Kickstarter Blitz #77

And now, the 77th monthly Kickstarter Blitz, brought to you by ABSOLUTELY NOBODY! Featuring special guests IT’S HARD TO COME UP WITH NEW INTRODUCTIONS and WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF EVERY MONTH. And so, without further ado, here’s your host, ALL TIMES ARE IN MDT AND FUNDING LEVELS ARE ACCURATE AS OF THE DAY BEFORE THIS POSTED!

image by BGG user Liuhuparta

Dale of Merchants 3 (Sami Laasko, Snowdale Design) is another sequel to the popular deck-building game that came out in 2015. The characters are a set of animals, with each species having their own style. At the start of the game, you pick three decks to combine, shuffle them together, and create a rotating market with them. The goal of the game is to build market stalls, which must be done with cards from your hand. Each set can be combined with previous sets to create all kinds of combinations. I’ve been interested in this series since I first heard about it, maybe I’ll even get to play someday. (Ends 5/31 @ 7:59 AM. Currently funded. €19. Estimated to arrive February 2021)

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Exhibition: 20th Century (Peter Joustra/Ron van Dalen/Corné van Moorsel, Cwali Games) is a set collection style game where you’re collecting exhibits from across the twentieth century. The campaign is not looking like it will be successful at this point, but as I’ve been following Cwali with great interest for quite some time, I wanted to point it out. Hopefully, they’ll take another run at this one and will get more eyes on the game. (Ends 5/31 @ 2:00 PM. Currently not funded. €22. Estimated to arrive September 2020)

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Escape Roll & Write (Sebastian Schwarz, Queen Games) is the latest in the trend of turning previous IPs into roll-and-writes. This one is based on Escape: The Curse of the Temple, a real-time cooperative game from 2012 that I quite enjoy. The roll-and-write one is still cooperative, but has removed the real-time element. Now, it’s just rolling dice and deciding whether to keep them for yourself or give your fellow adventurers a shot at them. (Ends 6/1 @ 8:23 AM. Currently funded. $20. Estimated to arrive November 2020)

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Maharaja (Michael Kiesling/Wolfgang Kramer, Cranio Creations) is a new version of the 2004 Spiel des Jahres nominee Maharaja: The Game of Palace Building in India. You’re building statues and shrines around India to expand the worship of the gods. I’m not a big fan of Kramer/Kiesling games, but they are certainly a powerhouse design duo, and this game is pretty well respected. (Ends 6/1 @ 3:00 PM. Currently funded. €45. Estimated to arrive May 2021)

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Railroad Ink Challenge (Hjalmar Hach/Lorenzo Silva, Horrible Guild) is a sequel to the very popular Railroad Ink roll-and-write game from 2018. Basically, you roll some custom dice, draw routes, and try to connect the exits to different networks. It comes with dry erase materials, so it’s reusable, and you can get the game in a green or yellow edition, following the tradition of the first that came in red or blue. (Ends 6/3 @ 3:59 PM. Currently funded. €18 for one, €34 for both. Estimated to arrive December 2020)

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Pulp Invasion (Todd Sanders, AVStudioGames) is a 1-2 player game where you are trying to bring down an alien group that is trying to invade peaceful planets. It has that classic old-school art along with it, which makes it look pretty cool. Plus, Todd Sanders does some interesting solo games, so I’m looking forward to finding out more about this one. (Ends 6/3 @ 10:13 PM. Currently funded. $19. Estimated to arrive December 2020)

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Tribune (Karl-Heinz Schmiel, Spielworxx/Indie Game Studios) originally came out in 2007 as Tribune: Primus Inter Pares. The designer, Schmiel, is best known for his classic game of German politics, Die Macher. This one is a game of Roman politics. You’re spreading your influence around and trying to fulfill your own victory conditions. The original game was pretty well regarded, though not as popular as Die Macher, but it is nice to see it being reissued. (Ends 6/5 @ 8:01 AM. Currently funded. $69. Estimated to arrive December 2020)

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Tiny Epic Pirates (Scott Almes, Gamelyn Games) is the 11 billionth game in the Tiny Epic series. Actually, I think it’s more like the tenth, but there’s a bunch at this point. The game has a rondel system which tells you what action you can take on a turn. This rondel is modular, and each player has their own, so this adds to the variability of each game. (Ends 6/10 @ 12:59 AM. Currently funded. $25, $30 deluxe. Estimated to arrive March 2021)

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Stop the Train! (Brendan Mills, Escape Plan) is a semi-cooperative social deduction game, which normally sends me running in the other direction. In this case, I’m pretty interested in the theme – a train with a bomb is hurtling towards Paris, and you have to stop it. Each player has their own mission to complete, but if no one stops the train, no one wins. (Ends 6/18 @ 7:00 AM. Currently funded. £34. Estimated to arrive December 2020)

image by BGG user DaemonRho

Salt and Bones (David Cairho, The Pen & Dragon) is a 2-player duel game. Imagine every pirate movie ever, where the captain and the hero lock in a climactic duel on the bow of one of their ships as a battle rages around them. That’s pretty much this – you’re playing cards and trying to drop your opponent down to zero health while everything falls apart around you. (Ends 6/25 @ 9:00 AM. Currently funded. $35 Canadian. Estimated to arrive December 2020)

Also, don’t forget about Bullet🖤 and Food Chain Island, both previously reviewed on this blog and doing quite well in their respective campaigns. That’s it for this month – thanks for reading!


  1. Coming up with the intros my series posts is sometimes the hardest part!

    I may take inspiration from the Deadpool movies opening credits scenes soon.

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