(Almost) every Saturday we review all Kickstarter campaigns in the "Games" category ending in the next week. We do a quick write up on anything we find notable here. This is written from the perspective of people looking to buy games and game accessories that offer interesting mechanics or ideas. We prefer heavy strategy games, RPG Games, miniature-heavy games, and games with real-time mechanics as opposed to party games, children's games, or very light strategy games.
Sometimes you have to put your money where your mouth is. These are the campaigns we backed in this batch.
This is a two-player game from Jeff Beck who is known for working with Tim Flowers on Hardback(7.57 BGG) and Word Domination(7.17 BGG). The art and design are great, and it's only $27 shipped to the US. We're in on this one, as we can always use more quick, fun two-player games and I love asymmetric dueling games.
Yes, a zombie card game. But! This is a pretty fresh zombie take on the genre. It's a 2-player card game where you try to fill buildings with survivors (and lock them into safe houses) while simultaneously attempting to attack your opponent by sending zombies out at them. I was pretty close to backing this one, but I'm a bit worried that there may not be a ton of replay-ability here, and it's $50 shipped for the basic game, which is quite pricey for a $50.
Unfortunately, this one looks unlikely to hit its goal.
Generally, I'm not very interested in social deduction games, and when I see a play count of 4-12, I generally keep walking. I was close to backing this one though. Forsaken Forest has a really interesting take on this format. The game is played on a board, and your job is to uncover your survivor's secret destination. The forest veils your destination, so you must uncover it by exploring and risking danger.
This is a real-time social deduction game where you will be attempting to find which of the players has been bittin before the five minute timer runs out. (Oh, and to survive, you must also gather a lot of different resources.) This is one of those games that forces you to turn on your other players quite ruthlessly (and begins with the premise that all people would hide a zombie bite.) While I'm sure this is quite fun with the right group, I prefer these types of games as cooperative.
Solomon Kane - FOMO of the Week!
Another week, another big expensive game full of miniatures. This one is by Mythic Games who are known for formerly working with Monolith on Mythic Battles: Pantheon, and the big Joan of Arc Kickstarter. Solomon Kane is a little-known character by Robert E. Howard (Conan's creator). It's about a puritan who goes around and kills evil things. The game itself has a ton of great minis and modes, and is Kickstarter Exclusive, which means this is your only chance to get it until a possible second printing in a couple of years.
My hesitance at backing this one is that Mythic Games is a bit unproven on their own (without Monolith helping in development.) We'll wait for the reviews as this is a pretty pricey one to try on a whim.
This game is by Jackson Robinson who is known for his many, many custom playing card decks. While not "First Created" in a normal sense, this is the first game he has designed. It looks like a simple and interesting game (with a phenomenal visual design, of course.) Unfortunately, this does not look like this game was extensively playtested or reviewed by outside people. There's also a bit too much luck in the chip placement for our tastes.
The Mountain Witch is an intriguing indie board game where the players take on the roles of Ronin in a dark horror story. The game doesn't use traditional combat/RPG mechanics, and instead focuses very heavily on storytelling. (A bit too much for our tastes.) Regardless, it looks fascinating, and I would definitely be up for a play at a con some day.
It's amazing that the two first Role Playing Games (Dungeons & Dragons, and Tunnels & Trolls) are still both alive and producing content. While T&T is not nearly as successful as D&D, it's still regularly churning out new content. While this campaign hasn't done gangbusters, it is successful, and looks like an intriguing (if very traditional) style of adventure.
This is a flash campaign that suddenly popped up to offer miniatures of the characters from the podcast Critical Role. It's done amazing business based mostly on the popularity of the podcast. The miniatures are nice, but you can only back by buying a complete set. They are produced by Steamforged who is known for making the Dark Souls board game.
Just in case you haven't got your fill of Cthluhu Miniatures from Shadows of Brimstone and Mansions of Madness, here are some great monsters and investigators to expand your universe.
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*None of the campaigns mentioned here are sponsored or influenced via payment, prize or other means. If we know or have a connection to someone running the campaign, we will mention it in the campaign notes. If there is a campaign you think should be mentioned here, please e-mail us and tell us what makes it special and we'll review!