Published on April 29th, 2016 | by Nicole Jekich0
Fund It Friday! April 29th
We have games on the brain even more than usual as the great International Tabletop Day extravaganza starts tomorrow! This annual event is a nationwide celebration of board games and supporting your local game store and community. Make sure to stop by your FLGS or play a new game with friends. Luke and I will be stopping by Card Kingdom and Cafe Mox for Tabletop Day festivities and to celebrate the store’s 5th anniversary! Happy gaming this weekend everyone! Also be sure to check out these Kickstarter games and show your support for the indie game community too:
Players are tavern workers trying to please the roughest and toughest customers and boss, Nasty the dwarf. Over the course of the game, players will be balancing their workload of serving drinks, working the kitchen and doing chores to earn victory points. This secret taverns serves some of the toughest and nastiest dwarves, elves, trolls and halflings of the 5 Realms so players will have to do their best to appease these difficult customers while also completing their other tasks. Cavern Tavern is a fun and complex dice placement and resource management game with a great food-service theme set in a fantasy world. Players will also have to balance the growing pressure of additional workloads and chores by their boss while staying on his good side. Sometimes that means snitching on their fellow coworkers. These characters are brought to life by one of my favorite game artists, The Mico who is known for his expressive, fantasy characters.
And hey, speaking of The Mico, his art also graces the next game in the Valeria saga, Quests of Valeria. Players are competing to bring the most prestige to their guild by hiring adventurers and completing quests. I have play tested this game in the past at playtestNW events and Quests of Valeria really scratches the itch for set collecting and quest completion gameplay. Players are looking to hire different classes of adventurers to send on specific quests to earn their prestigious reputation and hopefully by the end of the game have a better reputation than all the other players. It is an easy game to pick up and play and backers can get the base game at just $17. This is another great addition to the growing world of Valeria games so make sure to back before the campaign wraps up in 7 days!
Saltlands is a survival, adventure board game set in a post-apocalyptic world of desert and fire. Players are survivors who are leaving their homeland and trying to be the first to escape the drought-ridden world of the Saltlands. Along the way, players can upgrade their vehicle, discover lost secrets, battle raiders, pick up survivors, collect weapons and equipment and even betray their friends to be the first one out alive. Saltlands looks amazing and the creators designed a challenging but fair game set in a dystopian world to life for their players. I love a great adventure game and Saltlands brings the “road warrior” style survival challenges to a board game and gives players plenty of options and lots of replayability each play through.
You may remember the original Bone Origin’s campaign last year which brought to life the bone-colored d6 version. Well now Fablestone Dice are back with a d8 and d10 Polyhedral set and multiple color options to spruce up your dice collection. The colors range from Occultist Purple to Dark Blood and Deathly Amber to Slime Green. Those color choices and names perfectly describe this set of eerie bone-symbol dice perfect for any witch, warlock or lich look for new dice. Did I mention there is also a glow in the dark set?!
The first printing of this game was so popular that it sold out almost immediately. Artana Games is back with a reprinting of the original game and Tesla vs Edison’s first expansion, Powering Up!. This expansion adds a lot to the gameplay and player experience including event cards to start every round, a personal HQ for each inventor and room for 6 players with a new inventor, Madam CJ Walker. In addition to the expansion content, backers can unlock additional cards to bring to the game including more women, which is something the first print was sorely lacking; propaganda cards with different featuring some prominent US presidents of the time and AI players (appropriately themed for Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage) to add for more challenging solo or group play. I’m happy to see Artana bringing so much additional content for this popular game. I love this games graphic style and focus on inventing and production in game. I’m looking forward to playing this new, powered-up experience!
This is a clever deduction game where each player has a voodoo doll which represents a certain, classic monster like Frankenstein, the devil, a mummy, vampire or another monster. Players will be testing different items on the voodoo dolls to determine the doll’s weakness which correspond to the weaknesses of the monster it represents. For example the holy water item will only damage certain monsters like the devil and the boogeyman. Revealing these weakness along the way will help players deduce which voodoo doll represents which monster but also be careful to not wrongly accuse a player. This light and fun game plays in about 30 minutes and ends when there is one voodoo doll left alive.
This abstract strategy game is the work of Cheapass Games’ designer, James Ernest, and fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss. Tak is strategy game that was described in “The Wise Man’s Fear” of The Name of the Wind series by Rothfuss. Like classic abstract games like Go, chess and mandala, Tak is easy to learn and the strategy is infinitely complex. This two player game is rendered in clean, wood designed bits and the elegant simplicity to the board and shaped pieces makes Tak a great centerpiece game too. These creators have a large following and this campaign is growing each day. Tak still has 21 days left in its campaign and has already surpassed the $400K mark.
The goats are back! From the creators of Gruff comes a 2 player tactical card game where players pit their custom team of mutated battle goats against each other. Players can also customize their deck using different ability cards from specific battle goats or players can combine this game with the original Gruff to further expand their deck ability options. Giving players additional card options by using their previous game in the IP is an innovative concept that I fully support! Clash of the Battle Goats brings another great goat-filled game of color and combat.
I am thrilled to see Bloc by Bloc on Kickstarter as it is the first game I’ve seen that is a great representation of the complexity and strategy behind a protest or urban rebellion. Players have 8 nights to liberate the city and accomplish their secret objective before the police arrive to squash the rebellion. Bloc by Bloc is a cooperative game and as different organizations, players will set barricades, loot stores, clash with police and sometimes turn on their fellow protestors in order to accomplish their secret agenda by the end of the 8 nights. Each organization has a unique power and much like real life protests, the game starts off with a steady momentum but can quickly grow into a chaotic scene and end with thousands of supporters marching through the streets. The level of detail and the well-designed mechanics and matching theme really make Bloc by Bloc a stand out game on Kickstarter. I’m looking forward to seeing it fund!
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!