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.
Taloc is a system-neutral Mayan setting that includes not only rules for all systems, but also extensive miniature terrain (both 2D and 3D) as optional add-ons. There’s not a ton about the game itself here, and more about the philosophy and terrain. Check out the comments for confused backers on what exactly they’re getting with their pledges. This may explain why this campaign hasn’t been doing too well despite great artwork and setting.
This is the 14th Kickstarter from Oathsworn Miniatures. They consistently produce original sculpts with great detail. This is another short campaign, but has done very well, having unlocked a plethora of anthropomorphic adventurers including a kingfisher, a frog, a wild cat, and a shrew.
This set of miniatures is for anime-esque vikings. The details are great, but I think the style might be not be for every game.
This is a slightly confusing campaign. Scale 75 is known for their large bust miniatures, and are very popular in miniature painting competitions. This campaign is actually for those busts, but they also have an upcoming card game they are advertising here. (You can’t get the card game yet.)
Generally, I don’t like adventuring with Resin miniatures, but if you have a group that handles their miniatures with care (even after a few beers), then then this might be a set to take a look at. If you’re looking for a cool Elf Wizard, Human Fighter, Half-Orc Rogue, or an armored Dwarf, you are in luck! The unlocked add-ons include a pretty-neat looking Druid, a Tiefling, a Witch, a Bard.
7TV is a set of “cinematic” miniatures skirmish rules. This campaign is for expanding the rules to include post-apocalyptic archetypes and car battles. This is a sort of sandbox system, with a ton of supporting miniatures from Crooked Dice’ back catalog.
Diehard specializes in “Oldhammer” style miniatures which is a style inspired by pre-2000 Games Workshop miniatures. There are a ton of great miniatures in this set as well as a bunch of interesting ones from older sets.
We backed the creators here, Rare Elements Foundry, on their first Kickstarter. The coins had a great “handmade” feel and it’s what I now use for inspiration in my 5th Edition games. If these designs strike your fancy, you won’t be disappointed in the coin quality.
Board Games & Card Games
Tidal blades is the latest from Druid City Games who is best known for their hit The Grimm Forest (7.4 BGG). They also are behind Sorcerer which hasn’t quite shipped to backers yet (but isn’t late yet.) Tidal Blades is an adventure game with worker placement mechanics set in a unique “waterworld” setting that has a fantasy-asian feel. I’m not sure if this mechanic is in other games, but it reminds me of Xia and Western Legends where you are competing to be the greatest champion by performing a variety of feats including fighting monsters, completing arena challenges, and exploring islands. This looks to be a lot of fun, and has done very well in funding even with stiff competition running like Cloudspire and The Edge (see below!)
Cloudspire is the latest from the creators of the popular indy hit Too Many Bones (8.6 BGG). Like Too Many Bones, Cloudspire uses poker chips instead of minis. The poker chips actually make great game pieces, and the ones included here are heavy clay ones, not the junky plastic ones. The game itself is a sophisticated take on the MOBA genre, and a lot of people are backing this game, even to the extent of spending extra for non-gameplay elements like an art book (the art is fantastic.) The all-in is $250, and the base pledge is $100.
This is an interesting take on charades. All of the words end in “Ate,” and the Mandator has to get through as many of them as they can in 60 seconds for their team. Once the round is finished the team has to guess the player’s “Mandate” card with one guess. Simple, but nice design, and a good-looking campaign.
Fantasy Pug Quest is a small box cooperative adventure card game. Players pick classes and explore locations to defeat bosses. While that’s a pretty standard setup for a Kickstarter board game, the art here really stands out. You’ll be playing super-cute pugs, and battling “evil” bosses like the Supreme Feline Mind.
I usually pass games with this visual style by, but something about this one caught my eye. Deliving into the gameplay a bit closer, this game is actually built around a really clever bidding mechanic. Each round 3 cards come out and you can place your bidding eggs (you have 3) in different areas on your card to try to win a card that is out in play. Additionally, there are special “Heck” powers that can activate to mix things up. Looks like a lot of fun and is only about $21.
Master of Wills (expansion)
Master of Wills is a card game released last year and is currently sitting on BGG with a rating of 8.9 (but with only 40 votes.) I think the only thing holding this game back from more success is the price tag. $50 seems very high for a game with the components offered. I am guessing based on the low goal, that this is due to not using an overseas manufacturer. Some interesting gameplay and art here, and I’d like to try it sometime.
This is a nicely-designed one vs. many hidden action game. The players are students on a space station trying to track down a deadly “anomaly.” There’s a really clever mechanic here where after the students play a card, they hand the card to the Anomaly player to play the opposite side of the card. Overall, this looks like a unique game, and it looks like its going to just eek by its goal. This game is designed by Thomas Dagenais-Lespérance, who also designed the popular Decrypto party game (#6 all-time party game on BGG).
The Edge: Dawnfall - FOMO of the Week
I’m surprised I hadn’t heard of this game before. The Edge came out earlier this year and has an 8.7 on BGG. It is by the same publisher as Lords of Hellas and is designed by the designer of Cry Havoc and Neuroshima Hex. The warchest includes skirmish, campaign, co-op, and solo rules. It includes
There’s no way to put this simply, backing the Edge is a major investment. The base game is about $225, and the All-In costs $428. Of course now that we’re on the second printing it’s easy to check out the reviews for yourself and see if it’s something that needs to be in your collection.
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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!