Let’s get caught up on the previous Kickstart Your Week campaigns and their outcomes.
- Psi Wars—fully funded with $9,510
- Dark Trails RPG—still going strong with over $37,000 funded
- Era of Tribes—still going strong with over $74,000 funded
Bites by BoardGameTables.com
Bites is a small set-collection (sort of) game for 2-5 players with an adorable theme. The players control ants who are making their way back to their anthill and no single player controls any single ant/color (“we ALL play yellow this time, Steve! Chill.”). The object is to collect food items along a trail from picnic to hill. But winning is the interesting part. The players have a direct impact on which ants make it back to the anthill first. The first ant back gets the upper most level and all food that corresponds with that color (red apples, for example) are worth 4 points per token. But the last ant back to the hill means that food (purple grapes in the example below) has rotted and is worth zero points. So if you see Steve collecting all the yellow cheese you’ll all want to work to make sure that the yellow ant doesn’t make it back first!
The over-sized ant meeples and and over-sized food tokens (3D, by the way) look great and are wonderful for children. Then the style of play means it’s still engaging for adults! Good price point ($24), vibrant components, straight-forward rules, and variable setup means this game is practically a no-brainer. It’s a filler game for the hobby gamer and a good choice for families.
Dragon’s Interest by Tasty Minstrel Games
As someone interested in dragons AND who holds and undergrad in finance and also an MBA, Dragon’s Interest is right up my alley. Players will use the auction/bidding mechanism to finance the rebuilding of their empires after war has depleted their coffers. But if everyone is broke, who will you turn to for funding? Enter the dragon! You will find the shrewd dragon is benevolent and will finance you…but you must repay your debts with interest. Fail to do so, and you are toast. The dragon is a capitalist and motivated by profit, but it’s still a dragon after all. And I’ll wager a dragon will always be better at destruction than at trickle down economics.
Tasty Minstrel Games is known for having lots of quality components in their games and this one is no exception. The price reflects this quality as the game is $50 unless you spring for the metal coins in which case you’ll shell out another $5. I mean…you might as well. Right?
Pirates of Pugmire by Richard Thomas (Onyx Path Publishing)
Anthropomorphic heroes and villains in an RPG? You have my attention. Pirates of Pugmire by veteran Kickstarter creator Richard Thomas is a nice, light-hearted RPG that focuses on player cooperation over action and violence. Don’t take that to mean there is no action to be had though. You’re just afforded the opportunity to cavort around as a swashbuckling cat or as the titular pug dog. This installment also introduces a couple of new species (lizards and birds) as well as building and sailing ships. Oh, and sinking those ships! What’s the fun of sea adventures if you can’t destroy the vessels that sail those seas? Learn to swim!
For more about what Pugmire is, here’s a direct quote from the campaign page:
Dogs have inherited the world, building the kingdom of Pugmire untold centuries after the Ages of Man were over. These dogs have been uplifted to use tools and language, and they seek to rediscover the ruins of the Old Ones. Some have learned to use the leftover technology of humanity, but they believe it to be magic handed to them by their lost gods. Others seek to create an ideal civilization, using a Code of Man compiled from ancient, fragmentary lore left behind by humanity. The world is dangerous and mysterious, but good dogs will persevere.
RPG source books can be pricey but this one is right in line with what you’d pay at retail for any similar book. $45 is a reasonable price. It’s $25 for the PDF and an “at-cost” print-on-demand option. In my experience, if you think you’ll want the hardcover book, it’s best to go ahead and do so during the Kickstarter versus backing for the PDF and the POD option. If you only want the PDF, just stick with the $20 tier.
Concluding this week’s Kickstart Your Week
That’s all for this week’s Kickstart Your Week. Let me know if you 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.