(Almost) every Saturday we review all Kickstarter campaigns in the "Games" category ending in the next week. We do a quick write up on anything we find notable here. This is written from the perspective of people looking to buy games and game accessories that offer interesting mechanics or ideas. We prefer heavy strategy games, RPG Games, miniature-heavy games, and games with real-time mechanics as opposed to party games, children's games, or very light strategy games.
Sometimes you have to put your money where your mouth is. These are the campaigns we backed in this batch.
I already magnetize all my miniatures for easy case-carrying, so it makes sense to me to get some of these markers for keeping track of important statuses (that I frequently forget) when DMing. I'm in!
In this game of Set Collection, you are attempting to get a collection of artworks to score the most points. Points are based on your ability to complete a collection and by the overall popularity of a particular painting. This one looks pretty light and since this is from a Kickstarter who normally makes toys, I'm a bit concerned this isn't going to appeal to hobbyists.
In this deckbuilder, you'll be recruiting monsters to attack your opponents. Set in Victorian England, the monsters include undead, spirits, beasts, and mortals. Like in other deckbuilders (Legendary), your goal is to synergize the cards in your deck to get extra powers to activate.
This campaign is doing very well, likely bolstered by the excellent design and strong hype. This is a new Kolossal Games imprint. We backed their Western Legends Kickstarter earlier this year. Kolossal has launched 7 Kickstarters, but hasn't actually delivered any of them yet. While their games all look great, I'm a bit concerned by the huge number of projects the small studio is running simultaneously.
This is a one vs. many game designed to be family-friendly (I'm guessing with a parent playing the monster.) The game is currently available to try out on Tabletopia.
This is from Grey Fox Games, best known for publishing Champions of Midgard (#106 All-Time BGG) and Deception (#167 All-Time BGG). This is a complete remaster of a game released in 2014 with improved art and some design revisions. The art direction went a bit more cartoony, but the core gameplay remains the same: survive endless waves of zombies while inching forward to a goal. This looks like a lot of fun, and appears to take a more "arcadey" approach to the gameplay provided by Zombies and Zombicide.
This is the latest Button Shy microgame Kickstarter. This is an asymmetrical 2-player game. One side - the rebels - must hide their base position from the empire who is searching the planets. They must find and attack the planet with the rebel base before the end of the game.
Dobbers is a neat race/deckbuilding game where you'll be attempting to stop a spreading darkness in the woods. Interestingly, the game is not fully co-operative, and in fact you will be competing to be the first to solve the source of the darkness.
This game takes the model from MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) games to create an interesting card dueling dynamic. Players will advance their heroes in lanes attempting to get to their opponent's bases. The art here is nice, but feels pretty generic. This one hit its goal, we'll see once its published if its a game that fills a niche in the crowded card duel market.
This is another old-school module with lots of great black and white interior art. It's a tournament-style dungeon for high levels. It does look like there's quite a bit to like in this 32-page adventure, with lots of deadly traps, some new monsters, and a sprawling dungeon.
Dark Matter is a full conversion of 5th Edition to a Sci-Fi setting. The game promises new races, equipment, and classes. This is by a first-created Kickstarter, but a sample booklet is provided which looks promising.
The Fantasy Trip is a new printing of the first RPG Steve Jackson created (before GURPs.) This huge boxed set comes with solo adventures, tons of neat components, erasable mats, and Melee and Wizard boxed games. TFT is not quite a traditional RPG game, but a series of "encounter" type games that scratch the RPG itch without the full commitment that is usually required for these types of games.
People that play use a lot of miniatures in their RPGs know that throwing templates on the table is often confusing and awkward (particularly with miniatures on terrain.) This modified flashlight attempts to solve that by allowing you to project template grids onto the playfield. Now, I have thousands of miniatures, thousands of Dwarven Forge pieces, my own stamp line, and even a fog machine, but I think $80 for a flashlight is just a bit too much for me to justify. It would have been interesting if they could have figured out a way to do it with red laser toys, I've seen cat toys that can emit patterns.
This is a hilarious idea; I had to feature it. Unfortunately, it won't get funded.
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