Goal: €16,000 (not funded)
  • Estimated Delivery: June 2017
  • How Much? €39
image by BGG user grinn
image by BGG user grinn

Vengeance (Gordon Calleja, Mighty Boards) is a game where you are out for revenge.  From the Kickstarter description:

Vengeance is a miniatures board game that embodies the essence of pulp revenge movies like Kill Bill, Old Boy, Django Unchained and the like. You play a hero that has been left for dead by shady underworld gangs, out to avenge yourself. You win by building your hero up into an unstoppable killing machine, mowing down the villains who wronged you, bursting into their bosses’ dens to lay down your vengeance upon them in action-packed fight sequences.

It’s a good idea for a theme, and it’s a game with minis, so you know it’s going to do well (over $100K raised so far).  It’s essentially a dice puzzle game from what I can tell, but a very expansive one.  Looks cool.

  • End Date: October 5, 2016 @ 1:00 AM CDT
  • Goal: $50,000 (funded)
  • Estimated Delivery: July 2017
  • How Much? $90
image by BGG user FlavorFactionStudio
image by BGG user FlavorFactionStudio

ORIGINZ (Flavor Faction Studio) is a superhero game where you can be the hero or villain.  From the Kickstarter description:

Magic is real. Mutations are common. Aliens have invaded. Governments have dissolved – their military forces have scattered. Nobody is safe. The world has been changed forever, but your origin story has just begun. You’ve survived the apocalypse and emerged with incredible superpowers. Many see you as their last hope – a savior….a hero. Others fear you – branding you as a villain who seeks only power and glory. It is time to show them who you really are…it is time to take a stand. There is nothing left to do, but fight!

I like superhero games, and I especially like ones that invent their own stories.  So this is one to check out.

  • End Date: October 6, 2016 @ 10:29 AM CDT
  • Goal: $12,500 (funded)
  • Estimated Delivery: March 2017
  • How Much? $40
image by BGG user UndeadViking
image by BGG user UndeadViking

Chimera Station (Mark Major, Tasty Minstrel Games) is a worker placement game about building a space station.  From the Kickstarter description:

We have just Five Rounds to build this Space Station, which would be nigh impossible if we were using just regular alien workers. Thankfully we have extra tools at our disposal: brains, tentacles, claws, and leaves. Each round is made up of three phases: A Placement phase, where we assign workers to various tasks or prep them for splicing, followed by a Splicing Phase, where prepped workers are upgraded with new genetic components and then sent to fulfill one of the leftover tasks available. Finally we reward our workers with sustenance in the Feeding Phase.

This one has been getting some pretty good pre-buzz.  Workers are upgraded by adding pieces to them – claws, tentacles, brains, and leaves.  It looks like fun.

  • End Date: October 7, 2016 @ 11:00 PM CDT
  • Goal: $60,000 (funded)
  • Estimated Delivery: June 2017
  • How Much? $45
image by BGG user HerrohGrant
image by BGG user HerrohGrant

Druids (Grant Rodiek, Hyperbole Games) is a wooden abstract game from the designer of Farmageddon and Cry Havoc.  Here’s the Kickstarter description:

Druids combines a few fun mechanisms: a novel method of piece movement; simple, varied moves inspired by Animals;  and players alter the board itself as an element of strategy. It is an accessible and tense game that plays so quickly you’ll never play just one game. Druids is a beautiful wooden game manufactured in the United States. It features a thick board, hefty tiles, and Druid markers in which you actually slot the Stone tokens. It looks, plays, and feels unique, and is meant to be a special gift for you, a friend, or both this holiday. 

The game looks beautiful, and is being hand made.  Thus, there are only 200 copies available, with about 55 left at the time of this writing (Thursday evening).  Jump on it if interested.

  • End Date: October 8, 2016 @ 12:00 AM CDT
  • Goal: $1,000 (funded)
  • Estimated Delivery: December 2016
  • How Much? $50 (limited to only 200 copies)
image by BGG user jguitarstring
image by BGG user jguitarstring

OutLawed (Ryan Cowler, Green Couch Games) is a bluffing game set in the Old West.  From the Kickstarter description:

OutLawed! is a social game of bluffing, truth-telling, and out-thinking your opponents. Each player has an identical set of 11 outlaw cards imagined as animals escaped from the zoo somewhere in the wild, wild west. Over a series of rounds, players take turns playing a card face down and making a claim about which character card they played. Players are free to tell the truth about the character played or to make a bold faced lie! After players have played cards and made their claims, all the characters are revealed and each player assesses whether or not they have met their Outlaw’s “apprehend if” condition. Players who were successful add their Outlaws to their jail pile while all other players place the card back in their hand. Lionel Manesworth can only be captured if you tell the truth. The Vixen Twins get nabbed when others are convinced to play the same card during the round. Lawman Croc Holliday will catch anybody who isn’t on the up and up. Once a player fills up their jail, everyone compares their total reward value of apprehended cards to see who has has earned the most rewards and gets to fill the vacant position as deputy of Bandit Bluff.

Green Couch specializes in small box games, and they usually seem pretty interesting to me.  Westerns and bluffing seem to be a good match, even though neither one is something I generally get excited about.  Still, looks like an interesting small game.

  • End Date: October 8, 2016 @ 11:00 AM CDT
  • Goal: $6,000 (funded)
  • Estimated Delivery: March 2017
  • How Much? $15
image by BGG user fokos
image by BGG user fokos

Mystic ScROLLs (Evangelos Foskolos/Stelios Kourtis, Drawlab Entertainment) is a real-time dice game about casting spells.  From the Kickstarter description:

In Mystic ScROLLS, each player is a wizard, with his own spells trying to capture as many Scrolls as possible. Each round, a card from the middle pile is drawn and when everyone is ready, each player grabs 5 magic dice and starts rolling to perform as many spells as possible. Every time a player has rolled the correct combination, he/she can place the dice on the spell (activating it) and grab more dice from the common dice pool. When the dice pool is depleted or a player plays the combination of the middle scroll the round is over and all the spells are activated. If a player claimed the middle scroll he takes it in his spell area (expanding his magic knowledge). The game round continues until only one player is left, who gains the knowledge from all the scrolls of the library.

It does have player elimination, but seems like a pretty fun quick real-time dice game.  You’re trying to activate spells and attack your opponents, while at the same time trying to gain new spells.  Looks interesting to me.

  • End Date: October 14, 2016 @ 11:45 AM CDT
  • Goal: £5,000 (not funded)
  • Estimated Delivery: April 2017
  • How Much? £23
image by BGG user darthneo
image by BGG user darthneo

Mars 4:45 (Chris Renshall/Adrian Short, TGIK Games) is a game about the colonization of the Red Planet.  From the Kickstarter description:

In Mars 4:45, each player is a Mission Director, racing to establish the first colony on the Red Planet. Mission Directors will simultaneously compete to construct all the modules necessary to start a Mars settlement, sourcing as many parts internally as possible to maximize profitability. Mission Directors will be moving supplies from their individual set up to the factory floor where modules started by one Mission Director can be built on and finished by other Mission Directors.

Mars is a really hot theme right now.  This one has a kind of a minimal art style that I like.  It’s a multiplayer solitaire game (they even admit that any number of people can play as long as you have enough sets of cards), but looks interesting to me.

  • End Date: October 14, 2016 @ 9:00 PM CDT
  • Goal: $7,000 (not funded)
  • Estimated Delivery: April 2017
  • How Much? $20
image by BGG user Rudy Seuntjens
image by BGG user Rudy Seuntjens

Pixie Queen (Rudy Seuntjens, Game Brewer) is a fantasy themed worker placement game.  From the Kickstarter description:

Pixie Queen is a diabolic worker-placement game about a Queen who rules over her subordinates like a true tyrant. According to legend her pixie slaves are small flying naughtycreatures often spotted around Cornwall and Devon in the UK. Pixies steal from humans, do all kinds of mischief and often torment other creatures … such as pixies of the other players. The game tells you the true tale of these poor little oppressed pixies. All players that score more penalty points than the player who scores least of them are the losers of the game. Penalty points are the only points one can receive during the torturousgame. In case a player miraculously succeeds in pleasing the Queen by offering her golden rings, goods or servants, he will receive reward tiles which at the end of the game will diminish his pile of painstakingly gathered penalty points…

This game looks great, both artistically and rules wise.  This is one I definitely want to keep looking into further, and I’m even going to call it my PICK OF THE MONTH.

  • End Date: October 20, 2016 @ 4:59 PM CDT
  • Goal: €25,000 (funded)
  • Estimated Delivery: April 2017
  • How Much? €39
image from Kickstarter campaign page
image from Kickstarter campaign page

The Dragon’s Hoard (Paladin’s Quest Games) is a box designed to carry several games at once.  From the Kickstarter description:

If you’re like us, you’ve been looking for the best way to condense, contain, store, and transport your game hoard.  We’ve tried different options, but nothing really worked the way we would’ve liked it to.  Tackle boxes, craft bins, and makeup carriers all work with one or two games but aren’t comprehensive solutions for entire hoards of games.  Confronted with these unanswered needs we decided to create our own solution: The Dragon’s Hoard!  The Dragon’s Hoard can fit up to 5 full-size board games or 9+ smaller games in one box.

It’s a pretty cool product, with a compartment under the lid to hold boards and compartments for the other game bits.  It’s a good way to condense your collection, especially if there are games in large boxes that don’t really need them.  So check it out.

  • End Date: October 27, 2016 @ 5:02 PM CDT
  • Goal: $30,000 (not funded)
  • Estimated Delivery: October 2017
  • How Much? $50

Before I end this Blitz, here’s three projects I’ve talked about in some form in the past that are funding right now:

  • Sagrada, the stained glass window dice game, is running until October 9 – see my overview here;
  • BattleCON Trials, the fourth edition of the popular BattleCON series, is funding until  October 16 – see my review of Fate of Indines here;
  • Unreal Estate, the fantasy drafting game, is on Kickstarter until October 21 – see my review here.

And that will do it for the Blitz this month.  Thanks for reading!

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