Kickstarter Blitz #44

Here he go again – another edition of the Kickstarter Blitz.  Let’s get blitzin’!

image by BGG user otrex

Container (Franz-Benno Delonge/Thomas Ewert/Kevin Nesbitt, Mercury Games) was initially published ten years ago, and now is getting a jumbo edition. From the BGG description:

Container is an easy game with an open economy and lots of meaningful decisions. Build factories and warehouses, or focus on shipping goods to your island. Take advantage of government subsidies to ensure maximum profits! But watch out for your cash reserves because the player-driven market can go sour at any time, and you’ll need to be ready to change your strategy.

This was one of the last published designs from Franz-Benno Delonge, also known for Big City, TransAmerica, Fjords, and Manila. Mercury Games is bringing it back with big resin ships and containers to be shipped. If you’re a fan of heavy economic games, this is a good one to look into.

  • END DATE: August 25, 2017 @ 10:00 AM MDT – better hurry!
  • GOAL: $12,500 CAD (funded)
  • ESTIMATED DELIVERY: January 2018
  • HOW MUCH? $96 CAD ($77 USD)
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Final Boss: The Card Game (Rafael González Alén) is an homage to 80s video games. From the Kickstarter description:

Finally, it’s game night! You and your friends decide to try an old game cartridge you found in the attic. As you blow the dust away you can read “Danger: Final Boss” hand-written in the label, but there is no more info. “What kind of game is this?” you wonder, as you slide the cartridge in. As soon as you turn on the console power, a lightning strikes your house and a vortex of energy swallows you and your friends into the TV…

While that sounds like some version of Jumanji, it’s just the setup for this card game. It doesn’t really look like my type of game – lots of “take that” going on – but I think the art looks great and there’s lots of in-jokes for people who were immersed in 80s video game culture. So if that sounds rad to you, check it out.

  • END DATE: August 27, 2017 @ 11:00 AM MDT
  • GOAL: €9,000 (funded)
  • ESTIMATED DELIVERY: January 2018
  • HOW MUCH? €21 ($25 USD)
image from Kickstarter project page

Diesel Demolition Derby (Matthew Dunstan, LudiCreations) is card-drafting hand-management simultaneous-action-selection hyphen-filled tactical dieselpunk card game. From the BGG description:

In Diesel Demolition Derby the players compete in a series of quick arena matches by fielding their robotic contraptions in battle against each other. Each match is composed of several rounds where the mechanical warriors fight for the right to remain in contention for the final showdown. In each round, the players secretly choose a card and place it face-down in front of them. They then simultaneously reveal the cards, and the ability of each card is resolved. Whatever cards remain in play are then added to each player’s lineup.

This is a drafting game, so players are choosing robots and contraptions to play then passing their hands. You’re trying to have the highest strength at the end of the round. It looks like a 7 Wonders meets RoboRally kind of thing, and looks like fun.

  • END DATE: August 31, 2017 @ 7:59 AM MDT
  • GOAL: $10,000 (funded)
  • ESTIMATED DELIVERY: December 2017
  • HOW MUCH? $19 (basic), $24 (with Arenas), $28 (deluxe)
image by BGG user hennabob

The Brigade (Ben Hoban/Alex Wynnter) is a game of fantasy firefighting. From the Kickstarter description:

Welcome to Tinderbox…where a magical fire storm has appeared above the Pyromancers University and fireballs are raining down on the city. Take control one of four rival fire wardens and build up your brigade to protect the citizens of Tinderbox. Putting out fires will earn the loyalty of the townsfolk and see you elected to the position of Fire Chief of Tinderbox, and win the game. 

First of all, if you live in a town called Tinderbox, you’re kind of asking for fire to rain from the sky. But this game also looks very attractive, has a fun theme, and sounds like it is a pretty solid experience. Definitely one to keep an eye on.

  • END DATE: August 31, 2017 @ 12:09 PM MDT
  • GOAL: $20,000 AU (funded)
  • ESTIMATED DELIVERY: April 2018
  • HOW MUCH? $60 AU ($48 USD)
image by BGG user W Eric Martin

Enchanters (Rafał Cywicki/Jacek Gołębiewski, Gindie) is a drafting game about dueling wizards. From the Kickstarter description:

Are you sick of predefined artifacts in your board games? Forge your own! Merge together dozens of items and powerful spells. Pick them up before your opponents do to upgrade your artifact. Smash approaching monsters and save the village.

You’ll be drafting cards to build powerful artifacts that are able to defeat monsters. While the theme is incredibly overused, the gameplay seems quite fresh and interesting. So this is one to check out.

  • END DATE: August 31, 2017 @ 3:00 PM MDT
  • GOAL: $10,000 (funded)
  • ESTIMATED DELIVERY: December 2017
  • HOW MUCH? $25
image from Kickstarter project page

Kingdoms Lawn Game (Denny Weston) is combination board game and lawn game. From the Kickstarter description:

Kingdoms Lawn Game is a competitive family-friendly game that combines elements of fantasy with a new variant of bowling. Acting as rulers of various kingdoms, players or teams will attempt to conquer one another by knocking over each other’s blocks (known as castles) by throwing balls (known as armies) behind a designated throwing line (known as the battle line). The last kingdom to have castles standing, wins the game.

This game looks like a lot of fun, and it seems like a cool way to get people outside and active. The game is NOT going to fund – they’ve raised nearly $20,000 by the time I’m writing this, but are looking for $300K, and that’s way out of reach, especially at the cost of the game. But I do want to bring some exposure to it – hopefully they’ll be able to relaunch sometime.

  • END DATE: August 31, 2017 @ 9:59 PM MDT
  • GOAL: $300,000 (not funded)
  • ESTIMATED DELIVERY: April 2018
  • HOW MUCH? $125
image by BGG user happyharpy

Robot Rise! (Craig Froehle, Happy Harpy Games) is a game about embracing your inner mad scientist. From the Kickstarter description:

ROBOT RISE! is the card game of mad scientists battling for domination. In the game, you are a mad scientist trying to destroy the secret lairs of your opponents before they destroy yours. Build giant robots and use a variety of fiendish weapons and amazing technology to attack and defend. In a pinch, you can even form a temporary alliance with another player to help take out a common opponent.

I tend to enjoy games where you get to build things out of random parts. It helps increase the replayability and gives some cool combos. This one is a last-man-standing game, so if that’s not your thing, beware.

  • END DATE: August 31, 2017 @ 9:59 PM MDT
  • GOAL: $7,800 (funded)
  • ESTIMATED DELIVERY: February 2018
  • HOW MUCH? $19
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Off the Rails (Andrew Platt/Stuart Platt, Flippin’ Games) is a a game about gem mining goblins. From the Kickstarter description:

In Off the Rails, players control teams of gem-hungry Goblins racing their unstoppable mine carts underground to retrieve the most jewels and return them safely to the surface before the earth collapses into the deadly chasm below! Easy to pick up and play but with a compelling strategic puzzle for players to master, Off the Rails combines thoughtful tile placement and planning with cut-throat racing and out of control collisions! Culminating in the total destruction of the board, can you leave your opponents eating your gold-dust and escape the chasm with the most expensive gems?

So you’re building track, trying to pick up gems, and trying to escape before the mine completely collapses. It seems like a pretty light game, and is kind of cutthroat as there’s a lot you can do to mess with your opponents, but looks fun.

  • END DATE: September 2, 2017 @ 1:00 PM MDT
  • GOAL: £13,500 (funded)
  • ESTIMATED DELIVERY: February 2018
  • HOW MUCH? £30 ($39 USD)
image by BGG user lordnine

Dinogenics (Richard Keene, Ninth Haven Games) is a game about building a dinosaur park on a private island. From the Kickstarter description:

DinoGenics is a worker placement game where players compete to build the most successful and profitable dinosaur park. Each player takes on the role of a multi-billion dollar corporation, each with access to their private island park. Over the course of seven seasons, players will send workers to the nearby mainland to collect resources such as DNA, fences and other necessities needed to run a successful park.

Worker placement plus dinosaur meeples (deeples?) sounds like a good combo to me. I feel like dinosaurs are underrepresented in board games, so it’s nice to see one that totally doesn’t sound like Jurassic Park: The Board Game at all. The game is struggling with funding right now, so if you’re interested, go help them out.

  • END DATE: September 7, 2017 @ 9:03 AM MDT
  • GOAL: $43,000 (not funded)
  • ESTIMATED DELIVERY: September 2018
  • HOW MUCH? $65
image by BGG user domcrap

Vegas Wits & Wagers (Dominic Crapuchettes, North Star Games) is the latest game in the Wits & Wagers family. From the Kickstarter description:

Vegas Wits & Wagers is an off-the-charts deluxe, limited-run expansion to Wits & Wagers Party. This Kickstarter campaign will give you everything you need to turn game night into a VEGAS EVENT.

Wits & Wagers is, at this point, a classic. It first came out in 2005, and was one of the first of the more hobby games that broke into Target. This version adds more ways to bet, a larger mat, and new questions. If you like Wits & Wagers, this would be the version to look for. And if you must have it, you need to back it – it’s only going to be printed once.

  • END DATE: September 7, 2017 @ 10:01 PM MDT
  • GOAL: $30,000 (funded)
  • ESTIMATED DELIVERY: November 2017
  • HOW MUCH? $25 (just Vegas), $40 (Vegas + W&W Party)
image by BGG user Turtle Dream Games

Dare to Dream (Ethan Day-Jones, Turtle Dream Games) is an asymmetrical game that pits The Darkness against The Dreamers. From the Kickstarter description:

At the start of the night The Dreamers set out their defenses, preparing to face the horrors of The Darkness. Once they have set up their Guardians by equipping them with powerful Items and protecting them with potent Wards, they tuck in for the night and go to sleep. Then, the hours begin to tick by and The Darkness goes to work! Every hour, new Monsters and Nightmares can brought into play by The Darkness and sent at the Dreamers. Monsters and Nightmares are fleeting things, gone forever once they have been used, while the Dreamers’ Guardians persist through the night. The Dreamers’ goal is to win by outlasting The Darkness; if morning safely arrives, the Dreamers win. But if The Darkness can wake the Dreamers enough times, the forces of dread have prevailed and The Darkness wins instantly!

This is a one-vs-all game, and features some great dark art that isn’t really scary. Also, I’m a sucker for dream themes, so this is one I’ll be watching.

  • END DATE: September 10, 2017 @ 2:00 PM MDT
  • GOAL: €8,000 (funded)
  • ESTIMATED DELIVERY: April 2018
  • HOW MUCH? €30 ($35 USD)
image by BGG user Boit

Radiant (Randal Marsh, Tin Shoe Games) is a fantasy board game with elements of area control, drafting, and trick-taking. From the Kickstarter description:

Long ago, we had peace in Perim and the four races lived in balance. Then came the Dawning, an event that changed some into new beings. They had become Radiant, acquiring abilities to fight beyond the borders of their own realm. The delicate balance of Perim was destroyed. War covered the land for an age before the dust settled. The peoples of Perim were hopeful that this new peace would hold, but we hoped in vain. A second Dawning occurred. The rise of a new Radiant people threw the world once more into chaos. And so we have come to accept the cycle of the Radiant. Even as our cultures struggle to advance, in each age the power shifts anew. Some say our only hope is to unite Perim under a single banner. Will it be yours?

It’s got great art, and looks to be an interesting blend of mechanisms into a fantasy combat game. It’s also the third attempt at crowd funding for the game, and apparently, third time’s a charm.

  • END DATE: September 14, 2017 @ 9:00 PM MDT
  • GOAL: $8,200 (funded)
  • ESTIMATED DELIVERY: May 2018
  • HOW MUCH? $35
image by BGG user Fubeca

Now Boarding (Tim Fowers, Fowers Games) is a cooperative game about running an airline. From the Kickstarter description:

Each player has their own airplane they will be using to pickup and deliver passengers. Every round, more passengers show up. Players will need to plan together to make sure everyone gets picked up and taken to their destination on time. Things get crazy when the timer starts. Players have 30 seconds to take their turns – AT THE SAME TIME. Not only that, but new passengers show up right as the timer starts, throwing a wrench in your plans.

I’ve been following Fowers’ games ever since Wok Star came out in 2010. Like WS, this is a real-time game, though it plays completely differently. I’m very excited to know more – Fowers is climbing up the ranks of my favorite designers.

  • END DATE: September 19, 2017 @ 12:00 PM MDT
  • GOAL: $20,000 (funded)
  • ESTIMATED DELIVERY: February 2018
  • HOW MUCH? $32
image by BGG user ehanuise

SteamRollers (Mark Gerrits, Flatlined Games) is a roll-and-write train game. From the Kickstarter description:

America, shortly after the first transcontinental junction in 1869. Railroads are developing all over the vast expanses of the wild west, and business is booming. It is a time of adventure, progress, and opportunity. The transcontinental junction was a great milestone in American history, a first step that reshaped a whole continent. In SteamRollers you are a railroad entrepreneur building a network of tracks and a fleet of train engines to secure freight delivery contracts before your opponents.

I’ve become more interested in roll-and-writes lately, especially after participating in GenCan’t this year. This one is getting some great buzz from a lot of different places, and it’s one I’m interested to check out.

  • END DATE: September 21, 2017 @ 11:00 AM MDT
  • GOAL: €10,000 (funded)
  • ESTIMATED DELIVERY: May 2018
  • HOW MUCH? €27 ($32)
image by BGG user gabo2007

The King’s Guild (Matthew Austin, Mirror Box Games) is a guild-building game. From the Kickstarter description:

As one of the esteemed guild leaders of Greycastle, your goal is to earn the most prestige and become the next King’s Guild. To do that, you’ll be crafting items to send heroes on quests, earning treasure, and upgrading your guild with new specialists and rooms.

This is a very pretty Euro-style game with resource gathering.  I don’t know what else to say – it looks good.

  • END DATE: September 21, 2017 @ 11:02 AM MDT
  • GOAL: $20,000 (funded)
  • ESTIMATED DELIVERY: May 2018
  • HOW MUCH? $45

I mentioned it last month, but the campaign’s still running – check out Argent: The Consortium and back it if you haven’t.  It’s a great game.  That’ll do it for this month – thanks for reading!

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