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.
We’ve seen a lot of ultra-niche RPG rulesets come out in 2018, and it looks like 2019 is probably going to continue the trend. Gauntlets & Gaslight isn’t just steampunk rules for both Pathfinder and 5E D&D, but horror steampunk (fleshpunk) rules for the systems. This campaign is specifically for a new bestiary they have developed for the setting. And there’s a sample of the product on DriveThru RPG.
The design needs some work, but I like the themes and the actual art.
This campaign is for another 5th edition setting. This one describes itself as a “wilderness-horror” campaign. The art and design here are top notch, and this campaign has been a huge hit raising over $50,000. The surprising thing here is that there is very little about the actual products, but the art alone has pushed the game into “hit” territory.
This is a campaign for a rules set that attempts to make the 5th edition/D20 ruleset slightly more realistic, or at least more difficult by allowing rules for a grittier-than-standard fantasy gaming world. While this is the creator’s first Kickstarter, he has created a series of popular 5th edition supplements including “5E Hardmode.” The full rules are available for free on DriveThru RPG, but this “Deluxe Edition” is for more art and additional content.
Yet another modular dungeon kit. This one features nicely-printed stock cardboard walls that can be used in conjunction with normal dungeon tiles to make a more immersive experience. The sets are offered in reward tiers from 30 to 200 euros.
Board & Card Games
Chai is the hot game of the moment on Kickstarter. It has colorful art, an unique theme, and lots and lots of small tiles. In the game, you will be a playing a tea merchant attempting to fulfill orders. Ingredients are available in a clever marketplace mechanic that allows players to search and play combos to acquire more components for a better price. The gameplay looks very straightforward, if a bit less interesting than a similarly-themed game Coffee Roaster that we reviewed in 2018.
The first thing that jumps out when you spot Yoz is the interesting wooden box. I wouldn’t have guessed this was for a tile-laying cooperative adventure game. The highlight here is definitely the handcrafted-approach to the game that has resulted in some really beautiful components. I’m not so sure about the gameplay, it seems a bit basic. But I would like to see the game in action sometime.
I know Battlestations, because they are always represented at our local convention, Strategicon, here in Los Angeles. Battlestations bills itself as a hybrid boardgame/RPG. I think it’s a bit more of a RPG than a board game, but I’ve slotted it in down here. It’s a wacy space adventure where you and your friends are crewing a ship and attempting to accomplish a series of goals before you run out of time. The highlight of the game is definitely the creativity of the scenarios. This campaign is for a set of ships miniatures, but you can also get the base game as well (if you are so inclined.) Unfortunately, the mega minaitures pack has already sold out.
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