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Published on April 15th, 2016 | by Nicole Jekich


Fund It Friday! April 15th

Hello again! We are halfway through April which means the Tax Man cometh! This also means some of you are looking forward to a nice, fatty tax return. What games are you thinking of buying with that return? Well, you might want to check out these Kickstarter campaigns before deciding.

Hammers & Anvils:

Get 2-4 friends together to play this quick “craft and bash” card game where players are competing to be the first to craft the crown for their future queen. Players will need to grab and place 4 specific resource cards onto their anvil to craft the crown before their opponent’s do the same. Players can use magic and other take-that tactics to foil their opponent’s plan and to even steal their resources for their own use. Hammers & Anvils is easy to learn, quick to play (5-15 minutes) and is only $15 a copy on Kickstarter right now. The art of Hammers & Anvils is clean, colorful and reminiscent of Hearthstone icons and cards.

Bottom of the 9th: Clubhouse Expansion:

Ever since the release of the original Bottom of the 9th game, gamers have been clamoring for more! Well just in time for baseball season, the Clubhouse Expansion is now on Kickstarter which further expands on the original game adding new features and give players additional baseball players (both hitters and pitchers) to further expand the game’s replayability. This is still a two player game but players will get to do cool things like add equipment to their players and alter the dice with certain abilities. There will also be content that affects your entire clubhouse. If you want a more competitive and long-lasting season, Bottom of the 9th will soon have league player organized across game stores! All of this plus all the stretch goals and cards that DiceHateMe will launch in the future will fit into nice, grass-green collectors box. Did I mention there are also peanut tokens?! This is my favorite baseball board game adaptation and now is a good time to jump onto this franchise.

Liber Veneficii: The Book of Poisons:

Now I strayed from board games to share with you a RPG prop book that would make a great addition to any Game Master’s shelf. Liber Veneficii is a collection of all the poisonous and venomous sources that a king or noble would want to learn to avoid being poisoned themselves. This is by no means a reliable source to treating poison–but it is a great, thematic source book that is bound in black leather and has gold-inscribed lettering on the cover. This is a follow-up project by a husband and wife team who also brought you Liber Elixirium: the essential text on oils and potions. The book format is written in-theme as a text book by the College of Mages. Each entry has an illustrated picture, important information and a brief description on each poisonous subject.

Pyramid Arcade:

Looney Labs are giving their fans what they’ve always wanted: a complete box set featuring their famous, stackable and colorful pyramid pieces which includes multiple games that players can choose from. In the Pyramid Arcade are 22 different games that will fit a variety of time-constraints and gameplay preferences. There are games of simple dexterity challenges to more complex, territory control games. There are games that fit 2 players and games that fit 10 players. This is a very clever kit of games and there is room to make your own game out of the mix of components. While all the pieces and strategy is abstract, some games have creative stories and context to go with them: like how in one game players are bacteria in a petrie dish fighting for control and in another they are world power distributing forces across the globe. This is a fun pack from a pair of designers who have a long history of making great, social games for friends and families.


This quick, strategic card game puts you in the CEO chair of a greedy corporation looking to fire employees, make investments and leave the game with the most money. In Downsize, players are competing to be the richest corporation by the end of the game and utilize their employees by firing them at key moments to mess with their competition or to give your corporation the upper hand. If you’ve ever been burned by a greedy company you might enjoy being the boss for a change in this quick card game of luck and money. Just 90 cards in the game with a lot of replayability and player interaction. As the stack of cash gets lower in the game, players will be looking to fire employees to prevent their corporation from owing more money. It is an entertaining take on a very real working class struggle. Just 9 days left to support Downsize.

Celtic Realm:

This father and son team are working to bring a family, abstract strategy game back into print for the next generation of gamers. Celtic Realm features a carved wooden board of celtic designs based on the inspiring works in The Book of Kells. Theses designs were carved by the father, Randy Miller, and will be the base of the new board. This  abstract strategy game pits 2 players against each other in a game similar to Senet and Ur. Each of the squares aid can aid players and each player is going for the same objective: to clear a certain number of checker pieces from the board.

Revenge of the Dictators:

This cute, satirical game pits the most famous and infamous dictators around the world in competition with each other. The story begins with a vacation to a Hawaii with all of the other players (your fellow dictators) and then a race to the White House. As dictators, you will travel America and disarm nuclear facilities along the way with the final goal of becoming president and ruler of the world. This is a game of back-stabbing and aggressive maneuvers so if you have friends that love the cut-throat and friendship-ending tactics of Caylus and Diplomacy, I would definitely check out Revenge of the Dictators.

I hope you enjoyed this list of tabletop games and products that we are currently obsessing over on Kickstarter. If you have a Kickstarter you think we should cover, please let us 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. We’ll be back with another Fund It Friday article next week!

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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