Published on August 3rd, 2015 | by Nicole Jekich0
August 2015 Kickstarter Updates
Where oh where has the summer gone? Gen Con has already passed and the board game community is up in a buzz over the previews, new releases and con exclusives. During these conventions, established designers and big companies fill a lot of the spotlight so please take a moment to check out these indie tabletop games, rpgs and accessories now on Kickstarter that are worth sharing and supporting.
We are big fans of Ben Robbins’ previous rpgs: Microscope and Kingdom. This new book he’s been working on further expands his Microscope game and adds seed ideas (to help get games started more quickly); techniques (ways to help improve how to play) and additional world-building ideas to help players create settings for games. Luke and I frequently play Microscope with friends for fun and also use it as a way to build settings for future games. If you want a rpg experience where each player wields “vast creative power” and has the potential to build an entire universe, you should definitely back Microscope Explorer.
This rpg has less than a day left on Kickstarter so I suggest checking it out now. The Warren is a very intriguing rpg that combines fables, rabbits and survival. Despite all the cuddly pictures of rabbits, these sentient creatures deal with all the horrors of being a small creature in a world of predators, natural disasters and dealing with other sentient rabbits. The creators behind The Warren are known for immersive storytelling and this setting has the opportunity for some great stories told from a very unique perspective.
Speaking of games that bring unique perspectives, Greatest of All Mountains is a competitive game between competing…mountains. Yep, you heard that right. Players are mountains that are vying to be the best by having the best natural features, the tallest peaks and lots of visiting tourists. Players will take turns drafting cards from a shared line up over three phases. It is a great warm up game with beautiful, full-bleed landscape art for the nature lover in all of us.
Roadkill Rivals is a quick, competitive card game set in the barren, open road of the American Southwest. Players look to collect that largest pile of roadkill and outmaneuver the competition with upgraded vehicles and sabotage. The art features rugged vehicles and devilish creatures. The gameplay is easy to learn and gameplay plays in less than 20 minutes. The focus on basic strategy and sums make Roadkill Rivals a great introductory game for kids. To learn more about experience playing this game, please read our recent review of Roadkill Rivals.
This is New Bedford’s second time to Kickstarter and this time it is exploding out of the water with even better art and graphic design. DiceHateMe Games brings the historic and economic significance of New Bedford into a Euro-style worker placement and resource management game. Players are collecting building up the town and port and are collecting valuable resources to grow their industry. The main resource, whale blubber for lamp oil, is harvested when players fish for whales and as the game progresses, less whales are available–a trend that mirrors the negative effects whaling had on the population.
A long-time fan of Werewolf has re-designed the classic party game with custom wooden tokens. Andres wants these sturdy, laser-cut to go wherever you go so you will always be ready for a game of Werewolf. Now you can scheme and bluff your want to victory with these engraved pieces that can go to conventions, the beach or on your next camping trip.
This soccer simulation game is set in the early aesthetics of the 1920s. Two players compete in this strategic soccer game with a team of miniatures, action cards and external factors which affect the gameplay. The goal of Soccer City is to create a game for soccer lovers which represents the different tactics and challenges of managing all the aspects of a fast-paced soccer game.
Garden Party is the second expansion to the widely enjoyed spycraft game, [redacted]. The expansion allows up to 7 agents in a game and adds an open, outdoor set of locations that players can visit during the game. Over the course of multiple rounds the secret agents sneak around to find the evidence they need, discover identifies of their undercover opponents and sabotage any opponents attempt to recover the evidence before you.
Players are in charge of their own asteroid mining company and have the responsibility of bringing in the precious metals, hiring and assigning personnel and defending their operation from the frequent attacks by alien raiders. Darkrock Ventures is a light strategy and worker placement game set in deep space.
Roll them bones! Bone Origins are custom built dice for immersive rpg play in fantasy settings. Each side features graphical representations of bones, which are connected together for form the numbers 1-6 on the die face. The creator wanted to put together a product that looks like a mysterious group of dice that adventures could possibly find in their travels. These dice might drive your DM crazy for a bit, but these bone-style runes are very easy to read once you know what numbers they represent.
Outside looks like a hidden allegiance game that I could really get behind. Players take on the role of a person on board the space vessel Chimera which is unfortunately about to explode. Even worse, there is a crew member aboard that is now who they seem and who wants the ship for themselves. Players work together to complete goal and repair the ship, all the while try to stay vigilant and communicative to find the Outsider. This game is an immersive experience and features many of the horrors and complications of trying to find a traitor among your crew–much like in Battlestar Galactica, the Alien franchise and Event Horizon.
I hope you enjoyed the list of 10 tabletop games, accessories and products that we are currently obsessing over on Kickstarter. If I missed a campaign in this article that you feel is worth mentioning, please let me know in the comments, or contact us on Facebook and Twitter. Happy Gaming!