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Published on June 18th, 2014 | by Luke Turpeinen

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June Kickstarter Updates Part Two

It’s that time again, another round of board game Kickstarter projects that are active and waiting for your help to get funded! Like always, click on the title of the game to get to the project’s Kickstarter page. If you’d like us to feature your Kickstarter in a future article, please use our Contact Page.

Ophir

The game about trading and temple building is back on our radar! We got a chance to playtest Ophir a couple of months ago, and we had a blast. I’m super excited to see the final product, with all of the art and final changes. This is definitely a game that is on my inst-purchase list. You can find our full review here.

BattleCON: War Remastered

From the makers of Pixel Tactics and Argent: the Consortium, comes the re-release of the BattleCON game that launched the world of Indines. A two player fighting game that emphasizes card combos, BattleCON can be loosely compared to Yomi or a more strategic Battle Wizards. This re-release is mostly to iron out production issues, but I’m sure some rules updates/clarifications made their way in there as well.

Waggle Dance

Waggle Dance is a bee-themed worker placement game. I’m hesitant to back a game that doesn’t have final art or final playtesting done before launching their Kickstarter project though. Production delays are so common and if the game isn’t even sitting at the printer, ready to publish then I’m not too willing to throw money that direction. Your mileage may vary, and it does look like an interesting game.

Penny Press

This is a really dynamic looking game about getting the biggest headline you can in a turn of the century newpaper. Pull a Lois Lane and get the big scoop before your rivals do! The person with the most engaging front pages get the most points, so make sure you’re always one step ahead of your other players.

The Captain is Dead

The Captain is Dead is a co-op game where you essentially play as Star Trek characters that have to figure out how to save the ship after the captain is killed. The challenge comes from striking a balance between keeping the ships systems online, keeping the aliens from killing you, and getting the warp drive to work so you can get out of dodge.

Yomi

David Sirlin,  designer of Pandante, Puzzle Strike and many more, returns with a NEW Yomi Kickstarter that will have new art, new cards, new design, new characters and a new case to fit them all! We love this dueling game that uses vibrant, Capcom-esque characters and variations on a standard four suit deck of playing cards and rock, paper, scissors. If you haven’t started collecting decks, this is a great opportunity to join the Yomi craze!

Athlas: Duel for Divinity

Two players will face off on this epic strategy game to find out which of you is majestic and strong enough to join the creator gods of Athlas. There is everything you would expect from a multi-hour long duel game: unique cards, minions to command, deck customization, unique miniatures and a board full of hexes. Athlas boasts that gameplay isn’t limited to one type- characters and decks can have different styles of play like ranged combat, magical affects and more.

Harbor

TMG continues their success with micro games with another Kickstarter focusing on trading in a fantasy port city. Players are competing in this micro, Euro-style trading game to collect and trade resources, manage shipments, purchase buildings with unique abilities and manipulate the market in their favor. Harbor looks to be a great introductory game for gamers new to Euro-style gameplay and at $20 a game it is even more accessible. TMG happily kept the print and play version of Harbour available during their Kickstarter, so you can build them game yourself with minimal cost. We received a prototype recently and will have an in-depth review of Harbour later this week.

The Shadow Over Westminster

“An epic game without an epic time requirement…[with] a theme and atmosphere that really drew people in. And a building tension to keep them [players] glued to their seat.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. This is a quote by Robert Huss, the designer, as to why he wanted to make The Shadow Over Westminster. It is a co-op game featuring agents who are part of a secret organization working to hold back a mysterious darkness without exposing the horrors to an unaware public. The Shadow Over Westminster includes elements of a deckbuilder but combines more strategy and team gameplay. Still haven’t peaked your interest? Well, it is also one of the finalists for CAH’s Tabletop Deathmatch.

AVGhost

If Ouija boards and ghost stories are your cup of tea, then check out AVGhost: a paranormal investigation game that you can play in the dark! The team behind this game wanted to blend gaming with a more immersive experience by adding EVP recordings, a soundtrack, haunting clue cards and working LED flashlights in all investigation character minis. Players work with their teammates to track down ghosts as they move around the map. The light from the flashlights is the most important factor for surviving such a haunted environment. The added LED lights and multi media elements are a clever and innovative way to bring even more to a board game but the added cost may scare thrifty gamers away. If you’re interested in a full-immersion, paranormal experience with your board game, AVGhost’s $85 tier is the best buy which includes the game, custom case, additional pieces and access to all stretch goals.


About the Author

Luke Turpeinen

was raised by lava wolves deep in the Vesuvian sulfur jungles. He played board games with his family often. The discovery of games like Risk led him to the 1993 TSR classic Dragon Strike which fueled a life long love of games. Luke tends to like games that have high production values, quick-to-learn rules and hard-to-master strategies. Current Favorite Game: Argent: the Consortium.



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