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.
Bunnies and Burrows (3rd Edition)
This is an older RPG (1976!) I hadn’t heard of, getting reprinted by Frog God Games (a major 3rd party publisher). You are literally playing a regular bunny, so there isn’t much combat in this game. It features adventures like “The Garden Raid”, and the only monsters are human. I’m honestly not sure what to think of the game based on this campaign page, but I’d love to give it a try at a convention.
Sandy Peterson’s Chtulhu games have been made famous by the hugely successful Cthulhu Wars and Planet Apocalypse board games. This is an adaptation of the previously-printed Cthulhu Mythos book available for the Pathfinder RPG, now adapted for Fifth Edition Dungeons & Dragons. It includes 100 Mythos monsters, four new races (including Dreamland Cats!), new spells, backgrounds, and artifacts.
This is a full setting and set of adventures for characters 1-10 set in a fantasy forest (known as Margreve.) This hardcover is published by Kobold Press, known for not only their own third party adventures, but also for writing the official campaign Tyranny of Dragons. They also wrote the very popular Tome of Beasts (an extensive monster manual of unusual creatures.) This setting and adventure arc looks great, in case you are running low on adventures, it’s certainly comparable to the quality you would expect from a full first party product.
This is a rules-less set of cards that allow GMs to quickly add flavor to items found during searches. It promises to make searches more exciting. I usually back this kind of thing, but I feel as though this is the sort of thing adventures always have baked in. If I ran more improvisational games, this would have a lot more use.
If you’ve been craving Orc pirate miniatures with an asian flavor, this Kickstarter has you covered.
This is a nice set of Warhammer-esque Sci-Fi miniatures terrain STLs for your hungry 3D Printer. The campaign promises the terrain is support-less and modular.
Wow, this is expensive, but some of the best miniature terrain I’ve ever seen. It will cost you about $900 USD for the all-in (and shipping from New Zealand), but the fully painted huts look more like something you’d see in a museum display rather than at a gaming table.
Board & Card Games
Ancient Terrible Things was one of the first tabletop Kickstarters I ever backed. It’s a solid dice-management game with a jungle Cthulhu theme. It’s something you can easily break out after dinner for non-hobbyists, and I recommend it. The 10-year anniversary offers reprints of the core game as well as the out-of-print expansions.
Well, somehow this campaign has survived to the end only losing a couple of it’s barely-disguised “spoof” characters (Lara Croft is gone, and it appears Optimus Prime has taken a back seat and no longer appears on the cover.) Other than the familiar faces, the game itself looks like a fun (albeit simple) take on the 70s race caper movie.
A space race game for 2-4 players, it’s a “Tableau Building” game which means your trying to have best set of game pieces out in front of you by the end of the game. I love the art style here which is neo-1960s. The game itself has a 7.5 BGG rating, and the base game is only $29 + shipping.
This is a second attempt for a first-time creator. It’s a heavy fantasy 4X game (that supposedly plays in two hours.) The miniatures are nice, the components look nice, but since this is a first-created, and I’m a bit wary of the gameplay.
Lovelace & Babbage is the latest from publisher Artana. They are best-known for their series of scientist-based games including Tesla vs. Edision (6.72 BGG) and Einstein (6.8 BGG) (his amazing life…) Unlike those two, this one is designed by Scott Almes who is the designer behind all the Tiny Epic games.
The game puts you in the role of early computer science pioneers Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage. It’s a real-time programming game where you’ll be solving patron’s problems by applying the power of the Analytical Engine.
The Stonebound Saga: Visions of Telios
This is an expansion of a game that shipped just this year (8.0 BGG) and was Kickstarted last year. It’s a beautiful strategy card-based game.
Mezo is a relaunch of Kolossal Games first failed Kickstarter. Kolossal has definitely had a much-improved reputation after having successfully shipped Western Legends. While we like Western Legends, we weren’t particularly fond of the components. We’ll be doing a review once we can get enough people together to really put that game through its paces. This game is designed by John Clowdus, who is best known for Omen: A Reign of War (7.39 BGG).
These are some of the most beautiful Magic deck boxes I’ve seen. They’re cut MDF, but the design transcends that and they come fully colored as shown below. Of course, at $80, this is for hardcore Magic players only.
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