75 seems like a milestone, doesn’t it? Let’s celebrate by taking a look at some Kickstarter projects that caught my eye this month. You (hopefully) know the drill – times are all in MDT, and funding levels are accurate as of the day before this posted.
Mint Control (Justin Blaske, Five24 Labs) is a game that fits in a mint tin, and is the third in a series that includes Mint Works and Mint Delivery. In this one, you’re trying to gain control over buildings in Mintopia. Please note that it does not come with actual mints. (Ends 3/27 @ 2:00 PM. Currently funded. $10. Estimated to arrive October 2020)
Skulls of Sedlec (Dustin Dobson, Button Shy Games) is a game about Sedlec Ossuary that I reviewed recently, so I won’t say anymore about it here, just go read that. (Ends 3/28 @ 8:30 AM. Currently funded. $10. Estimated to arrive June 2020)
The Abstract Trio (Big Cat Games) is a campaign for three different Japanese abstract games – Quiek!, which is about guiding a mouse to some cheese; Fillit, which is an area control game in the vein of Othello; and Block.Block, which is an area control game of stacking blocks. (Ends 4/1 @ 10:34 AM. Currently not funded. $25 for Quiek!, $35 for Fillit, $55 for Block.Block, $110 for all three. Estimated to arrive June 2020)
Paris (Michael Kiesling/Wolfgang Kramer, Game Brewer) is the latest game from one of the most famous design duos. In this one, you’re a real estate investor of the early 20th century, attempting to acquire the best buildings. Kramer and Kiesling games tend to fall a bit flat for me, but they are very well respected and this one looks like it will be another hit for them. (Ends 4/3 @ 9:00 AM. Currently funded. $49. Estimated to arrive October 2020)
Escape from Flat Earth (I Love Toast) is a kind of spoof of Star Trek in a game about the redshirts. If you don’t know about redshirts, they’re the crew who go out on away missions and inevitably die horrible deaths, and who generally wear red shirts. It looks like a pretty silly and fun game. And also, it has nothing to do with Flat Earthers. (Ends 4/7 @ 5:50 AM. Currently funded. €18. Estimated to arrive March 2021)
Trekking the World (Charlie Bink, Underdog Games) is a sequel to the 2014 game, Trekking the National Parks. As the title suggests, this is a game about traveling around the world, visiting all kinds of fantastic sights, and collecting fabulous souvenirs. There’s a note on the campaign page that acknowledges the current world situation, and how real-life travel isn’t really possible right now, so maybe this could be a little bit of an escape for you? (Ends 4/7 @ 6:00 AM. Currently funded. $40. Estimated to arrive September 2020)
Lawyer Up (Samuel Bailey/Mike Gnade, Rock Manor Games) is a game about a trial. In a game, you’ll go through a Discovery phase, where you draft evidence, then you’ll call witnesses and try to build your case. Ultimately, the goal for the prosecution is to sway the jury to vote guilty, while the defense can win if they convince just one juror to vote not guilty. It’s a pretty unique theme – I don’t know of too many legally themed games, and this is probably the one I’m most interested in this month. (Ends 4/9 @ 1:00 PM. Currently funded. $29. Estimated to arrive March 2021)
Lions of Lydia (Jonny Pac Cantin, Bellwether Games) advertises itself as a bag management and engine building game, and let me just start off by applauding them for not calling it “bag building.” The theme centers around the advent of currency – the Lydian Lions were the first coins minted in history. (Ends 4/9 @ 8:02 PM. Currently funded. $39. Estimated to arrive October 2020)
That’ll do it for another Kickstarter Blitz. Stay safe and healthy, and thanks for reading.