Published on May 26th, 2017 | by Luke Turpeinen0
Fund It Friday! May 26th
Eddy Webb and Onyx Path Publishing are back to bring the follow-up companion game to Pugmire: Monarchies of Mau. This standalone RPG encourages cat lovers to partake as a clever feline character living in remnants of human civilization. The cats have evolved to use language, technology and the magic of their world. Monarchies of Mau features 6 distinct city-states unified under a tenuous alliance. Players can create many memorable stories and strive for different goals that affect their relationships between the different monarchies, their rulers and their citizens.
Card City was another addition to the city building genre that flew under our radar at first. With Card City XL, the game has expanded into many new tiles, player goals and difficulty levels. If you enjoy games about city planning, like Suburbia, then you’ll be interested in Card City XL.
Where do bears get honey, anyways? In Ursa Miner you play as bears working in a honey mine. You must dig your way through Honey Mountain in order to find the sweet stuff. The flow of the game, and the disassembling board remind me of Survive: Escape From Atlantis, which is a good thing.
There aren’t many things more fast-paced than street racing. Project NOS gets players into that intense action by being a real-time dice game. You roll dice and try to place them in special sets, though you may have powers that will let you save them or use the dice in a different way. Just make sure that whatever you’ve got planned, you do it before your opponent.
Another real time game, but this one is cooperative. In Kitchen Rush you are all employees trying to properly run a restaurant. Instead of placing workers, players place hour glasses, which can be reassigned as soon as they are out of sand. Will you all work together or will there be too many cooks in the kitchen?
You may already be familiar with the digital game Hand of Fate: a dungeon-delving themed deck-building game, available on Steam. This Kickstarter takes the digital game back to its roots in tabletop gaming. Hand of Fate feels like it is the game Talisman would be if it were produced post-Dominion. Hand of Fate has a solid theme and great art, it’s definitely worth a look.
We don’t recommend many RPG systems on Fund It Friday. This latest version of the Cortex system is a solid exception to that rule. Cortex Plus got a lot of attention over the last couple years, mostly for being the base system to a number of different games that used licensed properties (Serenity/Firefly, Supernatural, Battlestar Galactica, Leverage, Smallville, Marvel Heroic RP, etc).
Cortex Prime is aiming to do for Cortex what Fate Core did for the different Fate systems on the market. Cortex Prime is a setting neutral book that uses a toolkit approach to mechanics so that you can add/subtract rules modules as you need them for your campaigns. Settings are offered as supplements and are included in the current stretch goals.
Cortex games are generally highly regarded in the indie RPG community. Leverage and Smallville were both great at innovating new approaches to storytelling at the game table that changed the way I look at role playing games. If you are interested in an RPG system, especially if you are new to gaming, I can’t recommend Cortex highly enough.
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