Give me some rope, tie me to dream
Give me some hope to run out of steam
Somebody said it could be here
We could be roped up, tied up, dead in a year
I can’t count the reasons I should stay
One by one, they all just fade away.
–At Least It Was Here, The 88
Welcome the 88th edition of the Kickstarter Blitz, covering gaming projects that have caught my eye this month. It’s slightly later than usual – I’ve been sick this week (stupid spring allergies). I’m trying something a little different this month, which regular visitors may notice. As always, funding levels are accurate as of the day before this posts, costs given are for the basic version of the game, and times are given in MDT. Pop Pop!
It’s a Wonderful Kingdom (Frédéric Guérard, La Boîte de Jeu) is the follow up to the highly successful It’s a Wonderful World from 2019. It’s for 1-2 players only, and players have to give each other cards as well as collect them for their own in order to build their kingdoms. I have not yet gotten to play the original, but it’s high on my want to play list. I’m interested to see how this one goes. (Ends 5/6 @ 3:59 PM. Currently funded. €30. Estimated to arrive January 2022)
Cellulose (Jon Coveyou/Steve Schlepphorst, Genius Games) is a game set inside a plant cell. Players compete over resources so they can perform photosynthesis and build the cell further. This is done through a worker placement system, and plays until the cell wall is completed. It’s very much an educational game, which is something Genius Games does extremely well. (Ends 5/6 @ 8:00 PM. Currently funded. $39. Estimated to arrive December 2021)
Transmissions (Adam West, CrossCut Games) is a robot game where players are sending robots around a rondel to gather ideas and complete said robots. Apparently, the robots are shared, and you’re improving your use of them. Sounds like an interesting idea, and the robot minis are extremely cute (based on the work of artist Matt Dixon). (Ends 5/7 @ 9:59 PM. Currently funded. $40. Estimated to arrive January 2022)
One Card Wonder (Nat Levan, APE Games) is a game about building ancient wonders. Each player gets a card showing their wonder, as well as support buildings. Players collect resources and try to build their wonder first. At first, I thought this would be a one card game, with all players working on the same thing, which was an exciting idea. Still, it looks cool – I like the concept of trying to compact games into their basic elements. (Ends 5/10 @ 12:00 PM. Currently funded. $18. Estimated to arrive September 2021)
My Father’s Work (TC Petty III, Renegade Games) is a game about mad scientists competing to complete the legacy their fathers left behind. This is done by completing experiments and upgrading their homes. It’s a really cool theme for a game, and the look is quite darkly beautiful. Definitely one to check out. (Ends 5/13 @ 7:00 PM. Currently funded. $99. Estimated to arrive February 2022)
Dice Theme Park (Adrian Adamescu/Daryl Andrews, Alley Cat Games) is a game about building a theme park. The dice themselves are the customers, and their values decrease with every ride they go on. It’s a cool looking game, and I Sagrada (also by these designers), so this is one to check out. (Ends 5/20 @ 4:59 PM. Currently funded. £39. Estimated to arrive February 2022)
Time for a speed round! Here’s some other games that caught my eye, but I haven’t looked into as closely as the ones above. There’s also one I’ve covered before on the blog:
- Wild, Wild West (Ends 4/30 @ 1:39 PM, $3) is a PNP roll-and-write from Benny Sterling, set in the Old West.
- Vowl (Ends 4/30 @ 8:00 PM, $24) s wrd gm whr y hv t rd wrds tht hv hd thr vwls rmvd.
- Harsh Shadows (Ends 5/8 @ 8:30 AM, $12) is a solo spy cat-and-mouse game. I reviewed it previously.
- PLETRIX (Ends 5/9 @ 12:00 PM, €20) is a roll-and-write game where the shapes you can draw are printed on the dice.
- Connecting Flights (Ends 5/13 @ 4:30 PM, £35) is a game about building airplane routes across the world.
- Yoté (Ends 5/16 @ 4:01 PM, $14 for 1, $39 for 3, $75 for all 6) is one of a set of six different pegs games from around the world that are being released together.
- Animals in Espionage: Natural Selection (Ends 5/20 @ 8:59 AM, $14) is a game about trying to expose your opponent’s secret identity.
And that closes the book on another Kickstarter Blitz. Stay safe out there, and thanks for reading!