It’s the end of another month, which means it’s time for the next edition of the Kickstarter Blitz. As always, times are in MST (at least until March 14, when they switch to MDT), and funding levels are accurate as of the day before posting. Here we go.
Centurion (Catalyst Game Labs) follows in the footsteps of older siblings The Duke and Jarl to be the third game using this same mechanism. It plays a lot like Chess, except you’re using double-sided pieces that change what they can do depending on which side is face up. I love The Duke, and apparently you can pit armies from all three games against each other. Which is cool. (Ends 3/2 @ 1:00 PM. Currently funded. $40. Estimated to arrive October 2021)
Shadow Tactics (Gergely Kruppa, Antler Games) is a board game based on a video game that I’ve never heard of. What really attracts me is that it’s an action programming game, and I’m almost always interested in those. You’re playing with a group of ninjas who are fighting against the evil Daimyo, and have to keep your plans secret from him while discussing them openly in front of him. It seems worth a look. (Ends 3/3 @ 1:00 PM. Currently funded. €59. Estimated to arrive June 2021)
Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition (Jacob Fryxelius/Nick Little/Sydney Engelstein, Stronghold Games) is a card game based on the very popular Terraforming Mars. I’m still among the small minority of board gamers that has not played the original game, though I will when I get a chance. This game is getting some good buzz, but it remains to be seen whether it will be nearly as well received as its predecessor. (Ends 3/5 @ 1:00 PM. Currently funded. $39. Estimated to arrive September 2021)
Tharos (Bernd Scholz, Spielworxx) is a dice pool building game with a steampunk setting. You’re trying to exploit the resources of the planet Tharos (note that this is Tharos, not Thanos). The dice represent your various strengths, and can be used to take various actions when pulled out of the bag. It seems like a pretty cool game. (Ends 3/8 @ 10:00 AM. Currently funded. €59. Estimated to arrive June 2021)
Zombicide: Undead or Alive (Raphaël Guiton/Jean-Baptiste Lullien/Nicolas Raoult, CMON) is the latest in the never ending Zombicide series, this time taking you to the Old West. You probably already know if you want this latest iteration of the zombie game series. My big question is, does CMON really need Kickstarter to fund it? (Ends 3/10 @ 6:00 PM. Currently funded. $100. Estimated to arrive March 2022)
Stroganov (Andreas Steding, Game Brewer) is a game about the 16th century expansion of the Russian empire into Siberia. As you move east, you’re collecting furs, setting up yurts, buying fields, and so on. This has been quite heavily hyped, and it looks like a beautiful game. (Ends 3/12 @ 8:00 AM. Currently funded. €59. Estimated to arrive October 2021)
Tiny Epic Dungeons (Scott Almes, Gamelyn Games) is yet another entry in the not-so-tiny Tiny Epic series. It’s a dungeon crawl where you’re exploring a dungeon in search of the boss. People love these games, though I think the fans kind of ticked that the title is Tiny Epic Dungeons, since the acronym is the same as Tiny Epic Dinosaurs. (Ends 3/17 @ 12:59 AM. Currently funded. $25. Estimated to arrive December 2021)
Ragnarocks (Gord!, Grey Fox Games) is the latest game by Gordon Hamilton, whose hasn’t designed much, but he had a huge hit with Santorini. In this one, you are using Runestones to claim areas. Like Santorini, it seems to be pretty abstract, though with a Norse theme instead of Greek. Looks like something to check out. (Ends 3/17 @ 5:00 PM. Currently funded. $45. Estimated to arrive November 2021)
And that’s another Kickstarter Blitz in the books. Stay safe out there, and thanks for reading!