(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 Roll and Write game for 1-12 players. Each player has a dry erase map and are attempting build the highest scoring route for their band. The production standards are very high, and the design is top-notch. This first came to our attention because the people that made our Board Game Table (boardgametables.com) are the ones behind the game.
One thing that is great about Roll and Writes on Kickstarter is that even the ones with high-end components like this tend to be pretty cheap. This one comes in at only $24 with enough pieces for four players.
We mostly backed this for the 1.5 upgrade kit, and we're on the fence about getting more expansions as the game already takes up a massive amount of shelf space. We quite enjoy this game, its a simple tactical game that is perfect for two players. We will be posting a full review once we've played the game enough to fully evaluate.
This is a card dueling game with awesome hologram cards. We backed mostly for the hologram cards, because I'm a sucker for gimmicks. I've read through the rule book and the gameplay does seem like an interesting take on the genre, but the game probably doesn't steer far enough clear of Magic: the Gathering to stand completely on its own. (It is very likely not going to fund.)
The game is playable on Tabletopia.
This is a new game by the creators of Vengeance, which is a hot item right now. (7.2 BGG) It's a tactical game where you'll be exploring the wasteland and battling for control of the fort in the center of the map. The mechanics look too interesting to pass-up. There's some neat tile-laying mechanics, some unique combat mechanics, and integration with a story book to add a bit of narrative to the experience. Lots and lots of miniature unlocks, and a KS-exclusive tile set made this the FOMO of the week.
When a project hits just the right nerve, it can really explode on Kickstarter. Villagers comes in at just the right price point (just under $30 USD), looks like it has a lot of depth, and has really fantastic design.
That said, even with 9,000 backers, there are a few things that are a bit concerning about the game. This is only the second game (the first is Great Scott! 6.9 BGG) by the publisher, Sinister Fish Games. The first one only sold about 600 units, so worldwide fulfillment of 9,000+ games from their apartment may be a serious challenge. The creator has also stated he is having a child in July. As someone who just went through that (the baby, not the mega-hit Kickstarter), I think he is drastically underestimating how much that is going to slow him down.
Still, this looks like a great game that is reminescent of Oh My Goods!
This is a board game based on an indy video game (and actually created by the video game maker.) It looks like a pretty interesting sci-fi dungeon crawler, if a bit light for our tastes. The original Kickstarter for this game failed, but this relaunch looks like its going to succeed with a lower goal. The game feels a bit pricey at $65, so we decided to pass.
This is an interestingly-themed competitive tactical adventure game set in 17th century France. It looks pretty interesting, and is doing well on Kickstarter, probably based on the fantastic miniatures.
I don't normally cover kid's games in this blog, but this one caught my eye. It's a dungeon crawler board game designed specifically for teaching children the fundamentals of fantasy role playing. As children's characters level, they are introduced to new RPG concepts.
I really like the art here, and while the game does appear expensive, it includes a lot of gameplay, including map tiles and an extended campaign.
This is a 2nd edition for a game that was Kickstarted in 2016 (7.6 BGG). It's gameified revolution as you strategize to cause chaos in a city in order to overthrow the ruling powers. I really dig the art, and it appears they have done a lot of work on refining the rules of the game for this 2nd edition.
This is a very small box card game by the studio that did Pixel Glory, which I constantly see on sale but have never given it a try (6.7) BGG. I really like this "Sky Captain" type anime art which is provided by Davy Wagnarok. The game is a simple Influence race, where you'll be trying to hit 20 Influence by playing characters from your hands. There isn't a direct "attack" phase like Magic, so most of the attacking other players comes from abilities provided by the characters you put into play. This does look like an interesting game, but I'd like to try it before buying it, and there isn't enough info on the various card types in the campaign details.
This is a medium-weight strategy game where corporations of the future battle for control of other companies. It's part trick-taking and part area control, and looks to be a good experience for 3 to 4 players. It's also available to play for free on Tabletopia.
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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!