Published on August 12th, 2016 | by Nicole Jekich1
Fund It Friday! August 12th
Done recovering from GenCan’t 2016, we are building up to our next appearance at PAXWest (gone are the days of feeling superior over the PAXPrime con title) . We will be playtesting a new game at the playtestNW booths in the Olive 8 Hotel.
Alkemia is a land filled with reagents that you and your fellow alchemists will collect and combine in an effort to create new items and discover the recipes for The Crest of Creation. This powerful crest will secure an alchemists victory and reputation among the highest ranked alchemists in the land. In Alkemia, players will take turns foraging resources from a center area of tiles and synthesize those resources together in an effort to learn and discover items and artifacts that will help give them a mechanical boost or give a clue to what items they’ll need to craft the Crest of Creation. If you like strategic and competitive crafting, Alkemia is a fun game with a lot of theme and backstory to go with their alchemy-focused gameplay. With 21 days left in this campaign and over half its initial funding collected, Alkemia could use some shares and support!
The gods of old are going to settle their feud on the stage in an epic battle of the bands in The Lords of Rock. Gods from the Egyptian, Aztec, Greek and Norse pantheons are reimagined as fantastical rockers bringing vocal, bass, guitar and drum skills to different venues like Yggdrasil across the Earth and stars. Manage a hand of cards which include rocking gods and goddesses like Athena and Quetzalcoatl and choose your set list from a selection of pun-filled songs (“Carry on my Wayward Demigod”). The Lords of Rock is a card game that really rocks! The theme, the characters and the approachable gameplay makes The Lords of Rock a great Kickstarter to back.
If you want to capture and train a different set of pocket-sized monsters, then check out the cute and ferocious Isle of Monsters. Players will tame and train the local wildlife in preparation for their annual Scare Fair. The scariest monsters will win the competition and responsibility of island protector. This is a family-friendly card game of set collection and rock-paper-scissor’s tiered combat. If you need a rest from PokemonGo, Isle of Monsters will satisfy your need for cute and cuddly monsters.
You may remember the first Deal With It game that went to Kickstarter last year and was a big success. Thanks to their supportive community, this group of designers is back with a new, colorful game of Deal With It Lite which offers 160 new, unique cards including 4 different themes: Duel, Action, Event and Rule cards all with varying degrees of familiar social challenges like telling a joke, revealing a truth or playing a hand slapping game. Deal With It LITE is divided into different phases where players try to hoard points and not embarrass themselves too bad while trying to win the challenges posed by their friends. If you need an icebreaker party game that has only mildly crude humor and light competition, Deal With It LITE is very social and funny game with the right mix of people.
This bidding, take-that and negotiation game of building bots and fighting your way to victory is a great competitive free-for-all for 3-6 players. Play is divided into phases where players build and upgrade their bot; tackle different challenges with or without the help of other players and play code cards to affect the different robot stats. Betabotz is an upgraded Munchkin-style game of being the best opportunist and most skilled bot to beat the competition in order to earn your spot in Robotopia!
Final Act aims to replicate the tactical and intense tank combat battle in the desert between two players. Each player controls a company of tanks on the move with 3D minis and elevate wood tiles to represent the different terrain. A great feature of Final Act is the control dials each player commands which tracks the move of each tank as players push to break through the enemy line. Final Act is highly strategic, yet features innovative tactical combat that even players new gamers could pick up and play. If you’re looking for a tank-centric game with intense, war-themed combat and clear gameplay, Final Act is a game to support!
Warrior Clash is my favorite game on this list for their effortless inclusion of people of color and women in practical armor in game. Warrior Clash brings different warriors from past cultures across the globe together in a tactical game of domination. Your team can have everyone from Vikings to Zulu and Apache to Maori fighting in culturally-appropriate armor and weapons without resorting to overused tropes. Players will draft their warriors, collect resources and defend their land from their opponent(s). Warrior Clash is a 2 player or 3-4 player team game that is different each time and allows players many ways to plan a winning strategy. I love this game and if you want to see more diverse games like this be sure to give Warrior Clash a shout out!
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!