Kickstart Your Week—2018.10.21
I need to apologize for last week’s Kickstart Your Week. I realize that the Kickstarter links as videos are not optimized for mobile browsers and are a bit of an eyesore. As such, I have adjusted these to just be links to the campaign instead of embedded videos and will continue that trend.
A brief update on last week’s selections:
- Campy Creatures is crushing it with >6x its funding goal!
- Project L finished its campaign at 11x its funding goal and >3,500 backers!
- Dungeon Discoveries looks like it’ll finish at over 16x its goal.
Congratulations to them all!
1. Venture Card Game
Venture caught my eye due to its art and theme. I like a good game with a who’s who of historical science figures (I backed another game with the same thing called STEM: Epic Heroes…should arrive any day now). Then when I watched the video I liked that the creators aren’t afraid to poke the bear a little and get a little fun with flat-earthers, anti-vaxxers, and climate change deniers. I don’t care where you stand on any of these issues and that’s not what this post is about. I just liked their humor and that they weren’t afraid to face potential backlash for that humor.
The game also looks fun. I’ll never when a real Nobel but at least I can pretend to be a scientist and maybe win one while I play Venture. If you like provocative and bold statements, give this campaign a look. It’s got some meaningful content (the rules are available) and a few notable people offering their thoughts on it. Sadly, there isn’t much time left in this campaign (4 days) and while it looks like they could get funded it doesn’t look like they’ll hit some important stretch goals. They’re currently $600 shy of funding.
2. Town Builder: Coevorden
Okay. Full disclosure on why I chose this one this week. There are three reasons:
- it’s only $11
- it can be played with 1 player
- the art is beautiful
The premise is interesting. You are trying to build the best district in Coevorden. It reminds me of a Machi Koro and Sim City mashup and sounds like fun. I hope they get at least $40,000. That’s when the stretch goal for the spot UV on the cover unlocks. A game this pretty needs a finishing touch like that.
Currently, this campaign has raise 2.5x its funding goal and still have 12 days to go. Their chances of reaching that $40k are palpable!
I know. Cthulhu. It’s everywhere and overdone. But I’m okay with that. It wasn’t Cthulhu, per se, that triggered my attention for Wardens though. It was that you can play as Cthulhu. That sounds like fun! This game is pricey though. If you want the core box it’ll cost you $89 before shipping. When I look at everything this game comes with though, that’s a justifiable cost. Custom dice, player boards, metal tokens, and over 100 minis are all in the box.
If you’ve got money to burn you can also go for the collector’s edition and get upgraded components. I would be remiss if I didn’t comment on Sam Turner’s art. It is phenomenal!
Oh, did I mention solo mode? Yeah, it has that too.
This game is almost funded. In fact, it’s so close that by the time this article is published Wardens may have already met its goal. 16 days left. Plenty of time for you to figure out if you can include this one in your budget before the campaign ends.
4. Tidal Blades – Heroes of the Reef
I’ll bet you figured this one was coming, didn’t you? What’s not to like about this game? It has the same artists as The Grimm Forest but they’ve proven they aren’t one trick ponies and have given Tidal Blades a familiar, but unique, look. I love it. Furthermore, we’ve been playing Raiders of the North Sea lately and this has a similar color palette and worker placement mechanism. I think this is right up our alley!
You can play this one solo or with up to 3 other players. This one is $59 unless you go for the deluxe version and drop another $30. I’m tempted to do that for the extras.
This game looks like one my whole family would like to play and that bums me out a bit because we’d need this to have rules for a 5th player (our youngest couldn’t handle this game).
Wrapping Up Kickstart Your Week for 2018.10.21
That’s all for this week’s Kickstart Your Week. Let me know if you plan to back any of these or if I’ve missed something you’re keen on seeing featured. I know there are some you’re wondering why aren’t here. Also, if you’re a creator and would like your campaign considered for a feature, reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.