Published on December 15th, 2014 | by Luke Turpeinen


Kickstarter Update December part two

I know that you don’t want to admit it, but it is already December 15th. In just 9 days it will be Christmas and some of you may be unwrapping some board game-shaped boxes hopefully. In a little over two weeks we all will say goodbye to 2014 and look ahead to all the fun games, challenges and new ideas we’ll meet in 2015. We hope to see all these games succeed in the new year. Here are Kickstarters that we feel are worth checking out:

Taluva: Deluxe Version:

It is a well-liked game from overseas that is known for its majestic tile art and modular island building. Players compete or work together in teams to successfully build out the Taluva island which is situated on volcanoes and an ever-changing tropical environment. Like many hex-based, tile building games, no one play through of Taluva will be the same. The island will always develop in different ways and players can building temples, villages and other buildings. This deluxe version will bring larger and thicker tiles with new art and new building meeple shapes which were custom designs for Taluva.


Not that this game needs my endorsement as Viceroy is well-over its funding capacity. This Russian board game was a big hit at Essen and features resource management and bidding mechanics. The art is gorgeous and the box cover will be one of the first Euro game portraits that a lot of character.

Biblios Dice:

The Biblios game gets a makeover in this casual dice game version. Biblios Dice is all about monks in an abbey who are competing to preserve and illustrate the religious texts. Uncommon Resources: I enjoy market and resource management games but I definitely get board of trading sheep, wood, gold all the time. Biblios Dice has ink, quills and paper and other resources and components not normally found in market games. I look forward to playing with my copy in the future!


Alignment conflict, witches and serving of ancient goddesses with the elemental forces and light and dark spectrum, Coven sounds like my kind of game!

Pixel Tactics Deluxe:

8 bit art and complex one versus one action, Pixel Tactics is one of the best games for tactics-based combat. If you liked Final Fantasy Tactics, this game is definitely worth checking out for its similar mechanics and familiar gameplay.

Medicine Whoops:

I wan’t quite sure what it was exactly that made me so squeemish during this Kickstarter video but I definitely had a hard time watching as hands roughly shoved a sword into the fake insides, which looked like a jelly doughnut. I like dark humor and the use of crude and gory details in the opening video definitely let’s you know what kind of game you’re in for. Medicine Whoops is a game where players take on the roll of a competing surgeon at a poorly supplied hospital. Doctors use what they have which means operating with tuna cans, hindering their fellow surgeons during their surgeries. Compete to be the best doctor in the worst conditions.

FreeSpace Tactics:

If you were a computer gamers in the 90s who enjoyed pilot simulation games, you might recognize this license known as FreeSpace.  The board game version is coming to Kickstarter and it shares many similarities with the X-Wing miniatures game that I enjoy. The ships are detailed minis which are placed on a plastic pedestal; movement is limited by pre-cut and shaped rulers and players can select pilots and ship abilities to assist them in the game. Most Unique Feature: FreeSpace Tactics brings asteroid minis that players can use to alter the space landscape. I think they are a thematic addition that helps set the scene with more than just ships.

story war sentinel conflict

Story War: Sentinel Conflict:

A collaborative storytelling party game, Story Wars receives an IP upgrade in this Kickstarter campaign. Collaboration projects are all over the place and popularity of that strategy will continue to grow. Sentinels Finally Gets a Comic: I have no doubt that this game will be a big success and Greater Than Games will have another successful Kickstater and game under their belt. I’m actually more excited in developing or at least reading a connected story arch featuring heroes of their IP. Cosmic Contest will be the large and long-awaited comic for Sentinels.

We can’t believe that it is the last Kickstarter update of 2015! We wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and and very Happy and Prosperous New Year! We’ll be back with some hot new indie Kickstarter games in 2015. I hope you all are ready for another year filled with games!

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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