Due to unforeseen, and uncontrollable, circumstances, I skipped last week’s Kickstart Your Week post. As such, I will get caught up on the updates for those campaigns from two weeks ago.
- Lamp’s Light Sanitarium—Successfully funded at 158% of its goal.
- Dungeon Universalis—Successfully funded at 693% of its goal.
- Terminus Breach TD—This campaign was canceled but will be relaunched on 12/10/18 for a 10-day campaign.
- Awkward Guests—Successfully funded at 4,892% of its goal.
- RPGenerations: Tabletop Knights—$9.0K of its $8.4K goal with about a day left.
- Diced Tomatoes—This campaign was canceled but will likely relaunch in 2019.
- Whales Destroying the World—$14.2K of its $4.5K goal with additional stretch goals to unlock and 5 days left.
- Emberwind—This one funded quickly and has no raised $32.3K of its its $18.9K goal and has 7 days to go. There are a lot of cool stretch goals here too.
- Valda—this one is running strong and still has 4 weeks to go. Valda has $34,768 of its goal of $9,938.
I’ve been watching Dan and Connie Kazmaier of Deep Aqua Games and the development photos of their board game for a while now. The game is an economic card drafting and set collection style. The game looks clearly polished and tested and it appears the market shares my thoughts too as Chai was fully funded in 17 hours.
I haven’t been able to play Chai yet but those I’ve talked to say the game is pretty solid and the preview and play-through videos look great too.
Chai is for 1-5 players (solo play is becoming more and more ubiquitous…great news for introverts!) of 8 years and older. So, a good family game alternative to consider for your collection.
Chai has raised $41,485 of its $25,000 goal with 29 days to go.
Tegel Manor Returns
With Tegel Manor Returns you get to explore Frog God Games’s namesake. This megadungeon is both praised and maligned for its (quite literally, in some cases) random inhabitants. There was a time when the why of something mattered less than the fact that something was there worth fighting. XP and treasure were enough reason.
I’ve run this campaign by two people whose opinions I value both for their objectivity and their knowledge-base. One told me he’d probably back this campaign because he loves Tegel Manor but he’s apprehensive about the quality of the work as he’s seen some of Frog God’s earlier works and it looked like “strangely formatted Word docs”. I share this mostly because this is not an inexpensive campaign to back ($25 for the PDF of Tegel Manor) and you should be aware of potential issues. The upgraded map looks great based off the sample on the campaign page so I hope the rest of the production (including the PDF documents) will be just as good.
If you like Swords and Wizardry or 5th Edition AND megadungeons, give this one some consideration.
Tegel Manor Returns has raised $64,629 of its $15,000 goal with 14 days remaining.
Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon
An “adventure, survival co-op Board Game set in unique grim world inspired by Arthurian Legends” sounds amazing! I love the Arthur legends and I also love dark and gritty settings. A perfect mashup!
I haven’t had a chance to play Lords of Hellas (also by Awaken Realms) but anyone I chat with about it only has great things to say. The reason I bring that up as a singular example is to establish that Awaken Realms has a track record of creating wonderful games. I know co-op can be a big turn off for many gamers, so if that’s you, skip this game.
Beyond the phenomenal artwork and the promise of a really cool world, Tainted Grail also hooked me with “unlikely heroes” and a dice-less combat system. As a roleplayer, I love rolling dice, but I’m curious about combat without them.
This game is expensive. You get a lot with your purchase with the Exploration Journal, Play Guide, Rulebook, maps, minis, and more. But it’s still at least $89 before shipping. It still looks like it’s worth every dollar.
This campaign has raised over $2,485,000 of its $50,920 funding goal. Such a success already! 19 days are remaining.
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. Also, if you’re a creator and would like your campaign considered for a feature, reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.