Batman. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Ghostbusters 2. Honey I Shrunk the Kids. Do the Right Thing. Weekend at Bernie’s. Lethal Weapon 2. When Harry Met Sally. UHF. 1989 was a great year for movies. But this post isn’t about movies, it’s about board games on Kickstarter, it just happens to be the 89th one. As always, times are MDT, and funding levels are accurate as of the day before posting.
Castle Panic Deluxe Collection (Justin De Witt, Fireside Games) is an upgraded version of the family cooperative game Castle Panic, which first came out in 2009. If you don’t know the game, you’re basically defending your castle against hordes of oncoming monsters. This version is like a lot of deluxified versions – way overproduced, but if you’re willing to fork over the cash, it’s going to look great. (Ends 6/3 @ 9:00 PM. Currently funded. $90. Estimated to arrive May 2022)
Chai: Tea for 2 (Dan Kazmaier/Connie Kazmaier, Steeped Games) is a 1-2 player where you are competing tea merchants. The game uses a dice placement system to build up your tableau. It’s a follow up to Chai, another tea game that came out a couple of years ago. It looks pretty interesting. (Ends 6/4 @ 7:00 PM. Currently funded. $39. Estimated to arrive February 2022)
Paperback Adventures (Tim Fowers/Skye Larsen, Fowers Games) is the latest word building game in the Paperback universe, following Paperback (2014) and Hardback (2018). In this one, you’re building words to fight against AI enemies in a roguelike type game. This one is primarily solo, and there are several character boxes you can get – you will need at least a core box and a character box to play. (Ends 6/8 @ 11:00 AM. Currently funded. $35 for core and one character box, $59 for the core and two characters, $79 for everything. Estimated to arrive February 2022)
Buurn (David Simiand/Pierre Voye, Morning) is a game where you’re judging a hot sauce competition, looking for the hottest of the hot. It utilizes a Dutch auction mechanism – one player counts down, and when a player grabs to purchase totem, the bidding is over with that player having to pay the value to count was at. Other players also grab totems, and what you grab determines the action you can take. I’m not an auction guy, but this one seems really cool. Or, hot, I guess, considering the theme. (Ends 6/10 @ 9:57 AM. Currently funded. €30. Estimated to arrive December 2021)
Keystone: North America (Jeffrey Joyce/Isaac Vega, Rose Gauntlet Entertainment) is a game where you are biologists trying to build an ecosystem. It can be played head-to-head, solo, or co-op. Art looks fantastic, and I like environmental themes a lot. (Ends 6/17 @ 8:00 AM. Currently funded. $45. Estimated to arrive July 2022)
Robot Quest Arena (Paul Waite, Wise Wizard Games) is a deck building game where you are trying to build cute little robots that are battling to prove they are better than all the other cute little robots. Wise Wizard (formerly White Wizard) is the company that made Star Realms, so they’re pretty well versed in deck builders. The game does look cute, but also fun. (Ends 6/17 @ 8:00 PM. Currently funded. $49. Estimated to arrive May 2022)
CastleScape (Josh Horsley, Praetorian Board Games) is a deck building area control game where you are building a castle out on a board. As you play cards, you’re collecting the materials you need to build walls and enclose areas. Having influence in these enclosed areas scores points. It seems like a cool game. (Ends 6/18 @ 10:00 AM. Currently not funded. $55. Estimated to arrive June 2022)
The Isle of Cats (Frank West, The City of Games) first came out in 2019, and was recently reviewed here. It’s now getting a new set of expansions. The Kittens module adds kittens, aka small cat tokens, that you can place. Beasts adds big tiles that show 3-4 cats that they want to be friends with. An event module gives something that happens each day. The Boat Pack gives you six new boats, each with a unique shape and layout. There’s also an option to get a big 2-minute box that helps with a quick setup. It sounds like great new content for a great game. (Ends 6/24 @ 1:00 PM. Currently funded. £43 for just the new content, £90 for everything. Estimated to arrive March 2022)
And now, some other games that looked interesting but I didn’t have time to look into in any kind of depth.
Travelers of Tryphosa (ends 6/1 @ 10:00 PM, $55 Canadian) is a team vs. team questing game that ends with a Battle Royale.
Skyline Express (ends 6/2 @ 9:00 AM, €42) is a game where you’re trying to become the manager on the first aerial train.
This World Is Not Yours (ends 6/4 @ 9:01 AM, $5 PNP, $9 physical) is an RPG zine where one player is families across the generations, and the other is the house they all live in.
Journey to Ecrya (ends 6/7 @ 12:01 PM, €32) is a cooperative storytelling game where players are trying to reach the top of the Cursed Mountain.
Mosaic: A Story of Civilization (ends 6/9 @ 2:00 PM, $79) is a civilization building game designed by Glenn Drover and playable in 2 hours.
Buru (ends 6/14 @ 7:00 PM, $59) is a Euro-style game set in Indonesian culture, where you’re competing to gain the favor of the King.
Space Kraken (ends 6/17 @ 3:30 PM, €39) is a book-based rogue-like game that can be played solitaire or as an asymmetric multiplayer game.
Spintronics (ends 6/19 @ 5:00 AM, $74 Act One, $135 Acts One and Two) is a puzzle game where you are building mechanical circuits to complete the challenges.
And that’s it for today. Stay safe out there, and thanks for reading!