Time for the 70th monthly Kickstarter Blitz, where I go and highlight some projects currently running on the crowdfunding platform. Times are in MDT (at least until November 3, when it switches to MST), and funding information is accurate as of Thursday, October 24. Let’s get to it!
On the Rocks (Michael Pittre/Christina Pittre, PenTree Games) is a marble drafting game where players are bartenders, trying to mix various cocktails. Normally, this is not the type of theme I go for as I’m not a drinker myself, but this one looked interesting. Basically, you’re pulling marbles out of a bag, then mandala style assigning them to bowls. After this, you take a bowl, dole out the ingredients, and try to fulfill different recipes. The Kickstarter campaign they ran this past summer did not quite meet its goal, but this one has. (Ends 10/25 @ 9:59 PM. Currently funded. $45. Estimated to arrive August 2020)
Rome & Roll (Nick Shaw/Dávid Turczi, PSC Games) is a roll-and-write game set in ancient Rome, specifically in 64 AD, right after the great fire. Your job is to try to rebuild Rome better than everyone else. You’ll be rolling dice, then drafting the ones that will help you complete the actions you want to do – construct, raise legions, conquer, expand, tax, or trade. The game is billed as being a heavier roll-and-write than most, endeavoring to be more like a crunchy Euro than a simple numbers-based dice chucker. (Ends 11/4 @ 6:00 AM. Currently funded. £29. Estimated to arrive May 2020)
Tiny Epic Dinosaurs (Scott Almes, Gamelyn Games) is the 587th game in the very successful Tiny Epic series. Actually, I think it’s the ninth, but who’s counting. In this one, you’re basically trying to build a Jurassic-style park (and after all those movies, you’d think you would have learned your lesson by now). It’s basic worker placement as you try to gain food, enclosures, and points. I haven’t been interested in a number of the games in the Tiny Epic series, but this one looks fun. (Ends 11/4 @ 10:00 PM. Currently funded. $20. Estimated to arrive July 2020)
Calico (Kevin Russ, Flatout Games) is a tile laying game where you’re trying to build the best quilt for your cats to nap on. On your turn, you’ll place a tile and then draw a new one. However, you’re trying to create groups of like patterns or colors in order to entice the point-scoring cats. You’ll also have some goal tiles your trying to surround with different sets (three pairs, two triples, or all different). Overall, the game looks pretty abstract, but I do really enjoy these out-of-the-box themes. It’s like Patchwork, only not. (Ends 11/7 @ 9:58 AM. Currently funded. $29. Estimated to arrive October 2020)
Fossilis (David Diaz, Kids Table BG) is a game about digging up dinosaur bones. The game features a 3D board that will hold the bones and rock hammers you need. Each turn, you’ll be spending energy to move around the board and dig. You’ll be using tweezers (Operation style) to remove bones you find in order to complete dinosaurs, as well as rock hammers that can be used to unlock different abilities. The game looks absolutely gorgeous, and is something I can definitely see playing with kids going forward. (Ends 11/7 @ 6:00 PM. Currently funded. $52 Canadian. Estimated to arrive August 2020)
Kohaku (Danny Devine, Gold Seal Games) is a game about building a koi pond using tiles. You’re working on surrounding flowers with koi, placing frogs next to dragonflies, and hiding baby koi near rocks. Butterflies are also around, and score based on being in line with similarly colored koi. It looks like a very nice game, and I do tend to enjoy Danny Devine’s games – Topiary is a favorite to play with the wife, and of course Circle the Wagons and Sprawlopolis are brilliant. (Ends 11/14 @ 9:59 PM. Currently not funded. $29. Estimated to arrive August 2020)
Does it seem like there are fewer entries in this Blitz than there are usually? That’s because there are. I’m scaling it back yet again to try to decrease my workload on these. As a result, I will no longer be taking every suggestion to include things on the Kickstarter Blitz. You’re welcome to tell me about something, and if I find it to be super interesting, I’ll include it. With that said, thanks for reading!