This month’s Kickstarter Blitz is coming a week early – I usually put them up on the last Friday of the month. But there are several projects expiring before then that I wanted to highlight. So, here we go. As always, times are in MDT, and funding levels are accurate as of the day before posting.
Catapult Kingdoms (Kristian Fosh, Vesuvius Media) is a game where you are literally launching catapults at each other. You build your castle out of included plastic bricks. The goal is to knock out all of your opponent’s troops. The toy factor seems high on this one, and it seems like a pretty versatile game – some strategy, some dexterity, and above all, the fun of shooting plastic boulders to try to knock stuff over. (Ends 7/27 @ 11:15 AM. Currently funded. $35. Estimated to arrive January 2021)
Whale Riders (Reiner Knizia, Grail Games) is a racing game where players are heading up the coast, stopping at various points to buy and sell goods in order to fulfill contracts. Art for the game is by Vicent Dutrait. I’m not a Knizia fan (which is well documented), but I am always impressed that he keeps cranking out popular games. (Ends 7/28 @ 5:55 AM. Currently funded. $13 AU for the card game, $28 AU for the board game, $37 AU for both. Estimated to arrive April 2021)
Perseverance: Castaway Chronicles (Richard Amann/Thomas Vande Giste/Anthony Howgego/Viktor Peter/Wolf Plancke/Dávid Turczi, Mindclash Games) is the latest game from the team behind other titles like Trickerion and Anachrony. The basic concept is that you’re shipwrecked on a dinosaur island. This project covers the first two episodes of what is pitched as a four episode arc covering different points in the lives of the survivors. (Ends 7/28 @ 12:00 PM. Currently funded. $95 standard, $135 deluxe. Estimated to arrive September 2021)
RagnaRok Star (William Aubert/Dan Thouvenot, Perte & Fracas) changes the Viking mythos a bit – in this game, Odin promises Valhalla to the great rock bands. You sail around the board to various ports collecting fans. There’s a programming aspect to it that always appeals to me, but to be honest, the reason I’m interested in this one is the title, which is amazing. (Ends 7/31 @ 10:00 AM. Currently funded. €33. Estimated to arrive April 2021)
Shadow Kingdoms of Valeria (Stan Kordonskiy, Daily Magic Games) is, I believe, the sixth game set in the fictional Valeria. In this one, you’re not building it up or anything, you’re actually trying to destroy it. It’s an engine-building game where you’re building up your troops and trying to gain enough strength to lead the Shadow Kingdoms against Valeria. I haven’t played any of the Valeria games, but I have heard enough good things that I want to. (Ends 7/31 @ 3:00 PM. Currently funded. $55. Estimated to arrive May 2021)
Surrealist Dinner Party (Mary Flanagan/Emma Hobday/Max Seidman, Resonym) is a game that celebrates the Surrealist art movement. You’re hosting a dinner party with actual surrealists (Magritte, Oppenheim, Dali, etc.), feeding them, and getting them to socialize. Artists have unique quirks, so you’re trying to avoid drama while trying to cause some in your opponents. It’s a fun theme. (Ends 8/4 @ 7:00 PM. Currently fish. $25. Estimated to arrive November 2020)
The Shivers (Andy Logan, Pop Fiction Games) is really an RPG, but it’s played on a pop-up board. At its core, the game is a haunted house mystery kind of experience, and everyone plays characters with their own dry-erase dashboards. There are eight different story cards in the base game, each outlining a different adventure. The game is gorgeous, and the pop-up aspect is very unique. (Ends 8/7 @ 5:01 PM. Currently funded. $65. Estimated to arrive July 2021)
Dollars to Donuts (Molly Johnson/Robert Melvin/Shawn Stankewich, Crafty Games) is a tile laying game about donuts. Basically, you buy donut tiles, then line them up on your player mat. You get points for matching up donut halves, and money for creating mismatched donuts. The designers, also known as Flatout Games, are the team behind Point Salad, one of the best filler games to come out in recent memory, so I’m looking forward to finding out more about this one. (Ends 8/10 @ 7:00 PM. Currently funded. $29. Estimated to arrive May 2021)
With a Smile and a Gun (Jon Vallerand, Subsurface Games) is a two-player dice drafting game with a gangster team. The first die you draft moves you, and the second one determines your action. Your goal is to control districts around town, but you have to watch out for the Shadow, who can mess with your plans. It seems like an interesting game. (Ends 8/13 @ 8:30 AM. Currently not funded. $39 Canadian. Estimated to arrive May 2021)
And that does it for another Blitz. Hope you’re staying safe out there, and thanks for reading!