Published on April 8th, 2016 | by Nicole Jekich0
Fund It Friday! April 8th
Hello gamers and ATBG fans! Once again, Luke and I are on the convention scene this weekend! We’ll be playtesting games at the Sheraton Hotel Grand Ballroom under the playtestNW banner and you can also have the opportunity to play Food Truck Frenzy, the card game that we have been designing for the past 2 years. Come stop by, say hello and play some great, unpublished games by local designers (including Emergence: a hot Kickstarter game of deception and resource management in its last campaign week)! Here are some other games looking to become a published game–so let’s show them some love:
Sector Prime offers a “casual” 4X board game experience set in a large, clustered sector of space. Normal 4X games where players explore, expand, exterminate and exploit usually take hours upon hours to finish. Instead of creating a 5-12 hour epic, Sector Prime brings a more approachable board game where players can do all the different facets of a 4X game all in just 30-60 minutes. Players can also use different character cards to influence their control in different aspects of the game. The art and design are part of a well-polished science fiction setting and players will compete as different galactic mining organizations trying to establish their control over certain parts of the galaxy.
This cooperative board game has players controlling unique airships while working together to defeat a common enemy. In this cooperative game, players will get to hire crew and add upgrades to their ship. The designers of Zephyr: Winds of Change built unique ships as a way to “empower each player to make their own decisions” while also contributing to the over-arching goal. This means each player, each ship has agency and plays an important role in completing the objective. There are a ton of upgrade and crew combinations and they all blend beautifully into the steam-powered and mechanical theme. Also they are making semi-transparent character cards that fit over a separate “class” type card which leads to tons of combinations of crew members. Zephyr: Winds of Change sounds like my kind of cooperative game. If you like highly-thematic, adventure games with a strong, cooperative gameplay you should definitely support this campaign.
I don’t know if I need to give this game an introduction. Santorini is a 30 year old game that is getting a fantastic makeover. This is a 3D block, building game that is unique because each character (a Greek god or goddess) gives you a unique power to manipulate the rules. If you want a perfect description of the game, how to play and the overall purpose and goal in Santorini, watch the video. It is perfect. All that information is presented in a cute, rhyming story as shown through cartoonified Greek gods and goddesses fighting for control over an island. All the illustration credit (and maybe the animation credit too?) goes to the husband-wife artist duo of Mr. Cuddington. We are a big fan of their work and they have contributed jaw-dropping color, expression and a strong dedication to creating story-driven, highly thematic art for tabletop games.
Ravingspire is an amazing tabletop adventure game that emulates a tabletop roleplaying and dungeon crawl experience. Players pick a hero and work together to navigate a rotating board filled with traps, monsters and treasures. Players are all stuck in this mad tower and are working to escape. Ravingspire is bringing an innovative adventure game with a very cool rotating circular board. If you’re a fan of stroy-drive adventure games with tactics and deckbuilding, Ravingspire is for you!
I believe as board gamers we all have the same fear of seeing a great game ruined by accidentally spilling a drink all over the board and pieces. Chalice Champion is a product designed by gamers for gamers. This fancy drink holder will hold almost any-size beverage and will solve your problems with having drinks near your board game. It’s a surprisingly elegant solution for the problem and they’re pretty cheap as well!
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!