Another month, another Blitz. As always, times are in MDT, and all funding levels are accurate as of Thursday, August 29.
Struggle of Empires (Martin Wallace, Eagle-Gryphon Games) is a reprint of Wallace’s 2004 classic. It’s a game representing the European wars for power in the 18th century. (Ends 8/30 @ 11:00 AM. Currently funded. $89. Estimated to arrive August 2020)
MOKURU Card Game (Jean-François Rochas) is a card game based on the Mokuru toy, which are these sticks that can balance on their end, flip, roll around, all on the table/desk. The game is basically doing little challenges with them, and looks kind of fun. (Ends 9/3 @ 4:03 AM. Currently funded. HK $195 [$25 US]. Estimated to arrive December 2019)
Techlandia (Dan Ackerman, 11231 Games) is a game of industrial espionage that uses analog components to simulate digital ones. Which sounds interesting. (Ends 9/5 @ 6:01 AM. Currently funded. $39. Estimated to arrive April 2020)
Division: Throne Room (James Hitchings, MAD Games) is a take on Chess that doesn’t play anything like Chess. Instead, it uses dice and cards with the characters from the original game. (Ends 9/5 @ 6:36 AM. Currently funded. £11. Estimated to arrive February 2020)
Burgle Bros 2: The Casino Capers (Tim Fowers/Jeff Krause, Fowers Games) is the sequel to the popular 2015 game Burgle Bros. Whereas the first one was a general heist game, this one takes place in a casino. It’s been streamlined down to two floors, and still seems quite tense. Looking forward to this. (Ends 9/5 @ 12:55 PM. Currently funded. $49. Estimated to arrive May 2020)
Catacombs Cubes (Ken Valles/Aron West, Elzra Corp) is a city-building, shape drafting game set in the world of the Catacombs dexterity game. Given the popularity of the source material, I’m surprised this is having trouble funding. (Ends 9/5 @ 11:00 PM. Currently not funded. $59 Canadian. Estimated to arrive May 2020)
Taxi Derby (Brady Hunt/Romney Trejo, Skipshot Games) is a push-your-luck pick-up-and-deliver game where you’re trying to pick up passengers and avoid the fuzz. Looks fun. (Ends 9/6 @ 6:00 PM. Currently funded. $34. Estimated to arrive May 2020)
Shovel Knight: Dungeon Duels (Jonathan Philips-Bradford, Panda Cult Games) is based on the popular video game property. It’s a side-scrolling game, and those are usually pretty interesting in analog form. (Ends 9/7 @ 11:59 AM. Currently funded. $40. Estimated to arrive September 2020)
Merchants Cove (Carl Van Ostrand, Final Frontier Games) is an asymmetric Euro game that, in the tradition of Vast, has different roles with different play styles and different objectives. Looks right up my alley. (Ends 9/11 @ 3:59 PM. Currently funded. $79. Estimated to arrive June 2020)
TBD (?) is an experiment by Water Bear Games. They have not yet designed the game, and they’re hoping to raise $10K (minus one dollar) to fully develop it. They’re about halfway there at this point. (Ends 9/14 @ 6:00 PM. Currently not funded. $20. Estimated to arrive December 2020)
Half Truth (Richard Garfield/Ken Jennings, Studio71) is a collaboration between Magic: The Gathering creator Garfield and 74-time Jeopardy champion Jennings. It’s a trivia game where half the possible answers are the truth and half are lies. Not something I’m remotely interested in, but I’m interested to hear how this collaboration works out. (Ends 9/19 @ 10:00 PM. Currently funded. $30. Estimated to arrive December 2019)
If you’re interested in having a particular game on these Blitzes, all you have to do is let me know via the contact link above (be sure to read the rules). The Kickstarter Blitz usually goes up on the last Friday of the month, so let me know at least a week in advance. Thanks for reading!