Kickstarter Blitz #38

Time for another edition of the Kickstarter Blitz.  But first – time to announce the winner of the 12 Realms contest that has been running here for the last week.  The winner is Kane, aka kaneofthebeach!  Congratulations, I’ll be in touch shortly to get your address.  Thanks to all who entered, and now on with the Blitz!

image by BGG user Dice Throne
image by BGG user Dice Throne

Dice Throne (Nate Chatellier/Manny Trembley, Mind Bottling Games) is a combat game that uses dice.  From the Kickstarter description:

Select from a variety of heroes that play & feel completely distinct from one another. Attack opponents and activate abilities by rolling your hero’s unique set of 5 dice. Accumulate Combat Points and spend them on cards that have a large range of effects, such as granting permanent hero upgrades, applying status effects, and manipulating dice directly (yours, your teammate’s, or even your opponent’s).

Each player has five dice and a deck of 30 cards all to themselves, and you’re rolling using a Yahtzee-style mechanism to determine what you can do each turn.  It looks like a pretty fun game with some pretty cool art.

  • End Date: February 24, 2017 @ 10:28 AM MST
  • Goal: $15,000 (funded)
  • Estimated Delivery: November 2017
  • How Much: $29 for basic game, $39 with additional heroes
image by BGG user dokdoyle
image by BGG user dokdoyle

OrcQuest (Yoann Bugny/Thomas Maufroid, Maze Games) is a game where you are an orc.  From the Kickstarter description:

“We are Orcs! We come to rob you, see your houses burn down and blow your heads off! We’re done being victims of your heroes in tights and shining armor! In this world, we are the heroes!” So hang on, you are about to embody a gang of green skins! Be quick, ruthless and sly. In OrcQuest, being mean is good. Brawls, traps, treasures, captures and cheap shots are on the menu, and you’re gonna love it! You have only one goal: Be the richest green skin alive at the end of the raid.

This is a card game where you’ll reveal challenges and play cards, then roll dice to determine success or failure.  It looks like a fairly simple game to understand, and I’m always attracted to games where you get to play the bad guy.  The cover art looks an awful lot like HeroQuest.

  • End Date: February 27, 2017 @ 2:00 PM MST
  • Goal: €15,000 (funded)
  • Estimated Delivery: September 2017
  • How Much: €25
image by BGG user arehberg
image by BGG user arehberg

Truck Off (Ryan Lambert, Adam’s Apple Games) is a game about the cutthroat world of food truck cuisine.  From the Kickstarter description:

You’ve just entered your food truck into the “Truck Off: The Food Truck Frenzy” competition hoping to be crowned the Food Truck Titan. Over the next 5 days, you’ll send your team of food trucks to various locations trying to score sweet parking spots at lucrative venues. The player with the most sales after five days takes home the title of Food Truck Titan.  Pick Venues, Roll Dice, Play Actions, Get Paid!

Each round, you’ll secretly choose two locations to send your trucks to, then roll dice to see how many customers are coming.  After everyone plays cards, you collect money.  It’s a pretty simple game with a high level of take that.  I’ve been a big fan of The Great Food Truck Race lately, so I’m a fan of the theme.

  • End Date: March 1, 2017 @ 8:00 PM MST
  • Goal: $4,000 (funded)
  • Estimated Delivery: August 2017
  • How Much: $19
image by BGG user Dagerr
image by BGG user Dagerr

By Order of the Queen (David Gerrard, Junk Spirit Games) is a cooperative game about protecting the kingdom from invaders.  From the BGG description:

By Order of the Queen is a cooperative 2–4 player game with a fantasy role-playing game theme. Players take on the role of one of the Guilds of Tessandor, working together to dispatch Heroes to important quests, to combat monsters and to complete the Queen’s Orders themselves. Players must work together to keep the kingdom from falling apart while trying to complete three Queen’s Orders to win the game.

This looks like a pretty cool family fantasy game.  The art is nice and light, and the game looks like it will be a fun thematic experience.

  • End Date: March 2, 2017 @ 10:00 PM MST
  • Goal: $18,000 (funded)
  • Estimated Delivery: October 2017
  • How Much: $49
image by BGG user ODAMMatt
image by BGG user ODAMMatt

The Shared Dream (Matthew Tarulli, ODAM Publishing) is a cooperative game set in the Of Dreams and Magic world (that’s an RPG system).  From the Kickstarter description:

Each time the game is played, a Shared Dream scenario is chosen, with each one providing a different set of objectives, enemy mechanics, and unique Nemesis. Every Shared Dream also contains its own set of Personal Reflections, mini-stories each character must progress through in order to contribute to winning the scenario. With 4 Shared Dream scenarios to choose from, 6 unique player characters, and a modular city that changes with every playthrough, The Shared Dream combines the strategy and replayability of a board game with the mood, theme, and storyline of a RPG.

I love the dream world as a setting for games, and this one looks pretty nice.  I haven’t delved into the rules yet, but it’s one I’ll be watching.

  • End Date: March 3, 2017 @ 10:01 AM MST
  • Goal: $30,000 (funded)
  • Estimated Delivery: December 2017
  • How Much: $65
image by BGG user Marcos Macri
image by BGG user Marcos Macri

Dogs (Marcos Macri, Gray Mass Games) is a game previously published in Brazil that is now making its way to the US.  From the Kickstarter description:

In Dogs, each player owns a kennel and want to turn it into the largest and most comfortable shelter for city dogs. Each game round is divided into three phases: In Phase 1 players move their vehicles (trucks) through two different scenarios of the board, Field and the City, collecting stray dogs, rewards will be worth it, and abandoned dogs of various races who need medical care and food, but yield valuable points at the end of the game. In Phase 2 players select special cards and perform important actions in five places: the City, the Warehouse, the Pet Shop, Veterinary Clinic and Trade Show Dogs. The number of players who can use each location in the round is limited, and therefore, choosing the right action is essential to bring good results kennel player. In addition, there are four types of resources in the game (money, gasoline, ration and medicines) and is essential to keep them under control and avoiding penalties disorders. In Phase 3 players feed the dogs in their stalls, pay the salaries of assistants and kennel organize the board for the next round. Upon completion of a certain number of rounds, the kennel with the highest score wins the game!

Dogs looks like an interesting game with a good theme – rescuing dogs is a great thing, and I think it will make for a good gaming experience.  The game is apparently very popular in Brazil.

  • End Date: March 8, 2017 @ 4:01 AM MST
  • Goal: $20,000 (funded)
  • Estimated Delivery: August 2017
  • How Much: $29
image by BGG user W Eric Martin
image by BGG user W Eric Martin

Munchkin Shakespeare (Steve Jackson, Steve Jackson Games) is…well…a Shakespeare themed version of Munchkin.  From the BGG description:

Prepare to fire the Shakespearean Canon! Presenting Munchkin Shakespeare, a Shakespeare-themed version of the popular Munchkin card game! Players have requested a Shakespearean version for years, and some of you even helped us brainstorm these puns…

I don’t really know what else needs to be said.  I don’t like Munchkin, but it is quite a popular game.  I’m not exactly sure why they felt this version needed a Kickstarter campaign, unless it was just to gauge interest in this literary version.

  • End Date: March 10, 2017 @ 4:00 PM MST
  • Goal: $30,000 (funded)
  • Estimated Delivery: September 2017
  • How Much: $20
image by BGG user WDavidMac
image by BGG user WDavidMac

Food Truck Champion (Nicole Jekich/Luke Turpeinen, Daily Magic Games) is another food truck game…are food trucks the new Trading in the Mediterranean?  Here’s the Kickstarter pitch:

In Food Truck Champion, you are the owner of a new food truck, out to make a name for yourself. Hire staff, cook food, and please customers to earn awards and gain popularity. At the end of the day, the food truck with the most popularity wins!

This one looks a little more in depth than Truck Off, but what really catches my attention is that the game is inspired by Glory to Rome.  That definitely makes me want to learn more.

  • End Date: March 15, 2017 @ 5:00 PM MDT
  • Goal: $15,000 (funded)
  • Estimated Delivery: October 2017
  • How Much: $20
image by BGG user W Eric Martin
image by BGG user W Eric Martin

The Terminator (Josh Derksen/Thomas M. Gofton/Taylor Smith, Space Goat Productions) is the latest 80s movie franchise to get a board game treatment.  From the Kickstarter description:

The Terminator™: The Official Board Game is an asymmetrical strategy game for 2-5 players played across two boards: one in 1984 and one in 2029. One player takes control of all of Skynet’s forces: Hunter Killer machines, Terminator cyborgs, and more. The rest of the players take the role of the human resistance, struggling against the impossible odds of the machine uprising. Each of the two game boards play differently: 2029 focuses on light troop and resource management in a lopsided battle for dominance. 1984 focuses on personal missions with high stakes and intense pacing. Missions arise through the course of gameplay, and have players make decisions in 1984 that will affect the future, erasing and adding components in real time.

I don’t care what most people think – the original Terminator movie is the only one in the series worth watching.  This game looks like it stays in that timeline, so that makes me happy – no melting robots here.  Plus, it gives people the chance to say “I’ll be back…ing.”

  • End Date: March 16, 2017 @ 6:00 PM MDT
  • Goal: $120,000 (funded)
  • Estimated Delivery: December 2017
  • How Much: $60
image by BGG user stooge
image by BGG user stooge

Dinosaur Island (Jonathan Gilmour/Brian Lewis, Pandasaurus Games) was best described on BGG as “thematically similar but distinctively different from the Non-Triassic Non-Cretaceous Park” (credit to BGG user LGMHorus for that one).  From the Kickstarter description:

In Dinosaur Island, players will have to collect DNA, research the DNA sequences of extinct dinosaur species and then combine the ancient DNA in the correct sequence to bring these prehistoric creatures back to life.  Dino cooking!  All players will compete to build the most thrilling park each season, and then work to attract (and keep alive!) the most guests each season that the park opens.

It’s a worker placement game where you’re building Jur…Dinosaur Island, and does look pretty neat.  It’s one I’ll be watching out for.

  • End Date: March 24, 2017 @ 10:59 PM MDT
  • Goal: $15,000 (funded)
  • Estimated Delivery: August 2017
  • How Much: $60

Here’s a couple of games I’ve mentioned before on this blog in other capacities that I want to point out:

And that will do it for today.  Thanks for reading!

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