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Kickstarter Updates April 2015

Welcome to our first Kickstarter Update of April! There are a lot of neat projects out there right now. As always, click on the title of the project to go to the Kickstarter page.

The Titan Series


This one is kind of complex. Basically, Calliope Games is going to be making gateway/casual games for the next three years based off the results of this Kickstarter. Each game is being marketed based on the designer, so you sign up for their game and find out what it is later. Right now they have a short description of a couple of the games, but not a lot of definitive work.

The designer names are impressive: Richard Garfield (Magic: the Gathering, King of Tokyo, Robo Rally), James Earnest (of Cheapass Games) and Mike Mulvihill (Shadowrun, HeroClix, Mage Knight Dungeons) were the ones to really stand out to me, personally. Get up to 5 games for $25 a piece, or get 9 games for $145.

Chaos of Cthulhu

I never thought I’d say this, but this Cthulhu themed dice game actually looks really fun! Though I’m pretty burned out on the never ending parade of Cthulhu themed board games and other nerdy accessories, and dice games generally aren’t my thing Chaos of Cthulhu is very eye-catching. The dice art looks like it’s pulled right out of Hellboy, and the designs couldn’t be more perfect!

Mangaka


A mangaka is someone who illustrates japanese comics (also known as manga) and this game sets you out to be the very best illustrator like no one ever was! Essentially a variant of Pictionary, Mangaka changes up the gameplay by giving you subjects to draw (robots, kaiju), and an emotion to portray (wanting children, unrequited love). Get ready for some great cartooning action!

Salem


Talk about some nice components! A box that can hide on your bookshelf of older books? Yes please! As for the actual game, it looks like it’s an adaption of The Crucible as Abigail Willaims and Tituba are shown on the Kickstarter page. I didn’t think that The Crucible was in the public domain, as it was written in the 50s to criticize McCarthyism. So that may prove to be an issue to the creators unless they secured a license and just never mentioned it?

Ninja All-Stars


Another game from SodaPop Minis with great chibi sculpts of anime characters. While their very popular Super Dungeon Explore is all western fantasy based, Ninja All-Stars changes the premise a bit. Expect similar premises, but different specific mechanics in this one.

This project also has promo cards for Super Dungeon Explore (a ninja pack) and a reskinned version of Karate Fight! using the Ninja All Stars characters.

Best Treehouse Ever


Ever wanted to build a treehouse as a kid? This lets you do that, but be careful or you might not balance out properly, destroying all of your hard work! The art on Best Treehouse Ever is cartoony, bright and colorful which is exactly what I want from a family/nostalgia themed product. The game looks like a ton of fun too!

Orcs Must Die!


One of the more popular games on Xbox Live Arcade comes to your table top! Using art and 3D assets straight from the game, Orcs Must Die! is doing what I’d always imagined making a board game out of a video game would be like. There are two versions, Orcs and Humans (essentially)- buy one of each to head to head.

Posthuman


Fallout has really rejuvenated the post-apocalyptic genre in nerd circles in recent years. Posthuman is a game set in a world similar to Fallout, where you are tasked with making it across the wasteland to a fortress. For those wanting a crunchy survival game with weird science in a ruined future.

A Chaotic Life


When does life actually go as planned? An injury at the wrong time could cause your life to spiral out of control, though it could also lead to finding the love of your life. If it wasn’t for my horse, I never would have spent that year in college. Chaotic Life emulates that most human of journeys.

Pixel Glory: Pet Expansion


A pay what you want expansion? That sounds amazing! For pledging at least $1 you too can get the mini expansion to Pixel Tactics, an MSRP value of $8 according to the publisher. Don’t have the base game? No worries, go ahead and get it for $15 which is half of the retail price! If you don’t have an 8-Bit or a casual deck-builder in your collection yet, this is a great one to pick up.

Knot Dice


Dice that show pictures of Celtic style knotwork, along with a ton of different games that you can play with them. If you like novelty dice, these are very high quality and the design is really well thought out. The games are simple, quick and easily transportable- sure to be a travel favorite!

Hylaria:


A party game about devising secret codes and then trying to get your friends to remember them. Gameplay is simple, but set up is easy and pretty much anyone can play.

 


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.



One Response to Kickstarter Updates April 2015

  1. Joe Pilkus says:

    Just curious if you’ve seen “Raiders of the North” ~ while there’s nearly 900 “Worker Placement” games over at BGG, all but 133 aren’t even ranked…of those 133, most are probably not worth your time, and some are even out of print (I’m looking at you, “Pillars of the Earth”). This will serve as my first ‘real’ Worker Placement game, as they’ve thrown Kingsburg on the list (and while I love it, it’s more of a Dice Placement game). I would be interested to hear your thought on this up-and-coming New Zealand Designer.

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