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.
Despite the campaign name Dungeon Crawl Classics does not normally do an Annual, and apparently the work inside this one has been evolving for years. This volume will include the first official system-wide expansion of the rules (many modules expand the rules but none globally). The details of the expansion material contained within are vague, but they promise no rules bloat and that the Annual is 100% optional. Additionally, this is a great way to jump on the DCC train, with great backing options for the base rule book and the legendary adventure, The Chained Coffin.
This is a unique standalone RPG system where elves are battling a monstrous body horror infection on the surface of the world, while humans hide in abandoned Dwarven cities below. The game uses its own system which entails rolling D6s for successes (similar to the Arkham games.) The campaign features some really nice artwork that evokes the universe well.
This campaign is more content for the weird fantasy rule set Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea. It adds more content for the base rules as a lot of neat new components to enhance the game including a Referee Screen, a Player Character Folder, and a new compiled book of adventures. All-in is $90.
This is an updated version of Vampire’s popular Chicago sourcebook. It has tons of details on Chicago updated for Vampire 5th edition, and also includes the new Lasombra vampire faction.
This campaign offers a series of increasingly elaborate MDF laser-cut products. It’s done very well raising over $200,000. It includes a dice tower, a deck holder, a dice holder, and a DM screen. These all look very nicely-crafted, and the dice tower in particular is well-priced at $27. Be warned, you do need to assemble these yourself, and in my experience it takes a bit of craftiness and a lot of patience. UGEARS is actually a well-established company that makes a variety of MDF craft kits (most toys.)
This is a miniatures set from Cerberus Studios. There’s some unique figures here including an ogre-ish guy about to kill two humans, a “seductress” and an orc queen.
This is a set of miniatures from an original fantasy setting reminiscent of Native American plains tribes. There are some pretty neat Tauren looking guys in here, but also really nice fantasy-tinged native american minis.
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This is a quick campaign by Mythic who is best known for their miniature-heavy Kickstarters including Joan of Arc and Solomon Kane. This is another huge miniature Kickstarter that has a pretty cool Wolfenstein-esque theme of Allied Heroes versus mutant Nazis. You’ll be forming a team and invading a base to uncover or destroy Nazi secrets (Projekt Vril).
I’m very wary of backing everything from Mythic as they are now on their 3rd undelivered Kickstarter. Other big companies like Ninja Division and the (now defunct) Space Goat have gotten themselves in a lot of trouble doing this.
This game caught my eye for its sharp design and horror movie theme.
Digging in, there are some really neat mechanics. When your character takes damage, they have to apply an “injury” card which shows they’ve lost a body part. There’s also a focus on narrative with rooms in the Grind House revealed. With each challenge, someone volunteers to take it on. It’s resolved with a simple die roll that can vary between instant death or losing a limb.
I’m not sure if it’s going to make its goal (it still needs another $7,000 in 7 days or so.) This may actually be a bit too grisly for Kickstarter folks.
Here’s our (seemingly weekly at this point) giant miniatures game from a “First Created” Kickstarter Creator. This is by a Spanish company who promises resin miniatures (more detail, but less strength), 400 monsters, 18 PC races, and 20 PC classes. This is an insane amount of content, but it has been done before (this actually a bit less ambitious than Gloomhaven.) I’m very interested to see how the game comes out, but a First Created on a game of htis scale is very risky.
Pedigree is a modern strategy game about breeding animals. You’ll be breeding horses, cows, sheep, and dogs and then taking them to fairs to compete for a trophy. This looks like they’ve done a surprisingly accurate representation of the theme here. You’ll be picking sires, waiting for animals to getstate, and be born. There’s no randomness here in the breeding (you just combine the two parents to get a new card.) This is from a first time designer and publisher, but the artwork and design looks solid. Will definitely keep my eye out for this next year.
This game has fantastic art, pretty neat design, and looks very promising. It’s only raised $3400 on a $3800 goal, and it’s only 20 GBP for the core set. In Necromagis you are playing as dueling necromancers summoning undead and attacking each other, vying for more power. There are some really interesting card mechanics here such as “dredging” which means you discard cards when you take damage which in turn can be used to fuel other spells and creatures.
There’s a print and play if you want to try it out.
I was surprised when I saw this game that I couldn’t think of another cooperative Worker Placement game.
Atlantis Rising also has a really nice-looking board that has awesome table presence, and great artwork. In the game, you and your co-op partners are trying to build a stargate to escape the Gods’ wrath (which is destroying Atlantis.) The game has simultaneous worker placement which I really like for speeding up games and reducing wait times.
This is an interesting theme, each player is playing a merchant of arcane items. You have to make decisions on what to make available to sell, balanced against exposing your inventory for inspection between rounds (and gaining infamy which is bad in this game.)
This is a narrative RPG with a really cool post-civilization Sci-Fi setting. The game has an awesome early 1980s design aesthetic. This looks like it’s got enough unique hooks in it that I ended up backing. I’m hoping this can scratch a bit simpler Mutant Crawl Classics itch.
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