Last week for Kickstart Your Week I covered Fiends & Foes, Kill Merlin, and Set a Watch. Those campaigns are doing (or did) well and I’m happy to see it. This week we’ve got some exciting ones to cover as well. Let’s just get right to it, shall we?
1. Campy Creatures: Expansion I and 2nd Edition
I love Campy Creatures and wrote about it roughly 18 months ago. I was excited to see an expansion announced recently and eager to back the game. This deduction game hits our table quite often. In a family our size it can be hard to find something that we all enjoy equally. This game is our olive branch.
The expansion and revised edition comes with a lot new stuff but the important ones are the new creatures. You get The Monster (Frankenstein’s), The Man-eating Plant, The Tarantula, and The Rogue Robot. More campy goodness!
Of course this campaign offers more than just new cards. And if you already own the base game you can buy just the expansion or a conversion kit and box to update the base game to the 2nd edition.
As of this writing, the Campy Creatures Expansion has gained over $49,000 and still has 20 days to go. There are still good stretch goals to be unlocked and unrevealed add-ons. Go back this one and watch Keymaster Games work their magic. These guys know how to run a campaign.
2. Project L
Tell me your age and I could probably identify within a 2% margin of error whether or not you have played Tetris. This game is so reminiscent of Tetris that I would suggest it was its inspiration if it weren’t anachronistic of me to say. This game is not Tetris though. As I watched the video and took a closer look I was blown away by the production of this game. The components look so amazing I can almost feel it. I love how solving one puzzle gives you an extra piece to keep in your set. This gives you more options that you’ll need to solve later puzzles. And on and on and on.
I can see myself getting hooked on this game. Settle in on a cold winter day with a fireplace, a glass of wine, and Project L. I know in my previous post I stated I’d try to pick projects that you’ll have plenty of time to consider before the campaign ended. I didn’t exactly lie to you. But this game has less than 4 days before it ends. So don’t dally if you’re interested. Go check it out and give them your money! It’s gotten almost $126,000. Give ’em some more. It is one of the most gorgeous games I’ve seen on Kickstarter.
3. Dungeon Discoveries—Card Decks for any TTRPG
Another deck of cards? Yes. I love the random element of rolling on tables for a result. Drawing from a deck of cards is essentially the same thing. But, as with a Deck of Many Things or last weeks’s Fiend’s & Foes, there is something nicer about pulling a card from a deck versus pulling some words from a table.
The great thing about these cards is they don’t simply give you an answer. They just narrow down your options. You maintain an element of control and some Game Masters will love this. Many a GM eschews random encounters, treasures, results, etc. because it can completely derail a game.
Maybe it makes sense for your party to find a Gnome masterwork Elven longbow, but if it doesn’t, no problem! Switch it a richly carved silver goblet. That could be your next hook. Or your next red herring. There are two places I think these cards could help you as a GM:
- You’re meticulously planning your next adventure and can’t find inspiration.
- You’re players go off the beaten path and search an area you weren’t planning on.
With the Fumbled Searches and Curious Treasures deck you can easily enrich your campaigns and playing experience. Be quick if you’re interested. There are only 6 days left. At $22,000 raised (10 times the goal) there is no risk of this one not funding.
Wrapping Up This Week’s Kickstart Your Week
That’s all for this 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.