Every Saturday, we take a look at notable and interesting Tabletop campaigns ending in the next week. We focus on RPG settings & adventures, accessories, and medium-heavy board games with interesting themes.
This campaign is for a World War I horrorRPG ruleset. The rules actually sound very interesting here. Everything is determined by a D6 die roll, but you can use your stats to manipulate a die (but this may have a price!) It’s good to see some solid board gaming mechanics making their way into RPGs, and I think we’re going to see some exciting RPG tabletop innovations over the next few years.
This campaign is for Warhammer 40K-friendly terrain designed to be used in the popular current version of the game (particularly some of the less terrain-scale rules like Kill Team.) Interestingly, this is done by the company Archon which is known for doing a series of mega-miniatures Kickstarters including LOAD, Vanguard of War, and Chronicle X.
The pitch on this is thinner dungeon walls with no floors. It certainly isn’t as epic as Dwarven Forge stuff, but it doesn’t come with the epic Dwarven Forge price. You can get a pretty decent set of walls (plus a messenger bag!) for $100.
This is a campaign for a set of 18 simple cards designed to spice up what can sometimes be a fairly tedious slog through wildernesses in fantasy RPGs. I like the text that is featured on the Kickstarter and would consider backing, however the combo to get both the new set and the old set is already sold out.
Another quick Kickstarter from Midlam Miniatures. These guys consistently put out nice-looking miniatures sets at very reasonable prices. If you’re looking for some Garden Gnomes, this is where to get them.
This is a campaign for a one-off miniature. Not much to say, but if this post-apocalyptic scavenger appeals to you, back it here.
Based on the success of this Kickstarter and previous ones we’ve covered with animal adventurers, if you are a miniature company, you should be making animal adventurers ASAP to cash in on this craze (and to give us more options.) These “Canitaurs” are a bit frightening, but the campaign is well designed and has raised over $40K.
Board & Card Games
This is a remake of an older game and is actually a roll and move racer. However, the game has been reimagine with newer mechanics. The track building looks interesting, and this looks like it should fully replace Formula D for anyone looking to have a straight racing game in their collection.
We backed Van Ryder Games’ previous comic book gamebook Kickstarter, and we were very happy with how well they were written and put together. The gamebooks definitely varied in quality and replayability, but they were all unique and very well-edited games.
Crusoe Crew introduces more graphic novel adventures, this time with a cooperative game. Here you and your co-op partners will each be playing the offspring of the famous Robinson Crusoe. Each has their own gamebook and their own way through the game. Working together you’ll be playing an actual game on a board working towards collecting treasure within a 5 day time limit. Definitely a cool, experimental idea.
Hero Realms (7.7 BGG) is a very popular deck builder made by the guys who make Star Realms.
This Kickstarter includes new campaigns, and tons of new content. If you don’t have anything Hero Realms, you can go all-in for $100.
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This Assassin’s Creed game is by second-time Canadian creator Triton Noir (their previous game was not a mega-minaitures board game.) The game itself faithfully simulates the game with assassins working together to avoid guards and take out a target. There’s stealth, there’s stabbing, there’s even building climbing. This is definitely Assassin’s Creed.
Perdition’s Mouth (7.8 BGG) is a very dark dungeon crawler. They’ve been executing these tiny Kickstarters pretty well, releasing small amounts of content to keep their fans interested. This campaign is for a new hero, the Shaman.
I never include digital products in this newsletter, but Aeon’s End is such a good card game, and I’d love to see it available on PCs, so I put it in here. It’s close to its goal, and being able to play the game will be fantastic (particularly if they can add the legacy components later.)
This is a very heavy strategy game about simulating investing in 19th century Chicago. Over 5 decades you’ll be buying stocks, taking actions to hire workers, constructing buildings, and trading goods. This is a pretty ambitious game for a second time designer, but the production quality is there, and this at least looks like a the kind of very heavy strategy game Kickstarter has been light on the past few months.
While griping about a lack of heavy games on Kickstarter, a second one popped up right next to City of the Big Shoulders. Pipeline also is a very ambitious heavy strategy game by an inexperienced designer. This game is about building an oil pipeline and making the most profit for your company. Visually, the game has very nice design, and the Kickstarter campaign itself is well-put together, which explains the game’s success, having already raised over $100,000 with plenty of time remaining.
Pirates! is a deck builder that uses a board. This is actually pretty rare in the deck builder game world, Trains being the most popular one. This game looks to have been thoroughly tested and has tons of gameplay videos on the Kickstarter page. Considering the production values here, I’m sure the Kickstarter is a bit of a disappointment, having raised only $40,000 on a $20,000 goal. The game does look promising, and I’ve added it to my BGG wishlist.
This is an ambitious strategy game that works with an app to allow you to run a realm from any fantasy RPG system. It’s a pretty cool idea, once you’ve become a ruler in a fantasy world, you can continue as a ruler outside of the game in Seeds of War. The details are actually a bit vague on how all this works, but it has met its goal, and it does look interesting.
This is a supremely designed version of “Guess Who” with awesome wooden pieces. It focuses on historically-significant women, requiring you to eliminate them from contention by guessing facts. Well you’ve probably played Guess Who, but this looks like a great game for any young women in your life.
I’ve been crazy for getting this game since I saw the Dicetower review of it a few months back. Awkward Guests is sort of a “thinking man’s Clue”, where you’ll be puzzling out a murder by accumulating clues. Initially this was only released in German. This Kickstarter is for the English version of the game The game is seriously deep into its stretch goals, having unlocked tons of component upgrades and extra content.
This is a fairly by-the-numbers naval strategy game. It looks to be pretty solid strategically, and a great entry point for gamers interested in playing in this genre further. It’s by the team that did Blood and Plunder, a very successful tabletop miniatures game.
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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!