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.
Bastion is an afrocentric RPG with magic and lore based in a post-civilization African fantasy setting rather than the standard medieval European tradition. It has gorgeous artwork throughout. The game itself uses the MYTHIC D6 system, which was invented by the creator of this campaign: Kephera Publishing. A pretty good sample of the system is provided here.
This is a new Superhero system that had a hugely ambitious goal of $65,000 to fund. The unique mechanic in this system is that the GM and players actually create the universe for the game by playing it. The setting and world is open, but also built using a variety of rules provided in the base game. This game is by the creators of Dusk City Outlaws, which was Kickstarted and very well received last year.
Set in urban Mexico, in Nahaul you will be playing a shapeshifter that captures and manufactures products from Angels. And by products, we mean food products. You and your fellow players run a taquiera, a butcher shop, or a bar all using angel meat and blood as products. Something about this campaign has really caught fire, it only had a goal of $3,000 but is now over $60,000. The game uses the same RPG system as Dungeon World (Apocalypse).
This is definitely a good week for unique RPGs. In Nighty Knights, you play stuffed animals defending your child’s room from invading monsters and nightmares. The game uses the simple TinyD6 system for rules.
This is a pretty cool campaign for allowing you to build your own dungeon architecture. It’s not really designed as “play pieces” per se as with Dwarven Forge and Dungeon Tiles, but more for creating specific detailed sections of a dungeon. This is a pretty neat looking set, but the shipping costs to the US are prohibitive. (They are based in Germany.)
A simple idea, these card stock entrance make for a low-cost way to make the beginning of your adventure a bit more exciting for the players.
This campaign seeks to “Gamebookify” three Lovecraft tales set in the Cthulhu mythos. The book itself is already written and is filled with some pretty neat black and white artwork.
If you’re a fan of weird and old-school miniatures, I’m sure you’ll find something in this campaign you want to add to your collection.
If you’re a Blood Bowl fan, there are some pretty nice alternate sculpts here for Skaven and Lizardman teams.
Board & Card Games
There were two genres I thought would never meet: RPG Board Games and Poop Board Games. But here we are with Dungeon WC, a real time dungeon crawler with a giant stuffed toilet as a game prop.
This is the fourth attempt to fund Zero Gravity, and I’ve had it on my list to cover each time it ran. Unfortunately, it kept not meeting its goal or getting cancelled, but this time, it’s going to make it and I get to feature it. Zero Gravity uses a magnet board that allows for miniature movement vertically and even upside down in the cubic playfield. Ultimately this is a miniature skirmish game with some unique rules and play mechanics due to the unique playfield. The miniatures are very nice as well.
Valhalla may not be the best-funded game this week, but I think it wins coolest box cover. But what’s inside the box? More beautifully-illustrated cards that make up a card and dice combat game. Like Blood Rage, when you send your warriors into battle, win or lose, they head off to Valhalla in glory. The game is very well priced at $45, where you get a ton of cards(385), engraved dice, and some nice box and board components.
OK, if you thought a dungeon crawl with a toilet was weird. Take a look at this one.
In Bugman Battle you’ll be performing challenges to avoid eating actual real bugs that ship with the game. Yikes. I think though, that a lot of people actually like eating bugs, so it’s maybe not much of a dare for the majority of the world’ population.
Monumental is a miniatures-heavy 4X-style strategy game with Area Control and Deck Building elements. The game focuses on war, and the base game features Heracles for Greece, Ramses for Egypt, as well as Danish(?), Chinese, and Japanese armies. The game design looks solid, by a veteran team (this is also the publisher that does Tokaido.) This looks like a potential major 2019 FOMO, but I’m simply out of room in my collection, so I’ll pass for now.
Mutants might look a bit generic at first glance, but dig a bit deeper, and you’ll see a game with huge potential. The primary designer is Sen-Foong Lim who is best known for the amazing two-player boat game Akrotori. This game is a deck builder (which is actually becoming a rarity on Kickstarter!) The game consists of two phases, first you’ll be using deck building mechanics to craft the best mutant by acquiring gene traits. Second, you’ll be doing battle in an arena by deploying your mutants. You need to strategize the order you deploy the mutants in order to maximize their effects and score more points.
This is the latest from Grimlord Games who have published two miniature-heavy games previously through Kickstarter: Village Attacks (8.2 BGG) and Endure the Stars (6.81 BGG). In Everrain, you’ll be taking command of a ship in a dark fantasy realm. You’ll be crewing your ship, and the ship is run on a really-cool player board that is reminiscent of FTL (the video game.) The theme, art, and miniatures are all absolutely top-notch. With Village Attacks getting such great reviews, this is definitely one to consider backing.
Welcome to Dino World
Welcome to Dino World is an unique Roll and Write game that won the GenCan’t game design contest two years ago. It’s finally come out to retail after being a free print and play for a long time. Well free print and play it is no more. But this version of the game looks fantastic, and probably a must-have for fans of Roll and Writes.
Board & Card Game Expansions and Reprints
Sword & Sorcery (8.2 BGG) was a huge Kickstarter hit two years ago, this version of the game is a standalone expansion that includes a new campaign, heroes, and enemies. It’s being billed as a “second season” for the game.
This sequel to the ultra-popular Champions of Midgard (7.8 BGG, #104 All-Time) adds some basic content, but not much more. It’s interesting that this got the full sequel treatment versus just another expansion.
Welcome To… (7.7 BGG) is one of the hot games of 2018, and you still can’t easily get a copy. But, if you back on this Kickstarter, you can get in on the “Draw and Write” city-building action. The Kickstarter also adds a new notebooks to the game which serve as different neighborhood types expanding the replayability.
Deep Madness - FOMO of the Week
Deep Madness (8.4 BGG) was a huge Kickstarter last year which earned 1.5 million. The game has just started to arrive to backers, and this new Campaign offers only one new expansion, while offering a second chance to score a copy to everyone who missed it previously.
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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!