Archive december kickstarter pt 2

Published on December 17th, 2015 | by Nicole Jekich


December 2015 Kickstarter Updates part 2

It’s a little over a week until Christmas and I can feel the building pressure to get all my holiday presents, cards, decorations and baking done in time. While many of us are rushing around finishing up our holiday tasks, there are Kickstarter campaigns going through the holidays that could use some more support. Feast your eyes on these 10 campaigns that caught our attention.

Tales of Arcana:

Tales of Arcana is a casual roleplaying game intended for single-session campaigns where players build their characters using randomly selected cards to determine their class, race, magical abilities and other traits. The system was created so a party can set up their characters, backstory and session in a matter of minutes making this rpg a great gateway into more complex rpgs and/or allow players to enjoy a quick, short and thematic story. Tales of Arcana wants to bring more than just the generic fantasy races to life. Players will be able to build gorgons, minotaurs, devilkin, merfolk and even puppets into any of the classes they choose. The game itself is already completed and those interested in the cards and rules can check out the free print and play on their Kickstarter.

The Lost Lands: The Blight:

The Blight is a dark, modern fantasy setting in a twisted city with characters and environments based on the stories of Lovecraft, Shelley and Carroll. The city is filled with injustice, horrors and filth. It is a great challenge for your party to clean up The Blight or die trying. This massive rpg setting contains 550,000 words to get you into the story for your Pathfinder or Swords and Wizardry campaign. This book also contains maps of all 13 Districts players so players can explore every dark alley, hidden passage and every corner of this nasty city.

Dark Ring: Hong Kong:

Dark Ring is based on trick-taking card games but is set in a modern cyberpunk setting where different clans look to collect the most magical orbs and fight off their opponents who are looking to do the same. These orbs have been scattered across the globe and players collect them over a series of rounds. The first player to receive ten scores ends the game but the player with the most orbs at the end will secure a win for their faction. Gameplay is quick and simple as players take turns being the lead player. The lead player collects a card from each person and redistributes them face down one card to each player as Trace cards. Players then take turns playing actions from their hand which affects their opponents hidden Trace cards by sending it to the other players, revealing it and/or potentially assassinating other players.

Fantasy Fantasy Baseball:

In a similar theme and humor as Blood Bowl, Fantasy Fantasy Baseball gives players the opportunities to draft players and battle against other teams over an entire season. As a wizard baseball team manager you are looking to build an impressive team with different abilities and a ton of different fantasy races. As a manager you are wanting a winning season and will do whatever you can, including using magical spells, to make sure your team comes out ahead. If you like the look and play of this fantasy card game, there are two more sports versions in the works for you Football and Hockey fans! Fantasy Fantasy Baseball comes from CSE Games: a group of well-established designers Daryl Andrews and J.R. Honeycutt and the satirical, colorful art comes from Rob Lundy.

Ready Check:

This light-hearted card game is all about the good, bad and silly experiences of playing an MMORPG. Players represent guild leaders looking to recruit members into their guild, fight off monsters in dungeons and gain valuable loot and prestige for your growing guild. Guild masters will have to navigate the various player types, classes and real-life issues of their guild mates that hinder your MMORPG achievements. Much like Munchkin’s tongue-in-cheek art and cards, Ready Check features many of the same memes, gamer stereotypes and relatable MMO experiences in their 200 unique cards. Whether you’re a casual player, min-maxer or just a troll–Ready Check is a fun, fast-paced card management game for all.

No Hope City:

Players find themselves in a post-apocalyptic city of No Hope and must work together to get out of the city alive before they starve. 1-8 players take part in cooperative gameplay as a character archetype like Scavenger, Chef, Prepper, etc which has their own ability that will come in handy during the game and their own starting items. Players can choose between three districts to visit and scavenge for supplies but might run into enemies including fellow scavengers.  Just 4 days left to back No Hope City!

Jail Break:

This competitive card game pits inmates at the world’s most dangerous prison against each other in a race to escape. Players each have their own mugshot and unique skill set to help locate supplies and exploit the building’s weaknesses for their grand escape plan. Players build the prison out of randomly selected room cards which create a unique prison layout each game. Players will have a lot of challenges along the way and will need to avoid guards, collect equipment and create a plan; the first player to navigate these obstacles and get out first will win their freedom. This campaign has many opportunities to get your own face in the game as a mugshot, officer or gangster and the expansion packs add even more strategy and even some zombie, survival flavor to Jail Break.


Petopia is a cute game of backyard war between cats and dogs. Up to 8 players can choose to represent one of these furry factions and set out to overcome their opponents. The primary gameplay relies on bluffing your opponents into picking up trap cards or using actions to foil their attempts and to protect yourself. There traps cards like toys, candy and even poison will have a permanent negative effect on a player’s score. The objective is to reach a target score number and the first faction to do so wins!


Become the richest merchant in Marylia by collecting, crafting and selling gems and jewelry. Jewels features whimsical character art in a similar style as The Nightmare before Christmas. These gangly and devilish characters are competing to gain the most gold at the end of the game and do so by focusing on selling gems and jewelry. Jewels is a grand journey with a lot of gameplay depth and has many take-that elements in addition to its collecting, crafting and economy-building gameplay.

The Ninth World:

The Ninth World is a relatively new civilization growing up in the billion years-worth of ruins in Monte Cook’s Numenera world. This setting has exploded in the past few years and will be further expanded into a short film, video game and with your support, this Ninth World exploration and skill-building card game. If you’ve like the Pathfinder Adventure Card game and backed the Apocrypha Adventure Card game, you will definitely enjoy this game as it was created by the same designer, Mike Selinker: a designer known for his immersive theme and crunchy mechanics. This campaign is an opportunity for Numenera fans to see even more of the Numenera universe as the stretch goals will unlock realms beyond the nine kingdoms into the “beyond” and “beyond the beyond”. Fasten your seatbelts! With all the hands that went into making and producing this game and campaign, I’m sure we’ll see this game hit a lot of stretch goals.

I hope you enjoyed this list of tabletop games 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. Please consider supporting or sharing these campaigns with friends to help these games meet their goal. Best wishes and Merry Christmas from Across The Board Games!

About the Author

Nicole Jekich

came from humble beginnings as a Boise suburbanite with a love of Cranium and Trivial Pursuit. She attended an open board game day three years ago and is now an avid gamer and fantasy artist. Her interests are primarily in Dungeons & Dragons, dice placement and Roman-themed tabletop games. Nicole is also a fan of playing games that let her release her inner barbarian. Her favorite game currently is Far Space Foundry.

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