In the mad rush of the holiday, plus a cross-country move (I’ve gone from Indiana to Colorado), I almost forgot about the Kickstarter Blitz! It’s kind of slim pickings this month, but here are a few projects that caught my eye.
Quodd Heroes (Ryan Iler, Wonderment Games) is advertised as being a tumble-powered board game. From the Kickstarter description:
Platform video game meets tabletop miniatures game in a completely original tabletop board game experience like nothing you’ve ever seen or played! Take on the role of an astounding cube-shaped character that moves by tumbling and has a different skill assigned to each face of its cube-shaped body. Then, mix in incredible ability upgrades, a fantastic array of power-ups, devices, pets and ancient powerful runes. Finally, choose one of the many different scenarios to setup your adventure and you’re ready for action and mayhem in the beautiful, dangerous, and unpredictable world of Quoddria!
The game has some really cool cube-shaped minis that, on your turn, will tumble into another space. The face on top will determine what further action you can take. There is lots of customization to be done as you can upgrade your actions. It looks pretty awesome.
- End Date: January 3, 2017 @ 9:59 AM MST
- Goal: $80,000 CAD (not funded)
- Estimated Delivery: November 2017
- How Much? $75
Iberian Rails (Tony Chen, Monsoon Publishing) is an economic train game that I assume is set on the Iberian peninsula. From the Kickstarter description:
Iberian Rails is a share-holding train game for 2 to 5 players. Each round, each player selects a character using an original character-row mechanism, and then the railway companies take turns expanding their networks and selling shares. Use the characters to your advantage, make shrewd investments, and manage your railway companies for a quick cash-out or for long term profit. The player with the most money at the end of the game wins!
I’m not a huge economic train game fan (not that I’ve played that many, they just don’t appeal to me). I’m drawn to this one primarily by the quirky art, which definitely makes it seem more whimsical than the theme would suggest.
- End Date: January 7, 2017 @ 4:03 AM MST
- Goal: $10,000 (funded)
- Estimated Delivery: July 2017
- How Much? $44
Kingdom Death: Monster (Adam Poots, Kingdom Death) is funding edition 1.5 after having a highly successful Kickstarter campaign back in 2013. Nothing like this one, however. From the Kickstarter description:
Kingdom Death Monster is an [sic] massive cooperative board game about survival in a nightmare-horror world. Survivors fight for their lives against an onslaught of bizarre and fearsome creatures. They will use the fruits of these battles to build a fragile civilization in a place where humans are at the bottom of a monstrous ecology.
It’s a pretty big miniatures game, and not something that I’m at all interested in, especially with the highly sexualized art. But the phenomenal success so far (it has raised $8.5 million at the time I’m writing this) means that I should at least mention it here. It’s closing in on Exploding Kittens as the most funded tabletop game ever on Kickstarter, and over 1600 people have pledged at least $1666 for reward levels that might not even deliver until 2020.
- End Date: January 7, 2017 @ 4:00 PM MST
- Goal: $100,000 (VERY funded)
- Estimated Delivery: December 2020
- How Much? $50 to update your original, $250 for the base game
Crokinole (Mayday Games) is the classic dexterity game that is having new boards produced. From the Kickstarter description:
Mayday Games is not new to Crokinole, in fact this will be our 4th Crokinole version since we started making Crokinole boards over 5 years ago. So why has it been 3 years since our last board? In a word: Quality. We have been through 3 different factories and have tried 3 more since 2013 but just never found one that could deliver on the product we demanded at a price our customers could afford. Well after more prototypes than you can shake a stick at we have finally done it! Yes, a high-quality, affordable board is finally here again! This is going to be our best board yet!
If you’ve never played Crokinole, you should check it out. It’s a lot of fun. If you’ve always wanted a board, but have found that they’re just too expensive, this will probably be the best quality for the price you can find.
- End Date: January 8, 2017 @ 1:59 PM MST
- Goal: $5,000 (funded)
- Estimated Delivery: May 2017
- How Much? $99
Spinagogue (Eric Pavony, ModernTribe) bills itself as the first dreidel spinning stadium game. From the Kickstarter description:
When it comes to the holidays, Christmas may have the best movies, songs and fanciful characters, but holy shin, Hanukkah has the best game! These 8 crazy nights are now crazier than ever with Spinagogue, the official dreidel stadium for spinning, winning, gelt and glory. As you know, every game needs an arena, a place where all the action happens. Football is played on a field, tennis is played on a court and baseball is played on a diamond. Now, dreidel is played on a Spinagogue. It’s the gift that keeps on spinning. At home, school or parties, Hanukkah is not the same without this dreidel game!
There are five game modes that come with this arena – Major League Dreidel (spin longer than your opponent); Spinnings (spin the dreidel for baseball-style results); Target Tops (skeeball with dreidels); Dueling Dreidels (be the last dreidel standing); and Traditional Dreidel (a sort of gambling game). It’s all very luck-based, but there aren’t enough dreidel games out there. The only other ones I know of are in the catalog of Flaster Siskin, including Operation Maccabee.
- End Date: January 24, 2017 @ 10:30 PM MST
- Goal: $18,000 (not funded)
- Estimated Delivery: June 2017
- How Much? $39
Twilight of the Gods: Age of Revelation (Chris Kiuwe, Victory Point Games) is an LC…I mean, expandable card game with battling deities. From the Kickstarter description:
In Twilight of the Gods, players take turns battling using a full, modifiable, 50-card deck. Each turn, you draw two cards, acquire resources from other players, and use them to summon Creatures, Schemes, Fortifications, and Intrigues because “smite makes right.” Your deck is also your “life points,” and the last player with cards in their deck wins. Four carefully balanced (for 2-player play), pre-constructed decks are included to help you get started. As more expansion cards are released, these decks become increasingly customizable. Twilight of the Gods is an “expandable” card game universe; you will know what cards you are getting and everyone has access to the same cards. It is not “collectible!” Beyond the 200+ cards in Twilight of the Gods: Age of Revelation, already planned-and-designed boxed expansions will include another 50 cards each. Other large expansions like this one will introduce a new Age with 200 more cards.
This is kind of a different type of game for VPG, but looks pretty interesting. I’m interested to look into it more.
- End Date: January 26, 2017 @ 12:00 PM MST
- Goal: $15,000 (funded)
- Estimated Delivery: September 2017
- How Much? $39
That’s it for 2016! Thanks for reading!